He scored a game-high 35 points.
The most valuable player of Eurobasket 2017 became the playmaker of the national team of Slovenia's Goran dragic, a company that in the symbolic team of the tournament made Alexey Shved (Russia), Luca Doncic (Slovenia), Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia), Pau Gasol (Spain). He had been visibly tiring, missing all three shots and the one free throw he took in the final quarter.
As Dragic limped to the bench with an injury, Klemen Prepelic took over, grabbing rebounds and scoring two crucial free throws as Slovenia dug deep to take the lead again and seal a historic victory over their bitter rivals in their first major final. But Slovenia, which had upset pre-tournament favorite Spain 92-72 in the semifinals, refused to fold.
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The 31-year-old Dragic, who announced he would retire from global play at the end of EuroBasket, put up those 35 points in just 28 minutes (20 in the second quarter alone) as he nearly single-handedly kept Slovenia afloat through three quarters.
"We gave them a lot of transition points".
"He was cramping on the sidelines", Slovenia coach Igor Kokoskov told fiba.basketball, the official website for basketball's governing body, after the game.
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The EuroBasket 2017 ends tonight with gold medal match between Slovenia and Serbia, which will start at Sinan Erdem Dome at 9.30 p.m. local time (1830GMT).
"He is my dear friend, my boss".
Earlier, brothers Pau and Marc Gasol scored 26 and 25 points respectively as Spain claimed their ninth European medal in the last 10 editions with a 93-85 win against Russian Federation in the third-place match.
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