Goran Dragic and EuroBasket host Slovenia fell in the quarterfinals to a talented French team but avoided another loss by beating Serbia and, on Saturday, Ukraine to earn fifth place in the 2013 tournament. The final victory, most importantly, ensured Dragic and Co. will appear in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in addition to the 2015 EuroBasket held in Ukraine.
Dragic secured the 69-63 win by leading his team in points (19), rebounds (7) and assists (4), and it was his most efficient game by far. The Phoenix Suns point guard hit 7-of-12 attempts from the floor, including two three-pointers, while twice dishing passes behind the back for highlight-reel makes.
Suns forward Slava Kravtsov didn’t play in the finale for Ukaraine, but he did put up six points, six rebounds and six blocks the game prior.
Slovenia reached the fifth-place game by drubbing a faltering Serbian team. The 92-74 win for Dragic’s club saw the point guard record 15 points and five assists despite shooting 3-for-12.
In 11 games of EuroBasket, Dragic finishes with averages of 15.8 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds. He shot only 39.4 percent from the field but breaking down the shot attempts, Dragic was especially good at getting to the foul stripe, shooting nearly six free throws per game. He hit 45 percent of his two-pointers, but seemed too determined to shoot from three-point range. Thirty-two percent of his 142 attempts were from three-point range, and Dragic only shot 26.7 percent behind the international arc.
Nonetheless, Dragic leaves will leave his home with a successful run and a continued rock-star status.