The defenders of the European basketball champions, hosts of this year's EuroBasket, and the biggest favorites for the French title in the cup competition A in Montpellier, went on a heavy 97-87 (45-37, 81-81) victory over Finland after the extra.

The French controlled the result throughout the entire duel, but Finci succeeded in settling down several times (76-76, 78-78, 81-81). France had 16 seconds for the last assault, but Tony Parker failed to make it, so it took another five minutes. Still, the French below did not allow a surprise. Parker has introduced 23 for France, and Jamar Wilson 21 for Finland.

It was very uncertain in Group B in Berlin where Turkey with 89-87 (51-42) overcame Italy. With the 88-86 results seven seconds before the end of Italy's best goalkeeper Danilo Gallinari had two free throws, he hit first, but missed another. After a jump in defense, Semih Erden hit one of two throws for Turkey to make Marco Belinelli missed a triumph to win Italy.

Great favorites of Group D Lithuania with much luck entered the first win in Riga by finishing Ukraine with 69-68 (33-26). Jonas Mačiulis scored the final points of the game with both free throws 1: 52 minutes before the end. Both teams missed several strikes, and last chance for Ukraine had Maksim Kornijenko in the last second.

Paulius Jankunas with 22 knife and Jonas Valančiunas with 19 shootings and 11 leaps led Lithuania, while Kirilo Fesenko with 19 hits and 11 jumps was the most effective in Ukraine but due to five personal mistakes he had to leave 4: 49 minutes before the end.

The results of the 1 meeting. Basketball EuroBasket Basketball:

GROUP A (Montpellier):

Poland - BiH 68-64

Israel - Russia 76-73

France - Finland 97-87 - Extension

GROUP B (Berlin):

Germany - Island 71-65

Spain - Serbia 70-80

Italy - Turkey 87-89

GROUP C (Zagreb):

Georgia - Netherlands 72-73

Macedonia - Greece 65-85

CROATIA - Slovenia 80-73

GROUP D (Riga):

Czech Republic - Estonia 80-57

Belgium - Latvia 67-78

Lithuania - Ukraine 69-68