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Croatia loses in bronze medal game as Bogdanovic scores 22


After scoring 19 point in the first half as Croatia kept the game close, Bojan Bogdanovic was slowed by Spain in the second, scoring only three more points on three shots, as Spain won the bronze medal, 92-66, on the final day of Eurobasket.

Bogdanovic is expected to be named to the All-Eurobasket first team to be announced after the gold medal game between France and Lithuania Sunday night in Slovenia. He finished second in scoring in the tournament, behind only Tony Parker. In the bronze medal game, he finished with a game-high 22, shot 8-of-14, including 4-of-7 from deep. However, in the second half, Croatia's ball-handlers had a difficult time getting him the ball in scoring position and he was limited to three shots, making one, a three pointer, late in the fourth. Spain started four current NBA players and its rotation included two other players with NBA experience.

It was the furthest Croatia has advanced in Eurobasket since 1995, when the team was led by Toni Kukoc and Dino Radja. For Bogdanovic, it was a coming out party, as he won plaudits for his improving skillset and leadership of the young Croatian team. He finished with a 17.4 point per game scoring average and grabbed 4.1 rebounds per from the shooting guard position.

He will now head to Istanbul for training camp with Fenerbahce, which plays the Thunder in an exhibition game there on October 5. He is expected to sign an extension with Fener sometime in the next two weeks. The question is how big the buyouts will be for the 6'8" swingman. Fener would not reduce his $2 million buyout in July. As a result of that, and Fener signing Europe's best coach, Bogdanovic opted to stay in Europe ... and the Nets moved onto "Plan B," which became Andrei Kirilenko and Alan Anderson.