Ante Tomic at the FIBA European Championship

Utah Jazz 2008 draft pick, 7'2" Center Ante Tomic is playing for Croatia at the European championships. They have played 2 games so far; getting crushed by defending champion Spain 68-40, and then narrowly defeating Georgia (the country, not the state) 77-76.

Tomic played 21 minutes against Spain, scoring only 3 points on 1/4 FG's and 1/2 FT's. He added 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Against Georgia in 21 minutes he scored 7 points on 2/4 FG's and 3/4 FT's. Only 2 rebounds but an amazing 7 assists. He also scored the game winning layup with 9 seconds left and Croatia down by 1. Earlier he hit 2 clutch FT's with 38 seconds left to give them a 2 point lead.

He averaged 16.6 points and 6.2 rebounds at the 2011 championships so his scoring is down a lot so far this year. Imagine going against NBA Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol in game 1 didn't help.

Croatia plays Poland Saturday (up against Phoenix Sun Center Marcin Gortat), host country Slovenia Sunday, and then the Czech Republic Monday. Top 3 teams in the pool advance to the next round. Slovenia will be tough at home but they should be able to handle Poland and the Czechs.

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