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Last-gasp Russia escape shock knockout by Estonia

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Russia's Ilia Aleksandrov does his bit against Estonia. Paul Gilham/Getty Images
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Russia required a last-second shot from Andrey Kanygin to avoid an upset and reach the quarter-finals of the men's 3x3 Basketball competition at the expense of Estonia on Thursday.

The Russians had won all three of their preliminary round games – which established the seedings for the knockout phase – while Estonia were winless ahead of their last-16 meeting.

The best photos from Thursday's action can be viewed here

But Estonia led with 32 seconds to play following Martin Dorbek's two-pointer, only for Kanygin to score twice in the final 26 seconds.

"I had to do it because I was sitting on the bench, so I had more strength," said Kanygin. "We had done it before. I looked at the guys, they passed it to me, I did it and we won."

Romania won the men's 2014 3x3 European championship but were eliminated at the last-16 stage of the Baku 2015 European Games after an 18-16 defeat by Czech Republic.

"They made so many lucky shots," Angel Santana-Castillo said. "I really think we played better and we deserved to win but sometimes luck is also a factor. Unfortunately, we didn't live up to expectations."

There was disappointment too for Ann Wauters' Belgium in the last 16 of the women's competition, as they were knocked out following a 14-11 defeat by Slovenia.

"We were not good enough on the last two days," Wauters said. "We couldn’t beat any of the good teams. We don’t deserve to progress."


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