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Croatia, Lithuania reach semifinals

Updated: September 19, 2013, 10:46 PM ET
Associated Press

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- Croatia reached the semifinals of the European basketball championship for the first time in 18 years by defeating Ukraine 84-72 Thursday.

Croatia will play Lithuania, which edged Italy 81-77.

France and two-time defending champion Spain will play the other semifinal on Friday.

Croatia has won eight straight games since losing its opening game of the tournament to Spain by 28 points.

"It's a long time since we've been in the semifinals. ...

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