Lithuania - Germany 84-75 Lithuania overcame Germany in a gripping game at EuroBasket tonight. The victory propelled the hosts at 3-2 record in the third position in Group E. Lithuania thus entered the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Germany on the other hand fell at 1-4 record and got eliminated from the tournament. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) stepped up with 19 points to lead the charge. Lithuania used an 8:0 run midway through the opening frame to take a 21:15 lead. They maintained well enough throughout the second quarter. Rimantas Kaukenas accounted for 11 points in the first half as the hosts piled up a 37:33 lead at the interval. However Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) and Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) teamed up for an 8:2 surge at the start of the second half as Germany pulled in front 41:39. Lithuania immediately responded with a 13:2 surge to gain back the lead. The home team ensured a 58:52 lead with one quarter remaining. Robin Benzing and Chris Kaman helped Germany level things up at 62 midway through the final term. The teams traded baskets before Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) ignited a 8:0 run from the hosts that sealed their victory. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) posted 17 points, while Jonas Valanciunas added 15 in the win. Chris Kaman answered with 25 points and 13 boards for Germany. Robin Benzing chipped in 18 points, while Dirk Nowitzki managed 16 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Serbia - Turkey 68-67 Serbia earned a crucial win at the EuroBasket 2011. They overcame Turkey in a dramatic clash in Vilnius to improve at 2-3 record in Second Round Group E. Serbia thus clinched the spot in the tournaments quarterfinal. Turkey slipped at 1-4 record and remained without playoffs. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) orchestrated the victory tallying 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbia started the game on a 10:2 run. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting an 18:11 advantage ten minutes into the game. Milos Teodosic stretched the gap to 14 points midway through the second term 29:15. Turkey however managed to narrow the deficit to 8 points 27:35 at the interval. Turkey tipped off the second half on a 7:2 surge to narrow the gap. Serbia did not allow their opponents to pull in front securing a 56:53 lead with one quarter to go. Turkey got as close as two points with under three minutes to go 60:62. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Milos Teodosic made it 68:63 for Serbia but Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) and Arslan accounted for four points in a row to keep Turkey hopeful. Milos Teodosic missed a triple but Omer Onan (194-G-78) got his shot blocked and Serbia escaped with a heart-stopping win at the end. Dusko Savanovic provided 14 points, while Milenko Tepic contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Enes Kanter and Omer Onan answered with 11 points each for Turkey. Ersan Ilyasova had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
France - Spain 69-96 Spain claimed the third straight win at the Second Stage of European Championship. They knocked down France to climb on top of Group E. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 16 points to lead the effort. France suffered their first loss at the tournament and slipped to the second position in the ladder. Spain opened the game with five points in a row but Les Bleus soon erased the deficit. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) accounted for 10 points in the period to put France in front 22:21. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense second frame. Spain had the last laugh though as Sada made it 39:38 at halftime. The third term turned into a disaster for Les Bleus. Spain opened it with an 18:2 run to grab a 57:40 advantage. The margin just kept on growing as Spain entered the fourth frame up by 20 points 68:48. Reyes scored five quick points as the La Roja stretched the margin and never looked back again. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) provided 15 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for Spain. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) contributed 11 points in the victory. Kevin Seraphin answered with 18 points for France. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) delivered 16 points in the loss.
Slovenia - Finland 67-60 Slovenia booked their European Championship quarterfinal tickets. They overcame Finland in a decisive clash in Group F. Slovenia improved at 2-3 record, leaving Finland behind at 1-4 record. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Slovenia opened the game with five points in a row but Finland quickly erased the deficit. The teams traded baskets as Slovenia eked out a 14:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) and Erazem Lorbek put Slovenia in front 22:15 midway through the second term. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) soon enlarged the margin to 10 points 34:24. Slovenia secured a 42:28 lead at the interval. Finland cut the deficit igniting a 7:0 run early in the second half. Slovenia hung on to post a 54:48 advantage with one quarter remaining. Erazem Lorbek boosted the gap back to double figures in the fourth term 60:49. However Finland refused to surrender. Trailing by as many as 12 points with under four minutes to go they organized a 9:1 run that put them within just four points from Slovenia 60:64. Erazem Lorbek and Goran Dragic scored three free throws in the dying moments to seal the victory for Slovenia. Uros Slokar accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Jaka Lakovic added 11 points in the win. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) answered with 14 points, while Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) had 13 points in defeat.
Greece - Georgia 73-60 Greece claimed the third position in Group F of the European Championship. They wrapped up the Second Round action with victory over Georgia. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) stepped up with 15 points to lead the effort. Georgia fell at 0-5 record after the loss. Greece opened the game with four points in a row but it was Georgia who finished the quarter on top. They used a 6:0 run at the end of the period to grab a 13:12 advantage. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second period. Georgia stayed in charge as they established a 35:32 lead after one half of action. However the Hellenes organized an 11:2 run midway through the third term to take a 48:43 lead. They secured a 51:47 advantage at the final intermission. Greece tipped off the fourth frame with six points in a row to make it 57:47. They did not slow down afterwards rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Ioannis Bourousis knocked down 13 points, while Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) contributed 10 points in the victory. Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) and Tornike Shengelia answered with 11 points apiece in the loss.
Russia - FYR Macedonia 63-61 Sergey Monya (203-F-83)'s buzzer beater brings Russia top place in Group F. Russia surprised FYR Macedonia in the last seconds to win 63:61 and remained the only undefeated team in the tournament. Stojanovski, Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) surprised Russia in the opening tip giving his side 8-0 lead. Russia needed however 5 minutes and then Fridzon tied the game at 11:11. Antonov gave Russia the first lead, while Shved closed the first period at 20:19, FYR Macedonia. Fridzon nailed three to tie the score at 22:22 early in the second and Shved scored for 26:23. Vorontsevich and Bykov increased to 7 points, while Pero Antic and Chekovski reduced to 30:28. Stojanovski sent the teams to the lockers at 37:34, Russia. The battle continued in the court in the second half as well and the teams exchanged another lead several times. Pero Antic gave FYR Macedonia 40:39 and Mozgov tied it all at 43:43. Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: World Sport Agency) later made the same at 49:49, while Shved gave Russia 51:49 after three quarters. Sergey Monya and again Shved opened the last period for 55:48 and Sergey Monya nailed three for 58:51. Stojanovski cut it to 4 after the long shot from the perimeter. Vlado Ilievski followed him with another shot for 58:57 and Khryapa increased to three points with 2 minutes in the court. Bo McCalebb cut it to 60:59 and Russia needed timeout with 1 minute remaining. Bo McCalebb made two free throws for 61:60 lead with 40 seconds and Blatt asked for another Timeout. Shved top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Fridzon posted 11. Bykov and Mozgov nailed 8 points apiece in a win. Bo McCalebb ended up with 16 points in the losing as FYR Macedonia finished on the second place. Pero Antic collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Samardziski notched 9.
Player of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA Eurobasket.com All-Europe Small Forward of the Year: Rudy Fernandez (197-SF-85) of Real Madrid Eurobasket.com All-Europe Power Forward of the Year: Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) of Fenerbahce Istanbul Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year: Anthony Randolph (... [read more]
Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards
for last year.
Eurobasket has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are
located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking below.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final
ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European leagues in
last (15-16) and this (16-17) season, so it may apply also to non-European
players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played
overseas (mostly in NBA).
This year, for All-Europe, votes were dominated by CSKA's backcourt duo - Nando
De Colo (196-SG-87)
who led Russian powerhouse to Euroleague Title last season. Our correspondents
selected French combo as Best Player in 2016. The Regular Season MVP was a
leading scorer of Euroleague with 19.4ppg and had great performance in the
championship game at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany (when scored 10 of
his game-high 22 points), and earned Final Four MVP honors. He also represented
French National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (5 games:
15.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg)).
For the second time (previously in 2010) Milos
named best Point Guard of the Year. Serbian player finally earned an Euroleague
title in his 5th season in CSKA. Teodosic played great in Rio, where he led
Serbian National Team to the final and named All-Olympic Games 1st Team.
Best Small Forward award went to Rudy
of Real Madrid. In his 5th season he is still their key player in both
Euroleague and Spanish Liga Endesa. He was also one of the leaders of Spanish
National Team at Olympic Games in Rio where he averaged 11.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg
and 2.0spg. Rudy was already named best SF back in 2008, 2013 and 2014.
Czech athletic phenom Jan
was once again selected as Best Power Forward of the Year. Thanks to his great
performance during the whole year he helped Fenerbahce to reach Euroleague Final
(they lost to CSKA in thriller OT) and Turkish League trophy.
Best Center Award went to versatile american big man - Anthony
of Real Madrid. Last season he was a leader of an amazing Lokomotiv Kuban team
that managed to reach Euroleague Final Four for the first time in club history
(they emilminated FC Barcelona on their way). In summer he was signed by Real
There could only be one Coach of the Year - Dimitris
finally brought Euroleague title to CSKA.
of the New York Knicks was named Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the
Year. Kristaps is as exciting as any young player in the NBA, has a ton of
potential. The No. 4 overall pick of the 2015 Draft has improved immensely and
is already among league's stars.
Both backcourt positions were "reserved" for CSKA duo - Milos
Nando De Colo.
At Small Forward position we have Giannis
of Milwaukee Bucks. The "Greek Freak" at just 22 years old is proving to be a
special one, like no other, already one of the league's best players. The
stat-stuffing phenom is leading the Bucks in points, rebounds, assists, steals,
blocks, minutes and many other aspects of the game.
At Center position we have Rudy
of Utah Jazz. One of the best athletes in the NBA is still improving his game,
currently averaging double-double in his 3rd year in the league. He also
represented French National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
where in 5 games averaged 5.4ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.0bpg.
All-Europe - only players, who played in Europe in 2016 (both domestic and
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year:Nando
De Colo (196-SG-87)
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year:Milos
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year: Nando
De Colo (196-SG-87)
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Small Forward of the Year:Rudy
of Real Madrid
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Power Forward of the Year:Jan
of Fenerbahce Istanbul
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year:Anthony
of Real Madrid
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Coach of the Year:Dimitris
All-Europeans - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or
overseas in 2016
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year: Kristaps
of NY Knicks
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year:Milos
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Shooting Guard of the Year:Nando
De Colo (196-SG-87)
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Small Forward of the Year:Giannis
of Milwaukee Bucks
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year:Kristaps
of NY Knicks
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Center of the Year: Rudy
of Utah Jazz
The EuroBasket 2017 will be the 40th edition of the EuroBasket championship that is organized by FIBA Europe. Tournament will be hosted by four countries: Israel, Romania, Finland and Turkey, and tournament will begin on 31. August and it will be played until 17. September&n... [read more]
The EuroBasket 2017 will be the 40th edition of the EuroBasket championship that is organized by FIBA Europe. Tournament will be hosted by four countries: Israel, Romania, Finland and Turkey, and tournament will begin on 31. August and it will be played until 17. September 2017. A number of 24 qualified teams will play in groups of six; the four best teams in these groups advancing to a single-elimination knockout stage.
Group A: Poland, Greece, France, Finland, Iceland, Slovenia Group B: Ukraine, Israel, Lithuania, Georgia, Italy, Germany Group C: Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, Montenegro, Romania, Hungary Group D: United Kingdom, Russia, Serbia, Latvia, Turkey, Belgium
One of the rules was that host countries can choose partner-nation. The partnerships bring together Finland and Iceland, Israel and Lithuania, Romania and Hungary, and Turkey and Russia.
FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Draw seedings announced - 4 months ago
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The official draw seedings for FIBA EuroBasket 2017 have been released prior to Tuesday's Draw. In Istanbul at 16.00 CET Tuesday, the 24 teams that will play in next summer's Final Round will be drawn into four groups of six teams each. The seedings for the Draw are based on the Competition Regulations of FIBA Europe, taking into account the results of the participating nations in their last FIBA Europe competition (s). The seedings are as follows: Seed 1: Spain, Lithuania, France, Serbia... [read more]
The official draw seedings for FIBA EuroBasket 2017 have been released prior to Tuesday's Draw. In Istanbul at 16.00 CET Tuesday, the 24 teams that will play in next summer's Final Round will be drawn into four groups of six teams each. The seedings for the Draw are based on the Competition Regulations of FIBA Europe, taking into account the results of the participating nations in their last FIBA Europe competition (s). The seedings are as follows: Seed 1: Spain, Lithuania, France, Serbia Seed 2: Greece, Italy, Czech Republic, Latvia Seed 3: Croatia, Israel, Turkey, Finland Seed 4: Russia, Slovenia, Hungary, Georgia Seed 5: Germany, Belgium, Poland, Montenegro Seed 6: Iceland, Great Britain, Ukraine, Romania.
The host federations had the right to choose one partner federation, who will be automatically drawn into the same group. The partnerships bring together Finland and Iceland; Israel and Lithuania; Romania and Hungary; and Turkey and Russia. The Draw Ceremony can be followed live on YouTube.com/FIBA from 15.00 CET. FIBA EuroBasket 2017 will take place from 31 August to 17 September and will be co-hosted by Finland, Israel, Romania and Turkey. Courtesy of: fiba.com
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