Estonia - Slovakia 95-74 Tallinn saw a successful start of the home side at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Estonia overcame Slovak Republic 95:74 in the start of Group A in the capital. Estonia took 27:20 after the first period and added 24-22 in the second frame. Janar Talts (207-PF-83) sent the teams to the lockers at 51:42 and Sokk increased to 11 points early in the third. Estonia continued to dominate the court and grabbed 75:60 after thirty minutes. They added another productive 20-14 in the last stanza for the first victory. Janar Talts top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) added 15. Arbet Gregor netted 14, while Dorbek Gert had 11. Jozef Vojtek (204-F-85) replied with 13 points in defeat and Nuber Robert had 12. Pandula Dusan delivered 10, while Gavel Anton scored 9.
Montenegro - Israel 75-69 Montenegro won over Israel in Podgorica in front of about 4000 fans. The hosts grabbed 75:69 win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Israel won the opening tip 8:2 and managed to win the first period 20:17. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) later tied the game at 26:26 and then Sekulic Blagota scored for 37:34 at the end of the half. The teams exchanged the lead several more times in the third period as Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored for 54:46 at the end of it. He later brought 61:53, but Israel could not win. Suad Sehovic tied the game at 69:69 and Montenegro closed the game with a 9-0 run for the final win. Suad Sehovic top-scored for the winners with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) and Sekulic Blagota also scored 12. Dasic Vladimir netted 10 points in a winning effort. Lior Eliyahu answered with 22 points in the losing effort, while Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) posted 17. Ohayon Yogev and Tyus Alex brought 8 points each in a loss.
Iceland - Serbia 78-91 Serbia won over Iceland Reykjavik to start EuroBasket Qualification Round successfully. The Serbian side overcame the hosts 91:78 in the opener. Serbia scored the first four points in the game but then Iceland grabbed 9:7 advantage. Teodosic Milos closed the period at 24:19, while Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 29:22. Macvan Milan brought 38:25 and Vladimir Lucic delivered two for 44:27. Nedovic sent the teams to the lockers at 47:29. In the second half Iceland looked better in the court and produced two narrow victories in the third and the last periods. It was however enough to cut to 13 final points. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Vladimir Lucic netted 16. Teodosic Milos delivered 14, while Macvan Milan had 13. Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) replied with 21 points in the losing effort and Ermolinskij Pavel delivered 14. Baeringsson Hlynur poured in 13, whilst Sigurdarson Jakob had 12.
Luxembourg - Azerbaijan 78-101 Azerbaijan registered the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They stunned Luxembourg on the road tonight. Zaur Pashayev (188-G-83) provided 21 points to lead the visitors. Azerbaijan exploded with 31 points in the opening quarter to clear off. They posted a 14-point lead after ten minutes. The visitors stayed aggressive offensively in the second quarter. Azerbaijan extended the lead to 18 points at halftime 59:41. Azerbaijan did not slow down after the big break. They erupted for 27 points in the third quarter to ensure a 20-point buffer before the fourth term. Azerbaijan limited the hosts to 12 points in the final term to seal a comfortable win at the end. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) and Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) accounted for 20 points each for the winners. Samy Picard (196-PF-88) answered with 28 points for Luxembourg. Tom Schumacher provided 18 points in the loss.
Bulgaria - Sweden 78-73 Bulgaria recorded the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off visiting Sweden for 1-0 record in Group B. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 13 points to lead the home team. Bulgaria and Sweden traded baskets throughout intese first quarter. Hristo Nikolov capped the period with a three-pointer to give Bulgaria a 21:19 lead. The hosts used a 6:0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 33:27 lead. The margin soon grew at 8-point mark. Bulgaria ensured a 44:40 lead at halftime. Sweden kept within striking distance throughout the third quarter. The Scandinavian team trailed by three points heading into the fourth frame 57:60. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) scored first six points for Bulgaria in the fourth term to put Bulgaria up by 7 points 66:59. Sweden cut the deficit to three points on several occasions but Bulgaria hung on to escape with victory at the end. Chester Simmons posted 12 points, while Nikolay Varbanov, Filip Videnov and Hristo Nikolov added 11 points each for the winners. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) answered with 26 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for Sweden. Christian Maraker had 15 points in the loss.
Cyprus - Austria 86-89 OT Austria ease past Cyprus in overtime at the start of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Austria side grabbed 89:86 win over the host in Nicosia. At first Austria won the first period 22:17 and then erupted with 21-12 in the second frame. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma) brought 43:29 at the halftime, but the victory was not that easy. Cyprus reduced to 5 points after three quarters when they produced 22-13 in the third period. Cyprus needed another 18-13 in the fourth period to tie the game after four periods. Cyprus led 81:78 in overtime, but Austria had a strong finish to seal the victory. Jason Detrick paced all the winners with 20 points and Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) nailed 18. Mahalbasic Rasid delivered 17, while Lanegger Moritz and Maresch Anton scored 12 apiece. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) answered with 23 points in the losing effort. Pilavas Andreas posted 21 and Razis Christopher had 13.
Ukraine - Hungary 77-71 Ukraine beat Hungary in Dnepropetrovsk at their start of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The home side grabbed 77:71 win in Group C opener. More than 5000 came to see the game of the National team in Dnepropetrovsk. Ukraine started well and won the first period 23-20. In the second period Hungary however grabbed the lead and had 41:39 at the halftime. Horvath Akos increased to 44:39 early in the fourth, while Trotter nailed three for 52:46. Wittmann Krisztian kept the advantage at 59:57 at the end of the third period, but the guests could not win. Ukraine trailed until the last minute, but managed to seal the victory. Burtt Steven and Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) were perfect from the free throw line for the final success. Sergii Gladyr paced all the winners with 19 points and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13. Burtt Steven delivered 12, while Natyazhko Kyryl posted 11. Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Horvath Akos as well as Szabo Miklos added 10 apiece. Wittmann Krisztian followed them with 8 points in a loss.
Bosnia - Latvia 87-84 Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They overcame visiting Latvia in Sarajevo. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the hosts. Bosnia and Herzegovina fired 23 points in the opening quarter but Latvia almost matched the effort and trailed by just one point at the first break. Bosnia and Herzegovina managed to clear off to a 3-point lead at halftime 41:38. Latvia capped the third term on a 7:2 run to take a 67:64 lead into the fourth frame. Mejeris stretched the lead to 6 points early in the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands numerous times before Persic and Zach Wright gave the home team an 85:82 lead with 5 seconds remaining. Davis Bertans put Latvia within one but Djedovic answered with two accurate free throws and sealed the victory for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) provided 20 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Elmedin Kikanovic added 18 points in the victory. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) answered with 18 points for Latvia. Davis Bertans had 17 points in the loss.
Romania - Holland 90-84 Romania celebrated the opening win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off Netherlands in the opener in Group D. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Romania and Netherlands got to a flying start. The teams teamed up for 55 points in the first quarter. Romania eked out a 28:27 lead. Netherlands denied the deficit in the second quarter. The teams stayed close and arrived at halftime tied at 45. Romania pulled ahead in the third quarter. They stayed hot red offensively and it finally paid off as the home team accumulated a 7-point lead into the fourth frame. Netherlands cut the deficit at 3 points late in regulation but Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88, college: American) sank two free throws and sealed the victory for Romania. He finished with 16 points, 9 assists and 4 boards for Romania. Ionut Dragusin and Mihai Silvasan added 14 points each for the winners. Henk Norel (214-C-87) answered with 27 points for Netherlands. Rogier Jansen netted 18 points in the loss.
Albania - Switzerland 51-76 Switzerland roll over Albania in Tirana in the last game of Day 1 at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Swiss side took 76:51 in their first game. Switzerland took 7:1 from the start and won the first period 20:10. Stockalper and Louissaint opened the second period from the arc, while David Ramseier (203-F/C-87) scored for 29:13. Switzerland later had 39:27 at the end of the half and Petkovic Stefan brought 45:29. Ramseier and Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) closed the period at 61:42 when it became clear about the winner. The guests also added 15-9 in the last period to seal the victory. Dusan Mladjan led the way with 24 points and David Ramseier netted 13. Petkovic Stefan and Brunner Greg scored 9 points each as the latter also grabbed 11 rebounds. Ersid Luca (212-C-81) finished the game with 12 points and Karaj Erkand notched 11. Shima Gerti ended up with 10 and Hysenagolli Endrit had 7.
Poland - Belgium 57-64 Belgium upset Poland in Sopot to open their EuroBasket qualifying campaign with a victory. The Belgian side grabbed 64:57 win over the hosts at the end of Day 1. Poland looked better in the start of the game and reached 21:17 at the end of the quarter. Ignerski later scored for 29:24, but Belgium replied with a 9-0 run for 33:29. Ponitka meanwhile managed to tie the game at 33:33. Belgium looked better in the third period and scored final nine points of the period, with Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87)'s three-pointer making it 49:40 on the buzzer. Poland reduced to 2 points at the end of the fourth period, but could not come closer. Tabu-Eboma and Maxime De Zeeuw brought the final points in a win. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Maxime De Zeeuw and Mukubu Wen Boss posted 11 each. Beghin Christophe ended up with 10 points for the winners. Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) netted 23 in defeat, whilst Koszarek Lukasz delivered 12.
Italy - Portugal 97-45 Italy left no chance for visiting Portugal at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) scored 21 points to lift the Azzurri to a comfortable win at the end. Italy dominated from start to finish. They built a 24:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Italy fired 26 points in the second quarter to boost the lead. The hosts piled up a 50:20 halftime lead. Italy extended the lead in the third quarter. They established an insurmountable 46-point buffer heading into the fourth term 75:29. Portugal could not recover and Italy coasted to the victory in the final quarter. Angelo Gigli (209-PF-83) finished with 14 points, while Danilo Gallinari and Stefano Mancinelli added 11 points each for the winners. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) answered with 9 points for Portugal. Jaime Silva netted 8 points in the loss.
Belarus - Czech Republic 65-73 Czech Republic registered the opening win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Belarus in Minsk in Group F opener. David Jelinek (194-SG-90) scored 16 points to lead the visitors. Czech Republic led by a single point after ten minutes 19:18. The visitors extended the lead in the second quarter. The Czech side accumulated a 39:30 halftime advantage. Belarus finally tuned their game in after the big break. The hosts got within one point at the final intermission. Charykau drew things level at 55 early in the fourth quarter. However Czech Republic kept Belarus scoreless for almost six minutes midway through the final term to take a 66:60 lead. Belarus could not recover and watched the visitors rally to the victory. Petr Benda (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) posted 13 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky and Jiri Welsch had 12 points each for the winners. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) answered with 16 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski netted 14 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka look forward to Eurobasket 2013 - May 21, 2013
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Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) look forward to Eurobasket 2013. Juan Antonio Orenga is sure both of them can play on the same level as absent Pau Gasol.
Marc Gasol spent his best season in NBA. He has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. LeBron James finished second, with Serge Ibaka finishing third. In 2011-2012 for Memphis Grizzlies (NBA, starting five) Marc Gasol 14.6 points per game and 7 [read more]
Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) look forward to Eurobasket 2013. Juan Antonio Orenga is sure both of them can play on the same level as absent Pau Gasol. Marc Gasol spent his best season in NBA. He has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. LeBron James finished second, with Serge Ibaka finishing third. In 2011-2012 for Memphis Grizzlies (NBA, starting five) Marc Gasol 14.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds. In the first Semifinal game he scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Serge Ibakas season in NBA is finished. His Oklahoma City Thunder lost to Marc Gasols Memphis in the Quarterfinal series. This season he showed massive 13.1 points per game and had 7.8 rebounds.
Linas Kleiza is confirmed for Lithuanian National Team - May 21, 2013
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Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) is confirmed for Lithuanian National Team. The NBA Star will play for the team at EuroBasket 2013.
Linas Kleiza is a well-known player not only in Europe, but also in the US. He played for Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets and then head back to Europe for one season. In 2009-2010 Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus offered a stunning 2,300,000 salary for him as he averaged 14.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 59 [read more]
Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) is confirmed for Lithuanian National Team. The NBA Star will play for the team at EuroBasket 2013. Linas Kleiza is a well-known player not only in Europe, but also in the US. He played for Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets and then head back to Europe for one season. In 2009-2010 Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus offered a stunning 2,300,000 salary for him as he averaged 14.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 80.0%. In Euroleague he became the top-scorer with 17.1ppg, Reb-4 (6.5rpg), 1.3apg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 79.8% In 2010-2011 moved to Toronto Raptors (NBA, starting five) and averaged 11.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 63.1%. In 2011-2012 for Toronto Raptors (NBA) his stats read 9.7ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 81.0%. Last season Linas Kleiza showed 7.4 points per game. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) and Martynas Pocius (196-SG-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) were named in the 15-strong Lithuanian national team preliminary squad as well.
Israeli Omri Casspi is ready for his trip to Slovenia - May 21, 2013
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Israeli Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) is ready for his trip to Slovenia to help his side at Eurobasket 2013. The only NBAer in the team, Omri Casspi will be the key player for his National team.
Two years ago the Head Coach of the Israeli NT Arik Shivek had to release Casspi from the squad and they went without him to Lithuania. Omri Casspi had 16.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 1.4 apg for 8 games in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. Two years ago in Poland he registered 5 [read more]
Israeli Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) is ready for his trip to Slovenia to help his side at Eurobasket 2013. The only NBAer in the team, Omri Casspi will be the key player for his National team. Two years ago the Head Coach of the Israeli NT Arik Shivek had to release Casspi from the squad and they went without him to Lithuania. Omri Casspi had 16.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 1.4 apg for 8 games in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. Two years ago in Poland he registered 5.4 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 5 games. Casspi spent earlier two seasons in the NBA. In his rookie year Casspi had 10.3 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 77 games. The Kings selected him as 23rd overall pick at the 2009 NBA Draft. In 2012-2013 for Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA, starting five) his stats read 4.1 points per game. Israel will play the opener against United Kingdom.
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