Serbia - Montenegro 71-73 Montenegro celebrated the second consecutive win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They upset Serbia in Belgrade tonight. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) dropped a deadly three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to win the game for the visitors. Serbia greeted Montenegro with a strong start to the game. Serbia ensured a 23:15 lead ten minutes into the game. However Montenegro used a 7:0 run midway through the second quarter to pull in front 33:31. Serbia tied things up at 35 at halftime. The lead changed hands throughout the third term. Serbia eked out a 55:52 advantage heading into the fourth term. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) and Milan Macvan ensured a 67:54 lead for the hosts midway through the fourth period. However Montenegro went on a 19:3 rally capped by a three-pointer from Nikola Ivanovic to seal the victory. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) finished with 17 points to pace the winners. Aleksa Popovic and Bojan Dubljevic provided 11 points each for Montenegro. Milos Teodosic answered with 21 points for Serbia. Milan Macvan had 17 points in the loss.
Israel - Estonia 86-88 OT Estonia upset Israel in Rishon Le Zion in Day 2 of the EuroBasket qualifying campaign. Estonia needed overtime to take 88:86 road win in Group A. Israel easily started the game with 25-12 but the victory flew away from them in the second half. They managed to keep 13-point advantage after the first half as both teams scored 15 points each in the second frame. Estonia however replied with 25-18 in the third quarter and added 23-17 for 75:75 when Dorbek nailed three to tie the game. The teams exchanged the lead in overtime but Sten-Timmu Sokk and Tanel Sokk made the last free throws for the final success. Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) poured in 21 points to lead the charge and Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) collected 17 points and 10 rebounds. Sten-Timmu Sokk delivered 16, while Tanel Sokk notched 9. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) replied with 23 points in defeat and Lior Eliyahu added 13. Raviv Limonad produced 12 and Yotam Halperin brought 11.
Slovakia - Iceland 75-81 Stefansson Jon leads Iceland over Slovak Republic in Levice in Day 2 of the EuroBasket qualifying campaign. The player scored 28 points as Iceland won 81:75. Iceland grabbed 21-17 after the first period and increased the lead to 8 points at the halftime. Slovakia meanwhile had a great third period and won it 23-10. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed three to give his side 59:52, but the hosts could not win the game. Baeringsson Hlynur closed the period at 59:53 and then Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82, college: Birm.Southern) closed the run at 62:59. Iceland pushed the tempo at the end of the game and reached the necessary win. Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) nailed 16 points for the winners and Jakob Sigurdarson posted 15. Baeringsson Hlynur collected 13 points and 11 rebounds in a win. Anton Gavel responded with high 31 points and Marko Roman netted 14.
Azerbaijan - Bulgaria 88-71 Azerbaijan surprise Bulgaria in Baku in Day 2 of the EuroBasket qualifying campaign. With only 6 participating players the hosts side celebrated a 88:71 victory. The hosts raced into an early 18-6 lead on two free throws from Davis, and led 26-14 at the end of the first quarter after Rasim Bashak nailed a late three-pointer. Moreover they won the second frame 27-17 and enjoyed 53:31 at the halftime. Azerbaijan also won the third period 23-21 and did not mind slowing down in the rest of the game. Bulgaria managed to win the last stanza 19-12 but could not come closer to the opponent. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) stepped up with 30 points for the winners, while Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) collected 16 points and 15 rebounds. Fuad Niftaliyev notched 15 and Rasim Bashak added 13. Aleksandar Georgiev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) and Bozhidar Avramov (196-PG-90, agency: Interperformances) posted 14 points each in the losing effort as Bulgaria is with 1-1 record. Nikolay Varbanov followed them with 10 points in a loss.
Germany - Luxembourg 101-53 Germany successfully starts EuroBasket qualifying campaign as they rolled over Luxembourg in their opener. The German machine needed a strong last quarter for 101:53 win. Luxembourg meanwhile lost their second straight game. Germany started with 25:10 lead in the first period but hardly increase the lead until the end of the third quarter. They added 20-17 in the second frame and 25-22 in the third quarter. The last period was a nightmare for Luxembourg that scored only 4 points. Germany erupted with 31 and reached three digit number on the board. Tim Ohlbrecht (210-F/C-88) nailed three with the buzzer for 101:53 win. Robin Benzing (209-SF-89) stepped up with 17 points for the initial success of the team. Tim Ohlbrecht, Zirbes Maik and Staiger Lucca each scored 12 points. Christopher Jones (186-G-90) replied with 19 points in defeat and Schumacher Tom notched 12.
Austria - Ukraine 57-61 Ukraine escape with narrow win in Schwechat as they beat Austria for 2-0 record in Group C. Ukrainian kept the hosts scoreless in the last five minutes and grabbed 61:57 win. Austria was not afraid of the Fratellos team and started with 19:16 in the first period. Ukraine meanwhile answered with 16-10 in the second period and grabbed 32:29 at the halftime. Austria again took the lead back after 22-16 in the third quarter. Rasid Mahalbasic gave Austria 57:54 with 5 minutes to go, but those points were the last in the game for the hosts. Steven Burtt tied the game from the perimeter and Pecherov scored for 59:57. The latter also made a free throw and Drozdov added one more for the final result in the game. Pecherov paced all the winners with 11 points and Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) netted 9. Steven Burtt and Maxym Korniyenko followed them with 8 points each. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Rasid Mahalbasic netted 17. Jason Detrick finished the game with 12 points for the hosts and Moritz Lanegger brought 6.
Croatia - Cyprus 93:38
Georgia - Romania 80-64 Georgia played their first game at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They hosts Romania in Tbilisi. The hosts celebrated a comfortable victory to improve at 1-0 record in Group D. Romania fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Jacob Pullen (183-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) led the hosts with 19 points. Georgia and Romania stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The hosts managed to clear off to a 6-point lead at the first break 24:18. Romania cut the deficit at 2-point mark midway through the second term. But Georgia were able to take a 5-point halftime lead 44:39. Georgia capped the third term with eight points in a row to finally get away at 11-point distance 60:49. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) and Shengelia dropped back-to-back three-pointers as Georgia secured a 66:50 lead early in the fourth quarter. Georgia maintained the advantage and rolled to the victory at the end. Manuchar Markoishvili accounted for 14 points, while Giorgi Shermadini added 13 points for the winners. Catalin Baciu (214-C-88, college: Clemson) answered with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Romania. Vlad Moldoveanu had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Holland - Bosnia 89-107 Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the second straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They shot down Netherlands for 2-0 record on top of Group D. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) came up with another sizzling performance scoring 33 points in the win. Netherlands stayed competitive throughout the first half. The Dutch team trailed by just two points at the first break 24:26. Netherlands managed to get within a single point at halftime 50:51. Slagter opened the second half with a three-pointer to put the hosts in front. However Bosnia and Herzegovina responded with a 19:2 run to spur back in charge. The visitors silenced Netherlands posting a 90:64 lead at the final break. Bosnia and Herzegovina never looked back cruising to the victory at the end. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 28 points, while Dalibor Persic finished with 14 points for the winners. Henk Norel (214-C-87) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Netherlands. Worthy de Jong had 16 points in the loss.
Finland - Albania 112-77 Finland celebrated the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They marched past Albania in Helsinki. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) scored 29 points to lead the hosts. Albania fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Finland set the tone in the opening quarter. The hosts unloaded 37 points to take 19-point lead at the first break. Finland stayed dominant in the second quarter. The home team extended their lead to 31-point mark at the interval. Albania erupted for 30 points in the third term but cut the deficit by just one point at the final intermission. Finland adjusted defence in the fourth term limiting Albania to 17 points and claiming an easy victory at the end. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) posted 19 points, while Mikko Koivisto added 11 points for the winners. Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) answered with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Albania. Klaudio Ndoja had 18 points in the loss.
Switzerland - Poland 66-80 Poland earned the initial win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They bounced back after the starting loss to Belgium to defeat Switzerland in Fribourg. Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) tallied 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Poland aggressively entered the game. The visitors piled up a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Poland stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They piled up a 40:32 halftime lead. Poland stretched the margin in the third term. The visitors established a comfortable 61:44 lead at the final break. Switzerland managed to narrow the deficit but could not threaten their opponents in the final period. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) accounted for 13 points, while Michal Ignerski added 12 points for the winners. Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points for Switzerland. David Ramseier had 12 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Turkey - Belarus 77-74 Turkey earned a tough home win over Belarus at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds as Turkey got away with a narrow win late in regulation. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) drained a late three-pointer as Turkey escaped with victory in opener. It was a tough battle from start to finish. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Turkey eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. Belarus stayed within a striking distance throughout the second quarter. The visitors would level things up on several occasions and eventually drew things level at 36 heading into the second half. Turkey used a 14:1 run in the third quarter to take an 11-point lead. The hosts ensured a 60:48 advantage at the final intermission. But Belarus answered with a 14:3 rally to narrow the deficit to a single point 62:63. Semih Erden and Emir Preldzic kept Turkey in front but Pustahvar and Ulyanko knotted things up at 69. The teams were tied at 74 with 8 seconds remaining in regulation. However Emir Preldzic hit a three-pointer and then Semih Erden blocked Meshcharakou's attempt to seal the victory for the home team. Emir Preldzic accounted for 14 points, while Sinan Guler added 11 points for the winners. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) answered with 21 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski netted 17 points in the loss.
Czech Republic - Italy 53-63 Italy recorded the second straight win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They took down Czech Republic in Chomutov to climb at 2-0 record on top of Group F. Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) posted 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Azzurri. Czech Republic fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Czech Republic opened the game with six straight points and stayed in front throughout the opening quarter. The hosts posted a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. However Italy tipped off the second quarter on a 9:2 run to surge ahead. Datome soon opened a double-digit lead for Italy. The Azzurri secured a 35:29 halftime advantage. Italy kept the hosts at bay throughout low-scoring third term. The visitors entered the fourth stanza up by 7 points 44:37. Czech Republic never got closer than 6 points in the final term and had to surrender at the end. David Chiotti (206-C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) posted 10 points, while Daniel Hackett added 9 points for the winners. Jakub Houska (206-PF-82) topscored with 14 points for Czech Republic. Petr Benda netted 10 points and 7 rebounds for the home side.
Best Player: Andre Spight (6'3''-G-95) of Armenia Best Guard: Andre Spight (6'3''-G-95) of Armenia Best Forward: Tevin Falzon (6'8''-F-92) of Malta Best Center: Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) of Armenia 1st Team G: Andre Spight (6'3''-G-95) of Armenia SG: Guillem Colom (191-SG-91) of Andorra ... [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-European Championship for Small Countries 1st Team 2016
The one-two punch of Andre Spight (190-G-95) and Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) led Armenia to their maiden basketball success. Andorra finished second, while San Marino grabbed the bronze. Armenia dominated the Final against Andorra from the start and won the game 79-71. An early 9-0 run was enough to secure a 25-12 lead after the first ten minutes, and the Armenians never looked back after that. Andorra could not cope with Dunston under the basket, losing the rebounding battle 45-32, and Sp... [read more]
The one-two punch of Andre Spight (190-G-95) and Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) led Armenia to their maiden basketball success. Andorra finished second, while San Marino grabbed the bronze.
Armenia dominated the Final against Andorra from the start and won the game 79-71. An early 9-0 run was enough to secure a 25-12 lead after the first ten minutes, and the Armenians never looked back after that. Andorra could not cope with Dunston under the basket, losing the rebounding battle 45-32, and Spight was lethal from outside.
Spight, who was voted FIBA European Championship for Small Countries MVP, connected on 4-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc to lead all scorers with 27 points. Dunston had a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, and three more Armenians ended with eight points to their names.
Guillem Colom (191-SG-91) scored 22 points for Andorra, with Alberto Farfan (193-F-91) adding 15 more. Cinto Gabriel Morilla finished with 14 points, Oriol Fernandez (186-F-88) had 12, but the rest of Andorra combined for only eight points.
Andorra's run of two consecutive golds at the Championship has ended, while Armenia came up on top in their first official tournament. San Marino joined them on the podium after a 60-53 win over Ireland.
Ireland had led by four heading into the final ten minutes, and stayed in front until Gioele Moretti (191-F/G-93) hit a three-pointer to make it 52-50 with three and a half minutes left. Moretti's three was also the start of a 9-0 run which was enough to secure the win.
Federico Cardinali had a team-high 14 points for San Marino, but Moretti was their game hero, with an all-round performace - 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Jordan Blount (198-G-97) and Brian Fitzpatrick (203-F-89, college: Bucknell) combined for 32 points and 26 rebounds, but it was not enough for a medal in Moldova.
The home team booked fifth place with a 73-63 win over Malta. Wales ended in seventh place after a 67-40 triumph against Gibraltar.
Two-time defending champions Andorra will be looking for a three-peat on Sunday. Their Final opponent will be Armenia. Led by their dynamic duo of Andre Spight (190-G-95) and Bryant Dunston (203-C-86), Armenia defeated previously unbeaten Ireland 74-60. The game was tied at 53 with seven minutes left to play when Armenia stepped up their defense and kept Ireland scoreless for four minutes. Spight led the charge on the other side of the court in a 10-0 run. Armenia never looked back, booki... [read more]
Two-time defending champions Andorra will be looking for a three-peat on Sunday. Their Final opponent will be Armenia. Led by their dynamic duo of Andre Spight (190-G-95) and Bryant Dunston (203-C-86), Armenia defeated previously unbeaten Ireland 74-60. The game was tied at 53 with seven minutes left to play when Armenia stepped up their defense and kept Ireland scoreless for four minutes. Spight led the charge on the other side of the court in a 10-0 run. Armenia never looked back, booking a place in their first Final of the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries. Spight had a game-high 24 points, connecting on 8-of-14 attempts from inside the arc. Zareh Zargaryan (198-F-89, college: CS Dominguez H.) great performance, finishing game with 17 points and eight rebounds. However, Dunston was the game hero for Armenia, with the stat line of 13 points, 14 rebounds, 6 blocks and 3 steals. Ireland's 19-year-old Jordan Blount (198-G-97) had 18 points, but it wasn't enough for a place in the Final. Ireland will be fighting for bronze with San Marino, who suffered a heartbreaking 63-57 loss to Andorra. San Marino were trailing 60-57 heading into the final minute, but Andrea Raschi (201-F/G-79, agency: Octagon Europe) missed a couple of three-point shots to potentially tie the game. Albert Farfan De Los Godos and Guillem Colom (191-SG-91) kept their calm from the line to guide Andorra to victory. Farfan De Los Godos was the top performer for the defending champs with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor. Roger Lliteras (195-G-96) hit five three-pointers and finished with 17 points. San Marino had four players in double figures led by Matteo Botteghi (203-C/F-95) and his 13-point, 15-rebound double-double, but will have to settle for the bronze medal match on Sunday. The finalists have already played each other in this tournament. Andorra won the Group B match-up 70-63 back on Wednesday. Classification games for fifth to eight place saw Malta defeat Wales 63-51, while Moldova defeated Gibraltar 85-43. Wales and Gibraltar will play for seventh, Malta and Moldova get to fight for fifth place on Sunday.
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