Estonia - Montenegro 64-77 Montenegro reach third straight win in Group A of the EuroBasket qualifiers as they beat Estonia. The guests grabbed 77:64 for 3-0 record on top. Montenegro took 17:9 after the first period and added 16-14 in the second frame. Sokk and Arbert reduced to 5 points early in eh third, while Blagota Sekulic (209-C-82, agency: FCM) increased to 46:35. Bjelica nailed some free throws to close the period at 54:40. No matter how hard Estonia tried to catch up, they managed to reduce only to final 13 points. Dorbek Gert scored the last points for the home side. Sehovic Suad top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Dasic Vladimir netted 15. Blagota Sekulic delivered 12, whilst Dubljevic Bojan added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Dorbek Gert replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Janar Talts (207-PF-83) as well as Vene Siim-Sander had 11 each. Kangur Kristjan followed them with 10 points in a loss.
Iceland - Israel 83-110 Israel overcame Iceland in Group A of the 2013 Eurobasket Qualifiers. The Israeli team grabbed 110:83 away from home for the initial success. Israel improved to 1-2 record, while Iceland fell at the same record. Israel took massive 29-19 lead and continued their dominance in the first half. They added 21-17 in the second period and enjoyed 50:36 halftime advantage. The third quarter was a disaster for the home side that allowed the guests to explode with 30-15 for a massive lead. Yivzori nailed three to bring three digit number for the guests in the game with 3 minutes to go. His another three-pointer was the last for his team in the game as Israel had 110 points in the board for the win. Casspi and Limonad top-scored for the winners with 17 point and Tyus notched 16. Halperin poured in 13, while Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) added 11. Palsson finished the game with 19 points in the losing effort and Stefansson brought 17. Hlynur Baeringsson (197-F-82) notched 15, whilst Sigurdarson had 14.
Slovakia - Serbia 71-93 Serbia earned the second win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They overcame Slovak Republic on the road to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Slovak Republic suffered the third loss in a row and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) came up with 15 points and 7 assists to lead the visitors. The teams stayed on fire throughout the opening quarter. They teamed up for 50 points as Serbia eked out a 26:24 lead. Serbia stayed red hot in the second term. They knocked down 30 points more though Slovak Republic could not match the effort and faced a 17-point deficit at halftime 39:56. Serbia held their opponents to 13 points in the third term to accumulate a 27-point lead. Slovak Republic outscored the visitors in the fourth period but could not avoid another loss. Nenad Krstic had 14 points, while Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 26 points and 7 assists for Slovak Republic. Martin Sykora (193-G/F-81) had 12 points in the loss.
Sweden - Azerbaijan 96-79 Sweden posted the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They powered past visiting Azerbaijan for 1-1 record in Group B. Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) accounted for 19 points to lead the hosts. Azerbaijan opened the game aggressively. The hosts set the tone scoring 25 points in the first ten minutes and taking a 10-point lead. It did not take long for Sweden to recover. The hosts organized a rally that put them within one at halftime 41:42. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) allowed the hosts to spur in front early in the third term. Sweden piled up a 66:60 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Azerbaijan stayed close throughout the first part of the final quarter but then the visitors ran out of steam and Sweden capitalized. The home team went on a 13:3 run to post a 90:77 lead. Sweden did not look afterwards cruising to the victory. Jonas Jerebko delivered 18 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for Sweden. Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 27 points for Azerbaijan. Rasim Bashak had 24 points in the loss.
Bulgaria - Germany 70-82 Germany celebrated the second straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Bulgaria in Sofia to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Bulgaria in the meantime suffered the second straight loss and slipped at 1-2. Jan-Hendrik Jagla came up with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visitors. Germany opened the game with seven points in a row. They soon opened a double-digit lead but Cedric Simmons capped the frame with a three-pointer to put Bulgaria within 8 points 14:22. Lucca Staiger and Jan-Hendrik Jagla gave Germany a 30:16 lead early in the second frame. The hosts crowned the half with five points in a row to narrow the gap at 13-point mark 28:41. Germany maintained the lead well throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 8 points 58:50. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) and Avramov put the home team within six points but Germany quickly restored a 12-point lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Per Guenther provided 16 points, while Lucca Staiger and Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) had 12 points each for the winners. Chester Cedric Simmons answered with 21 points and 9 boards for Bulgaria. Chavdar Kostov netted 11 points in the loss.
Ukraine - Croatia 79-80 OT Croatia celebrated the second straight victory at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying campaign. They survived overtime drama in Kyiv to gain 2-0 record in Group C. Ukraine suffered the first loss and fell at 2-1 record. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) topscored with 20 points for Croatia. He drained a decisive three-pointer late in overtime to win the game for the visitors. Ukraine stayed confident throughout the opening quarter. They secured a 22:18 lead at the first break. The margin grew at 8-point mark midway through the second term 29:21. Croatia were able to narrow the gap at 2-point mark at halftime 36:38. Ukraine kept Croatia behind throughout the third frame. The hosts entered the fourth stanza up by one 53:52. Croatia triggered an 8:0 run that put the Balkan team in front 65:61 with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. Ukraine returned the lead after free throws by Zabirchenko 67:65 with just over two minutes remaining. Bojan Bogdanovic tied things up and Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) put Croatia in front once again but Steven Burtt drew things level at 69. Ukic was put on the stripe with 2 seconds remaining in regulation but missed both shots to send the game into overtime. Ukraine led throughout the bigger part of overtime however Bojan Bogdanovic nailed a late triple and sealed the victory for Croatia. Krunoslav Simon netted 15 points, while Damir Markota added 14 points for the winners. Viacheslav Kravtsov responded with 14 points for Ukraine. Steven Burtt, Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) and Pecherov had 11 points each in the loss.
Hungary - Austria 81-75 Hungary registered the first win in Group C of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Laszlo Ratgeber team took down visiting Austria for 1-1 record. Austria fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Peter Lorant delivered 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the hosts. Hungary led by a single point 14:13 after ten minutes. However Austria pulled in charge in the second frame. They went on a 12:2 run to ensure a 25:16 lead midway through the period. Austria arrived at halftime up by 5 points 38:33. The visitors opened an 8-point lead midway through the third quarter. Hungary returned the lead but Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) sank two free throws and sent Austria into the final frame up by one 59:58. The hosts opened the fourth frame on a 6:2 run to surge in front. Lanegger and Davor Lamesic returned the lead to Austria but Peter Lorant and Vojvoda made it 70:69 for Hungary. Hungary soon opened a 10-point lead 81:71. Austria could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Adam Hanga finished with 17 points, while Obie Trotter provided 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory. Rasid Mahalbasic (208-C-90) answered with 17 points for Austria. Davor Lamesic and Jason Detrick chipped in 13 points each in the loss.
Latvia - Holland 85-70 Latvia earned the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off visiting Netherlands in Riga. Rihards Kuksiks chipped in 28 points to lead the hosts. Netherlands fell at 0-3 record in Group D after the defeat. The teams stayed tied after ten minutes 22:22. Latvia pulled in front in the second quarter. The hosts accumulated a 40:36 halftime lead. Latvia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. Rihards Kuksiks nailed 11 points in the period as Latvia secured a 60:51 lead heading into the fourth frame. Jansen, Henk Norel and Kees Akerboom (200-SF-83, agency: Court Side) pulled the Dutch team within two points 65:67 midway through the final frame. However Latvia immediately responded with 12:3 rally to restore a safe cushion. Latvia kept their opponents at bay in the dying moments and sealed the victory. Kaspars Berzins had 13 points, while Davis Bertans (205-SF-92) netted 16 points in the win. Netherlands answered with 16 points from Henk Norel. Kees Akerboom banked 13 points in defeat.
Bosnia - Georgia 95-96 Georgia stayed perfect at Group D of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They sneaked past Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo for 2-0 record. Jacob Pullen scored 20 points to lead the visitors. Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered the first defeat and slipped at 2-1. Georgia shocked the hosts in the opening ten minutes. The visitors went on a massive 28:9 run to leave the hosts far behind. Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) pushed the margin to 21-point at the start of the second quarter. But Bosnia and Herzegovina started to wake up in the second frame. They got within 16-point mark at halftime 38:54. The hosts worked hard to narrow the gap at just 5 points 72:77 at the final break. Bosnia and Herzegovina would narrow the deficit at 2-point mark on several occasions in the final frame. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) drained a triple to make 95:96 with 26 seconds remaining. However the teams went scoreless in the dying seconds as Georgia escaped with victory at the end. Viktor Sanikidze posted 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) had 17 points for the winners. Mirza Teletovic replied with 27 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nihad Djedovic nailed 20 points in the loss.
Belgium - Switzerland 98-49 Belgium destroy Switzerland in Antwerp at the end of the third day at the 2013 Eurobasket Qualifiers. The hosts grabbed an easy 98:49 win as they clinched victories in all four quarters. Belgium started with 27-8 and never looked behind after. They added 25-21 in the second frame and enjoyed 52:29 lead at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the home side. Belgium won the third period 19-13 and finished the game with 27-7. De Zeeuw Maxime was the last to score in the game for the winning side. Tabu-Eboma Beye top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) notched 13. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) and De Zeeuw Maxime followed them with 10 points apiece.
Poland - Finland 79-81 Finland shock Poland in Koszalin in front of 3000 fans. The Nordic side grabbed valuable 81:79 win as Koponen Petteri made a free throw at the end of the game. It was a real thriller in the court. Both teams scored 22 points each in the first period and only in the second frame Finland took 2-point advantage after 20-18. Poland meanwhile replied with the same score in the third period and tied the game after three quarters. Berisha Dardan later made the same at 70:70 and Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) nailed three for 73:72. Huff Shawn and Koivisto nailed threes for 78:75, while Poland could reduce just to one point. Koponen Petteri made a free throw at the end of the game to seal the victory with Finland. Koponen Petteri poured in 26 points for the winners and Huff Shawn added 15. Lee Gerald notched 13, whilst Hanno Mottola (209-PF-76, college: Utah) added 11. Michal Ignerski answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Berisha Dardan brought 16. Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Skibniewski Robert delivered 9.
Italy - Turkey 78-69 Italy clinched the third straight win in Group F of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off Turkey in Sassari. Italy remained on top of the ladder at 3-0 record, while Turkey slipped at 1-1. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) top-scored with 23 points for the Azzurri. The visitors jumped to an early advantage. Turkey gained an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 8-point mark early in the second quarter. Arslan soon gave Turkey a 10-point lead. But Italy managed to cut the deficit to 4 points at the interval 32:36. Turkey maintained the lead throughout intense third quarter. The visitors entered the final stanza up by four points 55:51. Arslan, Gonlum and Erden made it 61:51 for Turkey at the start of the final frame. However Luigi Datome drained a triple to trigger an 18:1 run from the Azzurri as they posted a 71:64 lead with under three minutes to go. Italy never looked back afterwards marching to the victory. Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) finished with 15 points, while Danilo Gallinari accounted for 16 points and 11 boards for Italy. Emir Preldzic and Ilkan Karaman answered with 14 points apiece for Turkey.
Portugal-Czech Republic 67:74
Czech Republic closed Day 3 with the win over Portugal at the 2013 EuroBasket qualifying round. The guests grabbed 74:67 win in Feijo in front of 1500 fans. Czech Republic did not waste time and started with 24-10 in the first period. The victory however was not that easy later in the game. Portugal produced 24-19 in the second frame as Gomes Joao reduced to 41:34. Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) meanwhile brought 50:36 for the guests and Vojtech Hruban (200-G/F-89) scored for 58:44. Portugal tried hard to recover and managed to reduce to 4 points with 1 minute to go. Pumprla Pavel's however nailed three with the buzzer for the final success. Benda Petr top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Vojtech Hruban netted 12. Pumprla Pavel poured in 11, whilst Lubos Barton scored 9. Silva Jaime replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Gomes Joao brought 10.
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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