Serbia - Estonia 88-63 Serbia secured the third win in Group A of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They toppled Estonia for 3-1 record in the ladder. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) accounted for 12 points apiece for the hosts. Estonia fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Serbia stayed strong from the start. The home team accounted for 26 points in the opening frame and secured an 11-point lead. Serbia kept Estonia at bay throughout the second quarter. The Balkan team established a 50:28 halftime lead. Serbia boosted the margin even more in the third term. They piled up a 29-point buffer heading into the fourth stanza. Estonia responded with a 22:18 run in the final term but could not rescue the game. Danilo Andjusic (195-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points for Serbia. Reinar Hallik replied with 11 points for Estonia. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) netted 10 points in defeat.
Montenegro - Iceland 85-67 Montenegro clinched the fourth consecutive victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They held off visiting Iceland in Niksic. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 16 points to lead the home side. Montenegro set the tone early. The hosts fired 26 points in the starting period to earn an 11-point lead. Montenegro stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. The Balkan team ensured a 48:32 halftime lead. Iceland cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts scored just 12 points to lead by 15 points at the final intermission. However Montenegro quickly picked up the slack and exploded with 25 points in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) provided 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Suad Sehovic added 14 points for the winners. Hlynur Baeringsson (197-F-82) answered with 19 points for Iceland. Jakob Sigurdarson had 15 points in defeat.
Slovakia - Israel 64-82 Israel leveled their EuroBasket qualifying record at 2-2 after a road win over Slovak Republic. The Israel team celebrated the second win in the group after 82:64 over the hosts in Levice. Both teams stayed close to each other in the opening tip of the game, while Israel pushed the tempo at the end of the quarter and grabbed 27:20 lead. Pnini Guy later brought 34:23 and Limonad scored for 41:27. Slovak Republic trailed 18 points at the end of the half before Marko and Sykora reduced to 47:35 at the halftime. Israel did not slow down and produced 22-12 in the third period for a comfortable lead. They did not mind 13-17 in the last stanza for 18-point victory. Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) poured in 18 points to lead the winners, while Eliyahu Lior notched 14. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) scored 9, whilst Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) and Pnini Guy had 8 each. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Batka Michal added 7.
Germany - Sweden 81-66 Germany beat Sweden to stay perfect at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The German side overcame visiting Scandinavian team 81:66 for 3-0 record on top of Group B. Sweden meanwhile fell at 1-2 record. Germany started with 19-17 in the first period and produced massive 26-11 in the second frame. The home side also looked better in the third quarter and added 21-14 in it for 24-point advantage after 30 minutes. Sweden meanwhile managed to win the last period 24-15 and reduced to final 15 points. Massamba nailed three for 79:66, while Guenther closed the game with a lay-up. Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) and Benzing stepped up with 15 points each, while Staiger posted 12. Schwethelm followed them with 9 points in a win. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) responded with 22 points in the losing case, whilst Martin Pahlmblad (183-G-86) and Maraker delivered 8 each.
Luxembourg - Bulgaria 68-94 Bulgaria win all the quarters over Luxembourg for a total 94:68 success at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team improved to 2-2 record in Group B of the campaign. Luxembourg meanwhile suffered the third straight loss. Bulgaria won the first period 22-18 and never looked behind after. They added 27-18 in the second frame and enjoyed 49:36 lead at the halftime after Velikov's three-pointer. Filip Videnov (197-SF-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky) scored for 54:40 and Nikolov Hristo brought 58:43 midway through the third quarter. Simmons closed it at 69:48, while Bulgaria added another 25-20 in the last stanza. Birenbaum and Velikov were the last players to score for their teams. Filip Videnov top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Nikolov Hristo 16 as well as Lilov Ivan poured in 16 each. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) nailed 11 points in a winning effort. Tom Schumacher (189-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, while Pitt Koster (182-PG-89) chipped in with 11.
Cyprus - Ukraine 47-68 Ukraine rout Cyprus in Nicosia to take 3-1 record in Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Ukrainian team did not have any difficulties reaching 68:47 victory. Ukraine scored the first 6 points in the game and kept the hosts scoreless for about 4 minutes. Ukraine grabbed 16:10 after the first period, while Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) tied the game at 18:18. Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-PG-84, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) nailed three for 30:22 at the end of the second quarter and Burtt Steven brought 34:29. Later Natyzhko closed the period at 45:38. Ukraine added massive 23-8 in the last stanza to seal the success in the game. Dmytro Zabirchenko top-scored for the winners with 15, while Pustozvonov Maksym netted 14. Burtt Steven brought 9 and Drozdov Artur delivered 8. Anthony King answered with 13 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, whilst Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-PF-80) delivered 12.
Croatia - Hungary 89-65 Croatia continue their winning streak at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team overcame Hungary 89:65 and improved to 3-0 record on top of Group C. Hungary meanwhile fell at 1-2 record. Croatia was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions in the first period. They opened the game with 20-14 and added 27-18 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the home side. Croatia posted 20-18 in the third quarter and finished the game with 22-15 in the lasts stanza. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) brought the last points for the winners, while Trotter made the last two free throws for the final result. Roko-Leni Ukic stepped up with 18 points, while Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 15. Markota notched 12 and Bogdanovic scored 11. Hanga delivered 19 in defeat and Vojvoda finished the game with 10 points.
Georgia - Latvia 79-76 Georgia recorded the third straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They survived thriller against Latvia to improve at 3-0 record in Group D. Latvia slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Jacob Pullen became the hero of the day in Tbilisi scoring a buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal the victory for the hosts. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) top-scored for Georgia with 19 points. Georgia enjoyed a narrow 21:20 lead after ten minutes. Latvia surged ahead early in the second quarter. However Georgia regained control and raced to a 41:36 halftime advantage. Manuchar Markoishvili opened a double-digit lead for the hosts midway through the third term 56:46. Georgia seemed to be en route to the victory as they accumulated a 64:53 lead into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 14-point mark early in the fourth period. However Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) masterminded a 12:0 run from Latvia as they drew things level at 76. Mareks Mejeris (207-SF-91, agency: Players Group) had a chance to put the visitors in front but missed two free throw attempts and Jacob Pullen punished Latvia. The guard drained a last-second triple to lift Georgia to the victory. Zaza Pachulia accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Viktor Sanikidze added 10 points in the victory. Janis Strelnieks answered with 22 points for Latvia. Kaspars Berzins had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Romania - Bosnia 79-84 Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed valuable win in Sibiu in front of 1500 local fans over Romania. The team improved to 3-1 record in EuroBasket Qualification Round Group D after 84:79 victory. Bosnia grabbed 25:22 after the first 10 minutes and added massive 27-10 in the second quarter. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) brought 58:34 lead early in the third period, however the victory was not that easy. Nicoara Titus reduced to 75:57 at the end of the third period and then Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88, college: American) cut it to 10 points. Nicoara Titus scored for 77:72 and then Vlad Moldoveanu nailed three for 82:79. Persic meanwhile was the last to score in the game and brought the necessary win for the guests. Teletovic Mirza and Elmedin Kikanovic top-scored for the winners with 21 points each, while Djedovic Nihad notched 17. Masic Ante delivered 12 points in a win. Vlad Moldoveanu replied with 25 points and 11 rebounds in defeat as Romanian fell at 1-2 record. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched 11, whilst Nicoara Titus and Dragusin Ionut added 10 apiece.
Albania - Poland 67-105 Poland gained the second victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They cruised past Albania in Tirana. Mateusz Ponitka scored 17 points to lead the visitors. Poland are now at 2-2 record, while Albania slipped at 0-3. Poland tipped off the game aggressively. They fired 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. Poland stayed in control throughout the second frame. They ensured a 56:33 halftime advantage. Albania slowed the visitors down a bit in the third quarter. The hosts cut the margin to 21-point mark before the fourth period. But Poland unleashed 35 points in the final frame to seal a confident victory. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) and Przemyslaw Zamojski provided 14 points each for the winners. Klaudio Ndoja (198-SG-85) answered with 16 points for Albania. Ersid Luca and Gerti Shima netted 14 points each in the loss.
Finland - Belgium 97-60 Finland recorded the third consecutive win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They overcame Belgium in Helsinki to stay undefeated on top of Group E. Belgium suffered the first loss and slipped at 2-1 record. Petteri Koponen delivered 21 points and 8 assists to lead the hosts. It was a close battle in the first two periods. Finland led by just a single point 19:18 after ten minutes. They stretched the margin in the second frame. Finland accumulated a 37:32 halftime lead. The home team cleared off in the third quarter. Finland went on a 23:2 run in the period to take a 60:36 lead midway through the quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by 23 points 66:43. Finland never looked back afterwards breezing to the victory. Shawn Huff delivered 17 points, while Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) added 12 points for the winners. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) answered with 11 points for Belgium. Wen Boss Mukubu had 9 points in the loss.
Turkey - Portugal 74-62 Turkey celebrated the second victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down visiting Portugal in Group F. Turkey improved at 2-1 record, while Portugal fell at 0-3. Semih Erden delivered 19 points to pace the hosts. Portugal quite unexpectedly stayed on level terms with the hosts in the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. But Turkey gradually increased the tempo. They strengthened the pressure and ensured a 42:31 halftime lead. Turkey maintained the advantage throughout the third term. The hosts entered the final frame up by 15 points. Portugal held Turkey to just 12 points in the final quarter but scored only 13 themselves and had to surrender at the end. Serhat Cetin knocked down 16 points, while Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) added 10 in the victory. Joao Gomes answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Portugal. Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Belarus - Italy 63-84 Italy clinched the fourth consecutive win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They defeated Belarus in Minsk for 4-0 record on top of Group F. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) provided 22 points and 6 rebounds for the visitors. Belarus suffered the third loss in a row. Italy surged ahead right from the start. They accounted for a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri kept the hosts at distance throughout the second quarter. Italy secured a 39:33 halftime lead. Luigi Datome and Giuseppe Poeta drained three treys in an 11:0 run from Italy as they opened a 17-point lead late in the third term. Belarus cut the distance to 9 points midway through the final frame but failed to get any closer and Italy marched to the win. Danilo Gallinari connected for 19 points, while Giuseppe Poeta had 11 points in the victory. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) replied with 19 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski had 9 points in the loss.
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 - 18 days 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
Germany, Georgia, Iceland, Ukraine, Poland and Great Britain punch 2017 EuroBasket tickets - 3 months ago
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Group A Cyprus - Switzerland 92-78 Cyprus finished the Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Switzerland at home court for 2-4 record. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M) came up with 26 points to pace the home side. Switzerland jumped to a 41:37 halftime lead. However Cyprus went on a 24:14 run in the third term to surge ahead. Cyprus unloaded 31 points in the final term and sealed the victory. Anthony King (206-C/F-85, college: Miami, FL) provided 12 points, 7 re... [read more]
Cyprus - Switzerland 92-78 Cyprus finished the Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Switzerland at home court for 2-4 record. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M) came up with 26 points to pace the home side. Switzerland jumped to a 41:37 halftime lead. However Cyprus went on a 24:14 run in the third term to surge ahead. Cyprus unloaded 31 points in the final term and sealed the victory. Anthony King (206-C/F-85, college: Miami, FL) provided 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Brian Savoy (189-SG-92) replied with 19 points for Switzerland.
Iceland - Belgium 74-68 Iceland earned the fourth victory in Group A. They topped Belgium to clinch the second position in the group. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) delivered 18 points for the winners. Belgium jumped to a 21:14 lead after the opening quarter. But Iceland picked up the tempo. Iceland cut the deficit at 3-point mark at the interval. The hosts ignited a 40:31 run in the second half to seal the victory. Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) produced 11 points in the win. Jean Salumu (193-F-90) responded with 24 points for Belgium.
Denmark - Austria 86-72 Denmark finished their Group B on a winning note. They knocked down visiting Austria for the second win in the Qualifiers. Alan Voskuil (191-G-86, college: Texas Tech) nailed 17 points to lead the winners. Denmark got to a strong start. They ensured a 40:26 halftime lead. They protected it well throughout the second half and marched to the win. Darko Jukic (199-G-90) and Gabriel Lundberg (193-G-94) had 16 points each for the hosts. Thomas Schreiner (195-PG-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with 15 points for Austria.
Holland - Germany 51-82 Germany secured the 2017 EuroBasket qualification. They stormed past Netherlands on the road to claim the top position in Group B. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92) provided 15 points to lead the visitors. Germany grabbed a 40:26 halftime lead. The visitors went on a 42:25 run in the second half and rallied to the victory. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 14 points for the winners. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 18 points for Netherlands.
Russia - Sweden 63-59 Russia finished their EuroBasket Qualifying campaign with victory. They edged Sweden for the fourth straight win in Group C. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) tossed in 15 points to lead the winners. Sweden posted an 18:12 lead after the opening frame. But Russia picked up the tempo in the next periods. The hosts erased the deficit and grabbed a 10-point lead heading into the fourth term. Sweden narrowed the distance in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss. Sergey Karasev (201-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 12 points for Russia. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for Sweden.
Estonia - Poland 63-94 Poland eased past Estonia to clinch 5-1 record on top of Group D. Five players scored in double digits for the visitors. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) delivered 16 points in the victory. Poland established a 46:27 halftime lead. The visitors sank 48 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. Przemyslaw Zamojski (193-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) notched 15 points in the win. Reinar Hallik (208-F/C-84) answered with 15 points for Estonia.
Portugal - Belarus 77-62 Jose Silva (194-G/F-89) scored 16 points to lead Portugal past Belarus. Portugal eked out a 33:30 halftime advantage. The hosts sank 21 points in the third term. They built a 54:47 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Portugal held Belarus to just 15 points in the final period and raced to the victory. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) notched 15 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) responded with 15 points for Belarus.
Ukraine - Slovenia 69-80 Slovenia celebrated the sixth straight victory in Group E. They upset Ukraine in Kyiv to finish the Qualifying Round undefeated. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) nailed 22 points to lead the winners. Slovenia sank 27 points in the second term to gain a 6-point halftime lead. Ukraine erased the deficit and secured a 2-point advantage. But Slovenia unloaded 27 points in the fourth period to snatch the victory. Klemen Prepelic and Alen Omic (217-C-92) had 15 points each in the win. Denys Lukashov (190-PG-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine.
Montenegro - Georgia 84-90 Georgia clinched the top position in Group F. They upset Montenegro on the road therefore qualifying for 2017 EuroBasket. Michael Dixon (186-G-90, college: Memphis) stepped up with 31 points for the visitors. Georgia built a 45:41 halftime lead. Montenegro pulled within two points at the final intermission. But Georgia poured in 26 points in the fourth term and got away with a crucial win. Zaza Pachulia delivered 21 points and 13 rebounds for the visitors. Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC), Nemanja Djurisic (203-PF-92, college: Georgia) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 17 points each for Montenegro.
Albania - Slovakia 72-65 Albania wrapped up their EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign with victory. They fired past Slovakia at home court. Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 17 points in the victory. Albania erupted for 29 points in the first term to gain a 12-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the reminder of the contest as Albania maintained the advantage and rolled to the win. Endrit Hysenagolli posted 15 points for the winners. Nenad Milosevic (190-PG-83, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 18 points for Slovakia.
Luxembourg - United Kingdom 82-75 Great Britain punched their 2017 EuroBasket tickets despite losing to Luxembourg on the road tonight. Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) scored 20 points to lead the hosts to the victory. Great Britain established a 45:37 halftime lead. But Luxembourg went on a strong 45:30 second half rally to ice the victory. Alex Laurent (198-PF-93) notched 15 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Andrew Lawrence responded with 16 points for Great Britain. Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) notched 14 points and 15 boards in the defeat.
Hungary - FYR Macedonia 63-61 Hungary nipped visiting FYR Macedonia to record the sixth consecutive victory in Group G. Csaba Ferencz (194-SF-85) tossed in 18 points to pace the winners. FYR Macedonia grabbed a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. Hungary limited their opponents to just 21 points in the next two quarters to even things up at 46. Hungary went on a 17:15 run in the fourth period to seal a tough victory. Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95) had 13 points in the win. Aleksandar Kostovski (186-PG-88) responded with 18 points for FYR Macedonia.
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