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.
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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