Iceland - Estonia 67-86 Estonia brings victory from Reykjavik. They claimed a comprehensive victory over Iceland to gain 3-2 record in EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group A. Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) delivered 26 points to pace the Baltic team. Iceland fell at 1-4 record after the loss. Estonia stormed into the game. They accounted for 25 points in the opening quarter to take a 10-point lead. Estonia held the hosts to 12 points in the second frame to ensure an 11-point cushion at halftime. The visitors unloaded 28 points in the third quarter to clear off. They accumulated an insurmountable 24-point advantage before the final stanza. Iceland knocked down 25 points in the final term but could not avoid the loss at the end. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) posted 16 points and 9 boards, while Janar Talts added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) answered with 19 points for Iceland. Helgi Magnusson chipped in 16 points in the losing effort.
Slovakia - Montenegro 81-94 Montenegro keep the perfect 5-0 record in Group A of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team overcame Slovakia 94:81 in the start of the 5th Day. The latter fell at 0-5 record after the loss in Levice. Montenegro took 23:20 lead at the halftime. Moreover the guests added massive 24-12 in the second period and enjoyed 47:32 after Sekulic Blagota's shot. Slovakia meanwhile produced 24-23 in the third quarter and actually came up with another narrow win in the last stanza. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) reduced to minimum 79:76 but Montenegro needed a final pushed for the final success. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Milko Bjelica (205-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15. Sekulic Blagota posted 14, while Dubljevic Bojan and Dasic Vladimir had 13 each. Anton Gavel replied with 23 points and 10 assists, while Pandula Dusan nailed 20. Batka Michal and Vido Roman delivered 10 points each in a loss.
Fabulous Israel wins again, improves to 3-2 record at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team overcame Serbia 89:76 in the last game of Day 5. Both teams share the second place with the same record. With the score 8-8, Casspi buried a three-pointer and then he and Ohayon scored with lay-ups. Israel managed to win the first period 25:15 and never looked behind in the game. Both teams nailed 23 points each in the second period as Pnini posted three for 48:38 at the end of the half. Serbia reduced to 9 points at the end of the third quarter after 18-17 in the third period. Israel however needed 24-20 for 13-point victory. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) netted 22. Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) delivered 19, while Alex Tyus posted 12. Zoran Erceg and Milos Teodosic produced 10 points each in the losing effort. Nenad Krstic and Milenko Tepic followed the with 9 points apiece.
Sweden - Luxembourg 111-74 Sweden improved to 2-2 record in Group B of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The door to EuroBasket 2013 hasn't slammed shut for Sweden after 111:74 win over Luxembourg. Sweden easily took 27:13 after the first period and added 28-24 in the second frame. The Scandinavian team did not slow down in the second half and produced also two victories. They came up with 31-16 in the third period and finished the game with 25-21 in the lasts stanza. Person made two free throws for 104:70, while Alexander Lindqvist and Rush made it 108:72. Anton Saks (200-SF-89) nailed three for the final result in the game. Anton Saks stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) as well as Jonas Jerebko had 14 each. Kenny Grant and Alexander Lindqvist followed them with 13 points apiece. Christopher Jones (186-G-90) replied with 17 points in the losing effort and Samy Picard delivered 14. Martin Rajniak netted 11 and Tom Schumacher posted 10.
Azerbaijan - Germany 68-85 Germany registered the fourth straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Azerbaijan in Baku to stay perfect in Group B. Lucca Staiger (195-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) delivered 18 points to lead the winners. Azerbaijan fell at 2-2 record suffering the second loss in a row. Germany eked out a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin in the second quarter. The visitors accounted for a 43:34 halftime lead. Germany maintained the lead throughout the third period. They accumulated a 59:50 buffer heading into the fourth stanza. Germany did not allow the hosts any closer in the final quarter rolling to a confident win at the end. Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) notched 16 points, while Robin Benzing and Tibor Pleiss contributed 15 points each in the victory. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) answered with 31 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Azerbaijan. Orhan Haciyeva netted 11 points in the loss.
Austria - Croatia 75-82 Croatia clinched the fourth consecutive win in Group C of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They defeated Austria on the road tonight. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) accounted for 19 points to pace the winners. Austria fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Austria unexpectedly grabbed an early lead. The hosts secured a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. But Croatia picked up the slack and denied the deficit in the second quarter. The visitors piled up a 44:35 halftime lead. Austria did not surrender as they Rasid Mahalbasic (208-C-90) drew things level at 50 midway through the third period. But Croatia were able to eke out a 60:58 advantage after three quarters of action. Maresch knotted things up at 64 early in the fourth frame. Croatia needed 9:0 run to clear off. They posted a 77:68 advantage. Austria did not recover allowing Croatia to escape with a tough victory. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) netted 14 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 4 boards, while Pavle Marcinkovic added 11 points for the winners. Rasid Mahalbasic replied with 21 points for Austria. Jason Detrick and Davor Lamesic had 11 points each in the loss.
Hungary - Cyprus 77-64 Hungary clinched the second victory in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Cyprus at home court to climb at 2-2 record in Group C. Peter Lorant (206-PF-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) delivered 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge. Cyprus suffered the fourth straight loss. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Hungary and Cyprus were tied at 21 after ten minutes. The hosts however stiffened their defence in the second quarter. They limited Cyprus at 9 points in the period and ensured a 9-point lead at halftime 39:30. Hungary also improved offensively in the second half. They erupted for 26 points in the third quarter to gain a 15-point lead before the fourth quarter. Cyprus narrowed the gap in the fourth term but had little chance to save the encounter. Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) finished with 22 points, while Miklos Szabo added 7 points for the winners. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-PF-80) accounted for 20 points and 9 rebounds for Cyprus. Anthony King netted 17 points and pulled down 9 caroms in the loss.
Latvia - Romania 89-53 Latvia celebrated the second win in 2013 EuroBasket qualification. They stormed past Romania in Riga. Latvia thus improved at 2-2 record in Group D. Romania slipped at 1-3 record after the loss. Rihards Kuksiks (197-SF-88, college: Arizona St.) stepped up with 19 points for the winners. Latvia earned a 7-point lead after ten minutes of action. Latvia boosted the lead in the second quarter. The hosts unleashed 28 points in the period to establish a 49:29 halftime lead. Latvia kept Romania at bay throughout the third term. They held Romania to just 10 points in the frame taking a 31-point advantage before the final stanza. The visitors never recovered as Latvia coasted to the victory in the final frame. Edgars Jeromanovs (190-PG-86) accounted for 16 points, while Dairis Bertans added 13 points in the victory. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 14 points for Romania. Vlad Moldoveanu had 11 points in the loss.
Holland - Georgia 91-88 Netherlands pip Georgia in Almere at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Dutch team handed the Georgian side their first loss in Group D after 91:88 success. Netherlands meanwhile celebrated the first win for 1-3 record in the group. Georgia entered the game undefeated and started with 19-15 lead after the first period. They added 28-24 in the second frame and enjoyed 41:28 at the end of the second frame. Kees Akerboom (200-SF-83, agency: Court Side) however reduced to 47:39 at the halftime and then the hosts started o take control of the game. Smeulders Robin tied the game at 59:59 and Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) gave his side 72:70 early in the last period. Kees Akerboom and Rogier Jansen brought the final points from the free throw line and Shengelia Tornike managed only to reduce to 3 points at the end. Rogier Jansen top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Kees Akerboom notched 22. Norel Henk delivered 12, while Smeulders Robin posted 10. Zaza Pachulia (210-C-84) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Shengelia Tornike had 20. Pullen Jacob produced 16 and Markoishvili Manuchar netted 15.
Belgium - Albania 97-59 Belgium clinch big win over Albania for 3-1 record in Group E of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Belgium side satisfied more than 4000 local fans in Antwerp after 97:59 win. Albania meanwhile fell at 0-4 record on the bottom of the group. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) scored two three-pointers in the opening tip as the hosts won the first period 22:13. Gillet scored four in a row in the start of the second frame, while Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB) brought 39:15. Gillet sent the teams to the lockers at 52:22 and then Sam Van Rossom scored for 57:25. Ndoja replied with two three-pointers for Albania and reduced to 59:31. He also scored the last three points for his side at the end of the frame for 73:45. Belgium added 24-14 in the last stanza for the final success. Sam Van Rossom paced all the winners with 19 points and Wen Boss Mukubu poured in 18. Tabu-Eboma Beye delivered 13, while Muya Guy and Mwema Jean-Marc had 10 each. Klaudio Ndoja (198-SG-85) and Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) collected 16 points each, while the latter also had 13 caroms. Karaj Erkand netted 12, whilst Hysenagolli Endrit posted 8.
Switzerland - Finland 60-89 Finland stayed perfect in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group E. They fired past Switzerland in Fribourg tonight to gain 4-0 record on top of Group E. Switzerland fell at 1-3 record. Hanno Mottola (209-PF-76, college: Utah) delivered 17 points to lead the winners. Finland dropped 26 points in the opening quarter to spur ahead. They accumulated a 7-point lead after ten minutes. The Finnish team extended the lead in the second quarter. They piled up a comfortable 49:29 halftime lead. Finland limited the hosts to just 8 points in the third quarter. The visitors accumulated a 30-point lead at the final intermission. Switzerland outscored Finland in the fourth term but only sweetened the pill at the end. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) chipped in 15 points, while Ville Kaunisto and Gerald Lee had 11 points each in the victory. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Switzerland. Jonathan Dubas had 12 points in the loss.
Portugal - Belarus 75-82 Belarus clinched the initial win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They upset Portugal on the road to improve at 1-3 record in Group F. Portugal remained winless at 0-4. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) came up with 19 points to lead the visitors. Belarus started the game strong. They got away at 13-point distance after ten minutes 28:15. Portugal however stopped the rot in the second quarter. The hosts narrowed the deficit at just 7-point mark at halftime 37:44. Artsiom Parakhouski quickly restored an 11-point lead for the visitors in the third quarter. However Portugal almost denied it getting within just one 57:58 at the final intermission. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (203-SF-85, agency: RU-Basket Management) and Stiggers gave Belarus a 67:57 lead early in the final stanza. The hosts did not surrender and trimmed the deficit at just five-point mark with under two minutes remaining. Aliaksandr Pustahvar accounted for key four points in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Belarus. Aliaksandr Pustahvar delivered 13 points, while Aliaksei Trastsinetski added 10 points for the winners. Mario Fernandes (174-PG-82) answered with 19 points for Portugal. Claudio Fonseca netted 15 points in the loss.
Czech Republic - Turkey 82-64 Czech Republic demolish Turkey in Chomutov for 3-1 record in Group F. The team erupted with 82:64 win for the second place behind Italy. Turkey meanwhile fell at 2-2 record on the third place. Czech Republic started with 21-19 in front of 2200 fans in Chomutov. Petr Benda (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) scored for 29:21 and Jakub Kudlacek (193-PG-90) brought 33:30. Jelinek closed it at 35:30, while Pumprla closed the run at 40:30. Czech Republic had 22-18 in the third period for 57:48 after three quarters. Jelinek increased the lead to 15 points early in the fourth when it was clear about the winner. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) scored for 78:61 and Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80) made the final result in the game. Tomas Satoransky paced all the winners with 16 points, while Petr Benda, Jiri Welsch and Jakub Kudlacek added 14 apiece. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) and Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) replied with 13 points each in defeat, while Cetin posted 12. Preldzic followed them with 10 points in the losing effort.
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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