EuroBasket 2013 Qualifying Round. Day 6 - Aug 30, 2012
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Serbia - Iceland 114-58 Seven players score in double figures as Serbia beat Iceland in Day 6 of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Serbian side improved to 4-2 record after an easy 114:58 victory. Iceland meanwhile fell at 1-5 record. Serbia erupted with 35-12 in the first period and never looked behind after. The hosts dominated the rest of the game as well and reached 56-point win. Iceland looked good only in the third period that they managed to win 20-18. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) paced all the winners with 15 points, while Keselj Marko posted 13. Savanovic Dusko netted 12, whilst Nedovic Nemanja and Teodosic Milos had 11 each. Rasic Aleksandar and Erceg Zoran followed them with 10 points each in the winning effort. Sigurdarson Jakob posted 14 points in defeat and Hlynur Baeringsson (197-F-82) added 12.
Israel - Montenegro 76-81 Montenegro step closer to Eurobasket 2013 as they beat Israel for 6-0 record at the EuroBasket Qualification Round in Group A. The favorites needed 81:76 victory to remain unbeaten. Israel meanwhile fell at 3-3 record on the fourth place. Israel celebrated three straight victories before the clash in Tel Aviv, but could not stop ambitious guests. Montenegro took 17:12 after the first period and dominated the second half. They produced 27-24 in the third quarter and won the game due to 23-15 in the lasts stanza. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) scored the last two points from the free throw line for the final result. Dasic Vladimir top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Dubljevic Bojan collected 18 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Rochestie delivered 15 and Blagota Sekulic (209-C-82, agency: FCM) scored 10. Casspi Omri answered with 20 points and Tyus Alex added 16. Eliyahu Lior had 14, while Ohayon Yogev nailed 10.
Slovakia - Estonia 70-84 Estonia celebrated the fourth victory in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group A. They defeated Slovak Republic on the road to improve at 4-2 record in highly contestant Group A. Slovak Republic fell at 0-6 record after the loss. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) came up with 16 points to lead the winners. Estonia scored 21 points in the opening term to take a 6-point lead. The Baltic side maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Estonia established a 43:32 halftime lead at halftime. Slovak Republic narrowed the deficit at the third term. The hosts outscored Estonia to trail by just 8 points before the fourth frame. However another excellent performance from Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) could not rescue the hosts. Estonia erupted for 23 points in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win. Janar Talts (207-PF-83) posted 15 points, 16 boards and 4 assists, while Gert Dorbek added 12 points for the winners. Anton Gavel fired 35 points to lead all scorers. Dusan Pandula (197-SF-84) contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
Azerbaijan - Luxembourg 95-77 Azerbaijan open Day 6 with the home victory against Luxembourg. Azerbaijan needed 95:77 win to improve to 3-2 record In Group B of the EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Azerbaijan started the game with 16-13 and added massive 30-23 in the second frame. Both teams scored 22 points each in the third quarter, while the last period was decisive in the game. The hosts added 27-19 in it for the final success. Fuad Niftaliyev (185-PG-80) scored the last five points for the winners to seal a comfortable win with them. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) erupted with 25 points and 21 rebounds. Aleksandr Rindin followed them with 18 points and Fuad Niftaliyev netted 13. Samy Picard 15, Martin Rajniak (205-PF-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) and posted 15 points each in defeat. Tom Schumacher (189-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) had 12 as Luxembourg fell at 0-5 record.
Sweden - Bulgaria 85-71 Sweden clinched the third win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off visiting Bulgaria for 3-2 record in Group B. Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) stepped up with 19 points for the hosts. Bulgaria fell at 2-3 record after the defeat. Sweden jumped to a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. The hosts unloaded 26 points in the second quarter to build a 10-point halftime lead 49:39. Bulgaria however changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They used a 10:2 run late in the stanza to narrow the gap at just 2-point mark 60:62. The Scandinavian side needed an 11:0 run midway through the final frame to restore a safe cushion 80:66. The hosts never looked back afterwards coasting to the victory. Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) posted 16 points, while Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) added 13 points for Sweden. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 20 points for Bulgaria. Hristo Nikolov netted 15 points in the loss.
Austria - Cyprus 77-52 Austria celebrated the second success in Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team caught up with Hungary at 2-3 record after a home 77:52 win over Cyprus. The latter fell at 0-5 record. Austria opened the game with 24-14 and never looked behind after. They added defensive 14-8 in the second frame as Thomas Klepeisz (185-PG-91, agency: TSS Management) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:22. Cyprus managed to win the third period 22-19 and reduced to 13 points at the end of 30 minutes. Austria however finished with strong 20-8 to seal the victory. Thomas Klepeisz paced all the winners with 15 points and Rasid Mahalbasic (208-C-90) added 14. Sebastian Koch (202-F-88) notched 11, while Nagler Christoph scored 10. Andreas Sizopoulos (193-G-83) replied with 12 points in the losing case and Liatsos Alexandros scored 10. King Anthony followed them with 8 points and 11 caroms in a loss.
Hungary - Ukraine 76-78 Ukraine stepped closer to 2013 EuroBasket. They defeated Hungary in Pecs today to improve at 4-1 record in Group C. Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) fired 17 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists to pace the winners. Hungary slipped at 2-3 record after the loss. Ukraine opened the game with six points in a row. They stayed in front throughout the opening quarter posting an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Sergii Gladyr gave Ukraine a 9-point lead midway through the second frame 32:23. The hosts were able to narrow the deficit at 7-point mark at halftime 30:37. Obie Trotter (188-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) scored eight points early in the third term as Hungary narrowed the gap at a single point 41:42. Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) and Natyazhko capped the third quarter with four straight points as Ukraine enjoyed a 57:51 lead. However Szabo and Obie Trotter finally drew things level at 67 with under four minutes remaining in regulation. Maxym Korniyenko made it 74:70 for Ukraine. But Horvath kept the home team hopeful with a three-pointer. Zabirchenko and Obie Trotter made it 75:77 with 9 second to. Burtt missed one free throw but Hungary answered with four misses from both Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) and Obie Trotter as Ukraine escaped with the victory at the end. Kornieynko provided 15 points, while Artur Drozdov added 14 points for the winners. Obie Trotter responded with 19 points for Hungary. Adam Hanga had 15 points in defeat.
Latvia - Bosnia 80-64 Latvia celebrated a comfortable win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Riga tonight. The victory lifted Latvia at 3-2, while Bosnia and Herzegovina slipped at 3-2 record in Group D. Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) posted 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Bosnia and Herzegovina led by three points after intense first quarter 19:16. Latvia turned things around in the second frame. They went on a 26:11 rally to establish a 42:30 halftime lead. Latvia mounted the pressure on the visitors in the third term. The hosts cleared off at 17-point distance before the fourth quarter 66:49. Bosnia and Herzegovina held Latvia to just 14 points in the final but could not capitalize losing the battle at the end. Martins Meiers posted 16 points, while Davis Bertans (205-SF-92) accounted for 11 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Zack Wright and Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points in the loss.
Holland - Romania 80-74 Netherlands claimed the second straight win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group D. They held off visiting Romania for 2-3 record. Romania slipped at 1-4 record after the loss. Robin Smeulders accounted for 18 points and 14 boards to lead the charge. Netherlands eked out a 15:12 lead after ten minutes. Romania improved their offence in the second frame. They fired 18 points to cut the margin to a single point 31:30 at halftime. Netherlands opened an 11-point lead midway through the third term. Romania however cut the distance to 4 points at the final intermission 48:52. The hosts restored an 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter but Romania did not surrender. Titus Nicoara and Paul put the visitors within two points 74:76 with 9 seconds remaining. Robin Smeulders answered with four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Netherlands. Rogier Jansen accounted for 17 points and 6 assists, while Henk Norel (214-C-87) added 12 points for the winners. Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88, college: American) answered with 21 points for Romania. Titus Nicoara had 20 points and 9 caroms in the loss.
Belgium - Poland 73-87 Poland outclass Belgium in Antwerp thanks to a great game of Gortat Marcin. The guests grabbed important 87:73 win at the EuroBasket Qualification Round in Group B. Both teams are now with 3-2 record sharing the 2-3 places. More than 4000 fans came to support the local team in Antwerp, but could not help them. Poland took 26-22 after the first period, while Beye Tabu-Eboma (184-SG-85) gave Belgium 45:42 lead at the halftime. Muya Guy brought 51:44 and Beghin Christophe delivered two for 61:55. Koszarek Lukasz and Ignerski Michal however nailed three-pointers for 68:65 early in the fourth. Poland erupted with 25-8 in it for the final success. Gortat Marcin erupted with 29 points and 10 rebounds, while Koszarek Lukasz netted 19. Ignerski Michal delivered 18 and Zamojski Przemyslaw posted 8. Beye Tabu-Eboma ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Beghin Christophe had 13. Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) finished the game with 10, while Muya Guy chipped in with 9.
Switzerland - Albania 93-84 Switzerland outgun winless Albania in Day 6 of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Swiss side overcame the visiting side 93:84 in Fribourg. Shima Gerti collected 29 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Hysenagolli Endrit added 16 points and 19 rebounds. Ndoja Klaudio scored 14and Karaj Erkand notched 9. Switzerland was rampant during the first half, firstly moving 24-15 in front after the opening ten minutes. They added 26-20 in the second frame and enjoyed 50:35 at the halftime. Albania looked better in the third period and Karaj Erkand reduced to 56:50. Shima Gerti scored 7 points in a row to close the period at 65:62. Gjonaj later tied the game at 68:68, but Switzerland dominated the rest of the game. Petkovic Stefan paced all the winners with 25 points for the second win. Mladjan Dusan delivered 24 points, while Dubas Jonathan collected 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Portugal - Italy 70-82 Italy stayed perfect in 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They defeated Portugal in Coimbra to improve at 5-0 record on top of Group F. Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) provided 18 points for the Azzurri. The hosts suffered the fifth loss in a row at the tournament. Italy silenced Portugal in the opening quarter. The Azzurri went on a 22:9 run to take a comfortable lead. Italy held Portugal to just 10 points in the second quarter to boost the lead. The visitors accumulated a 38:19 halftime advantage. Portugal improved their offence in the third term. They scored 23 points to narrow the gap at 17-point mark. Portugal unleashed 28 points in the fourth frame but just trimmed the deficit at the end. Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) accounted for 10 points, while Cinciarini netted 9 points in the victory. Joao Gomes notched 22 points and 10 rebounds for Portugal. Jaime Silva (187-PG-80) had 15 points in the loss.
Czech Republic - Belarus 79-72 Czech Republic celebrated the fourth win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They overcame Belarus at home court to climb at 4-1 record in Group F. Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) accounted for 23 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Belarus fell at 1-4 record after the loss. Belarus stunned the home team in the opening frame. The visitors went on a 25:16 run in the first ten minutes. Czech Republic slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. They got within 4 points at halftime 31:35. Lubos Barton helped the hosts take a 39:37 lead early in the third term. The lead changed hands for several times before the home team earned a 57:51 advantage at the final break. Belarus would not go away until the dying seconds. The visitors trailed by just four points 70:74 with just over two minutes remaining. But Tomas Satoransky scored five points in a row to carry Czech Republic to the victory. Petr Benda posted 18 points, while Tomas Satoransky finished with 11 points for the winners. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) had 15 points for Belarus. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F-79) and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau chipped in 12 points each in the loss.
Group A Gibraltar - San Marino 32-49 San Marino only managed 49 points against Gibraltar, yet they still managed to win the game by 17. Defence was the answer for coach Sergio Del Bianco, as San Marino held Gibraltar to 16 points in both halves in the 49-32 win. Gioele Moretti (191-F/G-93) and Andrea Raschi (201-F/G-79, agency: Octagon Europe) both scored 14 points for San Marino, who are ready to fight the Irish for first place in Group A. Andrew Yeats (184-G-92) finished with 11 points... [read more]
Gibraltar - San Marino 32-49 San Marino only managed 49 points against Gibraltar, yet they still managed to win the game by 17. Defence was the answer for coach Sergio Del Bianco, as San Marino held Gibraltar to 16 points in both halves in the 49-32 win. Gioele Moretti (191-F/G-93) and Andrea Raschi (201-F/G-79, agency: Octagon Europe) both scored 14 points for San Marino, who are ready to fight the Irish for first place in Group A. Andrew Yeats (184-G-92) finished with 11 points for Gibraltar.
Malta - Ireland 34-91 Ireland held Malta in single digits in each of the final three quarters and ran away for a 91-34 victory. Kyle Hosford (175-PG-89) led five players in double figures with 19 points, player-coach Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84, college: Post) was all over the floor with 11 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals, while 19-year-old Jordan Blount (198-G-97) needed just 20 minutes to get to 16 points. David Bugeja (180-SG-92) had 10 points for Malta.
Moldova - Wales 63-59 Moldova used a huge third quarter to overcome Wales. Moldova outscored their opponents 19-5 after the half and before the fourth quarter, which paved the way for a 63-59 win. Anton Rulevski (194-SF-88) and Vladimir Colesnicov (202-F/C-80) had 12 points apiece for Volodymir Polyakh's team. Damien Edwards scored a game-high 16 points to go along with his 10 rebounds for Wales.
Andorra - Armenia 70-63 Andorra claimed a dramatic 70-63 win over Armenia, grabbing the headlines at Day 2 of the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries. The game was tied with three minutes left on the clock, but Guillem Colom (191-SG-91) hit a clutch three-pointer and Alberto Farfan (193-F-91) added a pair of free-throws to make it a five-point game. Colom Barrufet then hit a two to set the final score.
Colom Barrufet was the game hero for the defending champions. He scored five of his 19 points in the crucial moments, while also grabbing six rebounds and stealing the ball three times. Farfan De Los Godos followed his lead, just like in the first game in Moldova, with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Also in double figures was Oriol Fernandez (186-F-88) with 11 points.
David Eudal Martinez's team are now 2-0, while Armenia fell to 1-1 in Group B. The last three dry minutes cost them the victory, but Andre Spight (190-G-95) had another high-scoring performance with 23 points. Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) had 11 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
Group A Ireland - Gibraltar 100-43 Ireland made a triumphant return to FIBA competition, becoming the first team to hit the century mark, in a 100-43 win over Gibraltar. Kyle Hosford (175-PG-89) was the top performer in a balanced attack for Ireland. He had 15 points, Paul Dick (193-G-91, college: Franklin Pierce, agency: Duran International) and Brian Fitzpatrick (203-F-89, college: Bucknell) added 14 each, while player-coach Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84, college: Post) flirted with a tripl... [read more]
Ireland - Gibraltar 100-43 Ireland made a triumphant return to FIBA competition, becoming the first team to hit the century mark, in a 100-43 win over Gibraltar. Kyle Hosford (175-PG-89) was the top performer in a balanced attack for Ireland. He had 15 points, Paul Dick (193-G-91, college: Franklin Pierce, agency: Duran International) and Brian Fitzpatrick (203-F-89, college: Bucknell) added 14 each, while player-coach Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84, college: Post) flirted with a triple-double, finishing with six points, 13 boards and ten assists. Andrew Yeats (184-G-92) with 13 points was the sole player in double digits for Gibraltar.
San Marino - Malta 61-41 San Marino charged to victory over Malta with a sublime third quarter. San Marino won the third period 20-7 to build a 61-41 win in the tournament's opening game. San Marino rode on the back of their double-double heroes, Andrea Raschi (201-F/G-79, agency: Octagon Europe) and Matteo Botteghi (203-C/F-95). The former collected 15 points and 16 rebounds, whilst the latter finished with 19 and 13 respectively. Tevin Falzon (203-F-92) had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Malta, who will be facing Ireland on Wednesday .
Armenia - Moldova 83-64 The Armenians were impressive on Day 1, defeating Moldova 83-64. Andre Spight was in charge at the offensive end, finishing with 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field. The defence was locked when Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) was on the court. Even though the 30-year-old was held to just six points and five rebounds, his three blocks were enough to move Moldova out of the paint. Denis Melniciuc (190-G-92) had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor for the hosts.
Wales - Andorra 33-74 Andorra defeated Wales 74-33 after a stifling second quarter, that saw only a single point by the Welsh players. At the same time, David Eudal Martinez's men scored 22. There was no coming back for Wales after the half. Andorra relied on Guillem Colom (191-SG-91) and Alberto Farfan (193-F-91) to get the job done and both of them delivered. Farfan De Los Godos led all scorers with 16 points, connecting on four three-point attempts. Colom Barrufet missed all of his four shots from beyond the arc, but he was effective from the inside and finished with 15 points. None of the Welsh players reached double figures. Asa Waite had eight points and grabbed ten rebounds. All 24 players played in the game, with 21 of them with at least a point to show for it. Andorra is up against Armenia on Wednesday, while Wales has to go up against the host nation Moldova.
FIBA revokes the ban on federations/national teams - 1 month ago
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The FIBA Europe Board Term of Office 2014-19 which convened in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday 27 May, discussed, among other items, the recent developments in European club basketball. The Board had received and reviewed a report by the Executive Committee of FIBA Europe regarding the remodelling of European Club Competitions [read more]
The FIBA Europe Board Term of Office 2014-19 which convened in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday 27 May, discussed, among other items, the recent developments in European club basketball. The Board had received and reviewed a report by the Executive Committee of FIBA Europe regarding the remodelling of European Club Competitions. The Board noted that the National Federations impacted had reacted positively to the Board's decision of 20 March 2016 and, as a result, no national federation is currently affected in a negative way by the decision. Consequently, the senior men's national teams are currently expected to take their respective places in the next competitions organised by FIBA Europe. The FIBA Europe Board also acknowledged that the Euroleague Commercial Assets (ECA)'s anti-competitive practices persist and it is required to continue monitoring the position of the National Federations towards such practices. Courtesy of: eurohoops.com
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