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.
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]
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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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