Estonia - Israel 53-84 Israel edge Estonia to tie both records in exciting Group A. The Israeli team needed massive 94:53 win for 4-3 records. Almost 7000 fans came to support the local team in Tallinn, but they saw their team to fail in all quarters. Israel started with 21-13 in the first period and added 19-17 in the second frame as Prini and Sokk Tanel scored for 40:30. Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Halperin Yotam created a 7-0 run early in the third period as Israel was too difficult to be stopped. Another 19-10 gave them 59:40 as Prini closed the third quarter. Israel added 25-13 in the lasts stanza for the final result. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) stepped up with 26 points and Lior Eliyahu collected 21 points and 11 rebounds. Tyus Alex and Halperin Yotam had 10 each, while Ohayon Yogev added 9. Talts Janar replied with 14 points and 10 rebounds in defeat and Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) had 13. Sokk Tanel poured in 8, while Arbet Gregor delivered 6.
Montenegro - Serbia 72-62 Montenegro kept their record spotless on top of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group A. They held off visiting Serbia to climb at 7-0 record. Serbia fell at 4-3 record to share the second position with Estonia and Israel. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) posted 20 points to lead the hosts. Serbia looked better in the opening quarter. They opened the game with six points in a row and soon gained a 16:3 lead. Montenegro cut the deficit but still trailed by six points at the first break 11:17. Montenegro capped the first half on an 11:3 run to take a 32:29 lead. The hosts stayed in charge throughout intense third frame. Montenegro entered the final frame up by 4 points 51:47. The hosts used a 7:0 run midway through the final stanza to take a 66:56 advantage. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) and Sead Sehovic sealed the victory for the hosts in the dying minutes. Vladimir Dasic posted 13 points, while Blagota Sekulic finished with 11 points for the winners. Milos Teodosic replied with 13 points for Serbia. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss.
Iceland - Slovakia 84-86 Slovak Republic posted the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They snatched a narrow road loss over Iceland in Reykjavik. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) exploded with 35 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds to pace the visitors. Both teams are now tied at 1-6 record in Group A. Iceland started strongly. They accumulated a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. Slovak Republic reacted with 31 points in the second frame to snatch a 49:47 halftime lead. The tempo decreased in the third term. The teams exchanged baskets as Slovak Republic ensured a two-point lead before the final frame. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the fourth stanza. However Anton Gavel and Michal Batka delivered when it mattered the most to seal the victory for Slovak Republic. Dusan Pandula (197-SF-84) notched 17 points, while Michal Batka added 11 points for the winning team. Hlynur Baeringsson (197-F-82) answered with 21 points and 12 rebounds for Iceland. Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) posted 20 points in the loss.
Bulgaria - Azerbaijan 94-77 Bulgaria stayed hopeful about their 2013 EuroBasket ambitions. They shot down Azerbaijan in Samokov to catch up with their opponents at 3-3 record in Group B. Hristo Nikolov (200-PF-85) posted 26 points to lead the hosts. Bulgaria left their opponents behind in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 26:13 run in the first frame. Azerbaijan however stopped the rot in the second stanza. The visitors held Bulgaria to 11 points in the period to narrow the gap at 6-point mark at halftime 37:31. Bulgaria unleashed 31 points in the third quarter to take a 21-point lead at the final break. Azerbaijan challenged the hosts with a 15:7 run but Bulgaria quickly bounced back and silenced the visitors at the end. Ivan Lilov accounted for 17 points, while Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) finished with 21 points for Bulgaria. Aleksandr Rindin answered with 17 points for Azerbaijan. Charles Davis banked 19 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
Luxembourg - Germany 67-95 Germany beat Luxembourg on the road for the fifth straight win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Germany remained undefeated on top of Group B. Luxembourg suffered the sixth straight defeat. Luxembourg put up a decent fight in the opening quarter. The matched the visitors well enough to stay on level terms 18:18 after ten minutes. Germany switched the gear in the second frame. They erupted for 31 points to take a 13-point halftime lead. Germany aggravated the damage in the third term. They outscored Luxembourg 24:12 to gain a 25-point lead at the final stanza. Luxembourg never recovered and had to yield at the end. Tibor Pleiss (215-C-89) posted 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Jan-Hendrik Jagla added 13 points for the winners. Martin Rajniak (205-PF-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) answered with 12 points for Luxembourg. Pitt Koster and Christopher Jones had 11 points apiece in the defeat.
Cyprus - Croatia 49-98 Croatia clinched the fifth straight win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group C. They dismantled Cyprus in Nicosia to stay unbeaten. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Krunoslav Simon scored 16 points each to lead Croatia as they can book tickets to Slovenia. Croatia eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. The visitors started to get away in the second frame. They posted a 40:31 halftime lead. Croatia exploded with 25 points in the third frame. They stretched the margin at 18-point mark before the fourth stanza. Cyprus collapsed both offensive and defensively in the final term. Croatia capped the game on a 33:2 run to seal a comfortable victory. Bojan Bogdanovic netted 14 points, while Saric had 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Anthony King replied with 20 points for Cyprus. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-PF-80) netted 15 points in the loss.
Ukraine - Austria 68-57 Ukraine celebrated the fifth win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Austria in Lviv for 5-1 record in Group C. Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) scored 17 points, grabbed 5 boards and issued 5 assists to lead the winners. Austria fell at 2-4 record after the loss. Ukraine started the game pretty strong. They ensured a 19:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Pustozvonov opened an 8-point lead for Ukraine midway through the second frame. But the visitors cut the deficit to just three points 28:31. Ukraine managed to take a 39:32 halftime advantage. The teams stayed close throughout the third period. Austria got within two points 50:52 at the final break. Kravtsov and Sergii Gladyr gave Ukraine a 62:53 lead midway through the final quarter. Austria could not recover as Ukraine coasted to the victory. Maxym Korniyenko (204-F/C-87) accounted for 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) had 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) answered with 13 points for Austria. Jason Detrick netted 12 points in the loss.
Bosnia - Holland 99-83 Bosnia and Herzegovina roll over Netherlands in Sarajevo for 4-2 record in Group D of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The home side got 80 points from a perfect trio in a 99:83 victory. Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed 28-14 after the first period, but had difficulties to lead in the game. They lost the second frame 21-22 but led 49:36 at the halftime. The third period belonged to the Dutch team that needed a 32-15 surge for 68:64 advantage when Theeuwkens closed the period. Bosnia and Herzegovina meanwhile erupted with an 8-0 run in the start of the last quarter and then Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 81:73. Due to massive 32-15 comeback the hosts managed to seal the necessary win. Mirza Teletovic erupted with 36 points and Wright Zack delivered 24. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 20 points, while Persic Dalibor notched 6. Smeulders Robin collected 21 points and 15 rebounds in defeat, whilst Norel Henk had 20. Jansen Rogier produced 13 and Akerboom Kees scored 9.
Romania - Georgia 74-91 Georgia stepped closer to 2013 EuroBasket qualification. They knocked down Romania in Sibiu tonight to gain 4-1 record on top of Group D. Tornike Shengelia (207-PF-91) posted 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visitors. Georgia stayed confident throughout the opening quarter. They recorded a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. The visitors boosted the lead in the second quarter. They established a 47:39 halftime buffer. Georgia kept the hosts at distance throughout the third stanza. The visitors accumulated a 10-point advantage heading into the final frame. Georgia did not give a single chance for Romania rolling to the victory at the end. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) netted 17 points, while Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) provided 13 points in the victory. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 22 points for Romania. Mihail-Octavian Paul (188-PG-82) had 14 points in the loss.
Poland - Switzerland 111-67 Poland smash Switzerland for 4-2 record in Group E of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Polish side had an easy 111:67 victory at home to climb to the second place. Switzerland meanwhile dropped at 2-4 record. Poland did not have any difficulties reaching the 4th win. They started with 32-16 in the first period and never looked behind after. The hosts added 24-16 in the second period and led 24 points at the halftime. Moreover Poland produced a 28-26 in the third period and finished the game with 27-9. Gortat gave Poland three-digit at 100:64. Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83) nailed three for the last points and Petkovic closed the game from the free throw line. Gortat erupted with 31 points and 13 rebounds, while Ignerski followed him with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Berisha delivered 14, while Robert Skibniewski and Zamojski notched 12 each. Mladjan replied with 20 points in the losing effort. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) scored 17, whilst Dubas added 11.
Albania - Finland 52-95 Finland keep the perfect record in Group E of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Nordic side smashed Albania 95:52 for 5-0 record on top. The latter meanwhile fell at 0-6 record. Although Albania scored the first two points in the game, Finland grabbed 21:17 at the end of the first period. Moreover Finland added 20-15 in the second frame and Nikkila brought 41:32 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game and allowed the guests to erupt with 30-9 for 71:41 lead. Muurinen and Kotti scored for 75:43 early in the fourth, while Nikkarinen closed the winning account for the Finnish side. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Ahonen Roope notched 19. Sasu Salin (190-G-91) delivered 12 points in a winning effort. Hysenagolli Endrit finished the game with 27 points and Ndoja Klaudio scored 12.
Italy - Czech Republic 68-56 Italy celebrated the sixth straight win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down visiting Czech Republic in Trieste. The victory propelled the Azzurri at 6-0 record, while Czech Republic fell at 4-2 in Group F. Italy jumped to an early lead. The hosts secured a 20:14 advantage after ten minutes. The Azzrurri opened a double-digit lead in the second frame. They posted a 42:26 halftime advantage. Italy held their opponents to 12 points in the third quarter. The Azzzuri ensured a comfortable 19-point buffer heading into the final stanza. Czech Republic managed to narrow the gap but could not avoid the loss in the fourth period. Pietro Aradori posted 14 points, while Danilo Gallinari accounted for 10 points for the winners. Petr Benda (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) answered with 12 points for Czech Republic. Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) had 10 points in the loss.
Belarus - Turkey 62-91 Turkey had no mercy for Belarus in Minsk at the EuroBasket Qualification Round in Group F. The guests rolled over the opponent 91:62 for 3-2 record. Belarus meanwhile fell at 1-5 record. Turkey took the lead in the opening period and had 25:15 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover Turkey improved to 20-point lead at the halftime after 24-14 in the second frame. Belarus bounced back with 23-20 in the third quarter but could not save the game. Turkey had another 22-10 in the lasts stanza for the final result. Erden Semih top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Karaman Ilkan netted 17. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) delivered 14, while Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Cetin Serhat added 10 each. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) and Parakhouski Artsiom replied with 18 points each in defeat, whilst Meshcharakou Yahor scored 9.
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 - 17 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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