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.
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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