EuroBasket 2013 Qualifying Round. Day 9 - Sep 8, 2012
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Estonia - Serbia 88-81 Estonia remains hopeful about their 2013 EuroBasket ambitions. They knocked down Serbia to improve at 5-4 record in Group A. They caught up with the Balkan team in the ladder. Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Serbia entered the game as favourites and started to prove their status right from the start. They established a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Estonia cut the deficit in the second quarter. The hosts got within two points at halftime 41:43. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) and Kristjan Kangur put Estonia in front 57:54 late in the third frame. Serbia retained the lead but Kristjan Kangur drew things level at 63 with ten minutes remaining. Gregor Arbet triggered a 10:0 run from Estonia as they accumulated a 78:68 lead with just over four minutes remaining. Milenko Tepic and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) dragged Serbia within two points 78:80. However Dorbek, Kristjan Kangur and Sokk sealed the victory for the home side. Gregor Arbet accounted for 17 points, while Siim-Sander Vene added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Nenad Krstic replied with 20 points for Serbia. Milos Teodosic and Milenko Tepic had 16 points apiece in the loss.
Israel - Slovakia 106-73 Israel is one step in Eurobasket 2013 after the victory over Slovak Republic 106:73. The team could lose by the huge margin and still advance if Estonia do not win against Iceland in their clash. More than 7000 fans came to Tel Aviv to support the Israeli team to advance to Slovenia 2013. The hosts opened the game with 23-19 and added 26-23 in the second frame. Moreover the third period became decisive in the game as the hosts needed 32-8 surge for the comfortable lead. Israel won the last quarter 25-23 and grabbed 33-point victory. Eliyahu Lior and Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) paced all the winners with 18 points each. Tyus Alex collected 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Yotam Halperin (193-SG-84) notched 14. Jozef Vojtek (204-F-85) finished the game with 17 in the losing effort and Dusan Pandula (197-SF-84) poured in 14. Bilik Martin delivered 11 points in a loss.
Iceland - Montenegro 92-101 Montenegro celebrated the ninth straight win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They silenced Iceland on the road to stay perfect. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) had a monster game tallying 38 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Iceland opened the game with six consecutive points. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter and secured a 23:19 lead at the first break. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the second frame. Hlynur Baeringsson (197-F-82) ensured a 40:30 lead for Iceland. The hosts stayed on fire offensively building a 61:39 lead at the interval. Montenegro used an 11:0 run midway through the third frame to narrow the gap at 9-point mark 62:71. Taylor Rochestie put the Balkan team within 7 points at the final intermission 69:76. Vladimir Dasic and Taylor Rochestie narrowed the deficit at just a single point early in the fourth frame. Iceland were still up by three points 83:80 with just over five minutes remaining. But the visitors triggered an 11:0 rally to take a 91:83 advantage with under a minute to go. Iceland could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Taylor Rochestie finished with 31 points, while Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) posted 11 points in the victory. Jon Stefansson provided 32 points for Iceland. Hlynur Baeringsson had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat.
Sweden - Germany 86-91 Germany kept their record perfect at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Sweden in Norrkoping today to improve at 7-0 record in Group B. Sweden slipped at 3-4 record and need to win over Luxembourg to stay hopeful of their qualification. Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) notched 21 points to lead the winners. Sweden got to a confident start. The Scandinavian team posted a 26:21 lead after ten minutes. Germany slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. Tibor Pleiss and Heiko Schaffartzik put the visitors within one 42:43 at the interval. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense third term. Sweden capped the quarter with 7 points in a row to take a 67:64 lead. Maraker extended the margin to 8 points 79:71 midway through the fourth frame. But Robin Benzing scored six straight points to spark a 10:0 rally from Germany as they grabbed an 81:79 lead. Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) retained the lead for the Scandinavians but Heiko Schaffartzik and Zwiener made it 86:84 for Germany. Massamba drew things level at 86 however Heiko Schaffartzik and Robin Benzing crowned the regulation with five points in a row and sealed the win for Germany. Robin Benzing accounted for 19 points, while Tibor Pleiss and Jan-Hendrik Jagla had 16 points each for the winners. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) replied with game-high 32 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Sweden. Kenny Grant netted 21 points in the loss.
Bulgaria - Luxembourg 120-95 Bulgaria capped their 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign in a high-flying style. They unleashed 120 points to thrash visiting Luxembourg. Bulgaria thus improved at 4-4 record in Group B and remained hopeful of qualifying. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) fired 33 points to lead the hosts. Luxembourg suffered the seventh loss in a row. Bulgaria dropped 30 points in the first frame to take a 9-point lead. Luxembourg bounced back in the second quarter. The visitors fired 31 points to narrow the gap at just four-point distance 52:56. But Bulgaria picked up the slack in the third term. They paid more attention to defence and stretched the lead to 15-point mark at the final intermission. Bulgaria exploded with 41 points in the fourth term and celebrated victory. Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) chipped in 16 points, while Pavel Marinov (199-SF-88, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points in the victory. Christopher Jones and Samy Picard (196-PF-88) replied with 21 points each for Luxembourg.
Hungary - Croatia 79-81 Croatia earned the seventh straight win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They knocked down Hungary on the road to stay perfect in Group C. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) drained a buzzer-beating jumper to seal the victory for Croatia in this one. Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 17 points to lead the visitors. Croatia posted a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. Hungary slowly adjusted their game. They narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at halftime 32:34. Trotter and Peter Lorant gave the hosts a 42:39 lead midway through the third term. Rok Stipcevic retained Croatian lead but Fodor and Adam Hanga capped the frame with five points in a row as Hungary secured a 53:50 advantage. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the final quarter. Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) and Trotter drew things level at 79 with 9 seconds remaining. But Roko-Leni Ukic dropped a late bucket to win the game for Croatia. Dario Saric accounted for 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Damir Markota and Rok Stipcevic provided 10 points each in the win. Peter Lorant answered with 24 points for Hungary Adam Hanga and Miklos Szabo finished with 10 points apiece in defeat.
Ukraine - Cyprus 69-51 Ukraine capped their EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign with victory. They defeated Cyprus in Yuzny. Steven Burtt came up with 13 points as Ukraine clinched the second position in Group C. Cyprus suffered the seventh loss in a row. Ukraine and Cyprus started the game rather slow. Both teams lacked composure offensively. Ukraine though managed to surge ahead to take an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. But the second term left more questions. Cyprus cut the deficit to just a single point at halftime 28:27. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-PF-80) and Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) put Cyprus ahead midway through the third term 33:32. But the hosts quickly regained the lead and ensured a 41:37 lead into the fourth frame. The hosts opened the fourth period on a 10:0 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Maxym Korniyenko (204-F/C-87) posted 12 points, while Sergii Gladyr had 11 points in the win. Panagiotis Trisokkas answered with 15 points for Cyprus. Anthony King netted 14 points in the loss.
Latvia - Georgia 70-73 Georgia clinched the spot at 2013 EuroBasket. They gained a crucial win over Latvia in Riga tonight to punch the ticket to Slovenia. Georgia are now at 5-2 record in Group D. If they beat Netherlands in the next round they will clinch the top position in the ladder. Latvia in the meantime endangered their qualification chances. They must edge Romania in the final round to advance. The teams started the game quite slowly. They teamed up for 20 points in the opening quarter. Latvia gained a 13:7 lead. But Georgia took over in the second frame. Jacob Pullen (183-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) knocked down 8 straight points midway through the period to level things up at 20. The visitors capped the half with 11 points in a row to gain a 31:24 lead. Latvia managed to return the lead late in the third term. Davis Bertans (205-SF-92) made it 44:43 for the hosts. But Shermadini ensured a 48:46 Georgian lead at the final break. Georgia used a 9:0 run midway through the fourth frame to make it 62:55. Strelnieks put Latvia within one 70:71 with 11 seconds remaining. Zaza Pachulia answered with a dunk and then both Strelnieks and Kuksiks missed their three-point attempts as Georgia got away with victory. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) provided 17 points for Georgia. Zaza Pachulia and Jacob Pullen added 15 points each for the winners. Kaspars Berzins (211-PF-85) answered with 15 points for Latvia. Martins Meiers had 14 points in the loss.
Bosnia - Romania 93-58 Bosnia and Herzegovina won over Romania in Sarajevo in front of 6000 fans to qualify to Eurobasket 2013.The winning side improved to 6-2 record, while Romanian fell at 1-6. Bosnia and Herzegovina felt the home support and started the game with 25-12. Moreover they erupted with 32-12 in the second frame and enjoyed 57:24 lead at the halftime. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) scored four in a rwo in the start of the third period as Bosnia added 21-20 in the period. They also won the last stanza 15-14 and will head to Slovenia 2013. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) , Djedovic Nihad and Mitrovic Nemanja posted 12 each. Elmedin Kikanovic followed them with 10 points in a win. Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Mihai Silvasan (200-SF-85, agency: Court Side) delivered 15. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 10 points in defeat.
Poland - Albania 89-59 Poland clinched their place in the EuroBasket field in Slovenia as they finished the Qualification Round with 89:59 win over Albania. Poland grabbed 6-2 record on top of Group E and qualified to EuroBasket 2013. Albania surprised the hosts in Lublin in the first period taking 19-18 lead. Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) brought 22:20 but it was the last lead for Albania. Poland pushed the tempo for good and dominated the rest of the game. They won the second frame 24-15 and added 20-8 in the third quarter. Moreover Poland needed 27-17 in the last stanza for the comfortable victory. Gortat Marcin stepped up with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Zamojski Przemyslaw nailed 13. Ignerski Michal followed them with 11 points in a win. Klaudio Ndoja (198-SG-85) finished the game with 18 points in the losing effort and Gerti Shima collected 16 points and 11 boards in defeat. Hysenagolli Endrit scored 13 points as Albania is with 0-7 record on the bottom.
Belgium - Finland 71-68 Belgium grabbed valuable win over Finland in Antwerp to remain alive for Eurobasket in Slovenia 2013. Belgium won 71:68 and improved to 4-3 record. Finland meanwhile dropped at 5-2 and is on the second place so far. Finland started better and won the first period 28:19. Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81, college: Providence) increased the lead to 32:19 early in the second, but Belgium erupted with an 18-0 run for 37:32 lead. As a total Belgium won the second frame 25-10 and had 44:38 advantage at the halftime. Moreover the hosts added 15-8 in the third period for 59:46 after three quarters. Finland was too far to give up at that time and Salin Sasu tied the game at 62:62. Moreover Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) nailed three for 65:62 with 3 minutes to go. Belgium however created a 9-0 run at the end of the game to seal an important victory. Mukubu Wen Boss top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Guy Muya (190-PG-83, agency: TSS Management) as well as Moors Roel posted 10 apiece. Petteri Koponen finished the game with 22 points in the losing effort, while Tuukka Kotti and Salin Sasu scored 11 each.
Italy - Belarus 83-58 Italy finish their EuroBasket Qualification campaign undefeated and won Group F with a perfect 8-0 record. The team sent Belarus to 1-6 record after 83:58 win in Trieste. More than 4000 fans came to support the favorites in Trieste. Italy won the first period 23-15 and produced 25-17 in the second quarter for 48:32 at the halftime. Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) and Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) scored for 53:35 early in the third, while Danilo Gallinari also closed the period at 64:44. Italy posted 19-14 in the last stanza for the final success. Gigli was the last player to score for the winners in the game. Danilo Gallinari paced all the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) added 12. Mancinelli Stefano scored 10, while Daniel Hackett notched 9. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) ended up with 12 points in the losing case and Pustahvar Aliaksandr poured in 9.
Portugal - Turkey 69-79 Turkey remain alive for Eurobasket 2013 after a road win over Portugal. The Turkish side improved to 4-3 record after 79:69 win. Portugal meanwhile fell at 0-7 record. Turkey will play Czech Republic on September 11th for the second place in Group. Portugal did not want to give up to the favorite and started with 21-17 lead. Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) increased to 25:18, while Turkey erupted with 13-0 run for 31:25 lead. They grabbed 35:31 at the halftime, but Claudio Fonseca tied the game at 45:45 midway through the third period. Mario Fernandes (174-PG-82) gave Portugal 52:47 at the end of the frame but it was not enough to for the win. Turkey needed massive 32-17 surge at the end of the game to win the battle. Karaman Ilkan top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Arslan Ender poured in 19. Gonlum Kerem scored 11 and Balbay Dogus netted 9. Claudio Fonseca finished the game with 20 points for the hosts and Mario Fernandes added 17. Santos Joao brought 11, while Miguel Minhava (195-G-83) chipped in with 8.
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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