Estonia - Iceland 80-58 Estonia did their part of the task in order to gain 2013 EuroBasket ticket. They knocked down visiting Iceland to improve at 6-4 record in Group A. Estonia will now await for the result of Serbia vs. Israel clash to get to know their fate. The Baltic team needs Israel to stun Serbia on the road to advance. Iceland fell at 1-9 record after the loss. Estonia could not clear off in the opening quarter. They led by just two points after ten minutes of action 24:22. Estonia boosted the margin in the second quarter. They recorded a 47:32 halftime advantage. The margin just kept on growing in the third term. Estonia secured a 62:43 lead at the final intermission. The hosts did not slow down in the fourth term and rallied to the victory. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) posted 23 points and 7 boards to lead Estonia. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) added 11 points, while Gert Dorbek had 10 points in the win. Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) reacted with 13 points for Iceland. Jakob Sigurdarson notched 12 points in the loss.
Montenegro - Slovakia 80-48 Montenegro capped their brilliant 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign with another victory. They stunned Slovak Republic at home court to remain undefeated at 10-0 record on top of Group A. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) posted 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the hosts. Slovak Republic who played without their charismatic leader Anton Gavel suffered the ninth loss. Montenegro jumped to an early lead. They held their opponents to just 6 points to take a 21-point lead. Montenegro maintained a comfortable lead throughout the second frame. They accumulated a 44:20 halftime advantage. Montenegro kept Slovak Republic at bay throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 28 points and coasted to the victory in the fourth stanza. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Sead Sehovic netted 12 points for the winners. Dusan Pandula (197-SF-84) responded with 11 points for Slovak Republic. Tomas Mrvis had 8 points in the loss.
Serbia - Israel 83-67 Serbia left it late but finally sealed 2013 EuroBasket ticket. They knocked down Israel in Belgrade to clinch the third position in Group A. Israel remained in the second place to also qualify to Slovenia. Milenko Tepic (200-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) posted 16 points to lead Serbia to the crucial win. Serbia stormed into this one. They unleashed 28 points in the first quarter to take a 14-point lead. Serbia kept Israel at distance throughout the second frame. The hosts ensured a 51:31 halftime advantage. Israel however stiffened defensively in the third term. They limited Serbia to 12 points and got within 16 points at the final break. Serbia and Israel traded baskets throughout the fourth term as the hosts tried to gain needed 19-point lead to finish second in the group. But Israel survived the challenge and lost by just 16 points at the end. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) accounted for 14 points, while Nemanja Bjelica added 12 points for the winning team. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) responded with 20 points for Israel. Guy Pnini netted 13 points in the loss.
Luxembourg - Sweden 68-85 Sweden booked their 2013 EuroBasket appearance. They overcame Luxembourg on the road to improve at 4-4 record. It was enough to occupy the second position in Group B. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79, college: N.Arizona) scored 22 points to lead the Scandinavians. Sweden surged ahead early in the encounter. They ensured a 24:18 lead at the first break. The Scandinavian team maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They rallied to a 41:26 halftime advantage. Sweden stretched the margin in the third quarter. They accumulated a 16-point lead at the final break. The visitors did not look back in the fourth frame and rolled to the victory. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Kenny Grant had 10 points for the winners. Tom Schumacher (189-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) responded with 20 points for Luxembourg. Christopher Jones chipped in 19 points in the loss.
Germany - Azerbaijan 81-68 Germany recorded the eighth straight win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off visiting Azerbaijan to clinch the top spot in Group B. Azerbaijan had to win the game to hope for EuroBasket qualification but came up short of their goal. Tim Ohlbrecht (210-F/C-88) tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Azerbaijan eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Germany surged ahead in the second frame. They posted a 43:39 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Staiger capped it with a three-pointer as Germany established a 58:54 lead. Staiger, Jagla and Schaffartzik made it 70:60 for Germany midway through the fourth term. Soon the margin grew at 14-point mark and the visitors could not recover. Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89, agency: Pro One Sports) and Robin Benzing (209-SF-89) finished with 11 points each for the hosts. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) responded with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Azerbaijan. Zaur Pashayev netted 14 points in the loss.
Croatia - Austria 78-74 Croatia finished their 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign on a high note. They knocked down Austria to improve at 8-0 record on top of Group C. Austria entered the game having a slim hope of qualifying. However they needed the victory that never came. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) posted 16 points to lead the hosts to the win in Crikvenica. Croatia set the tone early in the game. They recorded a 24:17 lead ten minutes into the clash. The hosts stayed in control throughout the second frame. Croatia built a 44:32 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame. Croatia remained in charge leading by 12 points at the final intermission. Austria narrowed the gap at just three points with under five minutes remaining. But Roko-Leni Ukic scored quick four points and Croatia ran away for good. Darko Planinic (211-C-90) posted 14 points, while Bojan Bogdanovic added 13 points in the victory. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, college: Oklahoma) answered with 19 points for Austria. Rasid Mahalbasic had 16 points in the loss.
Cyprus - Hungary 58-63 Hungary kept Cyprus winless in Group C of the Eurobasket 2013 Qualifying Round. Hungary finished the group with 3-5 record after 63:58 road win. The hosts meanwhile suffered their eighth straight loss. Cyprus erupted with 20-6 in the first period but could not win the game. The second and the third quarters were decisive in the game as Hungary was too good for the opponents. The guests needed 23-11 in the second period to reduce to 2 points at the halftime. Moreover Hungary won the third quarter 17-7 and did not mind a narrow loss in the last stanza. Szabo nailed three for 59:47, while Hanga made two free throws for 63:55. Razis closed the game from the arc for the home side. Peter Lorant (206-PF-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) paced all the winners with 13 points and Obie Trotter (188-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) netted 11. Andreas Sizopoulos (193-G-83) replied with 15 points, while Trisokkas added 12. Razis and Pilavas followed them with 8 points each in defeat.
Georgia - Holland 97-89 Georgia claimed the 6th win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They knocked down visiting Netherlands to improve at 6-2 record on top of Group D. Netherlands suffered the sixth loss and slipped at 2-6 record. Jacob Pullen (183-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) fired 23 points to lead the hosts. Georgia secured a 25:21 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the margin throughout the second quarter. Georgia knocked down 29 points in the period to build a 54:43 halftime lead. Netherlands stayed behind throughout the third frame. Georgia accounted for a 72:59 advantage at the final intermission. Netherlands got within six points late in regulation but Georgia stayed calm and finished the game on a high note. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) and Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) accounted for 22 points apiece in the victory. Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) replied with 22 points and 13 boards for Netherlands. Arvin Slagter had 19 points in the loss.
Romania - Latvia 77-85 Latvia advanced to Eurobasket 2013 taking the four best third-place teams Latvia advanced to Eurobasket 2013 taking the four best third-place teams. Latvia finished third in Group D of the Qualification Round after 85:77 win over Romania. The latter finished the campaign with 1-7 record. Latvia needed a win in the to be sure about the third place with 5-3 record. They started the game with 27-16 and had 10-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Latvia added 21-20 in the third period and did not mind 20-23 in the lasts stanza. Kaspars Berzins (211-PF-85) and Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) brought the final points for the winning side. Janis Strelnieks top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Kaspars Berzins posted 13. Bertans Dairis, Meiers Martins and Bertans Davis netted 11 points each in a win. Mihai Silvasan (200-SF-85, agency: Court Side) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Baciu Catalin scored 14. Dragusin Ionut posted 12, whilst Mandache Andrei and Paul Mihail-Octavian finished the game with 10 points each.
Albania - Belgium 46-82 Belgium eased past Albania in Tirana tonight. The victory propelled them to 5-3 record in the third position in Group E. It was just enough to advance to 2013 EuroBasket. Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87) posted 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visitors. Belgium started strong. They grabbed a 21:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Belgium stretched the gap in the second frame. They ensured a 41:24 halftime advantage. The visitors stayed dominant throughout the second half. They entered the final period up by 22 points and never looked back on the way to the victory. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while Beye Tabu-Eboma added 11 points for Belgium. Klaudio Ndoja (198-SG-85) answered with 14 points for Albania. Gerti Shima had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Finland - Switzerland 84-77 Finland wins Group E of the EuroBasket Qualification Round with 6-2 record. They won over Switzerland 84:77 in their last game. The latter fell at 3-5 record on the 4th position. Switzerland surprised the hosts with 19-13 in the first period, but could not win the half. The Nordic side bounced back with 28-21 and nursed a 41:40 advantage. Again Switzerland pushed the tempo in the third period and grabbed 59:55 after three quarters. Finland however started the last stanza with a 5-0 run and then erupted with 29-18 in the fourth period. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) nailed 16. Huff Shawn posted 14, while Mottola Hanno had 12. Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) finished the game with 23 points and Petkovic Stefan as well as Dubas Jonathan posted 14 each. Nicolas Dos Santos followed them with 9 points.
Turkey - Czech Republic 81-58 Turkey celebrated an important win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They cruised past Czech Republic in Istanbul to claim the second place in Group F. Czech Republic finished in the third position at 5-3 record. Czech Republic jumped to an early lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the opening minutes. However Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) capped the period with four points in a row to make it 25:17 for the hosts. Turkey opened the second frame with eight consecutive points to gain a 33:17 lead. They kept Czech Republic at bay and rolled to a 44:26 halftime advantage. The gap grew at 25-point mark at the final intermission 65:40. Turkey did not slow down in the fourth stanza and marched to the needed victory. Semih Erden provided 21 points and 11 rebounds for Turkey. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) added 20 points in the winning effort. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) responded with 15 points for Czech Republic. Jiri Welsch had 13 points in the loss.
Belarus - Portugal 77-64 Belarus roll over Portugal in Minsk in their last game of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team finished with 2-6 record, while Portugal ended up without victories. Portugal managed to score the first six points in the game. Belarus however won the first period 21:15 and led 6 points at the halftime. Cunha nailed three to give Portugal 43:41 lead early in the third period, while Lashkevich scored for 54:51 at the end of the third period. The hosts later made the final push to seal the last victory at the tournament. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (203-SF-85, agency: RU-Basket Management) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Kudrautsau Aliaksandr as well Korshuk Dzianis nailed 15 points each. Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Gomes Joao notched 12.
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.
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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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