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.
Rimantas Kaukenas and Darius Songaila confirm EuroBasket absence - May 23, 2013
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Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) and Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) confirm EuroBasket absence. Two Lithuanian veterans will not help the National team in Slovenia.
Rimantas Kaukenas enjoys the season with Zalgiris. The Lithuanian star came back from Italy last year. Montepaschi Siena enjoyed two seasons with the shooting guard Rimantas Kaukenas. In 2011-2012 for Montepaschi Siena he averaged 14 [read more]
Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) and Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) confirm EuroBasket absence. Two Lithuanian veterans will not help the National team in Slovenia. Rimantas Kaukenas enjoys the season with Zalgiris. The Lithuanian star came back from Italy last year. Montepaschi Siena enjoyed two seasons with the shooting guard Rimantas Kaukenas. In 2011-2012 for Montepaschi Siena he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 64.3% in Euroleague and in Italian League after 23 games showed 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 84.1%. Earlier Rimantas Kaukenas played for Real Madrid. He played 18 Euroleague games collecting 10.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.3 apg. In the Spanish league, Kaukenas added 8.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.1 apg for 29 games. Darius Songaila finished the season with BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague). In EuroCup his stats read 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 56.3%, FT: 84.6%. In Ukrainian Superleague he showed 15. 9 points per game.
Jasmin Repesa will guide Croatia at Eurobasket 2013 - May 22, 2013
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Jasmin Repesa will guide Croatia at Eurobasket 2013. The Coach made the decision after Unicaja Malaga did not prolong the contract with him for another season.
Yesterday we announced that Jasmin Repesa was not going to stay with Unicaja Malaga reportedly. The Spanish media reports that the team decided to part ways with the coach after his failure to lead Unicaja into the ACB playoffs. Unicaja finished the regular season in the ninth position at 18-16 record [read more]
Jasmin Repesa will guide Croatia at Eurobasket 2013. The Coach made the decision after Unicaja Malaga did not prolong the contract with him for another season. Yesterday we announced that Jasmin Repesa was not going to stay with Unicaja Malaga reportedly. The Spanish media reports that the team decided to part ways with the coach after his failure to lead Unicaja into the ACB playoffs. Unicaja finished the regular season in the ninth position at 18-16 record. The Malaga team also failed to make it into EuroLeague playoffs occupying the fifth position in the second stage Group E. Jasmin Repesa took over Unicaja at the start of the season. He signed 1+1 contract then. Last season the Croatian specialist worked with KK Cibona. He led the team to the A1 title. Eurobasket.com named Jasmin Repesa All-Croatian A1 League Coach of the Year. Repesa used to work in Croatia, Turkey, Poland and Italy before. He also guided the Croatian and Polish National Teams. Repesa, expects all eligible players to be available for selection on the Croatia squad that will travel to EuroBasket.
Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka look forward to Eurobasket 2013 - May 21, 2013
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Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) look forward to Eurobasket 2013. Juan Antonio Orenga is sure both of them can play on the same level as absent Pau Gasol.
Marc Gasol spent his best season in NBA. He has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. LeBron James finished second, with Serge Ibaka finishing third. In 2011-2012 for Memphis Grizzlies (NBA, starting five) Marc Gasol 14.6 points per game and 7 [read more]
Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) look forward to Eurobasket 2013. Juan Antonio Orenga is sure both of them can play on the same level as absent Pau Gasol. Marc Gasol spent his best season in NBA. He has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. LeBron James finished second, with Serge Ibaka finishing third. In 2011-2012 for Memphis Grizzlies (NBA, starting five) Marc Gasol 14.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds. In the first Semifinal game he scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Serge Ibakas season in NBA is finished. His Oklahoma City Thunder lost to Marc Gasols Memphis in the Quarterfinal series. This season he showed massive 13.1 points per game and had 7.8 rebounds.
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