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Qualifications to European Championships 2009 Div.A
Group A
 1. Serbia 7-1 
 2. Bulgaria 4-4 
 3. Italy 4-4 
 4. Finland 3-5 
 5. Hungary 2-6 
Group B
 1. Latvia 4-2 
 2. FYR Macedo. 4-2 
 3. Portugal 3-3 
 4. Estonia 1-5 
Group C
 1. Turkey 6-0 
 2. France 3-3 
 3. Belgium 2-4 
 4. Ukraine 1-5 
Group D
 1. U.Kingdom 4-2 
 2. Israel 3-3 
 3. Bosnia 3-3 
 4. Czech Repu. 2-4

Qualifications to European Championships 2009 Div.B
Group A
 1. Monteneg. 4-0 
 2. Holland 3-1 
 3. Austria 2-2 
 4. Iceland 1-3 
 5. Denmark 0-4 
Group B
 1. Belarus 4-0 
 2. Romania 2-2 
 3. Switzerl. 2-2 
 4. Albania 1-3 
 5. Cyprus 1-3 
Group C
 1. Sweden 4-0 
 2. Georgia 3-1 
 3. Slovakia 2-2 
 4. Ireland 1-3 
 5. Luxembourg. 0-4

Points Per Game
 T.J. PARKER
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Parker, FRA 24.8 
 2. Biedrins, LAT 24.8 
 3. Deng, ENG 23.3 
 4. Welsch, CZE 17.0 
 5. Kullamae, EST 17.0 
 6. Ivanov, BUL 16.7 
 7. Jaaber, BUL 15.3 
 8. Stoykov, BUL 13.8 
 9. Krstic, SRB 13.4 
 10. Nemeth, HUN 13.4
Rebounds Per Game
 Andris BIEDRINS
  LAT
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Biedrins, LAT 15.3 
 2. Mensah-Bonsu, ENG 10.8 
 3. Ilyasova, TUR 9.0 
 4. Mejsi, MKD 8.0 
 5. Gonlum, TUR 7.3 
 6. Ivanov, BUL 7.2 
 7. Gecevski, MKD 7.0 
 8. Bader, HUN 6.9 
 9. Kangur, EST 6.5 
 10. Georgiev, BUL 6.2
Assists Per Game
 Kristaps VALTERS
  LAT
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Valters, LAT 5.5 
 2. Costa, POR 4.7 
 3. Deng, ENG 4.7 
 4. Welsch, CZE 4.5 
 5. Videnov, BUL 4.0 
 6. Turkoglu, TUR 3.8 
 7. Teodosic, SRB 3.5 
 8. Tein, EST 3.5 
 9. Tapiro, ISR 3.5 
 10. Simon, HUN 3.3
Steals Per Game
 Tanel TEIN
  (194-G/F-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tein, EST 3.0 
 2. Gonlum, TUR 2.8 
 3. Tunceri, TUR 2.8 
 4. Jaaber, BUL 2.7 
 5. Janicenoks, LAT 2.3 
 6. De Colo, FRA 2.3 
 7. Andrade, POR 2.0 
 8. Ilyasova, TUR 2.0 
 9. Cunha, POR 2.0 
 10. Dedovic, BIH 2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Pops MENSAH-BONSU
  ENG
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Mensah-Bonsu, ENG 2.8 
 2. Biedrins, LAT 2.0 
 3. Turiaf, FRA 2.0 
 4. Deng, ENG 1.3 
 5. Solak, TUR 1.0 
 6. Ilyasova, TUR 1.0 
 7. Lishchuk, UKR 1.0 
 8. Krstic, SRB 1.0 
 9. Green, ISR 1.0 
 10. Tein, EST 1.0

Qualifications to European Championships 2009

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Div.A
Div.B

   The seedings for EuroBasket 2009 - Oct. 7, 2008
FIBA Europe announced yesterday the seedings for the upcoming draw of the EuroBasket 2009 Final Round. The EuroBasket 2009 draw is scheduled for Saturday, November 8, in Warsaw, Poland.
The draw for the Additional Qualifying Round, which will decide the last qualifier for the event, will also take place on the same date.
The seedings for all draws are based on the results of the teams in the most recent FIBA Europe Official Competitions, with the last competition being the most important
The exact elements of the draw and the tournament are:
EuroBasket 2009
Organisers: Poland
Dates: September 7-20, 2009
Preliminary Round venues: Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw
Qualifying Round venues: Bydgoszcz and Lodz
Final Round venue: Katowice
Draw : November 8, 2008
Draw venue : Capital Theatre, MarszaƂkowska 115, Warsaw, at 13.00 hrs.

Draw seedings:
Group A: Russia, Spain, Lithuania, Greece
Group B: Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey
Group C: Serbia, Poland, FYROM, Latvia
Group D: Great Britain, Israel, Bulgaria, Qualifier (Additional Qualifying Tournament - August 2009)

No team can face a team from its group, as referred above

EuroBasket 2009 Additional Qualifying Round
Venues: Two groups of three teams each, to meet in home and away games. The winners of the two groups meet in home and away games with the overall winner qualifying for EuroBasket 2009.
Dates: August 2009
Group A: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Group B: Italy, Portugal
Group C: Finland, Belgium

No team can face a team from its group, as referred above

   Div. B Day: 5 (Qualifying Round) - Sep. 21, 2008
Austria - Iceland 81-74
Austria overcame Iceland 81:74 in Gussing to improve to 2-2 record. Mayes led the winners with 15 points. Schreiner scored 11, while Kollik and Kgerl posted 10 apiece. Vilbergsson top-scored with 18 points in the losing effort as Iceland fell at 1-3.

Montenegro - Denmark 96-60
Montenegro smashed Denmark to remain unbeaten at 4-0. Pekovic was unstoppable for the winners with 25 points. Koljevic nailed 13 and Scepanovic posted 12. Iversen ended up with 12 points in defeat.

Cyprus - Belarus 80-81
Kudratsau nailed two free throws with 5 seconds left in the game and Belarus snatched a road 81:80 win over Cyprus today. Belarus improved to 4-0 record on top of Group B of the EuroBasket in Division B. Cyprus fell to 1-3 record.Alexander Kudrautsau nailed 17 points to pace Belarus. Mescharakou, Mikalai Aliakseyeu and Dzianis Korshuk had 14 points apiece for the winners. JoJo Garcia and Aristides Koronides responded with 19 points each for Cyprus.

Albania - Romania 66-80
Romania stole a victory from Albania in Tirana. Burlacu led the winners with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Stanescu and Helcioiu followed him with 14 points each, while Popescu had 13. Karaj top-scored for the hosts with 20 points.

Ireland - Slovakia 88-95
Slovakia grabbed their second win at the EuroBasket in Division B as they triumphed in Dublin today. The thriller action saw the hosts save the game in the final seconds however Slovakia proved the strength at the end. Ireland slipped to 1-3 record in Group C. Radoslav Rancik tallied 24 points and 13 boards for Slovakia. Martin Sykora and Richard Lesko finished with 16 points apiece for the winners. Conor Grace notched 20 points and 15 rebounds for Ireland. Christopher Bracey had 22 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Luxembourg - Sweden 51-96
Sweden remained undefeated after a win over Luxembourg. Ringstrom produced 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Blom scored 17, while Skjoldebrand had 16. Kieffer finished the night with 16 points for the hosts.

   Day: 10 (Qualifying Round) - Sep. 21, 2008
FYR Macedonia - Estonia 87-75
FYR of Macedonia secured first place in qualifying Group B after a win over Estonia 87:74. With a massive first quarter the hosts did not look behind in the rest of the game. Todor Gecevski top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Pero Antik netted 16 and Stefanov added 11. Kristjan Kangur ended up with 19 points and 7 boards in the losing effort, while Valmo Kriisa posted 12. Estonia, who have had some fine moments in this Division A campaign, dropped to 1-5 and will now play in the Relegation Round.

Ukraine - Belgium 58-76
Belgium steals a win and Additional Qualifying Round from Ukraine with a road 58:76 win in Yuzhnyi. Trailing 18:13 after the opening quarter the guests finished the night with 26:12 to clinch third place in Group C. Christophe Beghin top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Axel Hervelle netted 17 and Lionel Bosco added 11. Serhiy Lishchuk was the best for the hosts with 21 points and Andriy Agafonov posted 16.

France - Turkey 78-80
His majesty Tony Parker was not enough for France to carry them directly to Eurobasket 2009 in Poland. France lost to undefeated Turkey at home 78:80. Fatih Solak led the winners with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Sinan Guler netted 14, while Kerem Tunceri scored 13. Tony Parker had a great night with 37 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts, whilst De Colo scored 9.

Bosnia - United Kingdom 89-80
Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Great Britain in Cazin but will play in Additional Qualifying Round. The hosts upset the leader of the group 89:80 even trailing after the opening quarter. Ernest Bremer led the winners with 18 points and 6 assists. Kenan Bajramovic netted 16, while Mirza Teletovic posted 15. Andrew Betts top-scored in defeat with 14 points and Nate Reinking added 13.

Israel - Czech Republic 98-61
Israel advanced to EuroBasket 2009 after a home win over Czech Republic 98:61. A win in all the quarters in the game led the team to 3-3 record that was enough to advance from the second place. Yotam Halperin paced all the winners with 25 points. Meir Tapiro netted 24, while Lior Eliyahu scored 16. Petr Benda top-scored in defeat with 16 points and Tomas Satoransky notched 12. The setback has dropped Czech Republic to bottom of Group D and into the Relegation Round.

Finland - Hungary 88-73
Finland sends Hungary to the Relegation Round of Division A. Finland was too strong at home reaching 88:73 victory to finish the group with 3-5 record. Kimmo Muurinen led the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Shawn Huff and Petteri Koponen nailed 20 each, while Tuukka Kotti collected 18 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Bulgaria - Serbia 77-87
Bulgaria advanced to Poland 2009 even after a loss to Serbia and finished Group A with 4-4 record. The hosts of the game finished second ahead of Italy, who were also 4-4 but had a worse overall goal differential in the group than the Bulgarians. The latter lost to Serbia 77:87 as both teams advanced to the Eurobasket 2009. Nenad Krstic led the winners with 17 points and 9 boards. Zoran Erceg and Milos Vujanic followed him with 11 each as Serbia finished the group with 7-1 record. Ibrahim Jaaber top-scored for the hosts with 27 points and Deyan Ivanov had 14.

Portugal - Latvia 93-92
Portugal that lost first three games in Group B won the next three to tie the record at 3-3. The team had a battle but won at home over Latvia 93:92. With a strong first half the hosts could hold the margin and one point was enough to celebrate. Jose Costa led the winners with 29 points and 7 assists. Miguel Miranda netted 17 and Santos had 11. Kristaps Janicenoks top-scored in defeat with 21 points, whilst Andris Biedrins collected 19 points and 13 boards.

   The end of the Qualifying Round - Sep. 20, 2008
GROUP A

 Bulgaria-Serbia 77:87

Bulgaria advanced to Poland 2009 even after a loss to Serbia and finished Group A with 4-4 record. The hosts of the game finished second ahead of Italy, who were also 4-4 but had a worse overall goal differential in the group than the Bulgarians. The latter lost to Serbia 77:87 as both teams advanced to the Eurobasket 2009.
Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) led the winners with 17 points and 9 boards. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) and Milos Vujanic (192-G-80) followed him with 11 each as Serbia finished the group with 7-1 record. Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) top-scored for the hosts with 27 points and Deyan Ivanov (205-C/F-86), had 14.
Nenad Krstic scored first points for the guests in the early beginning to prove that his team clinched the top position truthfully. Having 6:5 advantage Bulgaria missed a 8-0 run as the guests dominated the court. They stormed into a 26:16 lead by the end of the opening quarter and extended that to 49:30 by half-time. Ibrahim Jaaber could only reduce to those numbers at the halftime.
Bulgaria seemed to find their game in the second half but still trailed in the third period. Serbia won the quarter 24:22 and had 73:52 after 30 minutes of the game. In the last period Bulgaria played better and reduced the gap to 10 points as a total. Markovic was the last to score before
Deyan Ivanov nailed a three for 77:87.

Bulgaria:
Ibrahim Jaaber 27, Deyan Ivanov, 14
Serbia:
Nenad Krstic 17+9 rebs, Zoran Erceg 11, Milos Vujanic 11


Finland-Hungary 88:73
Finland sends Hungary to the Relegation Round of Division A. Finland was too strong at home reaching 88:73 victory to finish the group with 3-5 record. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) led the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) nailed 20 each, while Tuukka Kotti (204-F/C-81, college: Providence) collected 18 points and 12 boards in defeat.
The hosts were too good from the very beginning and opened the game with 7-0 run. Hungary however replied immediately and Bader reduced the gap to 13:10 in the center of the first. Kimmo Muurinen closed the opening quarter at 23:21 advantage for Finland. Hungary managed to produce an 8-0 run for 29:25, but again Kimmo Muurinen tied it at 35:35. Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) hit from the arc for 42:42 when the teams left for the lockers.
The third quarter was decisive in the game as the hosts dominated the court. They produced 28:16 in it to have 12 points deficit. Finland extended the lead to 70:58 by the end of the frame. In the last period in order to feel more confident the hosts did not stay in defense and were in front for the whole time until the last seconds. Petteri Koponen set up the final, 88:73 score for Finland that sent Hungary to the Relegation Round of Division A.

Finland: Kimmo Muurinen 22+8 rebs, Shawn Huff 20, Petteri Koponen 20, Tuukka Kotti 18+12 rebs
Hungary: Tamas Kaman 22+7 rebs, Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 20

GROUP B
Portugal-Latvia 93:92

Portugal that lost first three games in Group B won the next three to tie the record at 3-3. The team had a battle but won at home over Latvia 93:92. With a strong first half the hosts could hold the margin and one point was enough to celebrate. Jose Costa (187-G-73) led the winners with 29 points and 7 assists. Miguel Miranda (205-F-78) netted 17 and Santos had 11. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) top-scored in defeat with 21 points, whilst Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) collected 19 points and 13 boards.
The team started well the opening quarter and remained mostly even in it. Portugal made a final push in the period and Jose Costa posted a 23:18 lead. Santos increased the lead to 29:23 in the beginning of the second period and Jose Costa made it 48:40 later in the end. Berzins could reduce to 51:45 finishing the first half of the game.
The third period was also divided into two halves as the team exchanged the runs. At first Portugal had 63:50 as Andrade scored a jump-shot with a foul. Latvia bounced back and cut to 70:67 as Berzins also scored with a foul. Latvia would end up extending their advantage to 84:79 after Kristaps Valters buried a three, and made two free throws. Cunha struck from long range to tie the game at 85:85. Trailing 90:92 Miguel Miranda nailed a three with 6 seconds remaining and Latvia did not score at the end.

Portugal: Jose Costa 29+7 ast, Miguel Miranda 17, Santos 11
Latvia: Kristaps Janicenoks 21, Andris Biedrins 19+13 rebs

FYR of Macedonia-Estonia 87:74

FYR of Macedonia secured first place in qualifying Group B after a win over Estonia 87:74. With a massive first quarter the hosts did not look behind in the rest of the game. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Pero Antik (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) netted 16 and Stefanov added 11. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) ended up with 19 points and 7 boards in the losing effort, while Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) posted 12. Estonia, who have had some fine moments in this Division A campaign, dropped to 1-5 and will now play in the Relegation Round.
The hosts of the game started offensively and after Todor Gecevski's first points had 4-0. Estonia did not fall down in the opening tip and took 10:8 advantage. Right after that FYR of Macedonia created an 11-0 run for 19:10 as Ilievski made his second free throw. Pero Antik closed the period from the arc for 32:14.
Nothing specific had changed in the second period as the hosts continues to be in front. After 19:13 in the period Ilievski made 51:27 at the halftime.
FYR of Macedonia went on top at 58:29 in the third quarter on a three-point play from Todor Gecevski. Pero Antik's bomb saw 68:54 as the teams finished three periods. In the last stanza however the guests climbed back into the game and Kullamae made it 70:60. It was not a shock for the hosts that recovered for 83:60 as Todor Gecevski hit a free throw. Talts closed the game at 87:75 as FYR of Macedonia will head to Poland.

FYR of Macedonia: Todor Gecevski 18, Pero Antik 16, Stefanov 11
Estonia: Kristjan Kangur 19+7 rebs, Valmo Kriisa 12
GROUP C Ukraine-Belgium 58:76

Belgium steals a win and Additional Qualifying Round from Ukraine with a road 58:76 win in Yuzhnyi. Trailing 18:13 after the opening quarter the guests finished the night with 26:12 to clinch third place in Group C. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) netted 17 and Lionel Bosco (176-G-81, agency: Court Side) added 11. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) was the best for the hosts with 21 points and Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) posted 16.
Of the 10 teams remaining, the top six ranked sides advance to the Additional Qualifying Round to compete for one spot in Poland, while the lowest four ranked sides go to the Relegation Round. Sadly for the Ukrainians, they will be one of the bottom four and now have to fight to preserve their Division A status.
Belgium could not score for more than 2 minutes in the beginning of the game and trailed later 11:14 in the period. Kolchenko made a jump shot for 18:13 at the end of the first. Lionel Bosco then had four points in a 10-2 run to close the second quarter that gave the visitors a 38:29 advantage.
Ukraine won the third period 17:12 and reduced to 46:50 when Serhiy Lishchuk closed the period from the arc. Kryvych brought the team to 50:55 but a 5-0 run from the visitors saw the board changing it to 50:60. Belgium was too good in the last period and won the game truthfully. Moors closed it from behind the court and made the final score 76:58.

Ukraine: Serhiy Lishchuk 21, Andriy Agafonov 16
Belgium: Christophe Beghin 18+11 rebs, Axel Hervelle 17, Lionel Bosco 11
France-Turkey 78:80
His majesty Tony Parker (183-G-80) was not enough for France to carry them directly to Eurobasket 2009 in Poland. France lost to undefeated Turkey at home 78:80. Fatih Solak (213-C-80) led the winners with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) netted 14, while Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) scored 13. Tony Parker had a great night with 37 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts, whilst De Colo scored 9.
The four group winners in Division A, and the three best second-place teams earn direct tickets for EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. France became the second team with 3-3 record in Group C, but the fourth within others and had to play the Additional Qualifying Round.
Kirksay led the way for the hosts in the very beginning. France finished the first period at 6-0 to take 20:15 after the opening quarter. Gradit increased the lead to 29:20 but Ilyasova brought the favorites back to 29:28. Tchicamboud closed the half from the arc for 35:30.
France remained in front in the third period and even after 21:22 in it had 56:52 advantage. Kerem Tunceri brought his team the taste of the lead at 63:60. Two more Tuneri free throws extended the lead back to three, and after Brun missed from long range, Fatih Solak made two at the line to put Turkey on top at 78:73. De Colo reduced it to 77:78 with 27 seconds remaining and Diawara scored one free throw for 78:80. He missed the second on purpose but Sinan Guler rebounded the ball and triumphed in the group with his Turkey.

France: Tony Parker 37+7 rebs+5 ast, De Colo 9
Turkey: Fatih Solak 16+6 rebs, Sinan Guler 14, Kerem Tunceri 13

GROUP D

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Great Britain 89:80
Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Great Britain in Cazin but will play in Additional Qualifying Round. The hosts upset the leader of the group 89:80 even trailing after the opening quarter. Ernest Bremer (196-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) led the winners with 18 points and 6 assists. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16, while Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) posted 15. Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) top-scored in defeat with 14 points and Nate Reinking (183-G-73, college: Kent St.) added 13.
Last round was decisive for Bosnia when Israel overcame them for the second ticket from EuroBasket qualifying Group D. Israel won 88:74 in Tel Aviv with 6000 fans support. Yotam Halperin all the winners with 22 points, 5 assists and 4 boards. Lior Eliyahu collected 21 points and 17 rebounds, whilst Meir Tapiro added 19. Goran Ikonic netted 17 in defeat and Kenan Kenan Bajramovic scored 13.
Tonight Bosnia and Herzegovina desired a win but looked a bit problematic in the opening quarter. Even without Deng Great Britain took 20:13 after the first period. Bosnia and Herzegovina woke up in the second and bounced back with 28:17 in the quarter. Dedovic made it 41:37 after the halftime.
Bosnia and Herzegovina remained in front in the third period and after 20:14 had 61:51 advantage. They led more than 15 points in the last stanza but Great Britain managed to reduce to 89:80 at the end of the game.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ernest Bremer 18+6 ast, Kenan Bajramovic 16, Mirza Teletovic 15
Great Britain: Andrew Betts 14, Nate Reinking 13
Israel-Czech Republic 98:61
Israel advanced to EuroBasket 2009 after a home win over Czech Republic 98:61. A win in all the quarters in the game led the team to 3-3 record that was enough to advance from the second place. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) paced all the winners with 25 points. Meir Tapiro (194-G-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) netted 24, while Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) scored 16. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) top-scored in defeat with 16 points and Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91, agency: PPGroup) notched 12. The setback has dropped Czech Republic to bottom of Group D and into the Relegation Round.
More than 8000 spectators came to support their local team and to triumph with them at the end. Israel had difficulties going into the lead in the first period and had 13:13 in the center of it. Later on the hosts dominated the court and Meir Tapiro scored for 28:19 at the end of the first. In the second period the hosts controlled the game and after 21:16 in the second improved to 49:35 at the halftime.
Lior Eliyahu made it plus 20 in the start of the third quarter. Israel did not stop the tempo and Limonad closed the third period from the arc for 78:54. In the last quarter the teams were killing time as it became clear that the hosts would not give the game back. Israel tried however to score more as they realized the importance of the differential points. They managed to win by 27 that was enough to clinch the spot in Poland 2009.

Israel: Yotam Halperin 25, Meir Tapiro 24, Lior Eliyahu 16
Czech Republic: Petr Benda 16, Tomas Satoransky 12

   Div. B Day: 4 (Qualifying Round) - Sep. 18, 2008
Denmark - Holland 64-79
Netherlands did a good job of keeping Denmark winless as they held off them in Aarhus today. The win marked a 3-1 record for Dutch team as they stood at the helm in Group A. Peter Van Paassen led the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Kees Akerboom added 16 points, while Bryan Defares had 13 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Iceland - Montenegro 66-80
Montenegro overcame Iceland in Reykjavik today to remain upbeat in EuroBasket Division B action. It was the third straight win for Montenegrin team as they secured the top spot in Group A. Iceland suffered their second loss in three outings. Vlado Scepanovic produced 16 points to lead Montenegro to another positive result. Goran Jeretin knocked down 12 points, while Nikola Pekovic finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Jon Stefansson had game-high 20 points to pace Iceland.

Belarus - Albania 92-46
Belarus fired down Albania today in Minsk at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. it was the third straight victory for Belarusian National Team in Group B. Thus the team grabbed the lead in the pool. Albania in the meantime slipped to 1-2 record in the standings. Alexander Kudrautsau nailed 15 points for Belarus. Mikalai Aliakseyeu added 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Aliaksandr Pustahvar netted 10 points for the winners. Gerti Shima dropped 13 points for Albania. Vildan Mitku finished with 11 points in defeat.

Romania - Switzerland 83-53
Romania finally broke their losing record at the EuroBasket Division B. Earlier today they held off Switzerland at home to improve to 1-2 record in Group B. Switzerland in the meantime suffered their second straight loss and slipped to 2-2 record. Bogdan Popescu finished with game-high 26 points Romania. Virgil Stanescu added 15 points and 10 boards, while George Helcioiu added 11 points for the winners. Valentin Wegmann and David Ramseier answered with 10 points apiece for Switzerland.

Slovakia - Luxembourg 110-67
Slovakia found just the right opponent to open their winning record at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. They heavily defeated visiting Luxembourg in scorcher today to gain their first win in Group C. Luxembourg remained winless at 0-3. Richard Lesko netted 17 points to lead Slovakian balanced offense. Peter Sedmak added 16 points, while Martin Sykora nailed 14 points and collected 8 rebounds for the winners. Peter Rajniak dropped game-high 21 points for Luxembourg. Martin Rajniak secured 18 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Sweden - Georgia 61-59
Swedish National Team scored a narrow win over Georgia today to remain undefeated in EuroBasket in Division B campaign. Kenny Grant led balanced Swedish offense with 11 points. Jonathan Skjoldebrand added 9 points and 7 rebounds, while Per Ringstrom knocked down 7 points and collected 9 caroms for the winners. Viktor Sanikidze led all scorers with 19 points and 10 rebounds. George Tsintsadze had 12 points and 9 assists in defeat.

  European Championship Division Day: 9 (Qualifying Round) - Sep. 18, 2008
Italy - Bulgaria 82-81
Italian National team improved to 4-4 in Group A after a win over Bulgaria in Torino. Italian team sent the opponents to 4-3 record after 82:81 victory. Todor Stoykov tied the game at 81:81 but Cittadini made one of two free throws with 12 seconds left and Bulgaria didn't have another chance to score. Giuseppe Poeta paced all the winners with 21 points. Marco Mordente nailed 17, while Valerio Amoroso scored 15. Todor Stoykov top-scored for Bulgaria with 19 points, while Ivanov, posted 14.

Serbia - Finland 92-66
Serbia clinched the top position in Group A of European qualifications. The team defeated Finland 92:66 in Belgrade with more than 15000 fans supporting the team. Finland could not stay even in the second period as they lost it 11:28. Zoran Erceg led the winners with 21 points. Uros Tripkovic netted 13, while Nenad Krstic scored 12. Jukka Matinen ended up with 12 points in defeat and Petri Virtanen scored 11.

Latvia - Estonia 72-67
Latvia reached the fourth win in EuroBasket qualifying Group B. Thanks however to Estonia that lost in the game that predicted a bigger loss in Riga. Estonia fell at 1-4 in the group after 67:72 defeat and sent Latvia to the top position. Andris Biedrins led the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Kaspars Berzins netted 13, whilst Janis Blums posted 10. Kristjan Kangur had a great night for the visitors providing 21 points and 14 boards, Janar Talts and Gert Kullamae added 10 apiece.

Portugal - FYR Macedonia 81-71
Portugal won the second straight game after three first loses in EuroBasket Group B qualifier. Last night the team overcame FYR Macedonia 81:71 in Coimbra. Costa led the winners with 19 points to 2-3 record. Santos Joao nailed 14 and Andrade collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Mejsi top-scored in the losing effort with 20 points.

France - Ukraine 87-83
France overcame Ukraine and clinched second place in Group B of European qualifications. Trailing 18:22 after the opening quarter Tony Parker and Co were too good in the second and the third periods to seal 87:83 win. Tony Parker led the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Stephen Brun and Ronny Turiaf supported him with 11 points apiece for 3-2 record. Andriy Agafonov ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Rostyslav Kryvych scored 19 as Ukraine dropped at 1-4.

Turkey - Belgium 80-64
Turkey, being the only undefeated team in the EuroBasket qualifying groups advanced to Eurobasket 2009 In Poland tonight. Istanbul saw an outstanding victory of the hosts over Belgium 80:64. With a 21:10 in the third period Turkey remains the best team in all the groups not only with their results but the way they play as well. Ersan Ilyasova led the winners with 22 points and 8 boards. Oguz Savas nailed 13, while Hidayet Turkoglu scored 12. Roel Moors ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Christophe Beghin added 11.

Czech Republic - United Kingdom 63-67
Great Britain wins the fourth in a row after the first loss in Israel in the start of the Eurobasket qualifications. Great Britain deserved Eurobasket 2009 in Poland as the team sealed first place in Group D of Division A. Pardubice and Czech Republic could not upset the favorites at home losing to them 63:67. Luol Deng paced all the winners with 21 points. Nate Reinking nailed 20, while Mensah-Bonsu had 9 points and 12 boards. Jiri Welsch top-scored in defeat with 28 points and Jiri Hubalek posted 7.

Israel - Bosnia 88-74
Israel overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina at home tonight to remain alive for the second ticket from EuroBasket qualifying Group D. Israel improved to 2-3 record after 88:74 victory in Tel Aviv with 6000 fans support. Yotam Halperin paced all the winners with 22 points, 5 assists and 4 boards. Lior Eliyahu collected 21 points and 17 rebounds, whilst Meir Tapiro added 19. Goran Ikonic netted 17 in defeat and Kenan Bajramovic scored 13.

  European Championship Division Day: 3 (Qualifying Round) - Sep. 14, 2008
Montenegro - Austria 96-73
Montenegro kept their record spotless in Group A as they held off Austria at home. Nikola Pekovic netted 22 points to pace the hosts. David Jandl answered with 16 points as Austria fell to 1-2 record.

Switzerland - Belarus 77-81
Belarus earned their second straight win at the EuroBasket in Division B campaign. Heorhi Kandrusevich and Dimitri Kuzmin secured the win as Belarus stayed in charge in Group B. Oliver Vogt topscored for Swiss team as they dropped to 2-1 record.

Albania - Cyprus 69-63
Albania secured their first win in the tournament as they toppled visiting Cyprus in Tirana. Gerti Shima knocked down 18 points and the hosts improved to 1-1 record in Group B. Cyprus were paced by 20-point and 12-boards performance from Panagiotis Trisokkas.

Slovakia - Georgia 78-101
Georgia sent a strong message to all Group C contestants as they posted the third straight win at the tournament. Zaza Pachulia fired 27 points to silence Slovakian fans in Nova Ves. Richard Lesko led the home team with 19 points as Slovakia fell to 0-2 record at the start.

  European Championship Division Division A Saturday 13th results and stats - Sep. 13, 2008
GROUP A Finland-Italy 62:69

Italian team seems to be back on track in Group A of their EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The team got an important road win over Finland to improve to 3-4 record. Mostly due to the opening period Italy celebrated 69:62 win in Finish Vantaa.
Matteo Soragna (198-G/F-75) paced all the winners with 18 points. Marco Mordente (191-G-79) nailed 17, whilst Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) posted 11. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) top-scored for the hosts with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) netted 11.
Italy rushed to score and posted first seven points in the game. Finland needed 5 minutes to be back on track catching up for 12:12. The guests were however too good in the end of the first for 25:16 as
Massimo Bulleri closed the first 10 minutes. Italy remained in front in the second quarter even though the hosts could win the period with 17:16. Koponen sent the teams to the lockers for 33:41, Italian advantage.
Italy controlled the third quarter having 10 points all the time. Poeta made it 49:37 with almost 2 minutes to play in the period.
Kimmo Muurinen helped his team to cut the deficit to 45:51 finishing the third. The last quarter was the most interesting in the game, especially the last seconds. A 5-0 run brought the hosts to 62:65 with 20 seconds in the game. Those points however were the last in the game, while Italy scored more for 69:62.

Finland:
Kimmo Muurinen 24+11 rebs, Shawn Huff 11
Italy:
Matteo Soragna 18, Marco Mordente 17, Massimo Bulleri 11

Hungary-Serbia 61:89

Serbia won another game to remain on top of Group A of their EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The team had a road win over Hungary 61:89 on Saturday. Taking the lead in the first quarter Serbia never looked behind and clinched the fifth win.
Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) had 13, whilst Perovic posted 12. Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) led Hungary with 11, while Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 9.
Vujanicm opened the game from the arc and together with his squad proved the ambitions for the game. Hungary did not give up and even tasted some lead in the period. After 22:20 for Serbia, the team added 6 more points to close the period at 28:20. The second stanza became offensive as especially Serbia enjoyed it more.
Uros Tripkovic made the score 45:26 with 5 minutes to play in the second period. With 28:15 the guests won the third and improved to 56:35 entering the last period. Velickovic scored for 87:57 as the teams were on the way to finish the game. Serbia tried to get three digits, while Hungary thought of how to get closer. Kaman set up the final 61:89 score as Hungary dropped at 2-5.

Hungary:
Istvan Nemeth 11, Erno Sitku 9, Marton Fodor 9
Serbia:
Uros Tripkovic 20, Zoran Erceg 13, Perovic 12

GROUP B Estonia-Portugal 54:60

It took four games for Portugal to get the initial win in Group B of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. Portugal had a road win over Estonia in Tallinn 54:60 to tie them with 1-3 record. A 20-6 in the third quarter was decisive in the game even though Estonia bounced back with 24-8 in the last.
Paulo Cunha (199-G/F-80) (199-G/F-80) led the winners with 21 points to the first win. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) netted 8, while Miguel Miranda (205-F-78), Costa and Santos scored 7 points apiece. Gert Dorbek (190-G-85) and Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) posted 12 points each in the losing effort.
Estonian team started with 6-0 run and it was not expected that even in the opening quarter the hosts would trail. Portugal bounced back with 7-0 run and then finished the first at 18:12.
Paulo Cunha scored for 30:20 in the center of the second as Portugal started to dominate the court. It was him again to send the teams to the lockers for 32:24 at the halftime.
A nightmare saw the hosts in the third period when Portugal made whatever they wanted. Santos posted two for 44:24 and then
Paulo Cunha nailed three almost with the buzzer. Portugal won the period 20:6 that gave them 52:30 after the thirty minutes of the game. In the last stanza Estonia tried to recover and managed to produce 24:8 in the period. The hosts reduced to 54:60 but as it became clear it was the end of the game.

Estonia:
Gert Dorbek 12, Gert Kullamae 12
Portugal:
Paulo Cunha 21, Carlos Andrade 8, Miguel Miranda 7, Costa 7, Santos 7
FYR of Macedonia-Latvia 80:78

FYR of Macedonia handed the first loss to Latvia in Group B of EuroBasket Division A. Skopje enjoyed a 80:78 win by the local team for 3-1 record.
Vrbica Stefanov led the winners with 16 points. Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Interperformances) and Pero AntiK (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) followed him with 14 points each. Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) collected massive 23 points and 18 boards in the losing effort, Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) scored 17 and Kristaps Valters (188-G-81) had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
FYR of Macedonia being supported by 6000 fans could not score for almost 3 minutes in the opening tip. The team however bounced back and had 10:6 lead in the first.
Vrbica Stefanov closed it at 28:17 making a lay-up. Riste Stefanov made sure the hosts had a solid lead for 31:21 with 8 minutes at the first half. Latvia managed to stay closer and reduce to 44:42 at the halftime. In the third quarter the score was tied four times as the teams were getting ready for the last stanza. Gecevski made a lay-up in the end of the period and gave his team 64:61 lead. FYR of Macedonia never trailed in the last period and tried to dominate the court. Ilievski sank one of two free throws for the hosts with 21 seconds remaining but it was not the end of the game. Latvia got the ball in the hands of Blums but he could not score from three-point range for his team. FYR of Macedonia handed the first loss to Latvia in Group B of EuroBasket Division A as both teams are on top with 3-1 record.


FYR of Macedonia:
Vrbica Stefanov (188-G-73, agency: Interperformances) 16, Riste Stefanov 14, Pero AntiK 14
Latvia:
Andris Biedrins 23+18 rebs, Kristaps Janicenoks 17, Kristaps Valters 15+10 rebs


GROUP C
 Ukraine-Turkey 64:86

Turkish National team was not afraid to travel to Kiev after Ukraine defeated France there. The favorite of the group proved their ambitions with 86:64 win to improve to 4-0 record.
Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) led all the winners with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Ender Arslan (190-G-83) ended up with 13, while Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) scored 11.Rostyslav Kryvych (198-F/G-78) top-scored for the hosts with 22 points, while Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) netted 14.
Ukraine dropped to the bottom of the group and now has 1-3 record.
Rostyslav Kryvych scored first two points of the game as Ukraine flew to take the lead from the start. The local fans tried to forget the upset in Belgium but remembered strong Ukraine against France. The team proved it after 13:5 in the opening tip. Turkey however answered with some baskets in the period and won the opening quarter with 17:16. Even though the teams stayed close in the second period Ukraine could not tie the game. Ender Arslan sent the teams to the lockers for 40:34 Turkish lead.
The third quarter was decisive in the game as the guests decided the outcome of it. Turkey looked more organized and had better defensive skills versus locals. Ilyasovas jump-shot closed the thirty minutes of the game for 67:50 visitors advantage. It happened after Turkey stormed pat Ukraine in the third with 27:16. In order to prove the mastership the favorites of the group produced 19:14 in the last period and clinched the fourth consecutive win in the group.
Rostyslav Kryvych's free throw was the last in the game that saw Ukrainian team dropping to the bottom.

Ukraine:
Rostyslav Kryvych 22, Serhiy Lishchuk 14
Turkey:
Kerem Gonlum 17, Ender Arslan 13, Hidayet Turkoglu 11
Belgium - France 65:71
France snapped their two-game losing skid beating Belgium in Charleroi yesterday. France thus improved to 2-2 record and occupied the second spot in Group C. Belgium and Ukraine share a 1-3 record after four games. France had nowhere to to surrender with 1-2 record after three rounds of action and threw all they had against Belgium. The visitors grabbed the initiative right from the start and never trailed throughout the opening stanza. Stephen Brun (202-F-80) knocked down 5 points and France led 16:11 heading into the second term. Belgium did not go away and though the visitors stretched the margin to 7 points in the quarter they failed to open up a double digit advantage. Tony Parker (183-G-80) sealed the first half with a freebie to give France a 35:29 lead. Roel Moors (188-G-78, agency: Agency No 10) dragged the hosts within two points from French team early in the third quarter but back-to-back trebles from Tony Parker and Sacha Giffa (195-F/G-77) kept the visitors at arms length. The teams traded baskets and France remained in charge 51:49 before the final period. Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) drew things level at the start of the final quarter however France used a 5:0 run to stay in front. Nando De Colo (202-G-87), Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) and Tony Parker gave Les Bleus a 10-point advantage with under 4 minutes left. However Dimitri Lauwers knocked down 5 points to shave the distance. It was not enough though. Nande De Colo hit three free throws and Ronnie Turiaf added a dunk to secure the winning outcome for French team. Tony Parker finished with 18 points for France. Nando De Colo had 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Stephen Brun had 14 points in the win. Dimitri Lauwers answered with 18 points for Belgium. Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) dropped 10 points in defeat.
France will host Ukraine, while Belgium will travel to Turkey on Wednesday.

Belgium: Dimitri Lauwers 18, Sam Van Rossom 10
France: Tony Parker 18, Nando De Colo 15, Stephen Brun 14

GROUP D
 Great Britain-Israel 96:86
After falling in Israel 92:102 in the opener of EuroBasket qualifying, Great Britain won the third in a row in Group B. Liverpool saw a 96:86 over Israel in Day 4 of the tournament. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington)led the winners with massive 22 points and 11 rebounds. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) ended up with 20 points and 6 rebounds, while Nick George (198-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) nailed 15. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) finished the night with 24 points for Israel and Guy Pnini (201-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 13.
The opening quarter of the game did not bring any team a comfortable lead. Luol Deng could give the Brits 22:19 at the end of the opening quarter. It was a push of the hosts that finally started to control the game in the second period. Pops Mensah-Bonsu with a lay-up gave his team 34:26 with 6 minutes in the half. It was him again for plus 11 later in the quarter. Hart closed the first half at 53:40 as the teams disappeared in the lockers.
The key run came in the first five minutes of the second half when Britain blew open a game. Nick George posted two for 61:49 as the Brits looked much better in the second half. After 23:14 in the period Freeland closed the third at 76:54. A tense final period saw Israel open with some baskets to cut the margin a bit. Israel pulled to within eight at 92-84 with 1:07 remaining before falling by 10. Pops Mensah-Bonsu set up the final, 96:86 score for the hosts.

Great Britain: Pops Mensah-Bonsu 22+11 rebs, Luol Deng 20+6 rebs, Nick George 15
Israel: Lior Eliyahu 24, Guy Pnini 13

Bosnia and Herzegovina -Czech Republic 95:79

Bosnia and Herzegovina tied the record with Czech Republic in Group D of EuroBasket Division A beating them 95:79. Bosnian Cazin tied both teams at 2-2 record and keeps them in the center of the group.
Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 20 points and 3 rebounds. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) nailed 16, while Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) netted 12. Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) top-scored for the guests with 20 points and Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) had 14. Should the two sides finish with the same record, Bosnia will finish higher by virtue of the superior goal differential of two points in their two meetings.
Both squads started to play offensively from the very beginning but stay close to each other in the first period. Bremer was the last to score in the first for 28:29 for the visitors. Trailing 29:31 in the second period Bosnia and Herzegovina created an 11-0 run for 40:31. Gordic sent the teams to the lockers for 54:45.
The tempo slowed down in the third period when both teams tried to pay more attention to defense. Czech Republic won the third with 15:13 to cut to 67:60 at the end of the third. Bosnia and Herzegovina however was too good in the last period of the game. They managed to produce 28:19 in the quarter to seal 95:79 victory. Bremer scored a free throw as his team clinched the second win in the tournament.

Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Mirza Teletovic 20, Goran Ikonic 16, Elmedin Kikanovic 12
Czech Republic:
Jiri Welsch 20, Petr Benda 14

  European Championship Division Division B. Results from Day 3 - Sep. 13, 2008
Group A

Netherlands - Iceland 84:68
The Dutch National Team cruised past Iceland at the third round of action at EuroBasket Division B yesterday. Netherlands improved to 2-1 record and took command in Group A. Iceland meanwhile suffered their first defeat in the competition and fell to 1-1 record.
Francisco Elson (212-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California) ignited the starting spurt from the hosts as he knocked down 9 points to put Netherlands in charge 9:2. Remon Van de Hare (222-C-82, agency: Court Side), Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) and Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) capped the first period with 7 straight points and the home team accumulated a 25:13 advantage at the first intermission. Iceland cut the deficit to 5 points at the start of the second term but never got closer as they trailed 32:37 at the interval. The hosts mounted the pressure in the second half but Iceland kept alert. They managed to play it even in the third term as the teams exchanged baskets and Holland failed to enlarge the distance. However the home team finally managed to pull away. They dominated in the fourth period and secured the important second victory in the pool.
Francisco Elson was outstanding with game-high 28 points and 11 boards. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) added 17 points, while Bryan Defares (192-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.) and Peter Van Paassen knocked down 8 points apiece. Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78) answered with 12 points for Iceland. Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Catawba) and Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82, agency: IceBasket) had 9 points each in defeat.
Netherlands will visit Denmark, while Iceland will host Montenegro on Wednesday.

Netherlands:
Francisco Elson 28+11 boards, Rogier Jansen 17, Bryan Defares 8, Peter Van Paassen 8
Iceland:
Pall Axel Vilbergsson 12, Helgi Magnusson 9, Hlynur Baeringsson 9

Montenegro - Austria 96:73 Montenegro continued their perfect run at the EuroBasket in Division B. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) nailed game-high 22 points and Montenegro thumped Austria 96:73 in Podgorica. The hosts thus improved to 2-0 record, while sending the visitors to 1-2 record in Group A.
The game turned into a rather one-sided traffic with Montenegro dominated the most aspects of the encounter. The home team jumped to an early lead and accumulated a comfortable 14-point cushion before the second term. Austria failed to recover in the second period as the hosts stretched the margin to 18 points at halftime. A supportive crowd paced Montenegro ahead and they kept on piling up the lead. The scoreboard read 75:51 after three quarters of action and Montenegro never looked back in the final stanza.
Vladimir Dasic (209-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 18 points and collected 8 rebounds for Montenegro. Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) had 12 points, while Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) secured 11 points for the winners. David Jandl (180-G-84, agency: Court Side) answered with 16 points for Austria. Matthias Mayer (206-C/F-81) nailed 13 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.
Austria outrebounded Montenegro 41:28 but could not fight the hosts impressive field goal accuracy. Montenegro sank 62% from the field and forced their opponents to 16 turnovers.
Montenegro will next take on Iceland away from home. Austria will host Denmark next Saturday.

Montenegro:
Nikola Pekovic 22, Vladimir Dasic 18, Vladimir Golubovic 12
Austria:
David Jandl 16, Matthias Mayer 13

Group B

Switzerland - Belarus 77:81

Belarus remained perfect in their EuroBasket in Division B race. Yesterday Belarus defeated Switzerland in Lugano to improve to 2-0 record. Swiss team meanwhile suffered their first defeat in the hunt for Division A spot.
The teams looked well matched early in the game as the lead changed hands for several times. Finally Steeve Louissaint (190-G-87) capped the first period with a three-pointer to give the hosts a 23:18 advantage. Belarus surged ahead midway through the second frame and the visitors later sealed the first-half outcome leading by 4 points 42:38. Triples from Heorhi Kandrusevich (197-F-78, agency: Promotex) allowed Belarus to stay in front early in the third quarter. Switzerland fought back late in the quarter as they went on a 14:2 run to grab a 57:56 lead after three quarters. The teams kept it close throughout the fourth term and Belarus led by one point with 32 seconds left. Heorhi Kandrusevich and Dmitri Kuzmin (197-G-75) converted 4 freebies in the dying minutes and Belarus celebrated victory. Dmitri Kuzmin and Heorhi Kandrusevich finished the game with 16 points apiece for Belarus. Yegor Meshcharakou (205-F-76, agency: Octagon, college: George Washington) added 13 points for the winners. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) secured 17 points for Switzerland. Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 14 points in defeat.
Belarus will host Albania, while Switzerland will travel to Romania on Wednesday.

Switzerland:
Oliver Vogt 17, Dusan Mladjan 14
Belarus:
Dmitri Kuzmin 16, Heorhi Kandrusevich 16, Yegor Meshcharakou 13


Albania - Cyprus 69:63

Albania took care of Cyprus in Group of EuroBasket in Division B tournament. It was the first victory for Albania in the campaign. Cyprus meanwhile suffered the second straight loss after the opening win against Romania. It was a close contest with the teams trading baskets throughout the encounter. Cyprus tipped off the action with 5 straight points but the hosts quickly denied the deficit.
Klevis Cane (193-F-85) and Gerti Shima (205-C/F-86) sealed the first period with baskets to give Albania an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. The complexion of the game did not change in the second frame as the sides stayed close however Albania did not allow their opponents to race in front. Gerti Shima and Endrit Hysenagolli (203-C-88) lifted the hosts to a 32:28 lead at the interval. Erkand Karaj (188-G-82) and Gerti Shima stretched the margin to 8 points late in the third quarter. Later Gerti Shima opened up a double-digit advantage for the home team. However Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) and Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) cut the distance to 3 points midway through the fourth term. But deadly free throw shooting from Garo, Erkand Karaj and Klevis Cane proved the difference at the end.
Gerti Shima led Albania with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Erkand Karaj delivered 17 points, while Endrit Hysenagolli added 9 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Panagiotis Trisokkas replied with 20 points and 12 boards for Cyprus. Giorgos Anastasiadis drilled 12 points in defeat.

Albania:
Gerti Shima 18, Erkand Karaj 17, Endrit Hysenagolli 9+17 boards
Cyprus:
Panagiotis Trisokkas 20+12 boards, Giorgos Anastasiadis 12


Group C
Slovak Republic - Georgia 78:101

Georgia looks too good in Division B of their EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. Tonight the team improved to 3-0 record after a road win over Slovak Republic. Spisska Nova Ves saw a 78:101 loss of their locals that fell to 0-2. NBA star
Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) led the winners with 27 points. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) posted 20, while Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) added 17. Richard Lesko ended up with 19 points, while Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, college: St.Cloud St.) scored 17 in defeat.
Georgia scored first three points in the game but then got 8 in their basket. Tsintsadze tied the game for the guests at 8:8 and then Georgia only stayed in front.
Radoslav Rancik could only cut the deficit at the end of the opening quarter for 17:31. The tempo did not fall in the second period and the favorites were led by the top players. Boisa sent the teams to the lockers for 30:57 visitors advantage.
Tyrone Ellis made it 60:30 in the beginning of the third and it became clear that Georgia would not lose the game. Gamqrelidze closed the third from the arc for 85:53. The tasks for the last period were different for both teams. Slovakia tried not to allow Georgia to post three digits, while the latter desire to have 100. With 30 seconds to play in the fourth Berishvili nailed a three as his team saw 101 on the board. A great game by the guests improved them to 3-0 record and will send them top Sweden on September 17th to prove the ambitions.

Slovak Republic:
Richard Lesko 19, Radoslav Rancik 17
Georgia:
Zaza Pachulia 27, Tyrone Ellis 20, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 17


Luxembourg - Ireland 70:97

Ireland celebrated their initial victory at the EuroBasket in Division B campaign yesterday. The Irish held off Luxembourg away from home to snap their 2-game losing streak in Group C. Luxembourg fell to 0-2 record in the standings. Ireland opened the game with 8 unanswered points and took control. Back-to-back three-pointers from
Tom Schumacher (188-G/F-87) allowed the hosts to draw things level at 19 late in the opening period however Ireland stormed back in front late in the stanza. Four trebles from Jay Larranaga (195-G-75, college: Bowling Green) and Ian O'Boyle (191-G-84, agency: Megasport, college: New Jersey Tech) put Irish side back in charge 33:21. The visitors opened the second period with a 12:0 rally to clear off to a 24-point cushion. Luxembourg never recovered afterwards. Ireland built an unassailable 29-point buffer before the fourth term and eased to the win at the end. Ian O'Boyle led six Irish players to score in double digits with 19 points. Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence) knocked down 18 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and dished out 5 assists for the winners. Tom Schumacher answered with game-high 26 points for Luxembourg. Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: CSU Bakersfield) netted 12 points in defeat.
Luxembourg will visit Slovakia on Wednesday, while Ireland will take on Slovakia at home on Saturday.

Luxembourg:
Tom Schumacher 26, Martin Rajniak 12
Ireland:
Ian O'Boyle 19, Donnie McGrath 18, Conor Grace (205-F-82, college: Davidson) 14+11 boards

  European Championship Division Division A. Recent results for Wednesday - Sep. 10, 2008
GROUP A
Italy-Hungary 75:68

Italian National team somehow but improved to 2-4 record at EuroBasket 2009 qualifying Group A. An outstanding first quarter was enough to celebrate the win in Porto San Giorgio over Hungary 75:68. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) paced all the winners with 15 points. Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) netted 13, while Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) and Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) posted 12 apiece. Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) top-scored for Hungary with 19 points and Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 12.
Honestly Italy and Hungary struggle not to be the last in the group. The latter has the same record and Finland is still 2-3. Valerio Amoroso opened the game with a jump-shot and then Mordente made 14:8. After the score was 14:10 Italy produced a 10-0 run and won the opening quarter at 26:12. Italy controlled the game but Hungary was managed to reduce a bit in the second quarter. Tamas Kamans free throws sent the teams to the lockers for 37:27.
The third quarter was the most interesting in the game. Hungarians came very close to the hosts as Istvan Nemeth scored for 44:41. Italy did not panic and Giuseppe Poeta made it 55:50. In the last period Hungary however tied the game. Tamas Kaman made the score 57:57, but not more than that. Italy pushed the tempo and Daniele Cinciarini brought 73:61. In the last seconds Simon scored for 75:68 as Italy ties the record with Hungary in Group A.

Italy: Giuseppe Poeta 15, Daniele Cinciarini 13, Valerio Amoroso 12+10 rebs, Massimo Bulleri 12
Hungary: Istvan Nemeth 19, Tamas Kaman 12

Bulgaria-Finland 102:90

The National team of Bulgaria overcame Finland in Group A at EuroBasket 2009 qualifying campaign. Sofia saw 102:90 win as Bulgaria improved to 4-2 record.
Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) was unstoppable with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Deyan Ivanov (205-C/F-86) netted 18 and Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) posted 16. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) top-scored in defeat with 26 points and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) nailed 19.

Finland scored first in the game as Kotti mad a shot and then added one from the free throw line.
Petteri Koponen brought his team 12:11 as Finland won the opening tip of the game. Later in the quarter the hosts looked better and created a 9-0 run for 29:22. In the second quarter the tams remained close to each other for the whole time. Virtanen tied the game at 37:37 and then Shawn Huff tasted the lead with his team for 39:37. It was him again to send the teams to the lockers for 47:46 guests advantage.
After 51:51 in the beginning of the third Bulgaria managed to have 13-0 run that was decisive in the game. Angelov closed it for 64:51 with a jump-shot.
Ibrahim Jaaber was the last to score in the third for 72:61. Bulgaria did not allow the visitors to cut the gap and played offensive game. The hosts won the last stanza 30:29 as well as the game itself, 102:90.

Bulgaria:
Ibrahim Jaaber 29+8 rebs, Deyan Ivanov 18, Todor Stoykov 16
Finland:
Shawn Huff 26, Petteri Koponen 19


GROUP B
Estonia-F.Y.R. of Macedonia 78:90

Estonia and F.Y.R. of Macedonia struggled for the second win in Group B of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The latter playing abroad celebrated 78:90 victory to improve to 2-1 record.
Djeremaja Mejsi (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) collected 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Pero AntiK (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Stefanov added 13 each. Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) finished the night with 18 points in defeat and Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) added 17.
Tein scored a jump-shot as 4000 spectators applauded in the sport complex. Estonia looked better in the opening tip and stayed in front in the majority of the period. Trailing 22:15
Djeremaja Mejsi brought the guests back to 22:22. In the second quarter the teams changed the positions and the guests went on some leads. They finished the first half at 46:37 for the visitors that had 24:15 in the period.
Talts reduced to 45:50 in the center of the third.
Kristjan Kangur with a jump-shot brought even the hosts closer to 54:57. An 8-0 run however saw F.Y.R. of Macedonia going back on a spurt for 54:64. Moreover Samardziski gave his team 57:68 after the end of the third quarter. F.Y.R. of Macedoni hled 15-17 points and led the game to the victory.

Estonia:
Kedru Arbet 18, Kristjan Kangur 17
F.Y.R. of Macedonia:
Djeremaja Mejsi 20+10 rebs, Todor Gecevski 18+9 rebs, Pero AntiK 13, Stefanov 13

Latvia-Portugal 79:43

Latvian National team destroyed Portugal on Wednesday in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying Group B. Riga and 5000 spectators saw the favorites improving to 3-0 record and sending Portugal to 0-3. Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Janis Blums (190-G-82) nailed 16 and Valters added 15. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) finished the night with 15 points in defeat as Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) had 10 each.
The Baltic team went on an early lead scoring the first seven points of the game. By the end of the first quarter, the Latvia lead was 19:9 but Portugal managed to close the gap to eight at 29:21 with just under four minutes remaining in the first half. Andris Biedrins looked too good at that period of time and sent the teams to the lockers for 38:25 advantage.
Elvis Evora cut the deficit to 40:31, but Janis Blums and Helmanis connected from three-point range and Kristaps Valters followed with a jumper as Latvia opened a 48:31 lead. Again Andris Biedrins closed the third at 52:34 with a jump-shot. The last period was a disaster for the guests that failed in defense. Latvia produced 27:9 in the period and sealed an easy victory.

Latvia: Andris Biedrins 21+12 rebs, Janis Blums 16, Valters 15
Portugal:
Carlos Andrade 15, Elvis Evora 10, Nuno Marcal 10

GROUP C
Turkey-France 77:65
Turkey remained undefeated in Group C of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The team reached 3-0 record after a stunning victory over strong France in Istanbul 77:65. The latter could not wake up after a shock in Kiev three days ago, when Ukraine beat French squad by one point.
Tony Parker (183-G-80) scored again 30+ but could not get support from his teammates. Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) led the winners with 16 points. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) nailed 15, while Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) added 13. Tony Parker top-scored for France with 32 points and Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) netted 8.
Turiaf opened the game for the visitors and he scored the first four points of his team. The squads changed the lead several times until
Tony Parker made it 19:18 for the guests. In the second period the hosts dominated the court and after 24:24 went on a run. Turkey scored 12 consecutive points and increased to 36:24 after Kerem Tunceri made a lay-up. Tony Parker kept his team alive at 38:35 finishing the first half.
In the third period Turkey went to increase again and reached 19:10 in the quarter. It gave them 57:45 entering the last period. Again
Tony Parker posted for 69:58 to bring the intrigue into the game but later in the period Turkey held the score for good. Turkey remained undefeated in Group C of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying with 77:65 win.

Turkey:
Kerem Tunceri 16, Oguz Savas 15, Kerem Gonlum 13
France:
Tony Parker 32, Tariq Kirksay 8


Belgium-Ukraine 72:61

Only 500 fans came to support Belgium in Charleroi but it was enough for the initial win EuroBasket 2009 qualifying Group C. Belgium stun Ukraine 72:61 with a good start of the game.
Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) netted 11, while Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) posted 9. Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) top-scored for the guests with 27 points, while Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) and Artem Butskyy (185-G-81) added 7 apiece.
Belgium team did not have victories after first two games and desired to have the initial one. They opened the game with 10-0 run as
Christophe Beghin closed it with the second free throw made. Ukraine answered with 9-0 run and remained alive in the quarter. Belgium spurted again and only Artur Drozdov cut it to 23;16 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Bellin made it plus 14 in the beginning of the second when Belgium dominated the court. Onufriyev reduced to 37:30 as the teams went to the lockers after the first half.
There was a moment when Ukraine could catch up with the opponent, but they could not. The guests trailed 5 points in the beginning of the third but failed at the end for 56:44. Belgium did not allow Ukraine to come closer than 10 points in the last stanza and led the game to the first victory. These two teams together with France have 1-2 record, while Turkey enjoy 3-0 on top.

Belgium:
Christophe Beghin 16+6 rebs, Dimitri Lauwers 11, Aleksander Lichodzijewski 9
Ukraine:
Artur Drozdov 27, Andriy Agafonov 7, Artem Butskyy 7


GROUP D
 Czech Republic- Israel 91:70
Czech Republic lifted to the top of Group D EuroBasket qualifier with a 91:70 over Israel. The hosts won all the quarters to seal the second win in the campaign.
Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) and Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 20 points. Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Interperformances) and Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) netted 11 each, while Starosta had 9. Guy Pnini (201-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) posted 13.
Pardubice saw a tough beginning of the game as the teams exchanged the baskets in the opening tip. After 10:10 the hosts created 8-0 run to finish the first at 18:12. They did not stop and started to increase the lead in the second period. After twice going ahead by 13 before taking a 36:28 advantage to half-time, the Czechs began the second half with a 10-2 surge and stayed in control for the remainder of the contest.
Petr Bendas lay-up brought Czech Republic 54:39 with 3 minutes in the third. Guy Pnini closed the period at 63:47 from the arc. When Satoransk made a lay-up in the last period it became clear that the hosts would benefit. The score was 72:51 with 7 minutes to go. After 28:23 in the period the Czechs led to 91:70 in the game. Ladislav Sokolovsky closed the campaign with a three as Jiri Welsch had a great assist for him.

Czech Republic:
Jiri Welsch 20, Petr Benda 20, Jiri Hubalek 11, Ladislav Sokolovsky 11
Israel:
Guy Pnini 22, Yotam Halperin 13

Great Britain- Bosnia and Herzegovina 82:74
Great Britain is now 2-1 in Group D of EuroBasket qualifying campaign. Tonight the team celebrated 82:84 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Birmingham. Even though the hosts lost the last stanza 16:22 they njoyed more the third period with 25:11. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) was unstoppable with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Mensah-Bonsu collected 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Flinder Boyd (180-G-80, college: Dartmouth) added 8. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15 points in the losing effort, while Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88) scored 13.
Sullivan started the scoring account for the hosts that after 2:0 had even 8:4. Great Britain played well and Bosnia stayed close for 20:18 at the end of the first. The score was tied five times in the second period and the teams left the court also being tied.
After the excellent Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Goran Ikonic exchanged baskets to start the third, the Brits took over by scoring 15 consecutive points. Reinking followed with another jumper and then Luol Deng drilled a three to make it 54:43. Hart closed the third at 66:52 for the hosts.
An 8-0 spurt at the start of the fourth brought Bosnia back into the game at 66:60. Great Britain did not panic and led the game to the winning campaign.

Great Britain: Luol Deng 29+8 rebs, Mensah-Bonsu 15+11 rebs, Flinder Boyd 8
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Kenan Bajramovic 15, Nemanja Gordic 13

  European Championship Division Division B. Results from Day 2 - Sep. 10, 2008
Group A
Austria - Netherlands 54:58
Netherlands celebrated their first win at the EuroBasket in Division B action. They upset the first-round winners Austria to draw level with them in the ladder of Group A.
Hilliman masterminded a 10:2 rally from the visitors late in the opening period to set the score at 18:9 for the Dutch team after the opening period. Three-pointers from Theewkens and Wessels widened the margin to 15 points midway through the second frame. Netherlands limited the hosts to just 5 points in the quarter and secured a 16-point buffer at halftime. Austria however tried hard to save this one. They capped the third period with a 13:3 run to cut the distance to just 7 points.
Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) kept the hosts at distance as he knocked down 6 points early in the final term. Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) and Francisco Elson (212-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California) once again stretched the gap to 10 points. But back-to-back trebles from Matthias Mayer (206-C/F-81) and Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) fueled Austrian surge. They trimmed the deficit to 4 points however Peter Van Paassen dunked it home and Netherlands got away with a moral-boosting victory.
Francisco Elson led the charge with 12 points and 8 boards. Peter Van Paassen added 11 points, while Arvin Slagter had 9 points for the winners. Deteri Mayes answered with 14 points for Austria. Matthias Mayer knocked down 9 points in defeat.

Austria:
Deteri Mayes 14, Matthias Mayer 9
Netherlands:
Francisco Elson 12, Peter Van Paassen 11, Arvin Slagter 9

Iceland - Denmark 77:71
Icelandic National Team secured their first win in the EuroBasket Division B yesterday. They held off Denmark at home to improve to 1-0 record in Group A. Denmark meanwhile fell to 0-2 record at the start. The teams traded baskets early in the game before
Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78), Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Catawba) and Fridrik Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) (204-F/C-76, college: Jacksonville) fired from downtown to set Iceland in front 23:14. Thorvaldsson and Jon Stefansson added two more triples early in the second period for the home team to go up by 10 points. However Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola J7.4ppg, C) and Jakobsen dragged Denmark back in to the contest as they shaved the distance to minimum. Iceland led by just 3 points at halftime.
Helgi Magnusson opened the third frame with two three-pointers and Jon Stefansson added 4 more points to ensure Iceland built an 11-point lead. Gunarsson and Helgi Magnusson teamed up for 8 straight points as Iceland kept Denmark at bay. The visitors however did not say die and cut the distance to 4 points with 37 seconds remaining in regulation. But four points from Sugurdarson in the closing seconds sealed the win for the hosts. Jon Stefansson knocked down 14 points for Iceland. Pall Axel Vilbergsson, Helgi Magnusson and Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) had 12 points apiece for the winners. Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) answered with 14 points for Denmark. Chanan Colman contributed 15 points in defeat.
Iceland will visit Netherlands on Saturday. Denmark will play against Netherlands at home in a week.

Iceland:
Jon Stefansson 14, Pall Axel Vilbergsson 12, Helgi Magnusson 12, Logi Gunnarsson 12
Denmark:
Chanan Colman 15, Peter Johansen 14

Group B

Belarus - Romania 70:59

Belarus opened their EuroBasket in Division B campaign with the win. Yesterday Belarus outscored Romania in Mogilev to go 1-0 in Group B. Romania meanwhile slipped to 0-2 record in the ladder.
Belarus looked really good in the exhibition games prior to the tournament and proved their good form once again against Romania. A well-balanced offensive effort from the hosts did not allow the visitors to show their best and Belarus secured a comfortable victory at the end. The hosts dominated right from the start and easily secured a safe cushion. Belarus looked too good for Romania at the moment and rolled to a deserved win at the end.
Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) topscored for Belarus with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Aleh Kojenets (208-C-77, college: NC-Wilmington) added 10 points, while Yegor Meshcharakou (205-F-76, agency: Octagon, college: George Washington) nailed 9 points for the winners. Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) answered with 14 points for Romania. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) had 12 points, while Levente Szijarto (192-G/F-83, agency: Court Side) had 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Belarus outrebounded the visitors 29:25 and converted impressive 47% from the field. Romania managed just 31% of field goals in the loss.
Belarus will next travel to Switzerland, while Romania will host Switzerland in a week.

Belarus:
Mikalai Aliakseyeu 16, Aleh Kojenets 10, Yegor Meshcharakou 9
Romania:
Virgil Stanescu 14, Catalin Burlacu 12

Cyprus - Switzerland 59:61
Cyprus were close of posting the second straight close victory in EuroBasket Division B. However Switzerland managed to hold off ambitious hosts to pull away with a narrow 61:59 victory at the end. Wegmann nailed a free throw, while
Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) missed a three-pointer in the very end of the game and Swiss team secured their second consecutive win at the start of the competition.
The visitors got to a brave start to the game as they enjoyed a 12:4 lead midway through the opening frame. But Cyprus went on a 9:0 rally to secure a 13:12 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for 5 times before Switzerland surged ahead and held a 27:22 advantage at halftime. Buscaglia and
Derek Stockalper (196-G/F-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) opened the second half with 5 straight points to put the visitors up by 10 points. Cyprus would not go away though as they trailed by just 7 points heading into the fourth term. Liatsos and Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) cut the distance to 2 points early in the fourth term. The teams exchanged baskets before Koronides drew things level from beyond the arc with 48 seconds remaining. Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with 3 points to put Switzerland back in charge. Panagiotis Trisokkas netted a jumper to set up last-seconds drama on the court.
Dusan Mladjan led Switzerland with 19 points. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) had 11 points, while Derek Stockalper knocked down 10 in the win. Panagiotis Trisokkas replied with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Cyprus. Andreas Pilavas (194-G-83) chipped in 11 points in defeat.
Cyprus visit Albania, while Switzerland host Belarus next.

Cyprus:
Panagiotis Trisokkas 19+10 boards, Andreas Pilavas 11
Switzerland:
Dusan Mladjan 19, Oliver Vogt 11, Derek Stockalper 10


Group C
Ireland - Georgia 77:94
Irish National Team could not match a feisty Georgia in Dublin yesterday. The hosts fell short 77:94 to slip to 0-2 record in Group C. Georgia meanwhile celebrated the second win in a row and share the top position in the pool together with Sweden.
The home team got to a quick start as they jumped to a 5:1 lead early on. However Georgia quickly denied Ireland the advantage.
Mikhail Berishvili (203-F-87) and Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Life Sports) (203-F-86, agency: Life Sports) ensured a 23:13 lead for Georgia at the end of the starting frame. Plying coach Jay Larranaga (195-G-75, college: Bowling Green) fueled Irish surge in the second frame hitting three trifectas however it was not enough to race in front. The visitors remained on top and enjoyed a 37:33 advantage at the interval.
Georgia quickly piled up a 10-point buffer and maintained it well throughout the period. Georgia headed into the fourth quarter leading by 14 points.
Viktor Sanikidze converted back-to-back layups midway through the fourth term and Georgia ran away for good in this one. Viktor Sanikidze topscored for Georgia with 31 points. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) had 20 points, while Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) knocked down 16 in the win. Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence) led all scorers with 32 points. Colin O'Reilly (197-F-84, college: Post) added 15 points in defeat.
Georgia will travel to Slovakia, while Ireland will visit Luxembourg on Saturday.

Ireland:
Donnie McGrath 32, Colin O'Reilly 15
Georgia:
Viktor Sanikidze 31, Tyrone Ellis 20, Zaza Pachulia 16

Slovakia - Sweden 88:89
Sweden pulled away with a narrow win over Slovakia to improve to 2-0 record in EuroBasket Division B Group C. The Scandinavian powerhouse now share the top spot with ambitious Georgia. Slovakia meanwhile fell to 0-1 record.
Sweden managed to deal with sizzling performance from Slovakian leader
Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, college: St.Cloud St.), who poured in 34 points and collected 9 boards. Sweden however looked solid and withheld the effort from the hosts to score an important victory at the end. Slovakia dominated at the start of the game. They jumped ahead early in the encounter and controlled the situation in the first term. Sweden raced ahead midway through the second frame using a 12:0 run. Kjellbom nailed 5 points late in the second period to keep the visitors in charge as they built a 46:40 advantage at halftime. Trebles from Jonas Jerebko (206-F-87) and Thomas Massamba (185-G-85) extended Swedish lead to 9 points in the third frame. Radoslav Rancik drained back-to-back treys to cut the distance however Jonathan Skjoldebrand (203-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) capped the quarter with another three-pointer to give Sweden a 65:59 lead with ten minutes to go in the game. Jonathan Skjoldebrand added four more points to tip off the final stanza as the visitors cleared off to a 10-point distance. Radoslav Rancik did not allow Sweden to cruise to the win at the end. He teamed up with Dusan Pandula (195-F-84) to shave the deficit to one point 86:87 with 29 seconds remaining. Per Ringstrom (206-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services) answered with a jumper with 4 seconds left and Vladimir Hovanak (194-G-82)'s jumper was not enough to force overtime.
Jonathan Skjoldebrand and Thomas Massamba nailed 19 points apiece for Sweden. Per Ringstrom had 13 points, while Jonas Jerebko added 10 points and 12 boards for the winners. Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Ill.-Chicago) secured 15 points for Slovakia.

Slovakia:
Radoslav Rancik 34, Richard Lesko 15
Sweden:
Jonathan Skjoldebrand 19, Thomas Massamba 19, Per Ringstrom 13

  European Championship Division Division B. Results from Day 1 - Sep. 7, 2008
Group A
Denmark - Austria 64:73

Danish National Team started with a loss in the European Championship Division B. Group A opener saw Austria winning in the road game 64:73. After a close halt the Austrian where pushed by
Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) and Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87, agency: Octagon). The lead was already at 14 points but some unnecessary turnovers let Denmark come closer, but no closer than 8 points. Deteri Mayes led the winners with 22 points, while Thomas Schreiner added 16. Hutter posted 10 and Hannes Ochsenhofer (186-G-85) nailed 9 in a win. Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) ended up with 19 points, while Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola J7.4ppg, C) posted 15.
Jandl scored from the arc to give the visitors 3:0 advantage. With 11:10 on the board Denmark produced 8-0 run and closed the opening quarter at 19:13. Even though Austria won the second 20:15 Denmark remained on top at the halftime.
Hannes Ochsenhofer sent the teams to the lockers for 34:33 hosts lead.
It was
Hannes Ochsenhofer again to tie the score at 47:47 in the center of the third. Schreiners jump-shot closed the period at 49:56 for the visitors. After that Austria never looked behind. They won the last stanza 17:15 that gave them 73:64 total win.

Denmark:
Nicolai Iversen 19, Chanan Colman 15
Austria:
Deteri Mayes 22, Thomas Schreiner 16, Hutter 10, Hannes Ochsenhofer 9


Netherlands - Montenegro 63:70
Montenegrin National team celebrated a narrow victory over Netherlands in the EuroBasket Division B opener in La Almere yesterday.
Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) secured 14 points and Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75) came up with 13 for Montenegro. Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points, while Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) anwered with 15 points for Netherlands. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) delivered 12 points in defeat.
Montenegro marked their ambitions early in the game. They outscored the hosts 23:18 in the starting period. The home team looked solid but still could not find the way in front in the second quarter. Montenegro maintained safe distance and piled up a 7-point lead at the interval. However Netherlands refused to fold. They limited the visitors to just 10 points in the third period and jumped to a 51:49 advantage with one quarter to go. But that was the brightest moment for Netherlands as Montenegro quickly regained the lead in the fourth quarter and dominated throughout the stanza. They ran away in the dying minutes to secure the initial win in Group A. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 45:40 but sank just 33% from the field. Netherlands will take on Austria in the second round of action. Montenegro will host Austria in a week.

Netherlands:
Kees Akerboom 15, Rogier Jansen 12
Montenegro:
Predrag Drobnjak 14, Vlado Scepanovic 13, Goran Jeretin 12

Group B
Switzerland - Albania 91:79
 Swiss National Team got to a winning start of their Eurobasket in Division B campaign. They held off Albania in Lugano to jump on top of Group B.
The teams entered the game bravely and traded baskets throughout the opening frame. They kept it close before
Warner Nattiel (184-G-82) and Derek Stockalper (196-G/F-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) fired from downtown to give the hosts a 27:22 lead. However 11 points early in the second period allowed Albania to draw things level at 35. Endrit Hysenagolli (-88) and Shima capped the first half with back-to-back baskets to seal Albania's lead at 48:44 at halftime. Vladimir Buscaglia (197-G-80, college: American) opened the second half with 5 straight points to ignite a 13:2 rally from the hosts as they retained the lead. Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Thomas Studer (198-F-84) gave Switzerland a 71:60 advantage with a quarter to go in the game. Vildan Mitku (200-F-83) nailed 5 points early in the fourth term to keep Albania in the race. But treys from Vladimir Buscaglia and Dusan Mladjan gave the hosts some breathing space and they never allowed Albania to come close enough for a strike. Dusan Mladjan topscored with 30 points for Switzerland. Vladimir Buscaglia added 19 points for the winners. Vildan Mitku answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Albania. Endrit Hysenagolli notched 19 points and 13 boards in defeat.
Switzerland will next face Cyprus, while Albania will have a bye round on Wednesday.

Switzerland:
Dusan Mladjan 30, Vladimir Buscaglia 19, Patrick Zwahlen (195-G/F-82, college: Cleveland St. CC) 9
Albania:
Vildan Mitku 22, Endrit Hysenagolli 19+13 boards

Romania - Cyprus 70:71
Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) drained a go-ahead three-pointer with just over two minutes left in regualtion to propel Cyprus past Romania at the start of EuroBasket in Division B tournament in Group B. Aristides Koronides finished the game with 19 points to deliver a surprising result of the first day of the action. The hosts jumped to a 9:3 lead early in the game and seemed to cruise further on. But Cyprus went on a 14:4 rally to surge ahead late in the period. Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) capped the first term with two free throws but Romania still trailed 15:17. Anastasidias and Andreas Pilavas (194-G-83) kept Cyprus ahead early in the second frame however a 10:3 run from the hosts allowed them to build a 36:29 advantage late in the quarter. Romania kept their opponents at distance in the third frame however Aristides Koronides and Michalis Kounounis (194-F-81, agency: Interperformances) denied the deficit at the end and the teams entered the fourth frame with Romania leading by just a single point 53:52. Five treys from Aristides Koronides literally shocked the hosts and Cyprus surged ahead once again 71:69 with 2 minutes left in the game. Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, agency: Stanley International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) had a chance to tie the scoreline but converted just one free throw and Cyprus celebrated an impressive and quite unexpected win at the end. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) and Alexis Liatsos (200-F-80, college: Ohio) knocked down 11 points each for the winners. Levente Szijarto (192-G/F-83, agency: Court Side) and Bogdan Popescu responded with 15 points apiece for Romania. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) nailed 13 points in defeat. Cyprus outrebounded their opponents 36:30 and sank 44% of field goals.
Cyprus will now take on Switzerland at home. Romania will visit Belarus on Wednesday.

Romania:
Levente Szijarto 15, Bogdan Popescu 15, Catalin Burlacu 13
Cyprus:
Aristides Koronides 19, Panagiotis Trisokkas 11, Alexis Liatsos 11

Group C
Sweden - Ireland 82:63
Joakim Blom (211-C-76, agency: Court Side) scored 19 points to pace balanced Swedish team to an overwhelming win over visiting Ireland at the start of the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. Jonas Jerebko (206-F-87) tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners as they climbed on top of Group C. The teams started the game evenly but 8 points from Mikael Lindqvist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) gave the hosts a 15:8 lead midway through the opening stanza. Inan capped the frame with a three-pointer and Sweden led 18:11 after ten minutes of play. Ireland however opened the second frame with a 7:0 rally and tied the scoreline. Sweden found their first basket with almost 5 minutes gone in the quarter however managed to secure the lead at halftime 29:28. Sweden rushed ahead early in the third frame as they poured in 10 points in a row. Chris Bracey (198-F-80, college: W.Texas A&M) cut the deficit to 5 points late in the quarter but Sweden persisted and secured a 6-point margin before the fourth term. Kjellbom and Nystrom widened the damage and Sweden maintained the distance throughout the fourth quarter. They did not allow their opponets to get closer than 9 points in the reminder of the contest.
Mikael Lindqvist contributed 13 points for the winners. Chris Bracey answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Irish team. Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence) added 17 points in defeat.
Sweden will next take on Slovak Republic on Wednesday. Ireland will host Georgia the same day.

Sweden:
Joakim Blom 19, Jonas Jerebko 16+10 boards, Mikael Lindqvist 13
Ireland:
Chris Bracey 18, Donnie McGrath 17

Luxembourg -Georgia 65:98
Georgian National Team scored a comprehensive win over Luxembourg in yesterdays EuroBasket in Division B opener in Group C.
Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) knocked down 24 points to pace Georgia to their initial victory. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Life Sports) added 20 points and 12 boards for the winning side. Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: CSU Bakersfield) was the only player to score in double figures for Luxembourg as he finished with 13 points. The teams traded baskets at the beginning of the game before Georgia went on a run. They completed the first period with a 14:2 rally and accumulated an 11-point advantage. The hosts defense never looked solid in the second period as Georgia easily found the keys and stretched the margin to 19 points at halftime. Abdiu and Ferreira nailed 3 trebles early in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 16 points. However Georgia remained alert and entered the fourth stanza up by unassailable 25 points. Luxembourg never recovered in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end of the game. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) and Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points for the winners. Tom Schumacher (188-G/F-87) and Peter Rajniak (196-G-81, college: Cal.Baptist) notched 8 points in the loss. Georgia outrebounded the home team 42:19 and limited Luxembourg to just 38% from the field.
Luxembourg will look for their first win when they play against Ireland next Saturday. Georgia visit Dublin as soon as next Wednesday.

Luxembourg:
Martin Rajniak 13, Tom Schumacher 8, Peter Rajniak 8
Georgia:
Tyrone Ellis 24, Viktor Sanikidze 20+12 boards, Zaza Pachulia 11, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 11

  European Championship Division Division A recent results and stats - Sep. 6, 2008
GROUP A Serbia-Italy 72:52

Serbia won another game of EuroBasket 2009 qualification and it was the second over Italians. More than 14000 saw 72:52 victory of the favorites of Group A. Milos Vujanic (192-G-80) led the winners with 13 points. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) netted 12 and Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) posted 9.
Serbia proved the superiority from the very beginning taking 11:0 advantage. Italy managed to claw the deficit back to 13:9, Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) pouring in six of those points for the Italians. A Milos Vujanic lay-up made it 21:11 for Serbia at the end of the first quarter. Italy played more even in the second quarter but could not come closer. Dusko Savanovic made it 31:17 and then he again posted for 34:21. Giuseppe Poeta sent the teams to the lockers for 38:27, hosts lead.
Serbia decided to finish the game in the third period providing 20:11 in it. Milos Vujanic saw his team having 24 points deficit, but Mancinelli and Crosariol reduced to 58:38. In the last period the teams were just killing time. Serbia and Italy scored 14 points each that gave 72:52 as a total.
In another game of the group Hungary and Bulgaria showed an outstanding performance of their EuroBasket 2009 qualifying campaign. Hungary, playing at home grabbed 87:86 victory as Marton Fodor made a three with a buzzer.
Serbia: Milos Vujanic 13, Dusko Savanovic 12, Novica Velickovic 9
Italy: Giuseppe Poeta 14, Jacopo Giachetti (191-G-83) 8

Hungary -Bulgaria 87:86

Hungary and Bulgaria showed an outstanding performance in Group A of their EuroBasket 2009 qualifying campaign. Hungary, playing at home grabbed 87:86 victory as
Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) made a three with a buzzer. Marton Fodor ended up with 17 points for the winner, while Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) top-scored with 19. Dimitar Angelov (202-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) finished the night with 21 points in defeat and Deyan Ivanov (205-C/F-86) posted 16. Bulgaria, who began with three straight wins, fell to 3-2 but are still in second place behind Serbia. Hungary improved to 2-3 and is third in the group.
Hungary scored the first 5 points in the game as Salgotarjan city was gladly surprised by that. The hosts won the opening tip and had 13:4 in the center of the first.
Marton Fodor closed the opening quarter at 20:19 for his team. In the second quarter the squads played more offensively and produced 27:24 in it. Istvan Nemeths three saw 47:43 for the Hungarian squad at the halftime. Hungary then endured a nightmare start to the third quarter when Bulgaria reeled off 12 straight points for a 55:47 advantage. Hungary fought back to trail 72:70 at the end of the third quarter, only for Bulgaria to keep their noses in front for most of the fourth. Bader tied the score at 84:84 with 2.45 to go. Deyan Ivanov made a lay-up for 84:86 with 1.16 remaining. The teams had tough defense and could not score until the last second. Marton Fodors three with a buzzer brought the second win for the hosts in their EuroBasket 2009 qualifying campaign.

Hungary:
Istvan Nemeth 19, Marton Fodor 17, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13
Bulgaria:
Dimitar Angelov 21, Deyan Ivanov 16

GROUP B

Estonia-Latvia 81:88

Another game, another thriller for Latvia and another win. Tonight the team stole the victory from Tallinn beating Estonia 81:88.
Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) and Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) contributed 50 points for two with 25 each. Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72, agency: Stanley International) followed them with 14 points for 2-0 record. Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Tarmo Kikerpill (197-F-77) netted 14 and Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) had 13.
Latvia won the opening tip but could not hold it until the end of the first period. Estonia scored some important baskets and won the quarter 20:14. Latvia bounced back in the second period and went on a lead at the half time.
Andris Biedrins made two free throws for 39:38 advantage.
The third period was a preparation for the last stanza. The guests won the third 24:20 to lead 63:58. Latvia led 79:68 when Estonia staged a terrific fight-back.
Tarmo Kikerpill made six free throws in a row for 76:79. Uvis Helmanis made two free throws for an 81:76 advantage, but then Tarmo Kikerpill closed to 80:81. After that Latvia rearranged and could lead to 88:81 win.

Estonia:
Gert Kullamae 16, Tarmo Kikerpill 14, Kristjan Kangur 13
Latvia:
Kristaps Janicenoks 25, Andris Biedrins 25, Uvis Helmanis 14


FYR Macedonia- Portugal 85:48
FYR Macedonia celebrated the first win in European Championship qualifier beating Portugal at home. Skopje enjoyed 85:48 victory with an easy start of the local team.
Vrbica Stefanov (188-G-73, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 23 points. Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Interperformances) nailed 13, while Pero Blazevski (200-C-72, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Pero AntiK (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) had 10 each. Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) top-scored in defeat with 15 points and Paulo Cunha (199-G/F-80) added 9.
FYR Macedonia spurt a 6-0 run to grab the control of the opening quarter. They had no difficulties scoring basket after basket and had 18 points advantage at the end of it.
Vrbica Stefanov closed the first period at 22:4 for the hosts. By half-time, the lead was 44:24 and any hopes Lopez had of his team making the encounter interesting in the second half died in the third quarter. Vrbica Stefanov made the score 46:24 and then Pero Blazevski scored for 59:33. The hosts won the third period as well and had 71:38 at the end of it. The last period looked to be more defensive as the teams mostly were killing the time. FYR Macedonia won it anyway 14:10 that gave them 85:48 as a total. Skopje enjoyed 85:48 victory as FYR Macedonia improved to 1-1 record.

FYR Macedonia:
Vrbica Stefanov 23, Riste Stefanov 13, Pero Blazevski 10, Pero AntiK 10
Portugal:
Elvis Evora 15, Paulo Cunha
9

GROUP C
 Ukraine-France 78:77
Ukrainian National team shocked France in Kiev beating them 78:77. The second round of European Champion qualifiers tied both teams at 1-1. The key factor for the hosts was terrific long-range shooting display as Ukraine made 10/19 three-pointers.
Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) led the winners with 18 points. Rostyslav Kryvych (198-F/G-78) netted 15 and Oleksandr Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) scored 12. Tony Parker (183-G-80) shined with 30 points and 4 rebounds, while Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) added 19.
Kravtsov opened the scoring account for the hosts as 2500 fans started to support Ukraine. France did not mind playing abroad and won the opening tip 25:19 as
Tony Parker nailed from the arc. Onufriyev tied the score for his team at 31:31 and Oleksandr Kolchenko brought the 37:35 lead. After 20:15 Frnace still had 40:39 advantage at the halftime.
In the third period France replied with the same 20:15 and had 60:54 when Soliman made a jump-shot.
Oleksandr Kolchenko struck to tie the game at 66:66, and after Tony Parker buried a jumper, Andriy Agafonov drilled a three to put the Ukrainians on top for the first time in the final period with three minutes to go. Serhiy Lishchuk followed with a trey to make it 75:73 with one minute on the board. With 3 seconds to go Tony Parker went to the free throw line with 78:75. He made both of them but could only close to 78:77 as Ukraine Train gains the speed.

Ukraine:
Serhiy Lishchuk 18, Rostyslav Kryvych 15, Oleksandr Kolchenko 12
France:
Tony Parker 30+4 rebs, Ronny Turiaf 19

Belgium-Turkey 63:78
Turkey became the only undefeated team in Group C of the EuroBasket 2009 qualification. The team had a road victory over Belgium 63:78 to top the group with 2-0.
Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) paced all the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Ender Arslan (190-G-83) netted 20, while Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) posted 12. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Van Rossom added 11.
The beginning of the game was strange as after Turkey scored first points it took more than 4 minutes for the teams to score again. Driesen tied the margin for 2:2 with 5 minutes to go! The teams improved the scoring skills and
Ender Arslan gave Turkey 15:13 after the first. Belgium played even in the second quarter, but Turkey pushed the tempo only in the end of it. Again Ender Arslan sent the teams to the lockers for 28:36.
Driesen gave Belgium 43:42 lead in the third period and the first for his team in the game. Turkey bounced back and again
Ender Arslan scored last in the period for 49:54. With 24:14 the favorites finished the last stanza taking another win from the group.
In another game of the group Ukrainian National team shocked France in Kiev beating them 78:77. The second round of European Champion qualifiers tied both teams at 1-1. The key factor for the hosts was terrific long-range shooting display as Ukraine made 10/19 three-pointers.


Belgium:
Christophe Beghin 19+10 rebs, Van Rossom 11
Turkey:
Ersan Ilyasova 21+9 rebs, Ender Arslan 20, Hidayet Turkoglu 12

GROUP D
Bosnia and Herzegovina-Israel 77:71

Bosnia and Herzegovina ties all the knots in Group D after a home win over Israel. Tuzla and 5000 spectators saw 77:71 win of the local team. A 19:14 in the last period was a key to the initial win in the group.
Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Ivan Opacak (202-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency) led the winners with 13 points each. Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80) followed them with 9 for 1-1 record. Amit Tamir (210-C-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: California) top-scored in defeat with 13 points and Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) added 11.
Bosnia and Herzegovina was unstoppable in the very beginning scoring basket after basket.
Kenan Bajramovic led his team to 14:5 after 6 minutes played. Limonad closed the opening period at 22;15 for the hosts. Israel tried to come as close as they could in the second, but the hosts did not allow them to do so. Casspis luckily was the last for 41:33 at the halftime score.
Israel came fresher from the lockers and produced an excellent period. After 47:38 Israeli team mounted in a 13-0 run for 47:50. The Bosnians took the lead against the Israelis for good at 58:57 with 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter after Bremer made one of two at the free throw line.
The hosts would go on to score the first eight points of the fourth quarter, with Teletovic's lay-up capping the 9-0 run to make it 66:57. Eliyahu cut the deficit to 72:69 but
Ermin Jazvin posted last two for 77:71 win.

Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Kenan Bajramovic 13, Ivan Opacak 13, Ermin Jazvin 9
Israel:
Amit Tamir 13, Yaniv Green 11

Great Britain- Czech Republic 87:68
Great Britain celebrated the initial win in EuroBasket qualifying Group D play. The team tied at 1-1 after the victory over Czech Republic 87:68.
Nate Reinking (183-G-73, college: Kent St.) led the winners with 22 points drilling four of seven shots from behind the arc. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) followed him with 21, while Mensah-Bonsu collected 13 points and 16 rebounds. Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) top-scored in defeat with 17 points, while Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Interperformances) and Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) added 10 apiece.
O2 Arena in London realized the importance of the game and the local team had a great support from the fans. After 6:4 the hosts created 13-0 run for 19:4 lead. Sullivan made it 24:10 at the end of the first quarter. The tempo of the game had slowed down in the second period and remained Brits in front 37:23 at half-time.
Midgley brought his team to 53:33 and then Sullivans lay-up showed 55:35.
Jiri Welsch closed the third period as Great Britain was leading over Czech Republic 55:37. With no chances for the win the guests started to play better and even paid less attention to defense. The last period became more offensive as the teams nailed 64 points together. Great Britain enjoyed 87:68 win over Czech Republic and tied them in the group.

Great Britain:
Nate Reinking 22, Luol Deng 21, Mensah-Bonsu 13+16 rebs
Czech Republic:
Jiri Welsch 17, Jiri Hubalek 10, Petr Benda 10

  European Championship Division Division A. Group B, C, D openers - Sep. 4, 2008
GROUP A
Serbia -Bulgaria 74:64


Serbian basketball is on the top of the European standards and the way people like it there probably the best. Bulgarian National team could not steal a win from Serbia and packed Belgrades Arena. The hosts tied Bulgaria in the group for 3-1 record beating them 74:64.
Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) led the winners with 20 points and 4 rebounds. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) nailed 12, while Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) posted 11. Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) and Deyan Ivanov (205-C/F-86) posted 10 apiece.
Tepics three made the arena wild in the beginning of the game as Serbia took 3:0 advantage. Serbia was much better team from the beginning. Stoykov, Videnov and
Ibrahim Jaaber struggled with aggressive defense buy Serbian guards which resulted with 38:26 for Serbia at the half time.
Georgiev reduced to 42:32 in the beginning of the third period. Perovic however gave Serbia 56:43 when the teams finished thirty minutes of the game. It was
Novica Velickovic to make it plus 20 in the last period and at that time it became clear that Bulgaria would see their first loss. The guests did not give up however and could reduce to 10 points at the end. After Jaaber made a lay-up, Novica Velickovic made the final 74:64 score.

Serbia:
Novica Velickovic 20 , Nenad Krstic 12, Milos Teodosic 11
Bulgaria:
Ibrahim Jaaber 12, Stefan Georgiev 10, Deyan Ivanov 10

Hungary-Finland 64:79
Inspired by the previous win over the Serbians, Finland overcame Hungary in Salgotarjan 79:64. Finland however trailed in the opening quarter but came back to the game and scored 22 points in each of the last three quarters. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) was again the top-scorere with 17 points. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) netted 13, while Tuukka Kotti (204-F/C-81, college: Providence) and Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) added 10 apiece. Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) ended up with 20 points in defeat, while Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) posted 10. Finland leveled their record up at 2-2 in EuroBasket qualifying sending Hungary to 1-3.

Hungary being the home team of the game went on an early lead. Molnar made the score for his team 20:9 and then Virtanen closed the first period at 22:13.
Tamas Kaman put Hungary 27:15 ahead in the center of the second as the hosts dominated the court at that time. Finland decided not to wait until the second half and produced 12-3 in the end of the second period. The teams went to the lockers with 37:35 for the home side. Finland scored 22 points, the same as in the second and as it became clear in the last to win the third 22:12. Tuukka Kotti with a lay-up gave his team 57:49 after thirty minutes. Hungary put up a fight early in the fourth, but their resistance was eventually broken, and Finland finished the game on a 9-2 run to seal it. In another game of the group Serbia handed Bulgaria their first loss 74:64.

Hungary:
Erno Sitku 20, Tamas Kaman 10
Finland:
Petteri Koponen 17, Kimmo Muurinen 13, Tuukka Kotti 10, Hanno Mottola 10

GROUP B

Latvia- Macedonia 83:82 OT

Latvia needed an overtime to beat Macedonia on Wednesday night to get their EuroBasket qualifying campaign off to a winning start.
Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) was unstoppable collecting tremendous 30 points and 22 rebounds. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) supported him with 16 points and Janis Blums (190-G-82) added 11. Vrbica Stefanov (188-G-73, agency: Interperformances) top-scored in defeat with 25 points, while Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) added 21.
Almost for the first three minutes 5000 spectators could not see the baskets from both teams. Latvia was the first to score and
Andris Biedrins posted the first free throws. The hosts won the opening quarter 15:12 and looked more energetic. The teams stayed close to each other also in the second period and as a result the host had only 31:30 at the halftime.
The picture did not change a lot in the third period, but Latvians got 46:39 when
Andris Biedrins made a jump-shot. Macedonia took control for the rest of the period and Kristaps Janicenoks tied the game at the end of the third for 54:54. Dimitar Mirakovski was fouled by Gatis Jahovics with the game tied 74:74 and two seconds on the clock. But the guard came up empty with both free-throws to send the game to the extra period. Trailing 80:82 Latvia decided to risk and was happy to make it. Kristaps Janicenoks with a buzzer brought the initial win for the Latvians from the arc as his team celebrated 83:82 victory.

Latvia:
Andris Biedrins 30+22 rebs, Kristaps Janicenoks 16, Janis Blums 11
Macedonia:
Vrbica Stefanov 25, Todor Gecevski 21

Portugal - Estonia 70:79
Veteran guard
Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) scored game-high 28 points including a three straight trebles in the fourth tern to propel Estonia to an incredible away from home win over Portugal. What seemed a comfortable 6-point Portuguese lead before the fourth term suddenly turned into a 2-point deficit after an 11:0 run from Estonia early in the fourth period. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) drew teams level but Estonia seemed to feel the taste of victory and was unstoppable in the dyng moments. Tanel Sokk (188-G-85) and Gert Kullamae nailed 13 points in the crunch time and pulled away with a narrow win for Estonia at the end.
It was a real close battle throughout the first half. The visitors grabbed a 21:17 lead after the opening term but Portugal surged ahead midway through the second quarter. However trifectas from
Tanel Sokk, Tarmo Kikerpill (197-F-77) and Gert Kullamae carried the Baltic team to a 40:37 lead at the interval. The hosts stepped up in the third quarter. They went on a 13:2 run to surge in front and then piled up a 6-point cushion heading into the last period.
Tanel Sokk was impressive with 20 points for Estonia. Gregor Arbet (195-F/G-83) contributed 10 points for the visitors. Carlos Andrade produced 14 points for Portugal. Joao Santos (205-C-79, agency: Players Group, college: Nevada) had 13 points in defeat. Estonia had a 27:23 advantage on the glass and shot 44% from the field.
Estonia will host Latvia, while Portugal will visit Macedonia on Saturday.

Portugal:
Carlos Andrade 14, Joao Santos 13
Estonia:
Gert Kullamae 28, Tanel Sokk 20, Gregor Arbet 10

GROUP C
Turkey-Ukraine 86:73

Ukraine lost the opener of Eurobasket qualifiers in Group C in Istanbul. More than 6000 spectators came to support the first game of Turkey in the start of their journey as well. The home side was too good in the opening quarter to seal 86:73 victory.
Oguz Savas, Kerem Gonlum and Hidayet Turkoglu each scored 15 points to lead Turkey. Kerem Tunceri posted 13 and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) nailed 10. Artem Butskyy (185-G-81) and Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 15 points in defeat.
The first quarter did not bring the total win for any of the teams as they finished it with 24:24.
Ersan Ilyasova rallied the troops for a 27:13 and Kerem Tunceri hit back to back baskets and Turkey opened up a 14 point deficit at the half. Turkey's 13-3 run put them in control and they led 51:37 at half-time.
Artem Butskyy started to respond in the third quarter but Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) 's extraordinary offensive contribution kept Turkey ahead and made it 71:54 before the last quarter. The hosts were in cruise control, but they did get something of a wake up call in the final minutes as back-to-back three-pointers from Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) and Sergiy Gladyr cut their lead to single figures at 80:71. The final whistle set up the first loss for the Ukrainian side in Eurobasket qualifiers in Group C. Turkey will play Belgium on the road on Saturday as Ukraine take on France.

Turkey: Sinan Guler 7, Engin Atsur 6,
Ersan Ilyasova 10, Ersin Gorkem 0, Fatih Solak 2, Kerem Tunceri 13, Oguz Savas (208-C-87) 15, Kerem Gonlum 15, Ender Arslan 3, Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) 15, Baris Hersek 0
Ukraine:
Artem Butskyy 15, Dmytro Zabirchenko 0, Oleksandr Kolchenko 8, Sergiy Gladyr 3, Artur Drozdov 9, Olexiy Onufriyev 2, Rostyslav Kryvych 6, Serhiy Lishchuk 13, Maxym Ivshyn 2, Vyacheslav Kravtson 0, Andriy Agafonov 15

France - Belgium 82:63
Nando De Colo (202-G-87) poured in game-high 28 points to carry France past Belgium at the start of the 2009 EuroBasket Qualifcation. What was expected to be an easy rally for French national Team turned into a real battle with Belgium firing from all guns in the first half. Three-pointers was a real weapon for the visitors in the opening minutes of the game. Three trebles put Belgium in charge 11:1 early in the game. France gradually came back to life and capped the first quarter with 15:4 surge to build a 16:15 lead at the first intermission. Belgium tipped off the second quarter with a three-pointer from Randy Oveneke (201-F-86, agency: Prime Select Sports) to regain the lead. The teams traded basket further in the frame with the lead changing hands for several times. But it was Tony Parker (183-G-80) who drained a three-pointer with just a second left in the half to give France a 34:33 advantage at halftime. The third quarter turned out to be a decisive one as Nando De Colo stepped up for the home team. Cholet guard fired 15 points in the period and French National team secured a 10-point lead before the fourth term. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) dropped 4 points early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 9 points. However six straight points from Nando De Colo allowed the hosts to clear off to a 14-point distance and they never looked back again. Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) secured 7 points in the dying stages of the game and France celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Tony Parker provided 19 points for France. Ronny Turiaf added 11 points, while Diawara contributed 8 points for the winners. Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) knocked down 17 points for Belgium. Christophe Beghin finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. France will next take on Ukraine in Kiev, while Belgium will host Turkey.

France:
Nando De Colo 28, Tony Parker 19, Ronny Turiaf 11
Belgium:
Sam Van Rossom 17, Christophe Beghin 12

GROUP D
Czech Republic - Bosnia and Herzegovina 70:56
Czech republic National team posted their initial win at the start of the 2009 EuroBasket Qualification. They defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in Pardubice to improve to 1-0 record in Group D. The hosts secured a 16:14 lead after the opening frame. Starosta and
Jiri Welsch (200-F-80) stretched the margin to 7 points early in the secind period. However an 8:0 run from the visitors allowed Bosnia to tie the scoreline at 27 midway through the second frame. But Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) three-pointer gave Czechs a 30:29 advantage at halftime. Ladislav Sokolovsky added 5 more points at the beginning of the third frame to propel the home team to a 6-point lead. Later in the frame Czech team went on an 11:0 surge to keep ahead. Jakub Kudlacek (186-G-90), Jiri Welsch and Benda deepened the damage early in the fourth quarter as the hosts enjoyed a 19-point lead at the moment. Bosnia and Herzegovina never rebounded in the dying monents of the game and suffered the defeat at the end. Benda tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds for Czech Republic. Ladislav Sokolovsky nailed 13 points, while Jiri Welsch added 11 points in the win. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 12 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ermin Jazvin (208-C-80) had 10 points in a losing effort. Czech team outrebounded their opponetns 37:26 and forced Bosnian players to 18 turnovers. Czech team will next visit Great Britain, while Bosnia and Herzegovina will host Israel.

Czech Republic: Benda 15+10 boards,
Ladislav Sokolovsky 13, Jiri Welsch 11
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Mirza Teletovic 12, Ermin Jazvin 10
I
srael-Great Britain 102:92 OT

Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) was not enough for the Great Britain in the opener of EuroBasket qualifying opener. Israel won an overtime thriller at home beating the opponent 102:92. A 17:7 in overtime was too much for the visitors in the game. Meir Tapiro (194-G-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) led the winners with 27 points. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) posted 24 and Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) ended up with 13 points. Luol Deng shined in defeat with 30 points, whilst Joel Freeland (208-F-87) collected 14 points and 9 rebounds.
It was a real show and thanks to 7000 spectators the atmosphere remained hot from the first minute until the last. Great Britain scored first 4 points in the game and was stronger in the period. Both teams finished the opening quarter at 25:19 for the visitors. Israel reduced the gap in the second period but still trailed 42:47 at the half time as
Joel Freeland made a free throw.
With 27:20 in the third period the hosts took a control of the game. Georges three only closed the gap to 69:67 for Israel.
Luol Deng had given his team an 84:83 lead and after an Israeli timeout. Meir Tapiro calmly sank both free throws to tie the game at 85:85 and force overtime. In the extra time Israel however was too good claiming 102:92 win.

Israel:
Meir Tapiro 27, Lior Eliyahu 24, Yaniv Green 13
Great Britain:
Luol Deng 30, Joel Freeland 14+9 reb

  European Championship Division Division A. Group A - Aug. 30, 2008
Bulgaria - Italy 81:80

Pini Gershon came to Bulgaria to win. He proved it once again when the Bulgarian National Team celebrated their third victory in a row in Group A of EuroBasket Qualification. Thus Bulgaria remained undefeated with Pini Gershon at the helm. This time Bulgaria held off desperate Italy in Sofia. The loss meant a 1-3 record to the Azzuri and a step away from EuroBasket 2009. It was a close battle throughout the action with neither side giving up an inch. Italy jumped to an early narrow lead and stretched it to 5 points late in the opening stanza. However Deyan Ivanov (205-C-86) and Angelov capped the stanza with a 6:0 run to put Bulgaria in charge 25:23 after ten minutes of action. Italy retained the lead in the second frame Luigi Da Tome (202-G/F-87) and Vitali teamed up for 13 points. The visitors secured a 42:41 advantage at halftime. The hosts went on an 11:0 rally early in the third quarter to establish a 56:46 lead. Soragna fired from beyond the arc twice to cut the distance to a single point however Jaaber made it 63:60 for Bulgaria with a quarter to go. Luca Vitali (201-G-86), Marco Mordente (191-G-79) and Luigi Da Tome connected from downtown at the start of the final period to lift Italy to a 69:67 advantage. Luca Vitali and Luigi Da Tome added two three-pointers to keep the visitors in the driving seat but Bulgaria found the right answer. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) nailed a trey and Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) converted a layup to claim a 77:75 cushion for the hosts with just over 3 minutes remaining. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) and Luigi Da Tome regained the advantage for Italy at 80:79 with under 2 minutes left however Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, college: W.Kentucky) knocked down two freebies to win the game for the home team. Massimo Bulleri missed three jumpers in the final seconds to finalize the third straight victory for Bulg

  European Championship Division Group A latest results and stats - Aug. 27, 2008
Serbia-Hungary 94:60 (27-17, 17-15, 19-20, 31-8)

Serbia achieved their second convincing win in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying games. Tonight the team beat Hungary 94:60 with no chances for another result for the guests. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) led the winners with 15 points. Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) nailed 13, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11. Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) collected 16 points and 12 boards in the losing effort, while Bence Simon (186-G-91) posted 15.
Hungarians came to Serbia after they surprised Italy in their first game on Saturday.
Milenko Tepic and Vujanic made the first points for Serbia from the arc as the hosts tasted 6:1 lead. Vujanic was the last to score at the end making the score 27:17 after the first 10 minutes. Uros Tripkovic increased the hosts' lead to 33:21 and Zoran Erceg made it 40:28. Hungary tried to recover but Velickovic sent the teams to the lockers for 44:32.
Trepak's three at the end of the third quarter kept the visitors within striking distance at 63:52. It seemed that the game was not over for Hungary as they had ten more minutes to improve the situation. Uros Tripkovic however hit another three-pointer and Milos Teodosic drilled a jumper to start a 13-0 Serbian run that gave the hosts a commanding 76:54 lead. The hosts led the game to 90:64 and improved to 2-0 in Group A.
Serbia will play against Finland for their next game on Saturday while Hungary will play also with Finland at home on September 3.

Serbia: Zoran Erceg 15, Uros Tripkovic 13, Milenko Tepic 11
Hungary: Marton Bader 16+12 rebs, Bence Simon 15
 
Italy-Finland 88:80 (18-15, 23-21, 21-18, 26-26)
Italy needed three games to win the first one in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying campaign. Group A saw Italy defeating Finland 88:80 in Chieti. Giuseppe Poet

  European Championship Division Group A. Second games - Aug. 23, 2008
Hungary - Italy 68:64

Hungarian National Team celebrated their initial win at the 2009 EuroBasket Qualifying campaign today. They held off visiting Italy to improve to 1-1 record in Group A. The loss sent Italian team to upsetting 0-2 record at the bottom of the ladder. Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) shone for Italy in the first period as his 13 points allowed the visitors to claim a 23:20 lead. Valerio Amoroso opened the second frame with a jumper to give Italy a 25:20 advantage. Michelori soon stretched the margin to 8 points before Hungry started their comeback rally. Molnar and Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) teamed up for 10 points and the hosts surged ahead 35:33. Zoltan Trepak, Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Laszlo Simon (189-G-86) came up with 7 points for Hungarian team to close the half leading by 9 points 42:33. Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Marton Bader extended the distance to 12 points early in the third frame. But Valerio Amoroso reignited Italian effort as they went on a 19:3 run and clinched a 52:47 advantage late in the quarter. The teams traded baskets and Italy entered the fourth term ahead by 2 points. Mancinelli deepened the damage as Italy grabbed a 5-point cushion early in the fourth stanza. But a bunch of free throws from Zoltan Trepak and Molnar set the home team back in the charge 61:60 with less than 7 minutes left to play. Horvath, Marton Bader and Istvan Nemeth kept Hungary ahead in the dying minutes. Italy came as close as 2 points with 6 seconds remaining but Sitku was perfect from the stripe to seal the win for Hungary.
Marton Bader led Hungary with 15 points and 11 boards. Istvan Nemeth had 12 points, while Zoltan Trepak contributed 11 for the winners. Valerio AmorosoMilos Vujanic (192-G-80) (192-G-80) led the winners with 16 points. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) collected 15 points and 11 boards, while Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) added 11. Marco Mordente (191-G-79) ended up with 18 points and Da Tome netted 12.
Italy played without Danilo Gallinari, Andrea Bargnani and Marco Belinelli absent. Tripkovic gave Serbia the early lead and Milos Vujanic improved to 14:19. Kosta Perovic closed the opening quarter at 18:26. Italy tried hard in the second period but could not tie the game. They however did not allow the guests to have more than 8 points lead. Vitali was the last to score in the first half for 34:38.
Da Tome tied the game only in the third for Italy making 38:38 in the beginning of the third period. Later Italy tied the game three more times, but could not stay in front. Novica Velickovic brought his team to 51:57 advantage after thirty minutes played. When Tepic made 55:70 and after 55:75 from Bogdanovic Serbia realized the road win in Cagliari. Vitali could score last for the hosts that saw 64:78 loss.

Italy: Marco Mordente 18, Da Tome 12
Serbia: Milos Vujanic 16, Novica Velickovic 15+11 rebs, Kosta Perovic 11
Bulgaria -Hungary 89:71

Bulgaria and Hungary opened EuroBasket qualification 2009 campaign in Sofia. The hosts got their strong start to beat Hungary 89:71 in Group A.
Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) paced all the winners with 23 points and 5 assists. Deyan Ivanov and Darko Milicic (212-C-85) of Memphis Grizzlies won't be able to help his teammates on the upcoming Eurobasket 2009 Qualifications. Namely, due to Achilles injury Milicic already missed strong tournament in Moscow as well as a Diamond Ball in Nanjing. Head coach of the Team Serbia Dusan Ivkovic announced that the best solution for both sides is that Milicic leave NT camp in order to recover as soon as possible for his future obligations with the Grizzlies.

'Milicic suffered inconvenient Achilles injury on July 20. Despite it he traveled with us to Moscow and to Nanjing but he wasn't able to play. Therapies helped him but not as much as we expected. The last check we had yesterday but we decided that it is better for him to leave NT and focus on recovering. Most probably he will he ready to play very soon but the problem is that Eurobasket 2009 Qualification starts in two weeks and he for sure won't be 100% ready for it. We agreed together that the best possible solution is to find a replacement for him on position number 5. NT doctors will be on line with Milicic in order to help him recover asap' - said Dusan Ivkovic.

Serbian National Team is currently in city of Kovilovo where it prepares for the very important upcoming event. Serbia is placed into Group A for together with Hungary, Italy, Bulgaria and Finland. In the first round, which is scheduled for August 20, Italy will host Serbia. Basketball fans in Serbia will have an opportunity to watch their team their country on August 27 against Hungary. Two best teams from this group will automatically advance to the Eurobasket 2009. Third and fourth ranked teams will have a chance to do the same through the Additional Qualifying Round while the weakest team of Group A will fight for the survival in A division.

  European Championship Division European Championship Division C. Finals - Jun. 23, 2008
Final

Azerbaijan - Moldova 80:78
Azerbaijan clinched the European Championship title defending their 2006 campaign success. They needed to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit to grab a dramatic victory over Moldova in yesterdays final. Moldova looked impressive throughout the tournament and proved their ambitions early in the contest as Eugeniu Scripcaru (205-F-83) and Melinic put them in front. They both teamed up for 15 out of 24 Moldovan points in the first frame to keep Azerbaijan at a 7-point distance. Tahir Bakhshiyev (199-F-82) and Anar Sariyev (196-G-81) knocked down back-to-back baskets to open the second stanza. Moldova responded with consecutive three-pointers from Rulevski and Maxim Rusu (196-G-88) to stay ahead. Eugeniu Scripcaru's jump shot late in the first half marked a 16-point lead for Moldova. However Davit Barbakadze (204-F-82) and Kitayev dropped two three-pointers to finalize the half with Azerbaijan trailing by 10. Tahir Bakhshiyev scored 8 points early in the third quarter and Azerbaijan cut the deficit to 6 points. But Maxim Rusu kept Moldova alert as they led by 7 points at the end of the third frame. Anar Sariyev and Fedorenco traded treys to start the final quarter and then Fedorenco nailed another one to make task hardly achievable for Azerbaijan. But the team never surrendered. Davit Barbakadze completed a three-point play following his layup, while Fuad Niftaliyev (178-G-80) drained a three-pointer and Azerbaijan clipped the distance to 4 points. Then Slozhenitsin nailed 4 straight points to square things up at 76 with just over two minutes remaining. Fuad Niftaliyev fired form downtown as Azerbaijan surged in front 79:76 with over a minute left. Eugeniu Scripcaru came up with a jumper to shave the difference to minimum. However Tcaci committed a turnover and Fuad Niftaliyev sealed the winning outcome from charity stripe.
Tahir Bakhshiyev finished the game with 25 points and 8 boards to pace Azerbaijan. Fuad Niftaliyev delivered 15 points, while Anar Sariyev and Davit Barbakadze had 14 points apiece in a win. Eugeniu Scripcaru delivered 25 points and 14 boards for Moldova. Maxim Rusu had 16 points in a losing effort. Azerbaijan were outrebounded 35:41 but forced Moldovan players to 19 turnovers

  European Championship Division San Marino topples Gibraltar for the 5th spot in Scotland - Jun. 22, 2008
San Marino - Gibraltar 77:64

San Marino clinched the 5th spot at the European Championship in Division C today. They overcame Gibraltar in Edinburgh to complete their campaign with a 3-2 record. Gibraltar got to a fast start of the encounter as Guerrero and David Garcia (205-F-76) put them ahead 9:3. But Emanuele Crescentini (198-F-83) kept San Marino in contest and they finally grabbed their first lead of the game following Flavio Bottiroli (194-G/F-77)s layup 17:16. The teams finished the first half all square at 23. The lead changed hands for 7 times throughout the second period before Stefano Rossini (183-G-74) nailed a three-pointer to cap the first half with San Marino leading 42:41. Tentoni and Flavio Bottiroli stretched the gap to 9 points early in the third stanza as San Marino took over. Tentoni and Andrea Raschi (198-G/F-79) soon marked a double-digit advantage for San Marino. Ugolini and Emanuele Crescentini crowned the frame with back-to-back treys to make the cushion looked comfortable at 65:51. David Garcia scored 5 straight points for Gibraltar to drag them within 10 points early in the fourth quarter. David Garcia later added 4 more points and Gibraltar appeared just 7 points behind with less than 3 minutes left. Emanuele Crescentini converted a vital layup for San Marino to silence Gibraltar. San Marino withstood at the end to celebrate victory. Emanuele Crescentini nailed 26 points to pace San Marino. Andrea Raschi secured 15 points and 8 boards for the winners. David Garcia answered with 22 points and 13 boards for Gibraltar. Guerrero had 11 points in a losing effort.

San Marino: Emanuele Crescentini 26, Andrea Raschi 15, Flavio Bottiroli 12, Stefano Rossini 12
Gibraltar: David Garcia 22+13 boards, Angel Guerrero 11

  European Championship Division European Championship Division C. Day 4 - Jun. 21, 2008
Semifinals
Moldova - Andorra 85:74

Moldova became the first finalist of the European championship in Division C. They held off Andorra to claim the ticket to the title game. Andorra will fight for Bronze medals in consolation final. Moldova marked their dominance right from the start as Oprea and Eugeniu Melinic (196-F/G-79) put Moldovan team ahead 4:0. But Andorra quickly responded through 5 points from Xavier Galera (182-G-82) and grabbed a 10:9 lead midway through the first term. But Moldova looked persistent as Maxim Rusu (196-G-88), Eugeniu Melinic and Priscepnii retained the lead and stretched it to 23:15 at the end of the first quarter. Maxim Rusu nailed 5 straight points early in the second period and Moldova jumped to a 30:18 advantage. Then Eugeniu Melinic added 5 more points and the cushion started to look comfortable at 20-point mark. But Andorra refused to give up. Xavier Galera, Marin and Farras clipped the deficit to 12 points at halftime. Moldova got to a better start of the third period when Fedorenco nailed 4 points and Maxim Rusu fired from beyond the arc for 20+ advantage. Andorra failed to deny a massive hole and trailed by 24 points heading into the final stanza. Marc Martret (192-C-82) scored 5 points, while Ruz and Gabriel added 4 more to open the fourth quarter with a 9:0 run. Sansa later cut the deficit to just 12 points giving Andorra hope. But Eugeniu Melinic and Priscepnii kept Moldova at distance. Xavier Galera sparked a fierce desperate comeback effort from Andorra in the final 2 minutes. He nailed back-to-back jumpers, while Sansa hit from outside to make it 71:79 game with just over a minute left. Maxim Rusu was deadly from charity stripe and later Scipcaru and Priscepnii sealed the winning outcome for Moldova. Eugeniu Melinic led the winners with 19 points. Eugeniu Scripcaru (205-F-83) delivered 15 points and 12 boards for Moldova. Xavier Galera answered with game-high 26 points for Andorra. Marc Martret contributed 12 points and 12 boards in a loss.

Moldova: Eugeniu Melinic

  European Championship Division Andrea Raschi propels San Marino past Gibraltar - Jun. 20, 2008
San Marino - Gibraltar 91:80

San Marino grabbed their first win at the European championship in Division C in Scotland. They held off Gibraltar to claim the third overall spot in preliminary Group A. San Marino will now take on Malta in the lower playoffs for the 5th-8th spots. Gibraltar will look for their initial victory against Wales tomorrow.
San Marino relied on an impressive performance from Andrea Raschi (198-G/F-79) as he poured in 38 points, grabbed 5 boards and dished out 3 assists to lead San Marino. He was well helped by Flavio Bottiroli (197-G/F-77) with 21 points and 13 boards. Andrea Raschi scored 4 points and Rossini added a three-pointer to give San Marino a 15:8 lead midway through the first frame. But Buxton answered with 6 points for Gibraltar to get them in front 20:18 late in the period. But back-to-back trebles from Andrea Raschi allowed San Marino to lead 24:22 at the end of the first quarter. Flavio Bottiroli, Tentoni, Righi netted consecutive three-pointers for San Marino late in the second frame for a 50:34 advantage. San Marino enjoyed a 52:34 lead at the interval but Raul Garcia (202-C-74) opened the third stanza with 8 points in a row to cut the deficit. William Buxton and Ramagge added three freebies as Gibraltar got within 7 points. But San Marino secured a 12-point buffer at the end of three quarter. Gibraltar once again clipped the difference to just 5 points early in the final stanza but San Marino answered immediately. Flavio Bottiroli scored 6 straight points to give some breathing space for San Marino. Gibraltar failed to come close enough for the final strike and lost the battle. Raul Garcia knocked down 18 points and pulled down 9 boards for Gibraltar. William Buxton had 12 points in defeat.

San Marino: Andrea Raschi 38, Flavio Bottiroli 21, Emanuele Crescentini (198-F-83) 14
Gibraltar: Raul Garcia 18, William Buxton 12

  European Championship Division European championship Division C. Day 3 - Jun. 19, 2008
Wales - Malta 56:50
Welsh National team grabbed the initial victory at their European championship in Division C campaign. They held off Malta to gain the third overall spot in the preliminary Pool B. Wales opened the game confidently as Alan Duppa (201-F/C-80) and Mike Gregory (199-F-80) scored first 4 points. However Omar Said (177-G-80) and Dirk Schembri (193-F-85) answered with a 5:0 run to put Malta in front. Mike Gregory added 5 more points and Waite capped the first frame with a jumper for a 12:7 Welsh advantage. Lawrence Deguara (183-G-70) reigned the scene early in the second term. His 6 points put Malta in charge 15:14. But a three-pointer from Rhys Williams and a jumper from Berry allowed the Welsh side to keep in front 21:20 at halftime. Malta jumped ahead early in the third stanza and when Baldacchino scored a jump shot Malta were up 28:25. The lead changed hands several times before Mike Gregory nailed two free throws for a 38:38 tie at the end of the third quarter. The teams traded baskets at the start of the fourth term before Alan Duppa and Waite carried Wales up 49:44 midway through the frame. Alan Duppa and Omar Said exchanged trebles and then Dirk Schembri cut the deficit to 4 points with a minute remaining. Alan Duppa nailed a jumper just for Dirk Schembri to answer with a layup. But Rhys Williams crowned the game with two freebies to seal the winning outcome for Wales. Mike Gregory provided 13 points and 11 boards, while Alan Duppa finished with 13 points and 9 caroms for Wales. Rhys Williams provided 12 points and 7 boards for the winners. Lawrence Deguara produced 13 points and 15 boards to pace Malta. Omar Said had 11 points in the third straight loss for Malta.

Wales: Mike Gregory 13+11 boards, Alan Duppa 13, Rhys Williams 12
Malta: Lawrence Deguara 13+15 boards, Adam Cassaglia (192-G) scored a layup to put Gibraltar in charge. However Moldova quickly hit back. Maxim Rusu (196-G-88) and Tcaci nailed back-to-back trebles to put Moldova up for good. Melinic and Tcaci extended the run for Moldova as they piled up a 22:12 lead at the first intermission. Tcaci, Maxim Rusu and Evgeni Scripcaru (202-F-83) nailed three consecutive bombs from beyond the arc to open the second period. Gibraltar struggled to slow down their opponents and trailed by 27 points at halftime. Nartov and Caputerco continued long-range bombardment as Moldova widened the gap to 39 points midway through the third stanza. Moldova never looked back in the final quarter and celebrated a cruising win at the end. Vladimir Priscepnii (200-F-88) provided 16 points and 5 boards to lead Moldova. Evgeni Scripcaru added 13 points, while Tcaci had 12 in a win. Camacho Mena netted 14 points to pace Gibraltar. Guerrero Torres delivered 8 points and 7 boards in defeat. Moldova outrebounded their opponents 47:30 and forced those to 16 turnovers. Moldova will face Azerbaijan in the final round of preliminary action. Gibraltar will look for their initial victory against San Marino tomorrow.

Moldova: Vladimir Priscepnii 16, Evgeni Scripcaru 13, Tcaci 12
Gibraltar: Camacho Mena 14, Guerrero Torres 8

Azerbaijan - San Marino 75:69
Azerbaijan National team posted their second straight win at the European Championship in Division C held in Scotland. San Marino suffered their second loss and opened the way for Azerbaijan and Moldova towards the semifinal. The teams traded baskets early on with neither side able to clear off substantially. San Marino held to a 10:8 lead after the first frame. The lead changed hands for a couple of times before Davit Barbakadze (204-F-82) and Tahir Bakhshiyev (199-F-82) nailed back-to-back triples to put Azerbaijan in front 16:12. However Andrea Raschi (198-G/F-79) and Bottirolli soon carried San Marino back in charge 20:19. Nevertheless Azerbaijan had the last laugh in the half as Davit Barbakadze capped it with a jumper to make it 36:31 for Azerbaijan. Tahir Bakhshiyev and Davit Barbakadze continued to terrorize San Marino defense in the third period as they opened up a double-digit lead 49:39. Ugolini and Andrea Raschi cut it back to 6 points before Azerbaijan finalized three-quarter outcome at 57:48. Rzaguliyevs trey marked an 11-point cushion for Az

  European Championship Division C. Day 1 - Jun. 17, 2008
Andorra - Wales 78:52
Andorra and Wales tipped off the action at the European Championship in Division C that started in Edinburgh. The teams got into preliminary Group B and began todays basketball action. The teams looked well matched early on and traded baskets throughout the first frame. Andorra managed to spur ahead late in the quarter to enjoy a 24:20 lead into the second frame. The pressure kept on growing as Andorra tightened up defense. They held their opponents to 10 points in the second stanza and built a 9-point cushion at the interval. The breakthrough came for Andorra right after the break as they went on another run and opened up a double-digit lead. Wales failed to recover and found themselves trailing by 18 points before the final term. Andorra breezed to an overall victory at the end and celebrated the initial victory at the tournament. Xavier Galera Ruz led Andorra with 17 points and 6 assists. Marc Martret Rebollar added 9 points and 10 boards for the winners. Alan Duppa (201-F/C-80) answered with 15 points for Wales. Anthony Berry provided 5 points and 13 boards in defeat. Andorra topped Pool B and would face Malta tomorrow. Wales will trey to rebound against hosting Scotland next.

Andorra: Xavier Galera Ruz 17, Marc Martret Rebollar 9+10 boards
Wales: Alan Duppa 15, Anthony Berry 5+13 boards

Moldova - San Marino 85:64
Moldova opened their European Championship Division C campaign with a cruising win over San Marino. The teams tipped off the action in Pool A. They got into the same group with Azerbaijan and Gibraltar and would fight for two tickets to the semis. San Marino got to a better start as they looked too good for Moldovan team in the early minutes. San Marino accounted for 29 points in the first period and led by 13 into the second frame. But Moldova gradually found the right tempo and started to cut the deficit. They outgunned their opponents 30:13 in the second stanza to grab a 46:42 lead at halftime. San Marino obviously ran out of steam in the second half as Moldova took over the control. They limited their counterparts to 8 points in the third stanza and stretched the gap to 13 points heading into the final period. San Marino raised the tempo but one of the tournaments favorites were ready for the effort and easily held San Marino at bay in the final stanza. Oleg Doros (204-C-68) topscored for Moldova with 21 points. Vladimir Priscepnii (200-F-88) contributed 19 points and 9 boards, while Platon Jorneac (200-F-88) had 18 points and 15 boards for the winners. San Marino answered with 21 points from Elismar Guerra. Michelangelo Pamantini provided 20 points in a losing case. San Marino will face Azerbaijan, while Moldova will take on Gibraltar tomorrow.

Moldova: Oleg Doros 21, Vladimir Priscepnii 19, Platon Jorneac 18
San Marino: Elismar Guerra 21, In 2006 Azerbaijan triumphed in European Championship Division C. In the Final game the team overcame Albania 66:57. Winning the MVP award for the 2006 Promotion Cup was bitter-sweet for Albanian forward Gerti Shima (205-C/F-86). The visitors opened up a narrow 13-12 lead in the first quarter, but a scoring burst of 15-9 before the break gave them a seven-point lead they never looked like squandering. Alexandr Rindin (225-C-85, agency: Interperformances) had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Azerbaijan in the final. With 15-year old Amil Hamzayev, 17-year-old Emil Mirzayev (190-G-88) and 18-year-old Anar Hajiyev that time all having played some part in this tournament Azerbaijan went strength to strength.
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