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Qual. for European Championships Standings
Qualification Gr.A
 1. Montenegro 10-0 
 2. Israel 6-4 
 3. Serbia 6-4 
 4. Estonia 6-4 
 5. Iceland 1-9 
 6. Slovakia 1-9 
Qualification Gr.B
 1. Germany 8-0 
 2. Sweden 4-4 
 3. Bulgaria 4-4 
 4. Azerbaijan 4-4 
 5. Luxembourg 0-8 
Qualification Gr.C
 1. Croatia 8-0 
 2. Ukraine 6-2 
 3. Austria 3-5 
 4. Hungary 3-5 
 5. Cyprus 0-8 
Qualification Gr.D
 1. Bosnia 6-2 
 2. Georgia 6-2 
 3. Latvia 5-3 
 4. Holland 2-6 
 5. Romania 1-7 
Qualification Gr.E
 1. Finland 6-2 
 2. Poland 6-2 
 3. Belgium 5-3 
 4. Switzerland 3-5 
 5. Albania 0-8 
Qualification Gr.F
 1. Italy 8-0 
 2. Czech Rep. 5-3 
 3. Turkey 5-3 
 4. Belarus 2-6 
 5. Portugal 0-8 


Qualifications to European Championships 2013

Check also WOMEN Eurobasket 2012
Points Per Game
 Anton GAVEL
  SVK
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Gavel, SVK25.9 
 2. Teletovic, BIH24.3 
 3. Davis, AZE22.7 
 4. Gortat, POL21.1 
 5. Jerebko, SWE20.3 
 6. Koponen, FIN19.9 
 7. Casspi, ISR19.5 
 8. Stefansson, ISL18.5 
 9. Markoishvili, GEO18.0 
 10. Haciyeva, AZE17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  AZE
  (200-PF-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Haciyeva, AZE12.5 
 2. Gortat, POL11.6 
 3. Shima, ALB9.6 
 4. Baeringsson, ISL9.2 
 5. King, CYP9.1 
 6. Sanikidze, GEO9.1 
 7. Hysenagolli, ALB8.3 
 8. Smeulders, NED8.3 
 9. Simmons, BUL8.3 
 10. Talts, EST8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  USA
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Wright, BIH7.4 
 2. Kudrautsau, BLR5.6 
 3. Jansen, NED5.3 
 4. Ohayon, ISR5.3 
 5. Tsintsadze, GEO5.1 
 6. Gavel, SVK5.1 
 7. Massamba, SWE5.0 
 8. Preldzic, TUR5.0 
 9. Fernandes, POR4.9 
 10. Teodosic, SRB4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Manuchar MARKOISHVILI
  GEO
  (196-SF-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Markoishvili, GEO2.9 
 2. Davis, AZE2.7 
 3. Jones, LUX2.6 
 4. Wright, BIH2.5 
 5. Dasic, MNT2.5 
 6. Hanga, HUN2.3 
 7. Razis, CYP2.3 
 8. Tsintsadze, GEO2.3 
 9. Kotti, FIN2.0 
 10. Bashak, AZE2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  UKR
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kravtsov, UKR2.5 
 2. Gortat, POL2.3 
 3. Cusin, ITA1.6 
 4. Rindin, AZE1.5 
 5. Erden, TUR1.5 
 6. Tyus, ISR1.4 
 7. Berzins, LAT1.4 
 8. Varbanov, BUL1.4 
 9. Parakhouski, BLR1.3 
 10. Simmons, BUL1.3 
EuroBasket 2013 Draw held in Postojna - Nov 18, 2012

EuroBasket 2013 Draw has been just held in Postojna, Slovenia. 24 teams have been drawn into four groups with six teams in each pool. Four best teams from each group will advance into the next stage of the tournament. There they will play in two groups with six teams in each. Best four teams from each Round 2 group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. EuroBasket 2013 is slated to start on September 4th.

EuroBasket 2013 Draw Results:

Group A: Ukraine, Great Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Belgium
Group B: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Latvia
Group C: Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia
Group D: Finland, Greece, Russia, Italy, Sweden and Turkey.


EuroBasket 2013 Draw seeds announced - Sep 26, 2012

FIBA Europe has confirmed the seedings the EuroBasket 2013 Draw, which will take place later this year.

The 24 teams are divided into 6 seeding pots and they will be drawn into 4 round-robin groups of 6 teams for the First Round of competition. The top 3 teams from each group will progress to the Second Round.

Reigning European champions Spain are the highest-ranked team and in the top group of seeds alongside EuroBasket 2011 silver medallists France, bronze medallists Russia and F.Y.R. of Macedonia, who had taken fourth place.

EuroBasket 2011 hosts Lithuania finished in fifth place in that tournament and are in the second pot of seeds, together with sixth-placed Greece and EuroBasket 2013 hosts Slovenia.

Olympic Games hosts Great Britain are the other team in this pot.

The four teams that completed the EuroBasket Qualification Round undefeated make up the third group of seeds. Italy, the team with the highest goal average is ranked ninth, followed by Croatia, Germany and Montenegro.

The fourth, fifth and sixth pots of seeds consist of the remaining teams that also earned their ticket to next summer's EuroBasket through the Qualification Round, according to their win/loss record and goal average.

The EuroBasket 2013 Draw will take place later on this year. The tournament is scheduled for 4-22 September 2013.


EUROBASKET 2013 DRAW SEEDINGS

Rank Country Last FIBA Europe Competition Position Record W/L % Goal Avg.

1 SPAIN EuroBasket 2011 1
2 FRANCE EuroBasket 2011 2
3 RUSSIA EuroBasket 2011 3
4 F.Y.R. Of MACEDONIA EuroBasket 2011 4

5 LITHUANIA EuroBasket 2011 5
6 GREECE EuroBasket 2011 6
7 SLOVENIA EuroBasket 2011 7
8 GREAT BRITAIN EuroBasket 2011 Olympics Host

9 ITALY EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 1 8-0 100 1.2862
10 CROATIA EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 2 8-0 100 1.2708
11 GERMANY EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 3 8-0 100 1.2705
12 MONTENEGRO EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 4 10-0 100 1.1680

13 FINLAND EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 5 6-2 75 1.2534
14 POLAND EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 6 6-2 75 1.2394
15 UKRAINE EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 7 6-2 75 1.1089
16 BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 8 6-2 75 1.0952

17 GEORGIA EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 9 6-2 75 1.0615
18 BELGIUM EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 10 5-3 62.5 1.1339
19 LATVIA EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 11 5-3 62.5 1.1215
20 TURKEY EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 12 5-3 62.5 1.0862

21 CZECH REPUBLIC EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 13 5-3 62.5 1.0254
22 SERBIA EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 14 6-4 60 1.1733
23 ISRAEL EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 15 6-4 60 1.1464
24 SWEDEN EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 16 4-4 50 1.0870

Courtesy of FIBA Europe


The End of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round - Sep 11, 2012

Group A
Estonia - Iceland 80-58
Estonia did their part of the task in order to gain 2013 EuroBasket ticket. They knocked down visiting Iceland to improve at 6-4 record in Group A. Estonia will now await for the result of Serbia vs. Israel clash to get to know their fate. The Baltic team needs Israel to stun Serbia on the road to advance. Iceland fell at 1-9 record after the loss. Estonia could not clear off in the opening quarter. They led by just two points after ten minutes of action 24:22. Estonia boosted the margin in the second quarter. They recorded a 47:32 halftime advantage. The margin just kept on growing in the third term. Estonia secured a 62:43 lead at the final intermission. The hosts did not slow down in the fourth term and rallied to the victory. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) posted 23 points and 7 boards to lead Estonia. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) added 11 points, while Gert Dorbek had 10 points in the win. Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) reacted with 13 points for Iceland. Jakob Sigurdarson notched 12 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Slovakia 80-48
Montenegro capped their brilliant 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign with another victory. They stunned Slovak Republic at home court to remain undefeated at 10-0 record on top of Group A. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) posted 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the hosts. Slovak Republic who played without their charismatic leader Anton Gavel suffered the ninth loss. Montenegro jumped to an early lead. They held their opponents to just 6 points to take a 21-point lead. Montenegro maintained a comfortable lead throughout the second frame. They accumulated a 44:20 halftime advantage. Montenegro kept Slovak Republic at bay throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 28 points and coasted to the victory in the fourth stanza. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Sead Sehovic netted 12 points for the winners. Dusan Pandula (197-SF-84) responded with 11 points for Slovak Republic. Tomas Mrvis had 8 points in the loss.

Serbia - Israel 83-67
Serbia left it late but finally sealed 2013 EuroBasket ticket. They knocked down Israel in Belgrade to clinch the third position in Group A. Israel remained in the second place to also qualify to Slovenia. Milenko Tepic (200-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) posted 16 points to lead Serbia to the crucial win. Serbia stormed into this one. They unleashed 28 points in the first quarter to take a 14-point lead. Serbia kept Israel at distance throughout the second frame. The hosts ensured a 51:31 halftime advantage. Israel however stiffened defensively in the third term. They limited Serbia to 12 points and got within 16 points at the final break. Serbia and Israel traded baskets throughout the fourth term as the hosts tried to gain needed 19-point lead to finish second in the group. But Israel survived the challenge and lost by just 16 points at the end. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) accounted for 14 points, while Nemanja Bjelica added 12 points for the winning team. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) responded with 20 points for Israel. Guy Pnini netted 13 points in the loss.

Group B
Luxembourg - Sweden 68-85
Sweden booked their 2013 EuroBasket appearance. They overcame Luxembourg on the road to improve at 4-4 record. It was enough to occupy the second position in Group B. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79, college: N.Arizona) scored 22 points to lead the Scandinavians. Sweden surged ahead early in the encounter. They ensured a 24:18 lead at the first break. The Scandinavian team maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They rallied to a 41:26 halftime advantage. Sweden stretched the margin in the third quarter. They accumulated a 16-point lead at the final break. The visitors did not look back in the fourth frame and rolled to the victory. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Kenny Grant had 10 points for the winners. Tom Schumacher (189-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) responded with 20 points for Luxembourg. Christopher Jones chipped in 19 points in the loss.

Germany - Azerbaijan 81-68
Germany recorded the eighth straight win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off visiting Azerbaijan to clinch the top spot in Group B. Azerbaijan had to win the game to hope for EuroBasket qualification but came up short of their goal. Tim Ohlbrecht (210-F/C-88) tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Azerbaijan eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Germany surged ahead in the second frame. They posted a 43:39 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Staiger capped it with a three-pointer as Germany established a 58:54 lead. Staiger, Jagla and Schaffartzik made it 70:60 for Germany midway through the fourth term. Soon the margin grew at 14-point mark and the visitors could not recover. Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89, agency: Pro One Sports) and Robin Benzing (209-SF-89) finished with 11 points each for the hosts. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) responded with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Azerbaijan. Zaur Pashayev netted 14 points in the loss.

Group C
Croatia - Austria 78-74
Croatia finished their 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign on a high note. They knocked down Austria to improve at 8-0 record on top of Group C. Austria entered the game having a slim hope of qualifying. However they needed the victory that never came. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) posted 16 points to lead the hosts to the win in Crikvenica. Croatia set the tone early in the game. They recorded a 24:17 lead ten minutes into the clash. The hosts stayed in control throughout the second frame. Croatia built a 44:32 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame. Croatia remained in charge leading by 12 points at the final intermission. Austria narrowed the gap at just three points with under five minutes remaining. But Roko-Leni Ukic scored quick four points and Croatia ran away for good. Darko Planinic (211-C-90) posted 14 points, while Bojan Bogdanovic added 13 points in the victory. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, college: Oklahoma) answered with 19 points for Austria. Rasid Mahalbasic had 16 points in the loss.

Cyprus - Hungary 58-63
Hungary kept Cyprus winless in Group C of the Eurobasket 2013 Qualifying Round. Hungary finished the group with 3-5 record after 63:58 road win. The hosts meanwhile suffered their eighth straight loss. Cyprus erupted with 20-6 in the first period but could not win the game. The second and the third quarters were decisive in the game as Hungary was too good for the opponents. The guests needed 23-11 in the second period to reduce to 2 points at the halftime. Moreover Hungary won the third quarter 17-7 and did not mind a narrow loss in the last stanza. Szabo nailed three for 59:47, while Hanga made two free throws for 63:55. Razis closed the game from the arc for the home side. Peter Lorant (206-PF-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) paced all the winners with 13 points and Obie Trotter (188-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) netted 11. Andreas Sizopoulos (193-G-83) replied with 15 points, while Trisokkas added 12. Razis and Pilavas followed them with 8 points each in defeat.

Group D
Georgia - Holland 97-89
Georgia claimed the 6th win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They knocked down visiting Netherlands to improve at 6-2 record on top of Group D. Netherlands suffered the sixth loss and slipped at 2-6 record. Jacob Pullen (183-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) fired 23 points to lead the hosts. Georgia secured a 25:21 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the margin throughout the second quarter. Georgia knocked down 29 points in the period to build a 54:43 halftime lead. Netherlands stayed behind throughout the third frame. Georgia accounted for a 72:59 advantage at the final intermission. Netherlands got within six points late in regulation but Georgia stayed calm and finished the game on a high note. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) and Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) accounted for 22 points apiece in the victory. Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) replied with 22 points and 13 boards for Netherlands. Arvin Slagter had 19 points in the loss.

Romania - Latvia 77-85
Latvia advanced to Eurobasket 2013 taking the four best third-place teams Latvia advanced to Eurobasket 2013 taking the four best third-place teams. Latvia finished third in Group D of the Qualification Round after 85:77 win over Romania. The latter finished the campaign with 1-7 record. Latvia needed a win in the to be sure about the third place with 5-3 record. They started the game with 27-16 and had 10-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Latvia added 21-20 in the third period and did not mind 20-23 in the lasts stanza. Kaspars Berzins (211-PF-85) and Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) brought the final points for the winning side. Janis Strelnieks top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Kaspars Berzins posted 13. Bertans Dairis, Meiers Martins and Bertans Davis netted 11 points each in a win. Mihai Silvasan (200-SF-85, agency: Court Side) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Baciu Catalin scored 14. Dragusin Ionut posted 12, whilst Mandache Andrei and Paul Mihail-Octavian finished the game with 10 points each.

Group E
Albania - Belgium 46-82
Belgium eased past Albania in Tirana tonight. The victory propelled them to 5-3 record in the third position in Group E. It was just enough to advance to 2013 EuroBasket. Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87) posted 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visitors. Belgium started strong. They grabbed a 21:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Belgium stretched the gap in the second frame. They ensured a 41:24 halftime advantage. The visitors stayed dominant throughout the second half. They entered the final period up by 22 points and never looked back on the way to the victory. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while Beye Tabu-Eboma added 11 points for Belgium. Klaudio Ndoja (198-SG-85) answered with 14 points for Albania. Gerti Shima had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Finland - Switzerland 84-77
Finland wins Group E of the EuroBasket Qualification Round with 6-2 record. They won over Switzerland 84:77 in their last game. The latter fell at 3-5 record on the 4th position. Switzerland surprised the hosts with 19-13 in the first period, but could not win the half. The Nordic side bounced back with 28-21 and nursed a 41:40 advantage. Again Switzerland pushed the tempo in the third period and grabbed 59:55 after three quarters. Finland however started the last stanza with a 5-0 run and then erupted with 29-18 in the fourth period. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) nailed 16. Huff Shawn posted 14, while Mottola Hanno had 12. Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) finished the game with 23 points and Petkovic Stefan as well as Dubas Jonathan posted 14 each. Nicolas Dos Santos followed them with 9 points.

Group F
Turkey - Czech Republic 81-58
Turkey celebrated an important win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They cruised past Czech Republic in Istanbul to claim the second place in Group F. Czech Republic finished in the third position at 5-3 record. Czech Republic jumped to an early lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the opening minutes. However Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) capped the period with four points in a row to make it 25:17 for the hosts. Turkey opened the second frame with eight consecutive points to gain a 33:17 lead. They kept Czech Republic at bay and rolled to a 44:26 halftime advantage. The gap grew at 25-point mark at the final intermission 65:40. Turkey did not slow down in the fourth stanza and marched to the needed victory. Semih Erden provided 21 points and 11 rebounds for Turkey. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) added 20 points in the winning effort. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) responded with 15 points for Czech Republic. Jiri Welsch had 13 points in the loss.

Belarus - Portugal 77-64
Belarus roll over Portugal in Minsk in their last game of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team finished with 2-6 record, while Portugal ended up without victories. Portugal managed to score the first six points in the game. Belarus however won the first period 21:15 and led 6 points at the halftime. Cunha nailed three to give Portugal 43:41 lead early in the third period, while Lashkevich scored for 54:51 at the end of the third period. The hosts later made the final push to seal the last victory at the tournament. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (203-SF-85, agency: RU-Basket Management) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Kudrautsau Aliaksandr as well Korshuk Dzianis nailed 15 points each. Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Gomes Joao notched 12.


EuroBasket 2013 Qualifying Round. Day 9 - Sep 8, 2012

Group A
Estonia - Serbia 88-81
Estonia remains hopeful about their 2013 EuroBasket ambitions. They knocked down Serbia to improve at 5-4 record in Group A. They caught up with the Balkan team in the ladder. Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Serbia entered the game as favourites and started to prove their status right from the start. They established a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Estonia cut the deficit in the second quarter. The hosts got within two points at halftime 41:43. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) and Kristjan Kangur put Estonia in front 57:54 late in the third frame. Serbia retained the lead but Kristjan Kangur drew things level at 63 with ten minutes remaining. Gregor Arbet triggered a 10:0 run from Estonia as they accumulated a 78:68 lead with just over four minutes remaining. Milenko Tepic and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) dragged Serbia within two points 78:80. However Dorbek, Kristjan Kangur and Sokk sealed the victory for the home side. Gregor Arbet accounted for 17 points, while Siim-Sander Vene added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Nenad Krstic replied with 20 points for Serbia. Milos Teodosic and Milenko Tepic had 16 points apiece in the loss.

Israel - Slovakia 106-73
Israel is one step in Eurobasket 2013 after the victory over Slovak Republic 106:73. The team could lose by the huge margin and still advance if Estonia do not win against Iceland in their clash. More than 7000 fans came to Tel Aviv to support the Israeli team to advance to Slovenia 2013. The hosts opened the game with 23-19 and added 26-23 in the second frame. Moreover the third period became decisive in the game as the hosts needed 32-8 surge for the comfortable lead. Israel won the last quarter 25-23 and grabbed 33-point victory. Eliyahu Lior and Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) paced all the winners with 18 points each. Tyus Alex collected 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Yotam Halperin (193-SG-84) notched 14. Jozef Vojtek (204-F-85) finished the game with 17 in the losing effort and Dusan Pandula (197-SF-84) poured in 14. Bilik Martin delivered 11 points in a loss.

Iceland - Montenegro 92-101
Montenegro celebrated the ninth straight win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They silenced Iceland on the road to stay perfect. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) had a monster game tallying 38 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Iceland opened the game with six consecutive points. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter and secured a 23:19 lead at the first break. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the second frame. Hlynur Baeringsson (197-F-82) ensured a 40:30 lead for Iceland. The hosts stayed on fire offensively building a 61:39 lead at the interval. Montenegro used an 11:0 run midway through the third frame to narrow the gap at 9-point mark 62:71. Taylor Rochestie put the Balkan team within 7 points at the final intermission 69:76. Vladimir Dasic and Taylor Rochestie narrowed the deficit at just a single point early in the fourth frame. Iceland were still up by three points 83:80 with just over five minutes remaining. But the visitors triggered an 11:0 rally to take a 91:83 advantage with under a minute to go. Iceland could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Taylor Rochestie finished with 31 points, while Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) posted 11 points in the victory. Jon Stefansson provided 32 points for Iceland. Hlynur Baeringsson had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat.

Group B
Sweden - Germany 86-91
Germany kept their record perfect at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Sweden in Norrkoping today to improve at 7-0 record in Group B. Sweden slipped at 3-4 record and need to win over Luxembourg to stay hopeful of their qualification. Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) notched 21 points to lead the winners. Sweden got to a confident start. The Scandinavian team posted a 26:21 lead after ten minutes. Germany slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. Tibor Pleiss and Heiko Schaffartzik put the visitors within one 42:43 at the interval. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense third term. Sweden capped the quarter with 7 points in a row to take a 67:64 lead. Maraker extended the margin to 8 points 79:71 midway through the fourth frame. But Robin Benzing scored six straight points to spark a 10:0 rally from Germany as they grabbed an 81:79 lead. Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) retained the lead for the Scandinavians but Heiko Schaffartzik and Zwiener made it 86:84 for Germany. Massamba drew things level at 86 however Heiko Schaffartzik and Robin Benzing crowned the regulation with five points in a row and sealed the win for Germany. Robin Benzing accounted for 19 points, while Tibor Pleiss and Jan-Hendrik Jagla had 16 points each for the winners. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) replied with game-high 32 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Sweden. Kenny Grant netted 21 points in the loss.

Bulgaria - Luxembourg 120-95
Bulgaria capped their 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign in a high-flying style. They unleashed 120 points to thrash visiting Luxembourg. Bulgaria thus improved at 4-4 record in Group B and remained hopeful of qualifying. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) fired 33 points to lead the hosts. Luxembourg suffered the seventh loss in a row. Bulgaria dropped 30 points in the first frame to take a 9-point lead. Luxembourg bounced back in the second quarter. The visitors fired 31 points to narrow the gap at just four-point distance 52:56. But Bulgaria picked up the slack in the third term. They paid more attention to defence and stretched the lead to 15-point mark at the final intermission. Bulgaria exploded with 41 points in the fourth term and celebrated victory. Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) chipped in 16 points, while Pavel Marinov (199-SF-88, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points in the victory. Christopher Jones and Samy Picard (196-PF-88) replied with 21 points each for Luxembourg.

Group C
Hungary - Croatia 79-81
Croatia earned the seventh straight win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They knocked down Hungary on the road to stay perfect in Group C. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) drained a buzzer-beating jumper to seal the victory for Croatia in this one. Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 17 points to lead the visitors. Croatia posted a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. Hungary slowly adjusted their game. They narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at halftime 32:34. Trotter and Peter Lorant gave the hosts a 42:39 lead midway through the third term. Rok Stipcevic retained Croatian lead but Fodor and Adam Hanga capped the frame with five points in a row as Hungary secured a 53:50 advantage. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the final quarter. Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) and Trotter drew things level at 79 with 9 seconds remaining. But Roko-Leni Ukic dropped a late bucket to win the game for Croatia. Dario Saric accounted for 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Damir Markota and Rok Stipcevic provided 10 points each in the win. Peter Lorant answered with 24 points for Hungary Adam Hanga and Miklos Szabo finished with 10 points apiece in defeat.

Ukraine - Cyprus 69-51
Ukraine capped their EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign with victory. They defeated Cyprus in Yuzny. Steven Burtt came up with 13 points as Ukraine clinched the second position in Group C. Cyprus suffered the seventh loss in a row. Ukraine and Cyprus started the game rather slow. Both teams lacked composure offensively. Ukraine though managed to surge ahead to take an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. But the second term left more questions. Cyprus cut the deficit to just a single point at halftime 28:27. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-PF-80) and Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) put Cyprus ahead midway through the third term 33:32. But the hosts quickly regained the lead and ensured a 41:37 lead into the fourth frame. The hosts opened the fourth period on a 10:0 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Maxym Korniyenko (204-F/C-87) posted 12 points, while Sergii Gladyr had 11 points in the win. Panagiotis Trisokkas answered with 15 points for Cyprus. Anthony King netted 14 points in the loss.

Group D
Latvia - Georgia 70-73
Georgia clinched the spot at 2013 EuroBasket. They gained a crucial win over Latvia in Riga tonight to punch the ticket to Slovenia. Georgia are now at 5-2 record in Group D. If they beat Netherlands in the next round they will clinch the top position in the ladder. Latvia in the meantime endangered their qualification chances. They must edge Romania in the final round to advance. The teams started the game quite slowly. They teamed up for 20 points in the opening quarter. Latvia gained a 13:7 lead. But Georgia took over in the second frame. Jacob Pullen (183-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) knocked down 8 straight points midway through the period to level things up at 20. The visitors capped the half with 11 points in a row to gain a 31:24 lead. Latvia managed to return the lead late in the third term. Davis Bertans (205-SF-92) made it 44:43 for the hosts. But Shermadini ensured a 48:46 Georgian lead at the final break. Georgia used a 9:0 run midway through the fourth frame to make it 62:55. Strelnieks put Latvia within one 70:71 with 11 seconds remaining. Zaza Pachulia answered with a dunk and then both Strelnieks and Kuksiks missed their three-point attempts as Georgia got away with victory. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) provided 17 points for Georgia. Zaza Pachulia and Jacob Pullen added 15 points each for the winners. Kaspars Berzins (211-PF-85) answered with 15 points for Latvia. Martins Meiers had 14 points in the loss.

Bosnia - Romania 93-58
Bosnia and Herzegovina won over Romania in Sarajevo in front of 6000 fans to qualify to Eurobasket 2013.The winning side improved to 6-2 record, while Romanian fell at 1-6. Bosnia and Herzegovina felt the home support and started the game with 25-12. Moreover they erupted with 32-12 in the second frame and enjoyed 57:24 lead at the halftime. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) scored four in a rwo in the start of the third period as Bosnia added 21-20 in the period. They also won the last stanza 15-14 and will head to Slovenia 2013. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) , Djedovic Nihad and Mitrovic Nemanja posted 12 each. Elmedin Kikanovic followed them with 10 points in a win. Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Mihai Silvasan (200-SF-85, agency: Court Side) delivered 15. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 10 points in defeat.

Group E
Poland - Albania 89-59
Poland clinched their place in the EuroBasket field in Slovenia as they finished the Qualification Round with 89:59 win over Albania. Poland grabbed 6-2 record on top of Group E and qualified to EuroBasket 2013. Albania surprised the hosts in Lublin in the first period taking 19-18 lead. Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) brought 22:20 but it was the last lead for Albania. Poland pushed the tempo for good and dominated the rest of the game. They won the second frame 24-15 and added 20-8 in the third quarter. Moreover Poland needed 27-17 in the last stanza for the comfortable victory. Gortat Marcin stepped up with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Zamojski Przemyslaw nailed 13. Ignerski Michal followed them with 11 points in a win. Klaudio Ndoja (198-SG-85) finished the game with 18 points in the losing effort and Gerti Shima collected 16 points and 11 boards in defeat. Hysenagolli Endrit scored 13 points as Albania is with 0-7 record on the bottom.

Belgium - Finland 71-68
Belgium grabbed valuable win over Finland in Antwerp to remain alive for Eurobasket in Slovenia 2013. Belgium won 71:68 and improved to 4-3 record. Finland meanwhile dropped at 5-2 and is on the second place so far. Finland started better and won the first period 28:19. Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81, college: Providence) increased the lead to 32:19 early in the second, but Belgium erupted with an 18-0 run for 37:32 lead. As a total Belgium won the second frame 25-10 and had 44:38 advantage at the halftime. Moreover the hosts added 15-8 in the third period for 59:46 after three quarters. Finland was too far to give up at that time and Salin Sasu tied the game at 62:62. Moreover Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) nailed three for 65:62 with 3 minutes to go. Belgium however created a 9-0 run at the end of the game to seal an important victory. Mukubu Wen Boss top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Guy Muya (190-PG-83, agency: TSS Management) as well as Moors Roel posted 10 apiece. Petteri Koponen finished the game with 22 points in the losing effort, while Tuukka Kotti and Salin Sasu scored 11 each.

Group F
Italy - Belarus 83-58
Italy finish their EuroBasket Qualification campaign undefeated and won Group F with a perfect 8-0 record. The team sent Belarus to 1-6 record after 83:58 win in Trieste. More than 4000 fans came to support the favorites in Trieste. Italy won the first period 23-15 and produced 25-17 in the second quarter for 48:32 at the halftime. Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) and Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) scored for 53:35 early in the third, while Danilo Gallinari also closed the period at 64:44. Italy posted 19-14 in the last stanza for the final success. Gigli was the last player to score for the winners in the game. Danilo Gallinari paced all the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) added 12. Mancinelli Stefano scored 10, while Daniel Hackett notched 9. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) ended up with 12 points in the losing case and Pustahvar Aliaksandr poured in 9.

Portugal - Turkey 69-79
Turkey remain alive for Eurobasket 2013 after a road win over Portugal. The Turkish side improved to 4-3 record after 79:69 win. Portugal meanwhile fell at 0-7 record. Turkey will play Czech Republic on September 11th for the second place in Group. Portugal did not want to give up to the favorite and started with 21-17 lead. Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) increased to 25:18, while Turkey erupted with 13-0 run for 31:25 lead. They grabbed 35:31 at the halftime, but Claudio Fonseca tied the game at 45:45 midway through the third period. Mario Fernandes (174-PG-82) gave Portugal 52:47 at the end of the frame but it was not enough to for the win. Turkey needed massive 32-17 surge at the end of the game to win the battle. Karaman Ilkan top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Arslan Ender poured in 19. Gonlum Kerem scored 11 and Balbay Dogus netted 9. Claudio Fonseca finished the game with 20 points for the hosts and Mario Fernandes added 17. Santos Joao brought 11, while Miguel Minhava (195-G-83) chipped in with 8.


EuroBasket 2013 Qualifying Round. Day 8 - Sep 5, 2012

Group A
Montenegro - Estonia 76-67
Montenegro propel over Estonia in Podgorica for 8-0 record at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team won the group with two rounds remaining. Estonia meanwhile fell at 4-4 record and dropped to the 4th position. Montenegro won the first period 24:15 and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. They added 13-12 in the second frame and led 10 points at the halftime. Estonia reduced to 7 after three quarters when they produced 22-19 in it. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) later made two free throws for 71:60 and Ivanovic scored four in a row for 73:64. Hallik and Sehovic were the last players to score for both teams. Vladimir Dasic top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Suad Sehovic, Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) and Dubljevic delivered 10 points each. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) notched 12 in defeat, whilst Kangur and Hallik brought 11 apiece. Talts and Vene finished the game with 10 points apiece in a loss.

Israel - Iceland 92-75
Israel climb to 5-3 record in Group A EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team overcame Iceland 92:75 and share the second place with Serbia. Iceland meanwhile dropped at 1-7 record in the group. Iceland surprised the host in the first period and grabbed 20:17 lead. Israel needed the win more and bounced back with 25-18 in the second quarter. Moreover Israel scored 25 points also in the third and the last quarters. They produced 25-19 in the third period and finished the game with 25-18 in the last stanza. Ohayon made the last points for the winning side from the free throw line. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) paced all the winners with 22 points and Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) collected 20 points and 11 rebounds. Tyus delivered 19 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Kozikaro posted 8. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82, college: Birm.Southern) finished the game with 21 points for the guests and Stefansson brought 20. Finnur Magnusson and Ermolinskij followed them with 10 points apiece in defeat.

Serbia - Slovakia 87-62
Serbia celebrated the fifth win in Group A of EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Slovak Republic to improve at 5-2 record in the third position in the ladder. Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 20 points to lead the winners. Slovak Republic slipped at 1-7 record after the defeat. Serbia jumped to an early lead. They outscored Slovak Republic 22:10 in the first ten minutes. The visitors lacked their main offensive weapon Anton Gavel. They accounted for just 15 points in the second frame as Serbia piled up a 17-point lead at halftime 42:25. Serbia dominated throughout the second half. They ensured a 65:44 advantage at the final intermission. Serbia did not slow down in the fourth period and rallied to a comfortable win. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) provided 11 points, while Zoran Erceg had 10 points for the winners. Martin Bilik (194-G/F-87) answered with 16 points for Slovak Republic. Robert Nuber had 9 points in the loss.

Group B
Germany - Bulgaria 79-69
Germany keep the perfect record in Group B of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The favorites improved to 6-0 record after the win over Bulgaria 79:69. The latter fell at 3-4 record on the third place. Germany looked better in the first period and opened the game with 17-12. Moreover the hosts added 24-20 in the second frame for 41:32 at the halftime. Both teams nailed 21 points each in the third quarter for the same difference after three quarters. They posted 17-16 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Tibor Pleiss (215-C-89) brought the final five points in the game for the final result. Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) and Tibor Pleiss stepped up with 16 points each as the latter also grabbed 14 rebounds. Zirbes notched 12, whilst Staiger posted 10. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 16, while Georgiev delivered 14 in defeat. Lilov scored 11 and Videnov finished the game with 10.

Azerbaijan - Sweden 82-76
Azerbaijan celebrated an important victory in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Sweden at home court to improve at 4-3 record in Group B. Sweden fell at 3-3 record after the loss. Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) scored 28 points and grabbed 13 boards to lead the hosts. Azerbaijan pulled ahead early in the game. They posted a 25:19 lead after ten minutes. Sweden struck back in the second quarter. The Scandinavian team erased the deficit as Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) put them ahead 39:38. However Pashayev capped the half with a jumper and Azerbaijan claimed a 40:39 halftime lead. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. The lead changed hands for several times before Charles Davis sent the team into the fourth frame with the home side leading by two 60:58. Fuad Niftaliyev (185-PG-80) scored four points in a row 7:0 run from Azerbaijan that put them up by 10 points 76:66 midway through the final frame. Sweden never got closer than four points as Azerbaijan rallied to the victory. Fuad Niftaliyev accounted for 17 points, while Rasim Bashak added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Jonas Jerebko answered with 20 points for Sweden. Joakim Kjellbom had 19 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Group C
Austria - Hungary 97-81
Austria drubbed Hungary in Schwachat tonight. The victory allowed Austria to clinch the third position in Group C of EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Rasid Mahalbasic (208-C-90) posted 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the winners. Austria set the tone early in the game. They went on a 27:15 run in the opening quarter to clear off. Austria and Hungary exchanged baskets throughout the second frame. The hosts ensured a 12-point lead at halftime. Austria erupted for 26 points in the third term to gain a 13-point buffer before the fourth term. Austria did give Hungary a single chance cruising to the victory at the end. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, college: Oklahoma) finished with 19 points, while Thomas Schreiner accounted for 20 points in the victory. Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) answered with 20 points for Hungary. Miklos Szabo netted 16 points in the loss.

Croatia - Ukraine 84-80
Croatia wins Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification Round to take the spot in Eurobasket 2013. The Croatian side overcame Ukraine 84:80 as both teams advanced from the first two places to Slovenia. Ukraine needed a comfortable win to finish on top of the Group and started with 25-20 in the first period. Croatia meanwhile erupted with 28-10 in the second frame and took 48:35 at the halftime. Ukraine replied with 20-15 in the third period and reduced to 8 points after 30 minutes in the court. Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) reduced to 82:77 after a three, while Simon made two free throws. Pecherov later scored another three for the final result. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) poured in 16 points to lead the winners and Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) scored 15. Saric delivered 12, while Ukic notched 10. Steven Burtt ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Gladyr brought 14. Kravtsov scored 10 and Drozdov notched 9.

Group D
Holland - Latvia 81-86
Latvia post important victory over the Netherlands at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Baltic State tied Georgia with 4-2 record in Group D after an 86:81 victory. Latvia erupted with 33-17 in the first period and dominated the first quarter. They did not mind 16-17 in the second frame to lead 49:34 at the halftime. Netherlands however were too far to give up and posted two victories in the second half. They reduced to 12 points after three quarters and tried hard to catch up with the opponents. Jansen and Akerboom cut it to 77:82, while Smeulders reduced to just three points. Bertans meanwhile made two free throws for the final success. Kaspars Berzins (211-PF-85) stepped up with 21 points and Rihards Kuksiks (197-SF-88, college: Arizona St.) scored 18. Dairis Bertans posted 13, whilst Davis Bertans delivered 10. Henk Norel (214-C-87) replied with 24 points in the losing effort and Smeulders added 22. Akerboom brought 13 and Jansen had 8.

Georgia - Bosnia 103-107
Bosnia and Herzegovina grab important win in Tbilisi at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team improved to 5-2 record in Group D after 107:103 win over Georgia. It was an offensive game in the court. Bosnia and Herzegovina started with 20-16, but lost the first half. The Georgian side needed 27-20 for 43:40 at the halftime. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) scored for 45:42 and Sanikidze Viktor scored three for 62:58. Pullen Jacob posted 4 in a row for 74:72 after three quarters. Bosnia and Herzegovina however erupted with 35-29 to seal the victory. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) nailed 23. Masic Ante scored 21, while Kikanovic Elmedin had 16. Manuchar Markoishvili top-scored for the hosts with 23 points and Pachulia Zaza collected 21 points and 11 rebounds. Shengelia Tornike notched 17, Pullen Jacob had 13 and Sanikidze Viktor added 12.

Group E
Switzerland - Belgium 82-73
Switzerland gained the third win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They toppled Belgium at home court to climb at 3-4 record in Group E. Belgium fell at 3-3 record in the third position in the ladder. Stefan Petkovic (185-PG-92) finished with 25 points for the hosts. Switzerland fired 26 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second period. The Swiss side established a 45:37 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. The home side ensured an 8-point buffer heading into the fourth stanza. Belgium cut the deficit to 4 points midway through the final frame but Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Petkovic sealed the victory for Switzerland at the end. Dusan Mladjan posted 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Oliver Vogt added 17 points for the winners. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) answered with 20 points for Belgium. Beye Tabu-Eboma had 17 points in the loss.

Finland - Poland 91-96
Poland clinched the fifth win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They knocked down Finland in Helsinki to improve at 5-2 record in Group E. Finland slipped at 5-1 record after the loss. Marcin Gortat (211-C-84) stepped up with 27 points and 21 rebounds for the winners. Finland stormed into the game. They fired 24 points to take an 8-point lead after the opening quarter. Poland picked up the tempo in the second frame. The visitors managed to narrow the gap at 7-point mark 43:50. Poland got even closer in the third term. They trimmed the gap at just three-point mark at the final break 69:72. Dardan Berisha, Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-SG-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Independence CC) and Marcin Gortat drew things level at 75. Soon Kulig drained a triple to put Poland in front. Koszarek and Dardan Berisha gave Poland a 94:88 advantage with 13 seconds to go and Finland could not recover. Przemyslaw Zamojski finished with 16 points, while Dardan Berisha contributed 15 points for the winners. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) answered with 20 points for Finland. Petteri Koponen had 15 points in the loss.

Group F
Turkey - Italy 82-83
Italy kept their record spotless at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They defeated Turkey on the road to improve at 7-0 record on top of Group F. Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) and Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) scored 19 points each to lead the visitors. Turkey fell at 3-3 record and endangered their EuroBasket qualifying chances. Turkey enjoyed a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second frame. The hosts boosted the gap to as many as 13 points at halftime 44:31. But the Azzurri picked up the tempo in the second half. They fired 25 points to narrow the gap at 6-point mark. Turkey still led by six points with under four minutes remaining 69:75. But Italy went on a 7:2 rally to narrow the gap at a single-point mark 76:77. Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) drained a triple but Hackett answered with five points to narrow the margin to a single point again 81:82. Datome then nailed a jumper and Ender Arslan missed his attempt as Italy clinched the victory at the end. Andrea Cinciarini accounted for 17 points for Italy. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Ender Arslan answered with 12 points each for Turkey.

Czech Republic - Portugal 90-71
Czech Republic stepped closer to 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They defeated Portugal to improve at 4-2 record in Group F. Czech Republic will now need to win or lose by less than 18 points against Turkey in the final round to seal the ticket to Slovenia. David Jelinek (194-SG-90) scored 25 points to pace the hosts. Portugal slipped at 0-6 record after the loss. Portugal bravely started the game. The visitors enjoyed a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. But Czech Republic turned things around in the second frame. They went on a 32:12 rally to gain a 53:36 halftime lead. Portugal narrowed the gap in the third term. They limited the hosts to just 13 points in the third period and got within 11 points at the final intermission. But Czech Republic fired 24 points in the fourth stanza and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Jakub Kudlacek (193-PG-90) posted 13 points, while Pavel Pumprla added 10 points for the winners. Joao Santos (204-F-79, college: Nevada) answered with 19 points for Portugal. Paulo Cunha had 12 points in the loss.


EuroBasket 2013 Qualifying Round. Day 7 - Sep 2, 2012

Group A
Estonia - Israel 53-84
Israel edge Estonia to tie both records in exciting Group A. The Israeli team needed massive 94:53 win for 4-3 records. Almost 7000 fans came to support the local team in Tallinn, but they saw their team to fail in all quarters. Israel started with 21-13 in the first period and added 19-17 in the second frame as Prini and Sokk Tanel scored for 40:30. Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Halperin Yotam created a 7-0 run early in the third period as Israel was too difficult to be stopped. Another 19-10 gave them 59:40 as Prini closed the third quarter. Israel added 25-13 in the lasts stanza for the final result. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) stepped up with 26 points and Lior Eliyahu collected 21 points and 11 rebounds. Tyus Alex and Halperin Yotam had 10 each, while Ohayon Yogev added 9. Talts Janar replied with 14 points and 10 rebounds in defeat and Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) had 13. Sokk Tanel poured in 8, while Arbet Gregor delivered 6.

Montenegro - Serbia 72-62
Montenegro kept their record spotless on top of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group A. They held off visiting Serbia to climb at 7-0 record. Serbia fell at 4-3 record to share the second position with Estonia and Israel. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) posted 20 points to lead the hosts. Serbia looked better in the opening quarter. They opened the game with six points in a row and soon gained a 16:3 lead. Montenegro cut the deficit but still trailed by six points at the first break 11:17. Montenegro capped the first half on an 11:3 run to take a 32:29 lead. The hosts stayed in charge throughout intense third frame. Montenegro entered the final frame up by 4 points 51:47. The hosts used a 7:0 run midway through the final stanza to take a 66:56 advantage. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) and Sead Sehovic sealed the victory for the hosts in the dying minutes. Vladimir Dasic posted 13 points, while Blagota Sekulic finished with 11 points for the winners. Milos Teodosic replied with 13 points for Serbia. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss.

Iceland - Slovakia 84-86
Slovak Republic posted the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They snatched a narrow road loss over Iceland in Reykjavik. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) exploded with 35 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds to pace the visitors. Both teams are now tied at 1-6 record in Group A. Iceland started strongly. They accumulated a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. Slovak Republic reacted with 31 points in the second frame to snatch a 49:47 halftime lead. The tempo decreased in the third term. The teams exchanged baskets as Slovak Republic ensured a two-point lead before the final frame. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the fourth stanza. However Anton Gavel and Michal Batka delivered when it mattered the most to seal the victory for Slovak Republic. Dusan Pandula (197-SF-84) notched 17 points, while Michal Batka added 11 points for the winning team. Hlynur Baeringsson (197-F-82) answered with 21 points and 12 rebounds for Iceland. Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) posted 20 points in the loss.

Group B
Bulgaria - Azerbaijan 94-77
Bulgaria stayed hopeful about their 2013 EuroBasket ambitions. They shot down Azerbaijan in Samokov to catch up with their opponents at 3-3 record in Group B. Hristo Nikolov (200-PF-85) posted 26 points to lead the hosts. Bulgaria left their opponents behind in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 26:13 run in the first frame. Azerbaijan however stopped the rot in the second stanza. The visitors held Bulgaria to 11 points in the period to narrow the gap at 6-point mark at halftime 37:31. Bulgaria unleashed 31 points in the third quarter to take a 21-point lead at the final break. Azerbaijan challenged the hosts with a 15:7 run but Bulgaria quickly bounced back and silenced the visitors at the end. Ivan Lilov accounted for 17 points, while Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) finished with 21 points for Bulgaria. Aleksandr Rindin answered with 17 points for Azerbaijan. Charles Davis banked 19 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

Luxembourg - Germany 67-95
Germany beat Luxembourg on the road for the fifth straight win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Germany remained undefeated on top of Group B. Luxembourg suffered the sixth straight defeat. Luxembourg put up a decent fight in the opening quarter. The matched the visitors well enough to stay on level terms 18:18 after ten minutes. Germany switched the gear in the second frame. They erupted for 31 points to take a 13-point halftime lead. Germany aggravated the damage in the third term. They outscored Luxembourg 24:12 to gain a 25-point lead at the final stanza. Luxembourg never recovered and had to yield at the end. Tibor Pleiss (215-C-89) posted 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Jan-Hendrik Jagla added 13 points for the winners. Martin Rajniak (205-PF-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) answered with 12 points for Luxembourg. Pitt Koster and Christopher Jones had 11 points apiece in the defeat.

Group C
Cyprus - Croatia 49-98
Croatia clinched the fifth straight win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group C. They dismantled Cyprus in Nicosia to stay unbeaten. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Krunoslav Simon scored 16 points each to lead Croatia as they can book tickets to Slovenia. Croatia eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. The visitors started to get away in the second frame. They posted a 40:31 halftime lead. Croatia exploded with 25 points in the third frame. They stretched the margin at 18-point mark before the fourth stanza. Cyprus collapsed both offensive and defensively in the final term. Croatia capped the game on a 33:2 run to seal a comfortable victory. Bojan Bogdanovic netted 14 points, while Saric had 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Anthony King replied with 20 points for Cyprus. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-PF-80) netted 15 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Austria 68-57
Ukraine celebrated the fifth win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Austria in Lviv for 5-1 record in Group C. Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) scored 17 points, grabbed 5 boards and issued 5 assists to lead the winners. Austria fell at 2-4 record after the loss. Ukraine started the game pretty strong. They ensured a 19:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Pustozvonov opened an 8-point lead for Ukraine midway through the second frame. But the visitors cut the deficit to just three points 28:31. Ukraine managed to take a 39:32 halftime advantage. The teams stayed close throughout the third period. Austria got within two points 50:52 at the final break. Kravtsov and Sergii Gladyr gave Ukraine a 62:53 lead midway through the final quarter. Austria could not recover as Ukraine coasted to the victory. Maxym Korniyenko (204-F/C-87) accounted for 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) had 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) answered with 13 points for Austria. Jason Detrick netted 12 points in the loss.

Group D
Bosnia - Holland 99-83
Bosnia and Herzegovina roll over Netherlands in Sarajevo for 4-2 record in Group D of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The home side got 80 points from a perfect trio in a 99:83 victory. Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed 28-14 after the first period, but had difficulties to lead in the game. They lost the second frame 21-22 but led 49:36 at the halftime. The third period belonged to the Dutch team that needed a 32-15 surge for 68:64 advantage when Theeuwkens closed the period. Bosnia and Herzegovina meanwhile erupted with an 8-0 run in the start of the last quarter and then Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 81:73. Due to massive 32-15 comeback the hosts managed to seal the necessary win. Mirza Teletovic erupted with 36 points and Wright Zack delivered 24. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 20 points, while Persic Dalibor notched 6. Smeulders Robin collected 21 points and 15 rebounds in defeat, whilst Norel Henk had 20. Jansen Rogier produced 13 and Akerboom Kees scored 9.

Romania - Georgia 74-91
Georgia stepped closer to 2013 EuroBasket qualification. They knocked down Romania in Sibiu tonight to gain 4-1 record on top of Group D. Tornike Shengelia (207-PF-91) posted 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visitors. Georgia stayed confident throughout the opening quarter. They recorded a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. The visitors boosted the lead in the second quarter. They established a 47:39 halftime buffer. Georgia kept the hosts at distance throughout the third stanza. The visitors accumulated a 10-point advantage heading into the final frame. Georgia did not give a single chance for Romania rolling to the victory at the end. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) netted 17 points, while Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) provided 13 points in the victory. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 22 points for Romania. Mihail-Octavian Paul (188-PG-82) had 14 points in the loss.

Group E
Poland - Switzerland 111-67
Poland smash Switzerland for 4-2 record in Group E of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Polish side had an easy 111:67 victory at home to climb to the second place. Switzerland meanwhile dropped at 2-4 record. Poland did not have any difficulties reaching the 4th win. They started with 32-16 in the first period and never looked behind after. The hosts added 24-16 in the second period and led 24 points at the halftime. Moreover Poland produced a 28-26 in the third period and finished the game with 27-9. Gortat gave Poland three-digit at 100:64. Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83) nailed three for the last points and Petkovic closed the game from the free throw line. Gortat erupted with 31 points and 13 rebounds, while Ignerski followed him with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Berisha delivered 14, while Robert Skibniewski and Zamojski notched 12 each. Mladjan replied with 20 points in the losing effort. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) scored 17, whilst Dubas added 11.

Albania - Finland 52-95
Finland keep the perfect record in Group E of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Nordic side smashed Albania 95:52 for 5-0 record on top. The latter meanwhile fell at 0-6 record. Although Albania scored the first two points in the game, Finland grabbed 21:17 at the end of the first period. Moreover Finland added 20-15 in the second frame and Nikkila brought 41:32 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game and allowed the guests to erupt with 30-9 for 71:41 lead. Muurinen and Kotti scored for 75:43 early in the fourth, while Nikkarinen closed the winning account for the Finnish side. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Ahonen Roope notched 19. Sasu Salin (190-G-91) delivered 12 points in a winning effort. Hysenagolli Endrit finished the game with 27 points and Ndoja Klaudio scored 12.

Group F
Italy - Czech Republic 68-56
Italy celebrated the sixth straight win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down visiting Czech Republic in Trieste. The victory propelled the Azzurri at 6-0 record, while Czech Republic fell at 4-2 in Group F. Italy jumped to an early lead. The hosts secured a 20:14 advantage after ten minutes. The Azzrurri opened a double-digit lead in the second frame. They posted a 42:26 halftime advantage. Italy held their opponents to 12 points in the third quarter. The Azzzuri ensured a comfortable 19-point buffer heading into the final stanza. Czech Republic managed to narrow the gap but could not avoid the loss in the fourth period. Pietro Aradori posted 14 points, while Danilo Gallinari accounted for 10 points for the winners. Petr Benda (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) answered with 12 points for Czech Republic. Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) had 10 points in the loss.

Belarus - Turkey 62-91
Turkey had no mercy for Belarus in Minsk at the EuroBasket Qualification Round in Group F. The guests rolled over the opponent 91:62 for 3-2 record. Belarus meanwhile fell at 1-5 record. Turkey took the lead in the opening period and had 25:15 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover Turkey improved to 20-point lead at the halftime after 24-14 in the second frame. Belarus bounced back with 23-20 in the third quarter but could not save the game. Turkey had another 22-10 in the lasts stanza for the final result. Erden Semih top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Karaman Ilkan netted 17. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) delivered 14, while Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Cetin Serhat added 10 each. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) and Parakhouski Artsiom replied with 18 points each in defeat, whilst Meshcharakou Yahor scored 9.


EuroBasket 2013 Qualifying Round. Day 6 - Aug 30, 2012

Group A
Serbia - Iceland 114-58
Seven players score in double figures as Serbia beat Iceland in Day 6 of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Serbian side improved to 4-2 record after an easy 114:58 victory. Iceland meanwhile fell at 1-5 record. Serbia erupted with 35-12 in the first period and never looked behind after. The hosts dominated the rest of the game as well and reached 56-point win. Iceland looked good only in the third period that they managed to win 20-18. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) paced all the winners with 15 points, while Keselj Marko posted 13. Savanovic Dusko netted 12, whilst Nedovic Nemanja and Teodosic Milos had 11 each. Rasic Aleksandar and Erceg Zoran followed them with 10 points each in the winning effort. Sigurdarson Jakob posted 14 points in defeat and Hlynur Baeringsson (197-F-82) added 12.

Israel - Montenegro 76-81
Montenegro step closer to Eurobasket 2013 as they beat Israel for 6-0 record at the EuroBasket Qualification Round in Group A. The favorites needed 81:76 victory to remain unbeaten. Israel meanwhile fell at 3-3 record on the fourth place. Israel celebrated three straight victories before the clash in Tel Aviv, but could not stop ambitious guests. Montenegro took 17:12 after the first period and dominated the second half. They produced 27-24 in the third quarter and won the game due to 23-15 in the lasts stanza. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) scored the last two points from the free throw line for the final result. Dasic Vladimir top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Dubljevic Bojan collected 18 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Rochestie delivered 15 and Blagota Sekulic (209-C-82, agency: FCM) scored 10. Casspi Omri answered with 20 points and Tyus Alex added 16. Eliyahu Lior had 14, while Ohayon Yogev nailed 10.

Slovakia - Estonia 70-84
Estonia celebrated the fourth victory in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group A. They defeated Slovak Republic on the road to improve at 4-2 record in highly contestant Group A. Slovak Republic fell at 0-6 record after the loss. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) came up with 16 points to lead the winners. Estonia scored 21 points in the opening term to take a 6-point lead. The Baltic side maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Estonia established a 43:32 halftime lead at halftime. Slovak Republic narrowed the deficit at the third term. The hosts outscored Estonia to trail by just 8 points before the fourth frame. However another excellent performance from Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) could not rescue the hosts. Estonia erupted for 23 points in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win. Janar Talts (207-PF-83) posted 15 points, 16 boards and 4 assists, while Gert Dorbek added 12 points for the winners. Anton Gavel fired 35 points to lead all scorers. Dusan Pandula (197-SF-84) contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Group B
Azerbaijan - Luxembourg 95-77
Azerbaijan open Day 6 with the home victory against Luxembourg. Azerbaijan needed 95:77 win to improve to 3-2 record In Group B of the EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Azerbaijan started the game with 16-13 and added massive 30-23 in the second frame. Both teams scored 22 points each in the third quarter, while the last period was decisive in the game. The hosts added 27-19 in it for the final success. Fuad Niftaliyev (185-PG-80) scored the last five points for the winners to seal a comfortable win with them. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) erupted with 25 points and 21 rebounds. Aleksandr Rindin followed them with 18 points and Fuad Niftaliyev netted 13. Samy Picard 15, Martin Rajniak (205-PF-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) and posted 15 points each in defeat. Tom Schumacher (189-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) had 12 as Luxembourg fell at 0-5 record.

Sweden - Bulgaria 85-71
Sweden clinched the third win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off visiting Bulgaria for 3-2 record in Group B. Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) stepped up with 19 points for the hosts. Bulgaria fell at 2-3 record after the defeat. Sweden jumped to a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. The hosts unloaded 26 points in the second quarter to build a 10-point halftime lead 49:39. Bulgaria however changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They used a 10:2 run late in the stanza to narrow the gap at just 2-point mark 60:62. The Scandinavian side needed an 11:0 run midway through the final frame to restore a safe cushion 80:66. The hosts never looked back afterwards coasting to the victory. Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) posted 16 points, while Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) added 13 points for Sweden. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 20 points for Bulgaria. Hristo Nikolov netted 15 points in the loss.

Group C
Austria - Cyprus 77-52
Austria celebrated the second success in Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team caught up with Hungary at 2-3 record after a home 77:52 win over Cyprus. The latter fell at 0-5 record. Austria opened the game with 24-14 and never looked behind after. They added defensive 14-8 in the second frame as Thomas Klepeisz (185-PG-91, agency: TSS Management) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:22. Cyprus managed to win the third period 22-19 and reduced to 13 points at the end of 30 minutes. Austria however finished with strong 20-8 to seal the victory. Thomas Klepeisz paced all the winners with 15 points and Rasid Mahalbasic (208-C-90) added 14. Sebastian Koch (202-F-88) notched 11, while Nagler Christoph scored 10. Andreas Sizopoulos (193-G-83) replied with 12 points in the losing case and Liatsos Alexandros scored 10. King Anthony followed them with 8 points and 11 caroms in a loss.

Hungary - Ukraine 76-78
Ukraine stepped closer to 2013 EuroBasket. They defeated Hungary in Pecs today to improve at 4-1 record in Group C. Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) fired 17 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists to pace the winners. Hungary slipped at 2-3 record after the loss. Ukraine opened the game with six points in a row. They stayed in front throughout the opening quarter posting an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Sergii Gladyr gave Ukraine a 9-point lead midway through the second frame 32:23. The hosts were able to narrow the deficit at 7-point mark at halftime 30:37. Obie Trotter (188-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) scored eight points early in the third term as Hungary narrowed the gap at a single point 41:42. Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) and Natyazhko capped the third quarter with four straight points as Ukraine enjoyed a 57:51 lead. However Szabo and Obie Trotter finally drew things level at 67 with under four minutes remaining in regulation. Maxym Korniyenko made it 74:70 for Ukraine. But Horvath kept the home team hopeful with a three-pointer. Zabirchenko and Obie Trotter made it 75:77 with 9 second to. Burtt missed one free throw but Hungary answered with four misses from both Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) and Obie Trotter as Ukraine escaped with the victory at the end. Kornieynko provided 15 points, while Artur Drozdov added 14 points for the winners. Obie Trotter responded with 19 points for Hungary. Adam Hanga had 15 points in defeat.

Group D
Latvia - Bosnia 80-64
Latvia celebrated a comfortable win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Riga tonight. The victory lifted Latvia at 3-2, while Bosnia and Herzegovina slipped at 3-2 record in Group D. Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) posted 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Bosnia and Herzegovina led by three points after intense first quarter 19:16. Latvia turned things around in the second frame. They went on a 26:11 rally to establish a 42:30 halftime lead. Latvia mounted the pressure on the visitors in the third term. The hosts cleared off at 17-point distance before the fourth quarter 66:49. Bosnia and Herzegovina held Latvia to just 14 points in the final but could not capitalize losing the battle at the end. Martins Meiers posted 16 points, while Davis Bertans (205-SF-92) accounted for 11 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Zack Wright and Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points in the loss.

Holland - Romania 80-74
Netherlands claimed the second straight win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group D. They held off visiting Romania for 2-3 record. Romania slipped at 1-4 record after the loss. Robin Smeulders accounted for 18 points and 14 boards to lead the charge. Netherlands eked out a 15:12 lead after ten minutes. Romania improved their offence in the second frame. They fired 18 points to cut the margin to a single point 31:30 at halftime. Netherlands opened an 11-point lead midway through the third term. Romania however cut the distance to 4 points at the final intermission 48:52. The hosts restored an 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter but Romania did not surrender. Titus Nicoara and Paul put the visitors within two points 74:76 with 9 seconds remaining. Robin Smeulders answered with four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Netherlands. Rogier Jansen accounted for 17 points and 6 assists, while Henk Norel (214-C-87) added 12 points for the winners. Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88, college: American) answered with 21 points for Romania. Titus Nicoara had 20 points and 9 caroms in the loss.

Group E
Belgium - Poland 73-87
Poland outclass Belgium in Antwerp thanks to a great game of Gortat Marcin. The guests grabbed important 87:73 win at the EuroBasket Qualification Round in Group B. Both teams are now with 3-2 record sharing the 2-3 places. More than 4000 fans came to support the local team in Antwerp, but could not help them. Poland took 26-22 after the first period, while Beye Tabu-Eboma (184-SG-85) gave Belgium 45:42 lead at the halftime. Muya Guy brought 51:44 and Beghin Christophe delivered two for 61:55. Koszarek Lukasz and Ignerski Michal however nailed three-pointers for 68:65 early in the fourth. Poland erupted with 25-8 in it for the final success. Gortat Marcin erupted with 29 points and 10 rebounds, while Koszarek Lukasz netted 19. Ignerski Michal delivered 18 and Zamojski Przemyslaw posted 8. Beye Tabu-Eboma ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Beghin Christophe had 13. Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) finished the game with 10, while Muya Guy chipped in with 9.

Switzerland - Albania 93-84
Switzerland outgun winless Albania in Day 6 of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Swiss side overcame the visiting side 93:84 in Fribourg. Shima Gerti collected 29 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Hysenagolli Endrit added 16 points and 19 rebounds. Ndoja Klaudio scored 14and Karaj Erkand notched 9. Switzerland was rampant during the first half, firstly moving 24-15 in front after the opening ten minutes. They added 26-20 in the second frame and enjoyed 50:35 at the halftime. Albania looked better in the third period and Karaj Erkand reduced to 56:50. Shima Gerti scored 7 points in a row to close the period at 65:62. Gjonaj later tied the game at 68:68, but Switzerland dominated the rest of the game. Petkovic Stefan paced all the winners with 25 points for the second win. Mladjan Dusan delivered 24 points, while Dubas Jonathan collected 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Group F
Portugal - Italy 70-82
Italy stayed perfect in 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They defeated Portugal in Coimbra to improve at 5-0 record on top of Group F. Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) provided 18 points for the Azzurri. The hosts suffered the fifth loss in a row at the tournament. Italy silenced Portugal in the opening quarter. The Azzurri went on a 22:9 run to take a comfortable lead. Italy held Portugal to just 10 points in the second quarter to boost the lead. The visitors accumulated a 38:19 halftime advantage. Portugal improved their offence in the third term. They scored 23 points to narrow the gap at 17-point mark. Portugal unleashed 28 points in the fourth frame but just trimmed the deficit at the end. Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) accounted for 10 points, while Cinciarini netted 9 points in the victory. Joao Gomes notched 22 points and 10 rebounds for Portugal. Jaime Silva (187-PG-80) had 15 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Belarus 79-72
Czech Republic celebrated the fourth win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They overcame Belarus at home court to climb at 4-1 record in Group F. Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) accounted for 23 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Belarus fell at 1-4 record after the loss. Belarus stunned the home team in the opening frame. The visitors went on a 25:16 run in the first ten minutes. Czech Republic slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. They got within 4 points at halftime 31:35. Lubos Barton helped the hosts take a 39:37 lead early in the third term. The lead changed hands for several times before the home team earned a 57:51 advantage at the final break. Belarus would not go away until the dying seconds. The visitors trailed by just four points 70:74 with just over two minutes remaining. But Tomas Satoransky scored five points in a row to carry Czech Republic to the victory. Petr Benda posted 18 points, while Tomas Satoransky finished with 11 points for the winners. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) had 15 points for Belarus. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F-79) and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau chipped in 12 points each in the loss.


EuroBasket 2013 Qualifying Round. Day 5 - Aug 27, 2012

Group A
Iceland - Estonia 67-86
Estonia brings victory from Reykjavik. They claimed a comprehensive victory over Iceland to gain 3-2 record in EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group A. Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) delivered 26 points to pace the Baltic team. Iceland fell at 1-4 record after the loss. Estonia stormed into the game. They accounted for 25 points in the opening quarter to take a 10-point lead. Estonia held the hosts to 12 points in the second frame to ensure an 11-point cushion at halftime. The visitors unloaded 28 points in the third quarter to clear off. They accumulated an insurmountable 24-point advantage before the final stanza. Iceland knocked down 25 points in the final term but could not avoid the loss at the end. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) posted 16 points and 9 boards, while Janar Talts added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) answered with 19 points for Iceland. Helgi Magnusson chipped in 16 points in the losing effort.

Slovakia - Montenegro 81-94
Montenegro keep the perfect 5-0 record in Group A of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team overcame Slovakia 94:81 in the start of the 5th Day. The latter fell at 0-5 record after the loss in Levice. Montenegro took 23:20 lead at the halftime. Moreover the guests added massive 24-12 in the second period and enjoyed 47:32 after Sekulic Blagota's shot. Slovakia meanwhile produced 24-23 in the third quarter and actually came up with another narrow win in the last stanza. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) reduced to minimum 79:76 but Montenegro needed a final pushed for the final success. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Milko Bjelica (205-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15. Sekulic Blagota posted 14, while Dubljevic Bojan and Dasic Vladimir had 13 each. Anton Gavel replied with 23 points and 10 assists, while Pandula Dusan nailed 20. Batka Michal and Vido Roman delivered 10 points each in a loss.

Israel-Serbia 89:76

Fabulous Israel wins again, improves to 3-2 record at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team overcame Serbia 89:76 in the last game of Day 5. Both teams share the second place with the same record.
With the score 8-8, Casspi buried a three-pointer and then he and Ohayon scored with lay-ups. Israel managed to win the first period 25:15 and never looked behind in the game. Both teams nailed 23 points each in the second period as Pnini posted three for 48:38 at the end of the half. Serbia reduced to 9 points at the end of the third quarter after 18-17 in the third period. Israel however needed 24-20 for 13-point victory.
Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) netted 22. Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) delivered 19, while Alex Tyus posted 12. Zoran Erceg and Milos Teodosic produced 10 points each in the losing effort. Nenad Krstic and Milenko Tepic followed the with 9 points apiece.

Group B
Sweden - Luxembourg 111-74
Sweden improved to 2-2 record in Group B of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The door to EuroBasket 2013 hasn't slammed shut for Sweden after 111:74 win over Luxembourg. Sweden easily took 27:13 after the first period and added 28-24 in the second frame. The Scandinavian team did not slow down in the second half and produced also two victories. They came up with 31-16 in the third period and finished the game with 25-21 in the lasts stanza. Person made two free throws for 104:70, while Alexander Lindqvist and Rush made it 108:72. Anton Saks (200-SF-89) nailed three for the final result in the game. Anton Saks stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) as well as Jonas Jerebko had 14 each. Kenny Grant and Alexander Lindqvist followed them with 13 points apiece. Christopher Jones (186-G-90) replied with 17 points in the losing effort and Samy Picard delivered 14. Martin Rajniak netted 11 and Tom Schumacher posted 10.

Azerbaijan - Germany 68-85
Germany registered the fourth straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Azerbaijan in Baku to stay perfect in Group B. Lucca Staiger (195-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) delivered 18 points to lead the winners. Azerbaijan fell at 2-2 record suffering the second loss in a row. Germany eked out a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin in the second quarter. The visitors accounted for a 43:34 halftime lead. Germany maintained the lead throughout the third period. They accumulated a 59:50 buffer heading into the fourth stanza. Germany did not allow the hosts any closer in the final quarter rolling to a confident win at the end. Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) notched 16 points, while Robin Benzing and Tibor Pleiss contributed 15 points each in the victory. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) answered with 31 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Azerbaijan. Orhan Haciyeva netted 11 points in the loss.

Group C
Austria - Croatia 75-82
Croatia clinched the fourth consecutive win in Group C of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They defeated Austria on the road tonight. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) accounted for 19 points to pace the winners. Austria fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Austria unexpectedly grabbed an early lead. The hosts secured a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. But Croatia picked up the slack and denied the deficit in the second quarter. The visitors piled up a 44:35 halftime lead. Austria did not surrender as they Rasid Mahalbasic (208-C-90) drew things level at 50 midway through the third period. But Croatia were able to eke out a 60:58 advantage after three quarters of action. Maresch knotted things up at 64 early in the fourth frame. Croatia needed 9:0 run to clear off. They posted a 77:68 advantage. Austria did not recover allowing Croatia to escape with a tough victory. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) netted 14 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 4 boards, while Pavle Marcinkovic added 11 points for the winners. Rasid Mahalbasic replied with 21 points for Austria. Jason Detrick and Davor Lamesic had 11 points each in the loss.

Hungary - Cyprus 77-64
Hungary clinched the second victory in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Cyprus at home court to climb at 2-2 record in Group C. Peter Lorant (206-PF-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) delivered 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge. Cyprus suffered the fourth straight loss. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Hungary and Cyprus were tied at 21 after ten minutes. The hosts however stiffened their defence in the second quarter. They limited Cyprus at 9 points in the period and ensured a 9-point lead at halftime 39:30. Hungary also improved offensively in the second half. They erupted for 26 points in the third quarter to gain a 15-point lead before the fourth quarter. Cyprus narrowed the gap in the fourth term but had little chance to save the encounter. Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) finished with 22 points, while Miklos Szabo added 7 points for the winners. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-PF-80) accounted for 20 points and 9 rebounds for Cyprus. Anthony King netted 17 points and pulled down 9 caroms in the loss.

Group D
Latvia - Romania 89-53
Latvia celebrated the second win in 2013 EuroBasket qualification. They stormed past Romania in Riga. Latvia thus improved at 2-2 record in Group D. Romania slipped at 1-3 record after the loss. Rihards Kuksiks (197-SF-88, college: Arizona St.) stepped up with 19 points for the winners. Latvia earned a 7-point lead after ten minutes of action. Latvia boosted the lead in the second quarter. The hosts unleashed 28 points in the period to establish a 49:29 halftime lead. Latvia kept Romania at bay throughout the third term. They held Romania to just 10 points in the frame taking a 31-point advantage before the final stanza. The visitors never recovered as Latvia coasted to the victory in the final frame. Edgars Jeromanovs (190-PG-86) accounted for 16 points, while Dairis Bertans added 13 points in the victory. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 14 points for Romania. Vlad Moldoveanu had 11 points in the loss.

Holland - Georgia 91-88
Netherlands pip Georgia in Almere at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Dutch team handed the Georgian side their first loss in Group D after 91:88 success. Netherlands meanwhile celebrated the first win for 1-3 record in the group. Georgia entered the game undefeated and started with 19-15 lead after the first period. They added 28-24 in the second frame and enjoyed 41:28 at the end of the second frame. Kees Akerboom (200-SF-83, agency: Court Side) however reduced to 47:39 at the halftime and then the hosts started o take control of the game. Smeulders Robin tied the game at 59:59 and Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) gave his side 72:70 early in the last period. Kees Akerboom and Rogier Jansen brought the final points from the free throw line and Shengelia Tornike managed only to reduce to 3 points at the end. Rogier Jansen top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Kees Akerboom notched 22. Norel Henk delivered 12, while Smeulders Robin posted 10. Zaza Pachulia (210-C-84) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Shengelia Tornike had 20. Pullen Jacob produced 16 and Markoishvili Manuchar netted 15.

Group E
Belgium - Albania 97-59
Belgium clinch big win over Albania for 3-1 record in Group E of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Belgium side satisfied more than 4000 local fans in Antwerp after 97:59 win. Albania meanwhile fell at 0-4 record on the bottom of the group. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) scored two three-pointers in the opening tip as the hosts won the first period 22:13. Gillet scored four in a row in the start of the second frame, while Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB) brought 39:15. Gillet sent the teams to the lockers at 52:22 and then Sam Van Rossom scored for 57:25. Ndoja replied with two three-pointers for Albania and reduced to 59:31. He also scored the last three points for his side at the end of the frame for 73:45. Belgium added 24-14 in the last stanza for the final success. Sam Van Rossom paced all the winners with 19 points and Wen Boss Mukubu poured in 18. Tabu-Eboma Beye delivered 13, while Muya Guy and Mwema Jean-Marc had 10 each. Klaudio Ndoja (198-SG-85) and Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) collected 16 points each, while the latter also had 13 caroms. Karaj Erkand netted 12, whilst Hysenagolli Endrit posted 8.

Switzerland - Finland 60-89
Finland stayed perfect in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group E. They fired past Switzerland in Fribourg tonight to gain 4-0 record on top of Group E. Switzerland fell at 1-3 record. Hanno Mottola (209-PF-76, college: Utah) delivered 17 points to lead the winners. Finland dropped 26 points in the opening quarter to spur ahead. They accumulated a 7-point lead after ten minutes. The Finnish team extended the lead in the second quarter. They piled up a comfortable 49:29 halftime lead. Finland limited the hosts to just 8 points in the third quarter. The visitors accumulated a 30-point lead at the final intermission. Switzerland outscored Finland in the fourth term but only sweetened the pill at the end. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) chipped in 15 points, while Ville Kaunisto and Gerald Lee had 11 points each in the victory. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Switzerland. Jonathan Dubas had 12 points in the loss.

Group F
Portugal - Belarus 75-82
Belarus clinched the initial win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They upset Portugal on the road to improve at 1-3 record in Group F. Portugal remained winless at 0-4. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) came up with 19 points to lead the visitors. Belarus started the game strong. They got away at 13-point distance after ten minutes 28:15. Portugal however stopped the rot in the second quarter. The hosts narrowed the deficit at just 7-point mark at halftime 37:44. Artsiom Parakhouski quickly restored an 11-point lead for the visitors in the third quarter. However Portugal almost denied it getting within just one 57:58 at the final intermission. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (203-SF-85, agency: RU-Basket Management) and Stiggers gave Belarus a 67:57 lead early in the final stanza. The hosts did not surrender and trimmed the deficit at just five-point mark with under two minutes remaining. Aliaksandr Pustahvar accounted for key four points in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Belarus. Aliaksandr Pustahvar delivered 13 points, while Aliaksei Trastsinetski added 10 points for the winners. Mario Fernandes (174-PG-82) answered with 19 points for Portugal. Claudio Fonseca netted 15 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Turkey 82-64
Czech Republic demolish Turkey in Chomutov for 3-1 record in Group F. The team erupted with 82:64 win for the second place behind Italy. Turkey meanwhile fell at 2-2 record on the third place. Czech Republic started with 21-19 in front of 2200 fans in Chomutov. Petr Benda (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) scored for 29:21 and Jakub Kudlacek (193-PG-90) brought 33:30. Jelinek closed it at 35:30, while Pumprla closed the run at 40:30. Czech Republic had 22-18 in the third period for 57:48 after three quarters. Jelinek increased the lead to 15 points early in the fourth when it was clear about the winner. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) scored for 78:61 and Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80) made the final result in the game. Tomas Satoransky paced all the winners with 16 points, while Petr Benda, Jiri Welsch and Jakub Kudlacek added 14 apiece. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) and Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) replied with 13 points each in defeat, while Cetin posted 12. Preldzic followed them with 10 points in the losing effort.


EuroBasket 2013 Qualifying Round. Day 4 - Aug 24, 2012

Group A
Serbia - Estonia 88-63
Serbia secured the third win in Group A of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They toppled Estonia for 3-1 record in the ladder. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) accounted for 12 points apiece for the hosts. Estonia fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Serbia stayed strong from the start. The home team accounted for 26 points in the opening frame and secured an 11-point lead. Serbia kept Estonia at bay throughout the second quarter. The Balkan team established a 50:28 halftime lead. Serbia boosted the margin even more in the third term. They piled up a 29-point buffer heading into the fourth stanza. Estonia responded with a 22:18 run in the final term but could not rescue the game. Danilo Andjusic (195-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points for Serbia. Reinar Hallik replied with 11 points for Estonia. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) netted 10 points in defeat.

Montenegro - Iceland 85-67
Montenegro clinched the fourth consecutive victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They held off visiting Iceland in Niksic. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 16 points to lead the home side. Montenegro set the tone early. The hosts fired 26 points in the starting period to earn an 11-point lead. Montenegro stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. The Balkan team ensured a 48:32 halftime lead. Iceland cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts scored just 12 points to lead by 15 points at the final intermission. However Montenegro quickly picked up the slack and exploded with 25 points in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) provided 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Suad Sehovic added 14 points for the winners. Hlynur Baeringsson (197-F-82) answered with 19 points for Iceland. Jakob Sigurdarson had 15 points in defeat.

Slovakia - Israel 64-82
Israel leveled their EuroBasket qualifying record at 2-2 after a road win over Slovak Republic. The Israel team celebrated the second win in the group after 82:64 over the hosts in Levice. Both teams stayed close to each other in the opening tip of the game, while Israel pushed the tempo at the end of the quarter and grabbed 27:20 lead. Pnini Guy later brought 34:23 and Limonad scored for 41:27. Slovak Republic trailed 18 points at the end of the half before Marko and Sykora reduced to 47:35 at the halftime. Israel did not slow down and produced 22-12 in the third period for a comfortable lead. They did not mind 13-17 in the last stanza for 18-point victory. Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) poured in 18 points to lead the winners, while Eliyahu Lior notched 14. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) scored 9, whilst Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) and Pnini Guy had 8 each. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Batka Michal added 7.

Group B
Germany - Sweden 81-66
Germany beat Sweden to stay perfect at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The German side overcame visiting Scandinavian team 81:66 for 3-0 record on top of Group B. Sweden meanwhile fell at 1-2 record. Germany started with 19-17 in the first period and produced massive 26-11 in the second frame. The home side also looked better in the third quarter and added 21-14 in it for 24-point advantage after 30 minutes. Sweden meanwhile managed to win the last period 24-15 and reduced to final 15 points. Massamba nailed three for 79:66, while Guenther closed the game with a lay-up. Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) and Benzing stepped up with 15 points each, while Staiger posted 12. Schwethelm followed them with 9 points in a win. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) responded with 22 points in the losing case, whilst Martin Pahlmblad (183-G-86) and Maraker delivered 8 each.

Luxembourg - Bulgaria 68-94
Bulgaria win all the quarters over Luxembourg for a total 94:68 success at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team improved to 2-2 record in Group B of the campaign. Luxembourg meanwhile suffered the third straight loss. Bulgaria won the first period 22-18 and never looked behind after. They added 27-18 in the second frame and enjoyed 49:36 lead at the halftime after Velikov's three-pointer. Filip Videnov (197-SF-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky) scored for 54:40 and Nikolov Hristo brought 58:43 midway through the third quarter. Simmons closed it at 69:48, while Bulgaria added another 25-20 in the last stanza. Birenbaum and Velikov were the last players to score for their teams. Filip Videnov top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Nikolov Hristo 16 as well as Lilov Ivan poured in 16 each. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) nailed 11 points in a winning effort. Tom Schumacher (189-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, while Pitt Koster (182-PG-89) chipped in with 11.

Group C
Cyprus - Ukraine 47-68
Ukraine rout Cyprus in Nicosia to take 3-1 record in Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Ukrainian team did not have any difficulties reaching 68:47 victory. Ukraine scored the first 6 points in the game and kept the hosts scoreless for about 4 minutes. Ukraine grabbed 16:10 after the first period, while Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) tied the game at 18:18. Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-PG-84, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) nailed three for 30:22 at the end of the second quarter and Burtt Steven brought 34:29. Later Natyzhko closed the period at 45:38. Ukraine added massive 23-8 in the last stanza to seal the success in the game. Dmytro Zabirchenko top-scored for the winners with 15, while Pustozvonov Maksym netted 14. Burtt Steven brought 9 and Drozdov Artur delivered 8. Anthony King answered with 13 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, whilst Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-PF-80) delivered 12.

Croatia - Hungary 89-65
Croatia continue their winning streak at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team overcame Hungary 89:65 and improved to 3-0 record on top of Group C. Hungary meanwhile fell at 1-2 record. Croatia was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions in the first period. They opened the game with 20-14 and added 27-18 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the home side. Croatia posted 20-18 in the third quarter and finished the game with 22-15 in the lasts stanza. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) brought the last points for the winners, while Trotter made the last two free throws for the final result. Roko-Leni Ukic stepped up with 18 points, while Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 15. Markota notched 12 and Bogdanovic scored 11. Hanga delivered 19 in defeat and Vojvoda finished the game with 10 points.

Group D
Georgia - Latvia 79-76
Georgia recorded the third straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They survived thriller against Latvia to improve at 3-0 record in Group D. Latvia slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Jacob Pullen became the hero of the day in Tbilisi scoring a buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal the victory for the hosts. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) top-scored for Georgia with 19 points. Georgia enjoyed a narrow 21:20 lead after ten minutes. Latvia surged ahead early in the second quarter. However Georgia regained control and raced to a 41:36 halftime advantage. Manuchar Markoishvili opened a double-digit lead for the hosts midway through the third term 56:46. Georgia seemed to be en route to the victory as they accumulated a 64:53 lead into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 14-point mark early in the fourth period. However Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) masterminded a 12:0 run from Latvia as they drew things level at 76. Mareks Mejeris (207-SF-91, agency: Players Group) had a chance to put the visitors in front but missed two free throw attempts and Jacob Pullen punished Latvia. The guard drained a last-second triple to lift Georgia to the victory. Zaza Pachulia accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Viktor Sanikidze added 10 points in the victory. Janis Strelnieks answered with 22 points for Latvia. Kaspars Berzins had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Romania - Bosnia 79-84
Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed valuable win in Sibiu in front of 1500 local fans over Romania. The team improved to 3-1 record in EuroBasket Qualification Round Group D after 84:79 victory. Bosnia grabbed 25:22 after the first 10 minutes and added massive 27-10 in the second quarter. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) brought 58:34 lead early in the third period, however the victory was not that easy. Nicoara Titus reduced to 75:57 at the end of the third period and then Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88, college: American) cut it to 10 points. Nicoara Titus scored for 77:72 and then Vlad Moldoveanu nailed three for 82:79. Persic meanwhile was the last to score in the game and brought the necessary win for the guests. Teletovic Mirza and Elmedin Kikanovic top-scored for the winners with 21 points each, while Djedovic Nihad notched 17. Masic Ante delivered 12 points in a win. Vlad Moldoveanu replied with 25 points and 11 rebounds in defeat as Romanian fell at 1-2 record. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched 11, whilst Nicoara Titus and Dragusin Ionut added 10 apiece.

Group E
Albania - Poland 67-105
Poland gained the second victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They cruised past Albania in Tirana. Mateusz Ponitka scored 17 points to lead the visitors. Poland are now at 2-2 record, while Albania slipped at 0-3. Poland tipped off the game aggressively. They fired 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. Poland stayed in control throughout the second frame. They ensured a 56:33 halftime advantage. Albania slowed the visitors down a bit in the third quarter. The hosts cut the margin to 21-point mark before the fourth period. But Poland unleashed 35 points in the final frame to seal a confident victory. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) and Przemyslaw Zamojski provided 14 points each for the winners. Klaudio Ndoja (198-SG-85) answered with 16 points for Albania. Ersid Luca and Gerti Shima netted 14 points each in the loss.

Finland - Belgium 97-60
Finland recorded the third consecutive win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They overcame Belgium in Helsinki to stay undefeated on top of Group E. Belgium suffered the first loss and slipped at 2-1 record. Petteri Koponen delivered 21 points and 8 assists to lead the hosts. It was a close battle in the first two periods. Finland led by just a single point 19:18 after ten minutes. They stretched the margin in the second frame. Finland accumulated a 37:32 halftime lead. The home team cleared off in the third quarter. Finland went on a 23:2 run in the period to take a 60:36 lead midway through the quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by 23 points 66:43. Finland never looked back afterwards breezing to the victory. Shawn Huff delivered 17 points, while Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) added 12 points for the winners. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) answered with 11 points for Belgium. Wen Boss Mukubu had 9 points in the loss.

Group F
Turkey - Portugal 74-62
Turkey celebrated the second victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down visiting Portugal in Group F. Turkey improved at 2-1 record, while Portugal fell at 0-3. Semih Erden delivered 19 points to pace the hosts. Portugal quite unexpectedly stayed on level terms with the hosts in the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. But Turkey gradually increased the tempo. They strengthened the pressure and ensured a 42:31 halftime lead. Turkey maintained the advantage throughout the third term. The hosts entered the final frame up by 15 points. Portugal held Turkey to just 12 points in the final quarter but scored only 13 themselves and had to surrender at the end. Serhat Cetin knocked down 16 points, while Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) added 10 in the victory. Joao Gomes answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Portugal. Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Belarus - Italy 63-84
Italy clinched the fourth consecutive win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They defeated Belarus in Minsk for 4-0 record on top of Group F. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) provided 22 points and 6 rebounds for the visitors. Belarus suffered the third loss in a row. Italy surged ahead right from the start. They accounted for a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri kept the hosts at distance throughout the second quarter. Italy secured a 39:33 halftime lead. Luigi Datome and Giuseppe Poeta drained three treys in an 11:0 run from Italy as they opened a 17-point lead late in the third term. Belarus cut the distance to 9 points midway through the final frame but failed to get any closer and Italy marched to the win. Danilo Gallinari connected for 19 points, while Giuseppe Poeta had 11 points in the victory. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) replied with 19 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski had 9 points in the loss.


EuroBasket 2013 Qualifying Round. Day 3 - Aug 21, 2012

Group A
Estonia - Montenegro 64-77
Montenegro reach third straight win in Group A of the EuroBasket qualifiers as they beat Estonia. The guests grabbed 77:64 for 3-0 record on top. Montenegro took 17:9 after the first period and added 16-14 in the second frame. Sokk and Arbert reduced to 5 points early in eh third, while Blagota Sekulic (209-C-82, agency: FCM) increased to 46:35. Bjelica nailed some free throws to close the period at 54:40. No matter how hard Estonia tried to catch up, they managed to reduce only to final 13 points. Dorbek Gert scored the last points for the home side. Sehovic Suad top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Dasic Vladimir netted 15. Blagota Sekulic delivered 12, whilst Dubljevic Bojan added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Dorbek Gert replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Janar Talts (207-PF-83) as well as Vene Siim-Sander had 11 each. Kangur Kristjan followed them with 10 points in a loss.

Iceland - Israel 83-110
Israel overcame Iceland in Group A of the 2013 Eurobasket Qualifiers. The Israeli team grabbed 110:83 away from home for the initial success. Israel improved to 1-2 record, while Iceland fell at the same record. Israel took massive 29-19 lead and continued their dominance in the first half. They added 21-17 in the second period and enjoyed 50:36 halftime advantage. The third quarter was a disaster for the home side that allowed the guests to explode with 30-15 for a massive lead. Yivzori nailed three to bring three digit number for the guests in the game with 3 minutes to go. His another three-pointer was the last for his team in the game as Israel had 110 points in the board for the win. Casspi and Limonad top-scored for the winners with 17 point and Tyus notched 16. Halperin poured in 13, while Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) added 11. Palsson finished the game with 19 points in the losing effort and Stefansson brought 17. Hlynur Baeringsson (197-F-82) notched 15, whilst Sigurdarson had 14.

Slovakia - Serbia 71-93
Serbia earned the second win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They overcame Slovak Republic on the road to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Slovak Republic suffered the third loss in a row and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) came up with 15 points and 7 assists to lead the visitors. The teams stayed on fire throughout the opening quarter. They teamed up for 50 points as Serbia eked out a 26:24 lead. Serbia stayed red hot in the second term. They knocked down 30 points more though Slovak Republic could not match the effort and faced a 17-point deficit at halftime 39:56. Serbia held their opponents to 13 points in the third term to accumulate a 27-point lead. Slovak Republic outscored the visitors in the fourth period but could not avoid another loss. Nenad Krstic had 14 points, while Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 26 points and 7 assists for Slovak Republic. Martin Sykora (193-G/F-81) had 12 points in the loss.

Group B
Sweden - Azerbaijan 96-79
Sweden posted the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They powered past visiting Azerbaijan for 1-1 record in Group B. Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) accounted for 19 points to lead the hosts. Azerbaijan opened the game aggressively. The hosts set the tone scoring 25 points in the first ten minutes and taking a 10-point lead. It did not take long for Sweden to recover. The hosts organized a rally that put them within one at halftime 41:42. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) allowed the hosts to spur in front early in the third term. Sweden piled up a 66:60 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Azerbaijan stayed close throughout the first part of the final quarter but then the visitors ran out of steam and Sweden capitalized. The home team went on a 13:3 run to post a 90:77 lead. Sweden did not look afterwards cruising to the victory. Jonas Jerebko delivered 18 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for Sweden. Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 27 points for Azerbaijan. Rasim Bashak had 24 points in the loss.

Bulgaria - Germany 70-82
Germany celebrated the second straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Bulgaria in Sofia to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Bulgaria in the meantime suffered the second straight loss and slipped at 1-2. Jan-Hendrik Jagla came up with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visitors. Germany opened the game with seven points in a row. They soon opened a double-digit lead but Cedric Simmons capped the frame with a three-pointer to put Bulgaria within 8 points 14:22. Lucca Staiger and Jan-Hendrik Jagla gave Germany a 30:16 lead early in the second frame. The hosts crowned the half with five points in a row to narrow the gap at 13-point mark 28:41. Germany maintained the lead well throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 8 points 58:50. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) and Avramov put the home team within six points but Germany quickly restored a 12-point lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Per Guenther provided 16 points, while Lucca Staiger and Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) had 12 points each for the winners. Chester Cedric Simmons answered with 21 points and 9 boards for Bulgaria. Chavdar Kostov netted 11 points in the loss.

Group C
Ukraine - Croatia 79-80 OT
Croatia celebrated the second straight victory at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying campaign. They survived overtime drama in Kyiv to gain 2-0 record in Group C. Ukraine suffered the first loss and fell at 2-1 record. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) topscored with 20 points for Croatia. He drained a decisive three-pointer late in overtime to win the game for the visitors. Ukraine stayed confident throughout the opening quarter. They secured a 22:18 lead at the first break. The margin grew at 8-point mark midway through the second term 29:21. Croatia were able to narrow the gap at 2-point mark at halftime 36:38. Ukraine kept Croatia behind throughout the third frame. The hosts entered the fourth stanza up by one 53:52. Croatia triggered an 8:0 run that put the Balkan team in front 65:61 with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. Ukraine returned the lead after free throws by Zabirchenko 67:65 with just over two minutes remaining. Bojan Bogdanovic tied things up and Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) put Croatia in front once again but Steven Burtt drew things level at 69. Ukic was put on the stripe with 2 seconds remaining in regulation but missed both shots to send the game into overtime. Ukraine led throughout the bigger part of overtime however Bojan Bogdanovic nailed a late triple and sealed the victory for Croatia. Krunoslav Simon netted 15 points, while Damir Markota added 14 points for the winners. Viacheslav Kravtsov responded with 14 points for Ukraine. Steven Burtt, Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) and Pecherov had 11 points each in the loss.

Hungary - Austria 81-75
Hungary registered the first win in Group C of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Laszlo Ratgeber team took down visiting Austria for 1-1 record. Austria fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Peter Lorant delivered 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the hosts. Hungary led by a single point 14:13 after ten minutes. However Austria pulled in charge in the second frame. They went on a 12:2 run to ensure a 25:16 lead midway through the period. Austria arrived at halftime up by 5 points 38:33. The visitors opened an 8-point lead midway through the third quarter. Hungary returned the lead but Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) sank two free throws and sent Austria into the final frame up by one 59:58. The hosts opened the fourth frame on a 6:2 run to surge in front. Lanegger and Davor Lamesic returned the lead to Austria but Peter Lorant and Vojvoda made it 70:69 for Hungary. Hungary soon opened a 10-point lead 81:71. Austria could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Adam Hanga finished with 17 points, while Obie Trotter provided 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory. Rasid Mahalbasic (208-C-90) answered with 17 points for Austria. Davor Lamesic and Jason Detrick chipped in 13 points each in the loss.

Group D
Latvia - Holland 85-70
Latvia earned the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off visiting Netherlands in Riga. Rihards Kuksiks chipped in 28 points to lead the hosts. Netherlands fell at 0-3 record in Group D after the defeat. The teams stayed tied after ten minutes 22:22. Latvia pulled in front in the second quarter. The hosts accumulated a 40:36 halftime lead. Latvia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. Rihards Kuksiks nailed 11 points in the period as Latvia secured a 60:51 lead heading into the fourth frame. Jansen, Henk Norel and Kees Akerboom (200-SF-83, agency: Court Side) pulled the Dutch team within two points 65:67 midway through the final frame. However Latvia immediately responded with 12:3 rally to restore a safe cushion. Latvia kept their opponents at bay in the dying moments and sealed the victory. Kaspars Berzins had 13 points, while Davis Bertans (205-SF-92) netted 16 points in the win. Netherlands answered with 16 points from Henk Norel. Kees Akerboom banked 13 points in defeat.

Bosnia - Georgia 95-96
Georgia stayed perfect at Group D of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They sneaked past Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo for 2-0 record. Jacob Pullen scored 20 points to lead the visitors. Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered the first defeat and slipped at 2-1. Georgia shocked the hosts in the opening ten minutes. The visitors went on a massive 28:9 run to leave the hosts far behind. Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) pushed the margin to 21-point at the start of the second quarter. But Bosnia and Herzegovina started to wake up in the second frame. They got within 16-point mark at halftime 38:54. The hosts worked hard to narrow the gap at just 5 points 72:77 at the final break. Bosnia and Herzegovina would narrow the deficit at 2-point mark on several occasions in the final frame. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) drained a triple to make 95:96 with 26 seconds remaining. However the teams went scoreless in the dying seconds as Georgia escaped with victory at the end. Viktor Sanikidze posted 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) had 17 points for the winners. Mirza Teletovic replied with 27 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nihad Djedovic nailed 20 points in the loss.

Group E
Belgium - Switzerland 98-49
Belgium destroy Switzerland in Antwerp at the end of the third day at the 2013 Eurobasket Qualifiers. The hosts grabbed an easy 98:49 win as they clinched victories in all four quarters. Belgium started with 27-8 and never looked behind after. They added 25-21 in the second frame and enjoyed 52:29 lead at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the home side. Belgium won the third period 19-13 and finished the game with 27-7. De Zeeuw Maxime was the last to score in the game for the winning side. Tabu-Eboma Beye top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) notched 13. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) and De Zeeuw Maxime followed them with 10 points apiece.

Poland - Finland 79-81
Finland shock Poland in Koszalin in front of 3000 fans. The Nordic side grabbed valuable 81:79 win as Koponen Petteri made a free throw at the end of the game. It was a real thriller in the court. Both teams scored 22 points each in the first period and only in the second frame Finland took 2-point advantage after 20-18. Poland meanwhile replied with the same score in the third period and tied the game after three quarters. Berisha Dardan later made the same at 70:70 and Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) nailed three for 73:72. Huff Shawn and Koivisto nailed threes for 78:75, while Poland could reduce just to one point. Koponen Petteri made a free throw at the end of the game to seal the victory with Finland. Koponen Petteri poured in 26 points for the winners and Huff Shawn added 15. Lee Gerald notched 13, whilst Hanno Mottola (209-PF-76, college: Utah) added 11. Michal Ignerski answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Berisha Dardan brought 16. Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Skibniewski Robert delivered 9.

Group F
Italy - Turkey 78-69
Italy clinched the third straight win in Group F of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off Turkey in Sassari. Italy remained on top of the ladder at 3-0 record, while Turkey slipped at 1-1. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) top-scored with 23 points for the Azzurri. The visitors jumped to an early advantage. Turkey gained an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 8-point mark early in the second quarter. Arslan soon gave Turkey a 10-point lead. But Italy managed to cut the deficit to 4 points at the interval 32:36. Turkey maintained the lead throughout intense third quarter. The visitors entered the final stanza up by four points 55:51. Arslan, Gonlum and Erden made it 61:51 for Turkey at the start of the final frame. However Luigi Datome drained a triple to trigger an 18:1 run from the Azzurri as they posted a 71:64 lead with under three minutes to go. Italy never looked back afterwards marching to the victory. Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) finished with 15 points, while Danilo Gallinari accounted for 16 points and 11 boards for Italy. Emir Preldzic and Ilkan Karaman answered with 14 points apiece for Turkey.

Portugal-Czech Republic 67:74

Czech Republic closed Day 3 with the win over Portugal at the 2013 EuroBasket qualifying round. The guests grabbed 74:67 win in Feijo in front of 1500 fans.
Czech Republic did not waste time and started with 24-10 in the first period. The victory however was not that easy later in the game. Portugal produced 24-19 in the second frame as Gomes Joao reduced to 41:34. Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) meanwhile brought 50:36 for the guests and Vojtech Hruban (200-G/F-89) scored for 58:44. Portugal tried hard to recover and managed to reduce to 4 points with 1 minute to go. Pumprla Pavel's however nailed three with the buzzer for the final success.
Benda Petr top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Vojtech Hruban netted 12. Pumprla Pavel poured in 11, whilst Lubos Barton scored 9. Silva Jaime replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Gomes Joao brought 10.


EuroBasket 2013 Qualifying Round. Day 2 - Aug 18, 2012

Group A
Serbia - Montenegro 71-73
Montenegro celebrated the second consecutive win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They upset Serbia in Belgrade tonight. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) dropped a deadly three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to win the game for the visitors. Serbia greeted Montenegro with a strong start to the game. Serbia ensured a 23:15 lead ten minutes into the game. However Montenegro used a 7:0 run midway through the second quarter to pull in front 33:31. Serbia tied things up at 35 at halftime. The lead changed hands throughout the third term. Serbia eked out a 55:52 advantage heading into the fourth term. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) and Milan Macvan ensured a 67:54 lead for the hosts midway through the fourth period. However Montenegro went on a 19:3 rally capped by a three-pointer from Nikola Ivanovic to seal the victory. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) finished with 17 points to pace the winners. Aleksa Popovic and Bojan Dubljevic provided 11 points each for Montenegro. Milos Teodosic answered with 21 points for Serbia. Milan Macvan had 17 points in the loss.

Israel - Estonia 86-88 OT
Estonia upset Israel in Rishon Le Zion in Day 2 of the EuroBasket qualifying campaign. Estonia needed overtime to take 88:86 road win in Group A. Israel easily started the game with 25-12 but the victory flew away from them in the second half. They managed to keep 13-point advantage after the first half as both teams scored 15 points each in the second frame. Estonia however replied with 25-18 in the third quarter and added 23-17 for 75:75 when Dorbek nailed three to tie the game. The teams exchanged the lead in overtime but Sten-Timmu Sokk and Tanel Sokk made the last free throws for the final success. Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) poured in 21 points to lead the charge and Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) collected 17 points and 10 rebounds. Sten-Timmu Sokk delivered 16, while Tanel Sokk notched 9. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) replied with 23 points in defeat and Lior Eliyahu added 13. Raviv Limonad produced 12 and Yotam Halperin brought 11.

Slovakia - Iceland 75-81
Stefansson Jon leads Iceland over Slovak Republic in Levice in Day 2 of the EuroBasket qualifying campaign. The player scored 28 points as Iceland won 81:75. Iceland grabbed 21-17 after the first period and increased the lead to 8 points at the halftime. Slovakia meanwhile had a great third period and won it 23-10. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed three to give his side 59:52, but the hosts could not win the game. Baeringsson Hlynur closed the period at 59:53 and then Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82, college: Birm.Southern) closed the run at 62:59. Iceland pushed the tempo at the end of the game and reached the necessary win. Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) nailed 16 points for the winners and Jakob Sigurdarson posted 15. Baeringsson Hlynur collected 13 points and 11 rebounds in a win. Anton Gavel responded with high 31 points and Marko Roman netted 14.

Group B
Azerbaijan - Bulgaria 88-71
Azerbaijan surprise Bulgaria in Baku in Day 2 of the EuroBasket qualifying campaign. With only 6 participating players the hosts side celebrated a 88:71 victory. The hosts raced into an early 18-6 lead on two free throws from Davis, and led 26-14 at the end of the first quarter after Rasim Bashak nailed a late three-pointer. Moreover they won the second frame 27-17 and enjoyed 53:31 at the halftime. Azerbaijan also won the third period 23-21 and did not mind slowing down in the rest of the game. Bulgaria managed to win the last stanza 19-12 but could not come closer to the opponent. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) stepped up with 30 points for the winners, while Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) collected 16 points and 15 rebounds. Fuad Niftaliyev notched 15 and Rasim Bashak added 13. Aleksandar Georgiev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) and Bozhidar Avramov (196-PG-90, agency: Interperformances) posted 14 points each in the losing effort as Bulgaria is with 1-1 record. Nikolay Varbanov followed them with 10 points in a loss.

Germany - Luxembourg 101-53
Germany successfully starts EuroBasket qualifying campaign as they rolled over Luxembourg in their opener. The German machine needed a strong last quarter for 101:53 win. Luxembourg meanwhile lost their second straight game. Germany started with 25:10 lead in the first period but hardly increase the lead until the end of the third quarter. They added 20-17 in the second frame and 25-22 in the third quarter. The last period was a nightmare for Luxembourg that scored only 4 points. Germany erupted with 31 and reached three digit number on the board. Tim Ohlbrecht (210-F/C-88) nailed three with the buzzer for 101:53 win. Robin Benzing (209-SF-89) stepped up with 17 points for the initial success of the team. Tim Ohlbrecht, Zirbes Maik and Staiger Lucca each scored 12 points. Christopher Jones (186-G-90) replied with 19 points in defeat and Schumacher Tom notched 12.

Group C
Austria - Ukraine 57-61
Ukraine escape with narrow win in Schwechat as they beat Austria for 2-0 record in Group C. Ukrainian kept the hosts scoreless in the last five minutes and grabbed 61:57 win. Austria was not afraid of the Fratellos team and started with 19:16 in the first period. Ukraine meanwhile answered with 16-10 in the second period and grabbed 32:29 at the halftime. Austria again took the lead back after 22-16 in the third quarter. Rasid Mahalbasic gave Austria 57:54 with 5 minutes to go, but those points were the last in the game for the hosts. Steven Burtt tied the game from the perimeter and Pecherov scored for 59:57. The latter also made a free throw and Drozdov added one more for the final result in the game. Pecherov paced all the winners with 11 points and Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) netted 9. Steven Burtt and Maxym Korniyenko followed them with 8 points each. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Rasid Mahalbasic netted 17. Jason Detrick finished the game with 12 points for the hosts and Moritz Lanegger brought 6.



Croatia - Cyprus 93:38

Group D
Georgia - Romania 80-64
Georgia played their first game at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They hosts Romania in Tbilisi. The hosts celebrated a comfortable victory to improve at 1-0 record in Group D. Romania fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Jacob Pullen (183-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) led the hosts with 19 points. Georgia and Romania stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The hosts managed to clear off to a 6-point lead at the first break 24:18. Romania cut the deficit at 2-point mark midway through the second term. But Georgia were able to take a 5-point halftime lead 44:39. Georgia capped the third term with eight points in a row to finally get away at 11-point distance 60:49. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) and Shengelia dropped back-to-back three-pointers as Georgia secured a 66:50 lead early in the fourth quarter. Georgia maintained the advantage and rolled to the victory at the end. Manuchar Markoishvili accounted for 14 points, while Giorgi Shermadini added 13 points for the winners. Catalin Baciu (214-C-88, college: Clemson) answered with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Romania. Vlad Moldoveanu had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Holland - Bosnia 89-107
Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the second straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They shot down Netherlands for 2-0 record on top of Group D. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) came up with another sizzling performance scoring 33 points in the win. Netherlands stayed competitive throughout the first half. The Dutch team trailed by just two points at the first break 24:26. Netherlands managed to get within a single point at halftime 50:51. Slagter opened the second half with a three-pointer to put the hosts in front. However Bosnia and Herzegovina responded with a 19:2 run to spur back in charge. The visitors silenced Netherlands posting a 90:64 lead at the final break. Bosnia and Herzegovina never looked back cruising to the victory at the end. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 28 points, while Dalibor Persic finished with 14 points for the winners. Henk Norel (214-C-87) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Netherlands. Worthy de Jong had 16 points in the loss.

Group E
Finland - Albania 112-77
Finland celebrated the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They marched past Albania in Helsinki. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) scored 29 points to lead the hosts. Albania fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Finland set the tone in the opening quarter. The hosts unloaded 37 points to take 19-point lead at the first break. Finland stayed dominant in the second quarter. The home team extended their lead to 31-point mark at the interval. Albania erupted for 30 points in the third term but cut the deficit by just one point at the final intermission. Finland adjusted defence in the fourth term limiting Albania to 17 points and claiming an easy victory at the end. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) posted 19 points, while Mikko Koivisto added 11 points for the winners. Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) answered with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Albania. Klaudio Ndoja had 18 points in the loss.

Switzerland - Poland 66-80
Poland earned the initial win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They bounced back after the starting loss to Belgium to defeat Switzerland in Fribourg. Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) tallied 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Poland aggressively entered the game. The visitors piled up a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Poland stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They piled up a 40:32 halftime lead. Poland stretched the margin in the third term. The visitors established a comfortable 61:44 lead at the final break. Switzerland managed to narrow the deficit but could not threaten their opponents in the final period. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) accounted for 13 points, while Michal Ignerski added 12 points for the winners. Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points for Switzerland. David Ramseier had 12 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Group F
Turkey - Belarus 77-74
Turkey earned a tough home win over Belarus at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds as Turkey got away with a narrow win late in regulation. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) drained a late three-pointer as Turkey escaped with victory in opener. It was a tough battle from start to finish. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Turkey eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. Belarus stayed within a striking distance throughout the second quarter. The visitors would level things up on several occasions and eventually drew things level at 36 heading into the second half. Turkey used a 14:1 run in the third quarter to take an 11-point lead. The hosts ensured a 60:48 advantage at the final intermission. But Belarus answered with a 14:3 rally to narrow the deficit to a single point 62:63. Semih Erden and Emir Preldzic kept Turkey in front but Pustahvar and Ulyanko knotted things up at 69. The teams were tied at 74 with 8 seconds remaining in regulation. However Emir Preldzic hit a three-pointer and then Semih Erden blocked Meshcharakou's attempt to seal the victory for the home team. Emir Preldzic accounted for 14 points, while Sinan Guler added 11 points for the winners. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) answered with 21 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski netted 17 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Italy 53-63
Italy recorded the second straight win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They took down Czech Republic in Chomutov to climb at 2-0 record on top of Group F. Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) posted 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Azzurri. Czech Republic fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Czech Republic opened the game with six straight points and stayed in front throughout the opening quarter. The hosts posted a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. However Italy tipped off the second quarter on a 9:2 run to surge ahead. Datome soon opened a double-digit lead for Italy. The Azzurri secured a 35:29 halftime advantage. Italy kept the hosts at bay throughout low-scoring third term. The visitors entered the fourth stanza up by 7 points 44:37. Czech Republic never got closer than 6 points in the final term and had to surrender at the end. David Chiotti (206-C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) posted 10 points, while Daniel Hackett added 9 points for the winners. Jakub Houska (206-PF-82) topscored with 14 points for Czech Republic. Petr Benda netted 10 points and 7 rebounds for the home side.


2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Day 1 - Aug 15, 2012

Group A
Estonia - Slovakia 95-74
Tallinn saw a successful start of the home side at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Estonia overcame Slovak Republic 95:74 in the start of Group A in the capital. Estonia took 27:20 after the first period and added 24-22 in the second frame. Janar Talts (207-PF-83) sent the teams to the lockers at 51:42 and Sokk increased to 11 points early in the third. Estonia continued to dominate the court and grabbed 75:60 after thirty minutes. They added another productive 20-14 in the last stanza for the first victory. Janar Talts top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) added 15. Arbet Gregor netted 14, while Dorbek Gert had 11. Jozef Vojtek (204-F-85) replied with 13 points in defeat and Nuber Robert had 12. Pandula Dusan delivered 10, while Gavel Anton scored 9.

Montenegro - Israel 75-69
Montenegro won over Israel in Podgorica in front of about 4000 fans. The hosts grabbed 75:69 win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Israel won the opening tip 8:2 and managed to win the first period 20:17. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) later tied the game at 26:26 and then Sekulic Blagota scored for 37:34 at the end of the half. The teams exchanged the lead several more times in the third period as Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored for 54:46 at the end of it. He later brought 61:53, but Israel could not win. Suad Sehovic tied the game at 69:69 and Montenegro closed the game with a 9-0 run for the final win. Suad Sehovic top-scored for the winners with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) and Sekulic Blagota also scored 12. Dasic Vladimir netted 10 points in a winning effort. Lior Eliyahu answered with 22 points in the losing effort, while Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) posted 17. Ohayon Yogev and Tyus Alex brought 8 points each in a loss.

Iceland - Serbia 78-91
Serbia won over Iceland Reykjavik to start EuroBasket Qualification Round successfully. The Serbian side overcame the hosts 91:78 in the opener. Serbia scored the first four points in the game but then Iceland grabbed 9:7 advantage. Teodosic Milos closed the period at 24:19, while Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 29:22. Macvan Milan brought 38:25 and Vladimir Lucic delivered two for 44:27. Nedovic sent the teams to the lockers at 47:29. In the second half Iceland looked better in the court and produced two narrow victories in the third and the last periods. It was however enough to cut to 13 final points. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Vladimir Lucic netted 16. Teodosic Milos delivered 14, while Macvan Milan had 13. Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) replied with 21 points in the losing effort and Ermolinskij Pavel delivered 14. Baeringsson Hlynur poured in 13, whilst Sigurdarson Jakob had 12.

Group B
Luxembourg - Azerbaijan 78-101
Azerbaijan registered the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They stunned Luxembourg on the road tonight. Zaur Pashayev (188-G-83) provided 21 points to lead the visitors. Azerbaijan exploded with 31 points in the opening quarter to clear off. They posted a 14-point lead after ten minutes. The visitors stayed aggressive offensively in the second quarter. Azerbaijan extended the lead to 18 points at halftime 59:41. Azerbaijan did not slow down after the big break. They erupted for 27 points in the third quarter to ensure a 20-point buffer before the fourth term. Azerbaijan limited the hosts to 12 points in the final term to seal a comfortable win at the end. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) and Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) accounted for 20 points each for the winners. Samy Picard (196-PF-88) answered with 28 points for Luxembourg. Tom Schumacher provided 18 points in the loss.

Bulgaria - Sweden 78-73
Bulgaria recorded the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off visiting Sweden for 1-0 record in Group B. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 13 points to lead the home team. Bulgaria and Sweden traded baskets throughout intese first quarter. Hristo Nikolov capped the period with a three-pointer to give Bulgaria a 21:19 lead. The hosts used a 6:0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 33:27 lead. The margin soon grew at 8-point mark. Bulgaria ensured a 44:40 lead at halftime. Sweden kept within striking distance throughout the third quarter. The Scandinavian team trailed by three points heading into the fourth frame 57:60. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) scored first six points for Bulgaria in the fourth term to put Bulgaria up by 7 points 66:59. Sweden cut the deficit to three points on several occasions but Bulgaria hung on to escape with victory at the end. Chester Simmons posted 12 points, while Nikolay Varbanov, Filip Videnov and Hristo Nikolov added 11 points each for the winners. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) answered with 26 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for Sweden. Christian Maraker had 15 points in the loss.

Group C
Cyprus - Austria 86-89 OT
Austria ease past Cyprus in overtime at the start of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Austria side grabbed 89:86 win over the host in Nicosia. At first Austria won the first period 22:17 and then erupted with 21-12 in the second frame. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma) brought 43:29 at the halftime, but the victory was not that easy. Cyprus reduced to 5 points after three quarters when they produced 22-13 in the third period. Cyprus needed another 18-13 in the fourth period to tie the game after four periods. Cyprus led 81:78 in overtime, but Austria had a strong finish to seal the victory. Jason Detrick paced all the winners with 20 points and Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) nailed 18. Mahalbasic Rasid delivered 17, while Lanegger Moritz and Maresch Anton scored 12 apiece. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) answered with 23 points in the losing effort. Pilavas Andreas posted 21 and Razis Christopher had 13.

Ukraine - Hungary 77-71
Ukraine beat Hungary in Dnepropetrovsk at their start of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The home side grabbed 77:71 win in Group C opener. More than 5000 came to see the game of the National team in Dnepropetrovsk. Ukraine started well and won the first period 23-20. In the second period Hungary however grabbed the lead and had 41:39 at the halftime. Horvath Akos increased to 44:39 early in the fourth, while Trotter nailed three for 52:46. Wittmann Krisztian kept the advantage at 59:57 at the end of the third period, but the guests could not win. Ukraine trailed until the last minute, but managed to seal the victory. Burtt Steven and Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) were perfect from the free throw line for the final success. Sergii Gladyr paced all the winners with 19 points and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13. Burtt Steven delivered 12, while Natyazhko Kyryl posted 11. Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Horvath Akos as well as Szabo Miklos added 10 apiece. Wittmann Krisztian followed them with 8 points in a loss.

Group D
Bosnia - Latvia 87-84
Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They overcame visiting Latvia in Sarajevo. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the hosts. Bosnia and Herzegovina fired 23 points in the opening quarter but Latvia almost matched the effort and trailed by just one point at the first break. Bosnia and Herzegovina managed to clear off to a 3-point lead at halftime 41:38. Latvia capped the third term on a 7:2 run to take a 67:64 lead into the fourth frame. Mejeris stretched the lead to 6 points early in the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands numerous times before Persic and Zach Wright gave the home team an 85:82 lead with 5 seconds remaining. Davis Bertans put Latvia within one but Djedovic answered with two accurate free throws and sealed the victory for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) provided 20 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Elmedin Kikanovic added 18 points in the victory. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) answered with 18 points for Latvia. Davis Bertans had 17 points in the loss.

Romania - Holland 90-84
Romania celebrated the opening win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off Netherlands in the opener in Group D. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Romania and Netherlands got to a flying start. The teams teamed up for 55 points in the first quarter. Romania eked out a 28:27 lead. Netherlands denied the deficit in the second quarter. The teams stayed close and arrived at halftime tied at 45. Romania pulled ahead in the third quarter. They stayed hot red offensively and it finally paid off as the home team accumulated a 7-point lead into the fourth frame. Netherlands cut the deficit at 3 points late in regulation but Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88, college: American) sank two free throws and sealed the victory for Romania. He finished with 16 points, 9 assists and 4 boards for Romania. Ionut Dragusin and Mihai Silvasan added 14 points each for the winners. Henk Norel (214-C-87) answered with 27 points for Netherlands. Rogier Jansen netted 18 points in the loss.

Group E
Albania - Switzerland 51-76
Switzerland roll over Albania in Tirana in the last game of Day 1 at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Swiss side took 76:51 in their first game. Switzerland took 7:1 from the start and won the first period 20:10. Stockalper and Louissaint opened the second period from the arc, while David Ramseier (203-F/C-87) scored for 29:13. Switzerland later had 39:27 at the end of the half and Petkovic Stefan brought 45:29. Ramseier and Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) closed the period at 61:42 when it became clear about the winner. The guests also added 15-9 in the last period to seal the victory. Dusan Mladjan led the way with 24 points and David Ramseier netted 13. Petkovic Stefan and Brunner Greg scored 9 points each as the latter also grabbed 11 rebounds. Ersid Luca (212-C-81) finished the game with 12 points and Karaj Erkand notched 11. Shima Gerti ended up with 10 and Hysenagolli Endrit had 7.

Poland - Belgium 57-64
Belgium upset Poland in Sopot to open their EuroBasket qualifying campaign with a victory. The Belgian side grabbed 64:57 win over the hosts at the end of Day 1. Poland looked better in the start of the game and reached 21:17 at the end of the quarter. Ignerski later scored for 29:24, but Belgium replied with a 9-0 run for 33:29. Ponitka meanwhile managed to tie the game at 33:33. Belgium looked better in the third period and scored final nine points of the period, with Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87)'s three-pointer making it 49:40 on the buzzer. Poland reduced to 2 points at the end of the fourth period, but could not come closer. Tabu-Eboma and Maxime De Zeeuw brought the final points in a win. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Maxime De Zeeuw and Mukubu Wen Boss posted 11 each. Beghin Christophe ended up with 10 points for the winners. Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) netted 23 in defeat, whilst Koszarek Lukasz delivered 12.

Group F
Italy - Portugal 97-45
Italy left no chance for visiting Portugal at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) scored 21 points to lift the Azzurri to a comfortable win at the end. Italy dominated from start to finish. They built a 24:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Italy fired 26 points in the second quarter to boost the lead. The hosts piled up a 50:20 halftime lead. Italy extended the lead in the third quarter. They established an insurmountable 46-point buffer heading into the fourth term 75:29. Portugal could not recover and Italy coasted to the victory in the final quarter. Angelo Gigli (209-PF-83) finished with 14 points, while Danilo Gallinari and Stefano Mancinelli added 11 points each for the winners. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) answered with 9 points for Portugal. Jaime Silva netted 8 points in the loss.

Belarus - Czech Republic 65-73
Czech Republic registered the opening win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Belarus in Minsk in Group F opener. David Jelinek (194-SG-90) scored 16 points to lead the visitors. Czech Republic led by a single point after ten minutes 19:18. The visitors extended the lead in the second quarter. The Czech side accumulated a 39:30 halftime advantage. Belarus finally tuned their game in after the big break. The hosts got within one point at the final intermission. Charykau drew things level at 55 early in the fourth quarter. However Czech Republic kept Belarus scoreless for almost six minutes midway through the final term to take a 66:60 lead. Belarus could not recover and watched the visitors rally to the victory. Petr Benda (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) posted 13 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky and Jiri Welsch had 12 points each for the winners. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) answered with 16 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski netted 14 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.


2013 EuroBasket Draw takes place in Paris - Sep 21, 2012

2013 EuroBasket took place at the UNESCO building in Paris, France. 16 teams have been drawn into four groups with four teams in each. Top three teams from each group will make it into the Second Stage of the tournament. The event is slated to take place from 15 to 30 June 2013 in France.

First Round Groups:
Group A: Montenegro, Ukraine, Turkey and Slovak Republic
Group B: Sweden, Spain, Russia and Italy
Group C: Serbia, Latvia, France, Great Britain
Group D: Lithuania, Belarus, Czech Republic and Croatia.


EuroBasket Women Seedings Announced - Sep 18, 2012

FIBA Europe has announced the seedings for the EuroBasket Women 2103 draw which will take place in Paris on Friday.

Reigning European champions Russia are the highest-ranked team and in the top group of seeds alongside EuroBasket Women 2011 silver medallists Turkey, bronze medallists France and fourth-placed Czech Republic.

Croatia, who had taken fifth place at EuroBasket Women 2011, are in the second pot of seeds alongside Olympic Games hosts Great Britain and the two teams that finished with the best record in the Qualification Round last July, Italy and the Slovak Republic.

The third and fourth groups of seeds are made up of the remaining eight teams that also earned a ticket to next summer's EuroBasket Women through the Qualification Round, according to their win/loss record and goal average.

The draw will be made at Maison de l' UNESCO in the French capital on Friday afternoon and will be broadcast live on FIBAEurope.com from 4pm.

Rank Country Last FIBA Europe Competition Position Record % Goal Avg.
1 RUSSIA EuroBasket Women 2011 1
2 TURKEY EuroBasket Women 2011 2
3 FRANCE EuroBasket Women 2011 3
4 CZECH REPUBLIC EuroBasket Women 2011 4
5 CROATIA EuroBasket Women 2011 5
6 GREAT BRITAIN EuroBasket Women 2011 Olympics Host
7 ITALY EuroBasket Women Qualification Round
1 7-1 87.5 1.2387
8 SLOVAK REPUBLIC EuroBasket Women Qualification Round 2 7-1 87.5 1.2185
9 SWEDEN EuroBasket Women Qualification Round 3 7-1 87.5 1.1557
10 SERBIA EuroBasket Women Qualification Round 4 6-2 75 1.3205
11 LITHUANIA EuroBasket Women Qualification Round 5 6-2 75 1.2317
12 MONTENEGRO EuroBasket Women Qualification Round 6 6-2 75 1.2241
13 SPAIN EuroBasket Women Qualification Round 7 6-2 75 1.2043
14 BELARUS EuroBasket Women Qualification Round 8 6-2 75 1.1609
15 LATVIA EuroBasket Women Qualification Round 9 5-3 62.5 1.2517
16 UKRAINE EuroBasket Women Qualification Round 10 5-3 62.5 1.1138

Courtesy of http://www.fibaeurope.com


2013 EuroBasket Qualifications are over (Round 10) - Jul 14, 2012

Group A
Ukraine - Hungary 73-66
Ukraine booked a spot for the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They outplayed Hungary in do-or-die game today 73-66 joining them with 5-3 record in Group A. Ukraine finished as the second ranked team in this pool thanks to Round 5 victory in Hungary. Today, visitors had much better start (14-22), but Ukraine took control on them after that to register this crucial win. Quarters: 14-22, 21-16, 22-13, 16-15. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) led the hosts in scoring with 23 points and she grabbed 8 rebounds as well. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) had monster double-double of 16 points and 19 rebounds (valuation 29, MVP), while Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) helped with 12 points. In defeat, Katalin Honti (175-G-87) collected 21 points and 5 rebs. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) and Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) stopped to 11 pts apiece. Their Hungary failed to reach the final tournament.

Israel - Portugal 58-47
Israel outplayed Portugal in the last round of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. It was a 58-47 victory for the home squad, who finished with 4-4 record in Group A (No.4). Portugal is the last ranked team in this pool with 0-8. Third period was the crucial one in this meeting and it belonged to Israel 18-7. Quarters: 14-12, 16-16, 18-7, 10-12. Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) had 12 points and 5 rebs, while Liron Cohen (173-G-82) netted 11 points. Visitors got 11 points and 12 boards from Sofia Silva (187-C-90). Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA) also scored 11 pts and Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) added four less. Both teams failed to reach the final tournament in France. Belarus and Ukraine are two countries which advanced from this group.

Group B
Estonia - Serbia 58-97
Serbia had no troubles to beat Estonia today with almost 40 points difference, 58-97. It was the crucial game for Serbia and after this victory they booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Serbia is the second ranked team of Group B with 6-2 record. Top ranked Montenegro and No.3 Poland finished with the same numbers. Estonia should forget these qualifications as soon as possible because they ended with poor 0-8 score. Serbia dominated from the beginning and Estonia simply was not able to reply. Quarters: 16-30, 14-18, 13-18, 15-31. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) (9 rebs) and Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) (5 as) led the winners with 21 points each. Maksimovic spent just 17 minutes on the court. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) was third scorer in victory with 18 points (7 rebs). The hosts got 17 pts from Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) and 14 pts, plus 7 boards from Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92).

Poland - Switzerland 64-51
Poland was better than Switzerland 64-51, but it didn't help them to book a ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Serbia celebrated in Estonia today and grabbed the second place in Group B. Poland is No.3 with 6-2 record and failed to advance. Switzerland finished 2-6 record in this pool taking position No.4. Poland made 8-point lead in the first ten minutes of the game and jumped to plus 13 until the halftime. The hosts managed to keep that lead for rest of the way. Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) (6 rebs) and Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex) (5 rebs) scored 11 points each for the winners. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) and Magdalena Losi (173-F-80, agency: Promotex) added 10 points and 6 boards apiece. Visitors got 20 points from Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) and Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) shined with 16 pts, plus 15 boards. Their third scorer was Lara Thalmann (172-G-88) with only 5 pts (5 rebs).

Group C
Belgium - Holland 72-61
Belgium registered its first win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They handed 72-61 loss to Holland for 1-7 record in Group C. This win didn't help Belgium to avoid the last place in this pool. Holland ended as No.4 with 2-6 and both teams failed to reach the final tournament in France. Laurence Van Malderen (190-C-81, agency: LBM Management) (7 rebs) and Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 13 points each. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) was better than the others with 16 points and 5 boards. Their second scorer was Tanya Broering (178-G-84) with 13 pts (6 rebs). Belgium exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory tonight. Quarters: 15-13, 16-26, 22-13, 19-9.

Slovakia - Slovenia 93-54
Slovakia is the winner of Group C with almost perfect 7-1 record. They handed 93-54 loss to Slovenia today and will compete next year at the EuroBasket in France. Slovenia finished qualifications with 4-4 record and failed to reach the final tournament. They had big problems with injuries. Slovakia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 20-13, 22-13, 18-13, 33-15. Timea Sujova (173-G-84) scored 16 points in victory and Katarina Tetemondova (188-F/C-88) added 15 points, plus 5 boards. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) netted 13 pts to help her country. In defeat, Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) was better than the others with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) and Martina Osterman (188-F-88) stopped to 11 pts each.

Group D
Germany - Sweden 62-73
Sweden closed 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications in style. They handed 62-73 home loss to Germany for almost perfect 7-1 record in Group D. Sweden is the winner of this pool and of course booked a ticket for the final tournament in France next year. Germany finished as third ranked team with 3-5 record. Sweden was up by 5 at the halftime and jumped to 11-point lead with ten minutes to go. Germany was not able to reply and visitors celebrated comfortable win. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced Sweden with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 16 points and 6 rebs, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10 points and 12 boards. The hosts got 17 points from Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85). Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) had 15 pts and 8 rebs.

Romania - Bulgaria 75-68 OT
Romania closed 2013 EuroBasket qualifications with victory. They celebrated 75-68 OT win against Bulgaria today for 3-5 record in Group D (5th place). At the other side, Bulgaria ended as the last ranked team in this pool with 1-7. Both teams failed to reach the final tournament in France. Romania made 13-6 in extra five minutes to take the victory today. Quarters: 23-15, 8-13, 19-18, 12-16, 13-6. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) was a key player for the winners with 26 points. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) had double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) collected 8 pts, 6 rebs and 5 assists. In Bulgaria, Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) was better than the others with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) (10 rebs) and Daniela Georgieva (184-G/F-86) (5 rebs) posted 15 and 13 pts respectively.

Group E
Finland - Italy 62-82
Italy ended 2013 EuroBasket qualifications in style. They cruised past Finland on the road 62-82 for almost perfect 7-1 record in Group E. Italy won this pool and of course advanced to the final tournament in France. Finland finished as No.4 with 3-5 and failed to advance. Italy exploded in the second half to take the victory today. Quarters: 21-22, 17-21, 16-24, 8-15. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) shined with 21 points for 19 minutes on the court. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) (5 rebs) and Giulia Gatti (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) (5 rebs) netted 10 and 9 points respectively. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) shined in defeat with 24 points and 13 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 31. Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) (6 rebs) and Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) scored 8 points each.

Greece - Luxembourg 70-62
Greece celebrated 70-62 victory against Luxembourg in the last day of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Greece finished as third ranked team of Group E with 5-3 record, but it was not enough for them to advance. Latvia, who also has 5-3, reached the final tournament due to better numbers in two games against Greece. Latvia outplayed Greece 63-46 in Round 3, but Greece celebrated 14-point home win in Round 8 and failed to advance for just 3 pts. Fedra Skiadopoulou (191-C-90) led the winners today with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 14 points and Lolita Lymoura (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management) had 8. In defeat, Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) collected 15 points and 6 assists, while Lena Hetto (184-F-93) added 14 pts and 6 rebs. Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) followed with 13 points and 11 boards. Quarters: 18-7, 20-18, 17-19, 15-18. Lithuania ended as the last ranked team in Group E with 0-8.


Qualifications, Round 9 review: Two more spots left for 2013 EuroBasket in France - Jul 12, 2012

Group A
Belarus - Ukraine 68-60
Belarus booked a ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in France. They outplayed Ukraine 68-60 for 6-2 record in Group A. Belarus is the winner of this pool and already played all of its eight games. Ukraine dropped to 4-3, but still has a nice chance to take the second place. They will have to beat Hungary on Saturday in do-or-die game. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) led Belarus with double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) had 16 points and 5 rebs, and Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) posted 12 pts. In Ukraine, Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) was better than the others with 16 points and 8 rebs. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) (5 as) and Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) posted 11 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 19-12, 21-11, 9-16, 19-21. Ukraine will be the host on Saturday.

Hungary - Israel 73-66
Hungary was better than Israel 73-66 in Round Nine of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Thanks to this victory Hungary improved to 5-2 record in Group A, while at the other side Israel dropped to 3-4. Hungary will meet Ukraine in the last round and it will be decisive game for the second place in this pool. Ukraine celebrated in Hungary in Round Five 73-78, so Hungary will have to win with at least 6 pts on Saturday. Israel failed to reach the EuroBasket. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Katalin Honti (175-G-87) (5 as) scored 13 pts, while Nora Nagy (185-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) helped with 12 points and 9 rebs. In defeat, Liron Cohen (173-G-82) collected 19 points and 5 assists. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) and Ekaterina Abramzon (185-F-87) scored 14 and 11 pts respectively. Hungary shined in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 14-20, 16-14, 20-18, 23-14. Saturday is the last day of qualifications.

Group B
Serbia - Poland 67-62
Serbia handed 67-62 loss to Poland in Round Nine of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Most likely it was the crucial game for the second place in Group B. Thanks to this victory Serbia joined Poland with 5-2 record and also Serbia holds a tiebreaker as Poland won in Round 4 with only 2 pts. If Serbia beats last ranked Estonia on Saturday they will advance to EuroBasket. Estonia will be the host. Poland can only hope that Estonia can surprise Serbia and also Poland has to beat Switzerland at home. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) scored 20 points for Serbia tonight and Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87) added 13 pts. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) followed them with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Poland got 13 points from Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) and Agnieszka Szott (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group). Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex) stopped to 11 pts.
Skobel made a triple for Poland with 8 seconds remaining cutting the margin to 63-62. However, Dabovic was sent to the line after that and she made both free throws. Poland had six seconds for the last possession, but Marina Mandic made a steal and Jovanovic made it at the buzzer for the final 67-62 victory. Quarters: 19-12, 16-20, 10-14, 22-16. Saturday is the last day of qualification.

Montenegro - Estonia 81-61
Expected win for Montenegro, who finished 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications with 6-2 record. That will be enough for the first place in Group B and of course for the EuroBasket ticket. Montenegro entered to qualifications with big ambitions and they managed to meet all expectations. At the other side, Estonia faced with seventh loss in this pool. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) top-scored in Montenegro with 23 points and she also pulled down 6 rebounds. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) almost registered triple-double in this game with 19 pts, 11 as and 8 rebs, while Snezana Aleksic (172-G-89) netted 14 pts (5 rebs). In Estonia, Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) delivered 22 points. Valeria Kast (201-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: N.Mexico) scored 12 pts and grabbed 7 rebs. Montenegro exploded in the first half making 25-point lead. Quarters: 23-14, 29-13, 16-17, 13-17. Estonia will host Serbia on Saturday to close the qualifications.
Group C
Holland - Slovakia 51-66
Slovakia booked a ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in France. They handed 51-66 home loss to Holland on Wednesday night for almost perfect 6-1 record in Group C. Slovakia will have a chance to win this pool if they beat Slovenia in the last round of qualifications. That game is scheduled for Saturday. At the other side, Holland fell to 2-5 and their last rival will be Belgium. Slovakia had impressive first half of the game making 18-point lead. They had no troubles to keep it for rest of the way. Quarters: 18-24, 9-21, 13-11, 11-10. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) shined with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the guests and Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) added 12 pts, plus 11 boards. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) collected 9 points and 5 rebs. For the hosts, Marianne Van der Hoek (180-F-90) delivered 15 points and Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) had one less, plus 9 rebounds. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) was limited to 7 pts and 5 rebs.

Lithuania - Belgium 61-53
Lithuania was better than Belgium 61-53 in Round 9 of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The hosts finished qualifications with 6-2 record in Group C and secured a spot for EuroBasket. If Slovakia fails in the last round, Lithuania will be the winner of this group. If not, Lithuania will finish as No.2, but that is just the formality as both teams already booked a ticket for France. Belgium faced with seventh loss (0-7) and closes the standings in this pool. Lithuania had to work hard until the end to grab this victory. Quarters: 17-14, 13-16, 16-14, 15-9. Their key player was Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) with double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds (valuation 31). Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) scored 9 points and Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) added 8 pts, plus 6 boards. Anne-Sophie Strubbe (182-SF-90) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) almost had double-double 11 pts and 9 rebs, while Laurence Van Malderen (190-C-81, agency: LBM Management) posted 8 pts and 6 boards.
Group D
Spain - Romania 68-54
Spain finished 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications with 68-54 home win against Romania. The hosts registered 6-2 record in Group D and booked a ticket for EuroBasket in France. Spain will be the winner of this pool if Sweden fails against Germany in the last round. If not, Spain will end as No.2. At the other side, Romania fell to 2-5 and will meet Bulgaria in the last round. Spain shined in first and third period to take the victory on Wednesday night. Quarters: 25-13, 13-14, 17-8, 13-19. Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90) had 11 points and 5 rebs for the winners, and Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 10 pts. Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) posted 9 points each. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Annemarie Parau (175-G-84) and Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) posted 10 points apiece. Saturday is the last day of qualifications.

Bulgaria - Germany 67-60
Bulgaria finally registered its first win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They outplayed Germany 67-60 for 1-6 score in Group D. At the other side, Germany dropped to 3-4 record. Both teams failed to reach the EuroBasket in France, despite there is one more round to go in qualifications. Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) led Bulgaria to its first win collecting 19 points and 5 rebounds. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 15 points and Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) shined with 12 pts and 10 rebounds. Germany got double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds from Romy Bar (189-F-87). Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) had 10 pts and 6 boards, while Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) posted 8 pts and 12 rebs. Germany was better in the first ten minutes of the game, but all after that belonged to Bulgaria. The hosts jumped to 59-48 lead with 5:24 remaining, what was too much for the guests. Bulgaria will play in Romania on Saturday, while Germany waits Sweden.
Group E
Italy - Greece 68-61
Italy did a great job against Greece on Wednesday. The home team celebrated crucial 68-61 victory improving its record to 6-1 in Group E. Despite there is one more round to do in qualifications, it is already clear that Italy booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Greece faced with third loss and will not be able to reach the second place, even if they beat Luxembourg on Saturday. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points and 6 assists, and Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) followed her with 14 points and 7 boards. Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) secured a great help adding 12 pts and 9 rebs to this victory. In Greece, Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) was better than the others with 23 points and 9 rebs. Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (5 rebs) and Lolita Lymoura (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management) scored 11 and 8 points respectively. Italy had 56-47 lead after three quarters, but Greece came to 60-57 with 4:51 to go. However, that was all from he guests as Italy closed this game with mini 8-4 run. Quarters: 16-19, 24-19, 16-9, 12-14.

Latvia - Finland 80-47
Latvia destroyed Finland 80-47 on Wednesday to book a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Thanks to this victory Latvia finished as the second ranked team of Group E with 5-3 record. Finland at the other side dropped to 3-4 and they will meet Italy on Saturday. Italy will be the winner of this group as they already celebrated in 6 games. Zane Teilane-Tamane (200-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois) had amazing game collecting 16 points and 24 rebounds (valuation 37!). Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 15 points and Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) added 12 pts, 6 boards and 5 assists. Visitors got 9 points from Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) (8 rebs) and Emmi Leino (182-F/G-94). Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) stopped to 7 pts in this meeting. Latvia dominated during the entire game increasing their lead each minute. Quarters: 30-17, 16-12, 16-7, 18-11. Saturday is the last day of qualifications.


Qualifications, Round 8: Sweden, Spain and Lithuania book spot for 2013 EuroBasket - Jul 7, 2012

Group A
Portugal - Hungary 53-73
Hungary celebrated its fourth victory in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They outplayed Portugal on the road with comfortable 53-73 sharing the second place in Group A with Ukraine. Everything is still open in this pool, but not for Portugal who dropped to 0-7. Hungary smashed its host in the second period and later had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead. Quarters: 11-18, 9-20, 13-16, 20-19. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) stepped up for the guests with 23 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 33, MVP). Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had 13 points and 5 boards, while Orsolya Szecsi (190-G/F-92) added 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Carla Nascimento (171-G-86) and Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA) netted 10 points each. Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) stopped to one less. Hungary will host Israel on Wednesday. Portugal is free in Round 9.

Israel - Belarus 60-58
Israel outsmarted Belarus tonight 60-58 in Round Eight of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications (Group A). It was a real thriller and Israel celebrated thanks to Liron Cohen's (173-G-82) lay-up, plus two free throws. Trafimava committed a turnover for Belarus (bad pass) with 16 seconds to go and Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) made unsportsmanlike foul after that. As mentioned above, Cohen made one of two free throws and banked a jump shot with foul in the next possession. She made that extra FT and Belarus had 6 seconds at the other side, but Troina committed a turnover (ball handling). Quarters: 16-11, 17-25, 12-14, 15-8. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) and Noa Ganor (171-G-86) scored 11 pts each in victory, while Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) and Liron Cohen (5 as) scored 10 pts apiece. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) exploded in Belarus with 14 points, 17 rebounds and 9 assists (valuation 38!). Troina had 18 points, with poor 1 of 6 from behind the arc. Belarus (5-2) will host Ukraine on Wednesday, while Israel (3-3) goes to Hungary.

Group B
Poland - Montenegro 53-50
Poland registered very valuable home win against Montenegro tonight. The hosts celebrated 53-50 staying alone on top of Group B with almost perfect 5-1 record. At the same time, Montenegro dropped to the second place with 5-2 score. Poland had impressive start making 15-point lead in the first ten minutes, but visitors replied in Q2 closing the gap to 32-28 until the halftime. Montenegro intensified defense after the breather limiting Poland to just 4 points in Q3, while they drained 18 at the other side and it seemed that Montenegro will take the victory in this game. However, Poland didn't give up and made impressive 14-1 run at the beginning of Q4. Thanks to free throws by Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) and Skobel in the finish and great defense during the last ten minutes Poland grabbed crucial 53-50 win. Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) scored 11 points in victory, while Joanna Walich and Magdalena Losi (173-F-80, agency: Promotex) posted 7 points each. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) delivered 13 points in defeat. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) (8 rebs), Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) (8 rebs) and Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (6 as, 5 rebs) had 8 points apiece. Serbia will host Poland in Round 9, while Montenegro waits Estonia.

Switzerland - Serbia 45-88
Serbia had no mercy for Switzerland tonight. Visitors celebrated huge 45-88 victory for 4-2 record in Group B of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Serbia is currently No.3 in this pool, behind Poland and Montenegro. Switzerland is No.4 with 2-5. Serbia took control on its rival from the beginning and they were increasing lead after each period. Quarters: 11-17, 9-20, 16-27, 9-24. Milica Ivanovic (175-G-88, college: Catawba) led the winners with 17 points and 5 rebounds for 17 minutes on the court. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) scored 16 points and Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management) helped with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebs. Switzerland got 13 points from Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) (5 rebs) and Alexia Rol (175-F-82). Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) was limited to 10 pts. Serbia will host Poland next Wednesday and it will most likely be crucial game for both teams. Switzerland is free in Round 9.

Group C
Holland - Slovenia 73-64
Holland handed 73-64 loss to Slovenia in Round 8 of the 2013 EuroBasket in France. Thanks to this victory Holland improved to 2-4 record in this pool, but it is already clear they will not be able to reach the second place. At the other side, Slovenia dropped to 4-3 and their chance to reach the final tournament drastically decreased. Despite a good start (10-15), visitors faced with minus 5 at the halftime (33-28). Holland was slightly better in Q3, but Slovenia came to 51-50 with 7:35 minutes to go. Holland made crucial 9-2 run after that and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Myrthe Beld (183-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 18 points in victory and Fieke Ligthart (184-F/C-90) added 13. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) (5 rebs, 5 as) and Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) (6 rebs) scored 11 points each. In Slovenia, Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) shined with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) collected 18 pts and 13 rebs. Holland will play against Slovakia on Wednesday in another home game. Slovenia is free in Round 9.

Slovakia - Lithuania 60-58
Slovakia made a huge step toward 2013 EuroBasket in France. They grabbed 60-58 home win against Lithuania for 5-1 record in Group C. It means that Slovakia is now alone on top of the standings, while Lithuania slipped to the second place with 5-2. Slovakia made 15-7 lead at the beginning and later jumped to 44-27 at the halftime. Lithuania held Slovakia to just eight points in the last period to produce an unlikely comeback led by Ginatre Petronyte who was too hot to handle under the hoop at times and found herself on the line an eye-popping 17 times. It was 52-41 for the hosts with 10:00 remaining. After lay-up by Paugaite visitors came to 59-58 with 2:11 to go and teams went to thrilling finish. Jurcenkova was the only player who scored for rest of the game and it was one free throw. The visitors could force overtime but Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) missed the pivotal shot in the last seconds before Gabriela Kubatova grabbed the all-important defensive rebound. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) scored 11 points for the winners and Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) helped with 9 points, plus 8 rebs. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) (8 rebs) and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) (5 rebs) posted 8 pts apiece. In defeat, Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) shined with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Egle Sulciute (190-PF-85) had 14 points and 6 rebs, and Sandra Linkeviciene posted 10 pts and 5 rebs. Slovakia will play in Holland on Wednesday, while Lithuania will host Belgium.
UPDATE: Thanks to unexpected loss by Slovenia, Lithuania already booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France.

Group D
Sweden - Bulgaria 71-54
Despite there are two more rounds to go in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications, it is already clear that Sweden will be the winner of Group D. They were too strong for Bulgaria tonight 71-54 for almost perfect 6-1 record in this pool. Sweden already booked a spot for the EuroBasket in France. Bulgaria stays winless after 6 games. Sweden had 15-point lead at the halftime and jumped to plus 21 with ten minutes to go, so the last period was just the formality. Quarters: 22-12, 24-19, 16-10, 9-13. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had almost perfect night with 21 points and 9 rebounds (valuation 25, MVP). Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 15 points and handed out 5 assists, while Frida Aili (179-G-88) netted 8 pts in victory. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) collected 17 points and 7 rebs in Bulgaria. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) had 11 pts and 5 boards, and Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 7 pts and 7 rebs. Sweden is free in Round 9, while Bulgaria will host Germany.

Germany - Spain 55-61
Spain booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. They handed 55-61 home loss to Germany tonight for 5-2 record in Group D of the qualifications. Germany dropped to 3-3 and will not be able to reach the second place because of this loss. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced her team to this crucial victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) posted 10 points each. The hosts got 21 points and 8 rebounds from Romy Bar (189-F-87). Their second scorer was Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) with 10 points and Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) (5 rebs) had two less. Spain had wonderful start making 10-23 lead in the first ten minutes. They improved to plus 14 at the halftime and plus 15 with one quarter to go. Visitors jumped to 41-58 with something more than five minutes remaining and Germany answered with 12-1 run, but was not able to come any closer than minus six. Spain will host Romania on Wednesday and Germany will play in Bulgaria.

Group E
Luxembourg - Italy 66-88
Italy is very close to 2013 EuroBasket in Spain after this victory. Visitors cruised past Luxembourg 66-88 for 5-1 record in Group E of qualifications. Luxembourg dropped to 0-7 and stays the last ranked team in this pool. The game without a history. Italy made double-digit lead in the second period and never looked back. Quarters: 19-20, 12-22, 18-22, 17-24. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) scored 19 points for the winners and Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) had two points less, plus 6 assists. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) and Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) netted 13 pts each. Lisy Hetting (173-G-90) delivered 15 points for the hosts and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) had 13. Their third corer was Jill Bausch (176-G-87) with 12 pts (5 rebs). Italy will host Greece on Wednesday. Luxembourg will play against Greece next weekend.

Greece - Latvia 63-49
Greece defeated Latvia tonight 63-49 for 4-2 record in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. That is currently enough for the second place in this pool, but Latvia (4-3) outplayed Greece in the first game with plus 19. Latvia is currently third ranked team in the group. Greece was 34-20 up at the half time and it seemed they will destroy Latvia tonight. They jumped to 52-35 at the end of Q3 and even reached plus 19 with 7:14 to go. Visitors closed this game with 8-13 and now they have a tiebreaker against Greece, what was one of their goals in this game. Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) led the hosts with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Artemis Spanou (182-F-93) netted 11 points and Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) helped with 10 points, plus 11 assists. Zane Teilane-Tamane (200-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois) answered with 11 pts and 10 rebs in loss. Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) and Aija Putnina (192-F/C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stopped to 7 pts apiece. Greece will play another crucial game on Wednesday and its rival will be Italy, who will be the host. Latvia waits Finland.


Round Seven of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications - Jul 4, 2012

Group A
Ukraine - Israel 71-68
Ukraine made a big step toward 2013 EuroBasket in France. They handed 71-68 loss to Israel jumping to 4-2 record in qualifications, what is currently enough for the second place in Group A. Visitors dropped to 2-3 and they are in difficult situation now. Israel had 8-point lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game. Five minutes later it was 60-65 and for rest of the way Ukraine posted a decisive run of ten unanswered points and it swung the momentum in their favour just at the right time as Israel dried up offensively. Quarters: 22-19, 15-24, 13-15, 21-10. Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) top-scored for the hosts with 14 points. Iryna Tsekova (177-G/F-78, agency: Promotex) (6 as) and Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) (5 rebs) followed with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) was better than the others with 23 points. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) and Shiran Tzairi (166-PG-86, agency: Data Plus Group) posted 11 and 8 pts respectively. Ukraine is free next weekend, while Israel will host Belarus.

Belarus - Portugal 63-41
Belarus had no troubles to beat Portugal tonight in Round Seven of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. It was a 63-41 win for the hosts, who stay No.1 of Group A with almost perfect 5-1 record. Portugal closes the standings in this pool with 0-6. Belarus won every single period of this game to celebrate comfortable win at the end. Quarters: 14-12, 18-11, 13-10, 18-8. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) scored 13 points for the hosts, but their best player tonight was Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) with double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds (valuation 24). Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) helped with 10 pts. In Portugal, Sofia Silva (187-C-90) scored 15 points, Michelle Brandao (172-G-91) had 8 and Joana Lopes (185-SF-86) stopped to 7 pts, plus 5 rebs. Belarus will play in Israel next weekend. Portugal waits Hungary.

Group B
Estonia - Poland 58-65
Poland improved its score to 4-1 in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They celebrated in Tallinn 58-65 jumping to 4-1 record in Group B. That record is currently enough for the second place, but it is important to mention that top-ranked Montenegro played one game more than Poland and it has 5-1. Estonia stays the only winless team in this pool (0-6). Estonia was 3-points up at the halftime and kept plus 2 with one quarter to go, thanks to triple by Agnieszka Makowska. It was 48-49 with 5:40 remaining, after what Poland made mini 0-5 run, but still Estonia came to 54-56 soon after that. Visitors answered with crucial 1-7 series and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85, college: UTEP) scored 16 points for the winners and Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) added 12 pts, plus 6 rebs. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) netted 10 points. At the other side, Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) collected 15 points and 7 boards. Valeria Kast (201-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: N.Mexico) had 14 pts and 5 rebs, while Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) registered 8 pts and 6 boards. Poland will host Montenegro on Saturday, while Estonia is free in Round Seven.

Montenegro - Switzerland 69-39
Montenegro stays the top ranked team of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications - Group B. They outplayed Switzerland tonight in Cetinje 69-39 for 5-1 record. Visitors faced with fourth loss in six games. Montenegro took control on Switzerland from the very beginning and never looked back. It was plus 16 for the host after ten minutes of play and plus 20 at the halftime. Visitors were not able to respond after the breather and Montenegro cruised to the final 30-point win. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) scored 14 pts for the hosts and Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) collected 12 points and 9 rebounds. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped her team with 10 points and 6 assists. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) answered with 15 points for the guests. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) (11 rebs) and Nseya Kassongo (187-F-87) scored 9 and 6 pts respectively. Montenegro will play in Poland on Saturday. Switzerland will host Serbia.
Group C
Belgium - Slovakia 54-63
Slovakia handed 54-63 home loss to Belgium tonight in Round Seven of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. After this victory Slovakia improved its score to 4-1 in Group C and they have a good chance to reach the final tournament in Slovenia. At the other side, Belgium dropped to 0-6 and it closes the standings in this pool. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) led the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds, and Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) scored 13 points. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F/C-88) collected 12 points and 7 rebs. The hosts got 11 points and 5 rebs from Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management), while Anne-Sophie Strubbe (182-SF-90) posted 8 points. Young star Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) had 7 points and 8 rebs. Slovakia exploded after the breather making 9-23 in Q3. They started the last period with mini 0-5 run for 11-point lead with 7:52 remaining and Belgium was not able to treat for rest of the way. Quarters: 20-15, 16-13, 9-23, 9-12. Slovakia will host Lithuania on Saturday, while Belgium is free in Round 8.

Lithuania - Slovenia 65-46
Both teams had 4-1 record in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications before this game. Lithuania celebrated comfortable 65-46 win staying alone on top of Group C. At the same time, Slovenia dropped to third place with 4-2 record. The hosts had impressive second half to take this very valuable victory. They made 23-8 in Q3 and closed this game with 20-14 in the last ten minutes for 65-46 win at the end. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) shined for the hosts with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) also was great with double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) collected 12 points and 6 rebounds. Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) (8 rebs) and Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) (5 as) scored 13 and 12 points respectively for Slovenia. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) stopped to 9 pts and 5 rebs. Lithuania will play in Slovakia on Saturday, while Slovenia will meet Holland in another road game.

Group D
Spain - Sweden 73-79
Sweden did a great job tonight in Alcobendas. They handed 73-79 home loss to Spain in Round Seven of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Both teams had 4-1 record before this meeting and Sweden now stays alone on top of Group D. Spain dropped to the second place with 4-2. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (12 rebs) and Kadidja Andersson (185-F-80, college: Minnesota) netted 14 points each. In defeat, Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 19 points for 23 minutes on the court. Laia Palau (178-G-79) scored 12 and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) stopped to 10 pts in this loss. Sancho Lyttle played her first game in qualifications, but she had only 9 pts and 5 rebs for 29 minutes. Sweden made 2-9 run at the middle of the Q3 and later ended it with 52-60 lead. With 7:38 remaining in the game visitors were up by 14 and Spain was in big trouble. The hosts came to 65-70 with 4:41 to go, but Kaddidja Andersson immediately replied with two jump shots and later sisters Eldebrink sealed the victory for Sweden. Quarters: 17-21, 20-23, 15-16, 21-19. Sweden will host Bulgaria on Saturday, while Spain will play in Germany.

Romania - Germany 64-75
Germany jumped to 3-2 record in Group D of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They celebrated 64-75 road victory against Romania tonight. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Romy Bar (189-F-87) also was great adding 14 points, plus 9 rebounds. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) contributed with 13 pts, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to this victory. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) was better than the others in Romania with 20 points. Cristiana Cutas (187-C-84) was their second scorer with 9 points (6 rebs) and she had perfect shooting night. Romania dropped to 2-4 record in this pool. Germany made plus 6 at the halftime and totally took control on Romania after that. Visitors started the last quarter with 4-10 run for 46-66 lead with 5:44 to go and rest of the game was just the formality. Germany will go home to meet Spain on Saturday. Romania will play again in Round 9.

Group E
Finland - Greece 52-66
Greece celebrated very important road victory against Finland tonight 52-66. Thanks to this win visitors jumped to 3-2 record in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Greece is currently third ranked team in this pool. Finland dropped to fourth place with 3-3 score. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 15 points in victory and Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) had 11 pts. Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) collected 10 points and 8 boards. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) answered with double-double of 19 points and 10 rebs for the hosts. Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) had 15 pts and 9 rebs. Greece shined in Q1 and Q3 to secure the victory in this game. Visitors just had too much in its locker, finishing the third quarter with a powerful 15-3 burst in what ultimately proved to be the game-winning run, as they put serious daylight between themselves and their opponent. Quarters: 11-16, 8-9, 13-23, 20-18. Greece will host Latvia on Saturday. Finland is free in Round 8.

Latvia - Luxembourg 70-44
As expected, Latvia cruised past Luxembourg tonight celebrating comfortable 70-44 home victory. The hosts made double digit lead already in the first ten minutes and kept extending it for rest of the way. Quarters: 20-9, 22-15, 13-10, 15-10. Thanks to this win, Latvia improved to 4-2 record in Group D of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. That is currently enough for the second place in this pool. Luxembourg faced with sixth defeat in qualifications. Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) had 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners, while Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) collected 15 pts and 11 boards. Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) was third scorer in victory with 10 points. Luxembourg got 14 points from Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) and Lisy Hetting (173-G-90) was limited to 7 pts. Latvia will play in Greece on Saturday, whil Luxembourg will host Italy.


Round Six of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications - Jul 1, 2012

Group A
Hungary - Belarus 62-59
Hungary did a great job against Belarus last night. The hosts celebrated 62-59 victory for 3-2 record in Group A of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. At the same time it was the first loss for Belarus, who stays No.1 in the pool with 4-1 score. Hungary was up 59-50 with less than 4 minutes remaining in the game. Visitors came closer soon, but after Alexandria Quigley made it 62-57 to Hungary, Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) came up empty with a three-pointer for Belarus, and a late jump-shot was too little too late for the visitors. Quarters: 16-11, 17-16, 13-17, 16-15. Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) led the winners with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) scored 14 points and Katalin Honti (175-G-87) helped with two less. In the loosing squad, Tatyana Troina collected 20 points and 7 rebs. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) scored 15 and Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) added 12 points, plus 9 rebs. Hungary will take a rest in Round 7, while Belarus will host Portugal.

Portugal - Ukraine 42-55
Very valuable victory for Ukraine in Round Six of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They cruised past Portugal on the road 42-55 improving to 3-2 record in Group A. Portugal stays the only winless team in this pool (0-5). Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) top-scored in victory with 17 points and Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Olena Zherzherunova (191-C/F-78, agency: LBM Management) followed them with 9 points and 6 boards. The hosts did not have anyone with double digits in scoring. Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA), Sara Filipe (187-F-82) and Carla Freitas (170-G-80) stopped to 8 points each. Ukraine shined in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 10-15, 9-10, 14-13, 9-17. Ukraine will host Israel on Wednesday. Portugal goes to Belarus.

Group B
Serbia - Montenegro 72-56
Serbia crushed Montenegro last night in Round Six of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. It was comfortable 72-56 win for the hosts and now they have 3-2 record in Group A. Despite its first defeat, Montenegro stays on top of this group with almost perfect 4-1 score. Serbia shined in the second and last period to secure the victory in this game. Their key player was Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82), who registered double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 20. Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87) (7 as) and Marina Mandic (181-G-83) netted 16 and 10 pts respectively. Visitors got 14 points and 9 rebs from Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83). Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) and Snezana Aleksic (172-G-89) scored 11 pts apiece. Quarters: 15-16, 16-8, 16-17, 25-15. Serbia will take a rest in Round 6, while Montenegro will host Switzerland on Wednesday.

Switzerland - Estonia 68-63
Switzerland registered its second win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They outplayed Estonia last night 68-63 improving to 2-3 record in Group B. Estonia dropped to poor 0-5. There are four more rounds to be played in qualifications. Switzerland moved 15 points clear, 56-41, on Giroud's jump-host midway through the third quarter, but Estonia had one more rally in them and when Anderson hit a jump-shot 1:33 from the buzzer the lead was down to just two, 63-61. Giroud and Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) then responded to hold off the Estonians and seal the win. Quarters: 29-18, 12-16, 15-18, 12-11. Karen Twehues drained 25 points in victory and Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) added 23 points, plus 10 rebounds. Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) contributed with 12 pts to this victory. Triin Teppo (186-F/C-90) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) and Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 16 and 10 pts. Switzerland will play in Montenegro on Wednesday. Estonia waits Poland.

Group C
Holland - Lithuania 42-63
Lithuania demonstrated its power against Holland last night. Visitors cruised to 42-63 victory in Almere for 4-1 record in Group C of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Lithuania shares the first place in this pool with Slovenia. At the other side, Holland says No.4 with just one win. The hosts made 13-8 lead in the first ten minutes, but Lithuania answered with 9-16 in Q2 and later jumped to 14-point lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game. Holland was not able to reply and Lithuania marched to the final 42-63 victory. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) had impressive night with monster double-double of 17 points and 19 rebounds (valuation 32!). Greta Sniokaite (180-G-91) had 12 points and Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) added 11 pts, plus 7 boards. Holland got 9 points from Tanya Broering (178-G-84) and Laura Kooij (184-F/C-82) collected 6 points, plus 10 rebounds, but she had poor shooting night. Lithuania will host Slovenia on Wednesday. Holland will take a rest in Round 7 and will play again next weekend.

Slovenia - Belgium 75-56
Slovenia was too strong for Belgium last night in Round Six of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The hosts registered comfortable 75-56 win mostly thanks to great played third quarter of the game. Slovenia made 20-5 in this period and all after that was just the formality. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) had 19 points and 5 assists in victory, while Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) added 15 points and 9 boards. Nika Baric (169-PG-92) (6 as) and Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) (5 rebs) helped Slovenia with 11 pts each. Laurence Van Malderen (190-C-81, agency: LBM Management) had 16 points in loss and Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) collected 14 pts and 8 rebs. Quarters: 17-17, 16-15, 20-5, 22-19. Slovenia improved to 4-1 record in Group C sharing the first place with Lithuania. Belgium has 0-5. Slovenia will play in Lithuania on Wednesday, while Belgium will host Slovakia and will try to grab the first win in qualifications. Round Eight will be played next weekend.

Group D
Bulgaria - Spain 51-79
Spain had an easy job in Pravetz last night. It was a Round Six game of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications and visitors celebrated huge 51-79 victory. They have 4-1 record now sharing the first place in Group D with Sweden. Bulgaria is still winless (0-5). Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 16 points in victory, Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) had 13 and Laia Palau (178-G-79) posted 11 points. Bulgaria got 11 points from Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) (6 rebs) and Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU). Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Spain exploded in the first and last period to celebrate comfortable victory in this game. Quarters: 11-23, 21-20, 8-9, 11-27. Spain will host Sweden on Wednesday, while Bulgaria will take a rest in Round Seven. They will play again next weekend.

Sweden - Romania 93-78
Sweden registered fourth win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. This time Sweden was better than Romania 93-78 in Round Six, which was played last night. After this victory Sweden jumped to 4-1 record sharing the first place in Group D with Spain. Romania faced with its third defeat in five games. Sweden took control on its rival from the very beginning and they made double digit lead already in the first quarter. It was plus 19 for Sweden at the halftime and despite Romania threatened in Q3 (16-25), the hosts managed to keep comfortable lead for rest of the way. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) exploded with 32 points and 6 rebounds in this game. Stefanie Yderstrom (172-G-90) scored 15 and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 12 pts, plus 5 boards. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) had 23 points and 8 rebs in defeat, while Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) followed with 14 pts and 6 rebs. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) was limited to 11 pts and 5 boards in this meeting. Sweden will play in Spain on Wednesday and it could be a decisive game for the first place in Group D at the end of qualifications. Romania will host Germany.

Group E
Italy - Latvia 60-57
Both teams had 3-1 record before this meeting. It was a Round Six of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications and Italy escaped with 60-57 home victory in Latina last night. Thanks to this win Italy stays alone on top of Group E with 4-1 record. Latvia dropped to the second place (3-2). It was a very exciting finish last night. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) made a pair of free throws for Italy before Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) hit back to make it 60-57 with 28 seconds left. Sottana missed for Italy to give Latvia a late chance, but Krastina came up empty with a three-point attempt. Quarters: 14-13, 17-9, 13-13, 16-22. Giorgia Sottana led the scorers in Italy with 18 points, while Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) and Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) netted 10 points each. Latvia got 16 points and 6 boards from Anete Steinberga (187-F-90). Kristine Karklina and Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) scored 12 and 9 points respectively. Italy will take a rest in Round 7, while Latvia will host Luxembourg. That game will be played on Wednesday.

Luxembourg - Finland 45-92
Finland had no troubles to beat Luxembourg last night in Contern. It was a huge 45-92 win for the guests, who now have 3-2 record in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Luxembourg faced with fifth loss for the same number of games. It was a game without a history. Finland took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 14-22, 13-14, 12-28, 6-28. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) was the MVP of this game with valuation 39. She had 25 points and 18 rebounds. Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) scored 18 pts (5 rebs) and Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) added 11. Lisy Hetting (173-G-90) posted 12 points for the hosts. Their second scorer was Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) with 9 pts. Finland will host Greece on Wednesday, while Luxembourg will play in Latvia.


Round Five of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications - Jun 28, 2012

Group A
Hungary - Ukraine 73-78
Ukraine celebrated valuable victory in Sopron last night. They handed 73-78 home loss to Hungary joining them with 2-2 record in Group A of the EuroBasket qualifications. The hosts had 73-71 lead with 1:53 remaining in the game. Tetiana Panchenk-Stakhova (173-G/F-79) drained a triple for Ukraine and after Hungary's miss, Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81) made a jump shot for 73-76 lead with 33 seconds to go. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) tried for 3 in the finish, but she missed and Alyoshkina closed this game with two free throws for the final 73-78 victory by Ukraine. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the guests with 27 points and Alyoshkina followed with 22 points, plus 5 rebounds. Panchenk-Stakhova helped her team with 8 points. In defeat, Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 18 points and 9 rebs, while Quigley scored 2 points less. Katalin Honti (175-G-87) had 14 points and 6 assists for the hosts. Quarters: 27-19, 12-24, 19-15, 15-20. Hungary will host Belarus on Saturday, while Ukraine goes to Portugal.

Portugal - Israel 60-62
Israel grabbed 60-62 thriller win against Portugal last night. It was fifth round of the EuroBasket qualifications and Israel improved to 2-2 record in Group A. At the other side, Portugal dropped to 0-4. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) was a key player in victory. She had 21 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds (valuation 24). Doron's free throws brought victory to Israel at the end. Portugal had the last possession in the game after a timeout, they got the ball to Carla Nascimento but she was off target with her attempt. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) scored 12 points in Israel and Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) collected 8 pts, plus 8 boards. For the hosts, Carla Freitas (170-G-80) shined with 19 points and 7 boards (5 triples). Sara Filipe (187-F-82) had 11 points and 6 rebs, while Sofia Silva (187-C-90) added 8 pts and 10 rebs. Quarters: 14-19, 13-11, 14-20, 19-12. Israel will be free in Round Six. Portugal will host Ukraine on Saturday.

Group B
Serbia - Estonia 101-50
Serbia registered second win in Group B of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. They destroyed Estonia in Kragujevac 101-50 for 2-2 record in this pool, while at the same time visitors dropped to 0-4. Serbia took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. They made 25-point lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 35 at the halftime. All after that was just the formality. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) had 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners, while Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) added 23 points, 8 rebs and 7 assists (MVP, valuation 30). Third scorer in victory was Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) with 16 points. Estonia got 22 points from Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Valeria Kast (201-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: N.Mexico) stopped to 8 pts in this meeting. Serbia will host Montenegro on Saturday, while Estonia will play in Switzerland.

Switzerland - Poland 45-62
Poland did a great job in Fribourg last night. Visitors celebrated 45-62 victory improving to 3-1 record in Group B of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. That is currently enough for the second place in this pool, while Switzerland stays No.4 with 1-3 record. Poland exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this game. Visitors limited Switzerland to just 5 points in Q4, while they drained 20 at the other side. Quarters: 15-13, 12-17, 13-12, 5-20. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) was the leading scorer in victory with 18 points, while Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) added 13 points and 8 rebounds. Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) followed them with 12 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) delivered 13 points for the home squad. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) (9 rebs) and Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) netted 9 and 7 pts respectively. Poland will take a rest next weekend, while Switzerland will host Estonia in Round Six game.

Group C
Holland - Belgium 74-59
Both teams were winless before this meeting. Holland celebrated 74-59 home victory last night improving to 1-3 record in Group C of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. Belgium still closes the standings in this pool with 0-4. Holland had a strong start and was up by 12 after ten minutes of play. They had 36-22 lead at the halftime and managed to keep it for rest of the way. Quarters: 19-7, 17-15, 15-18, 23-19. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) stepped up for the hosts with double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Myrthe Beld (183-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 15 points, while Natalie Van Den Adel (185-G-90, college: Colorado St.) and Tanya Broering (178-G-84) posted 12 points each. Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Laurence Van Malderen (190-C-81, agency: LBM Management) had 10 points, while Belgian young star Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) was limited to 8 points and 11 rebs. Holland will host Lithuania on Saturday and Belgium will meet Slovenia in another road game.

Slovenia - Slovakia 61-72
Slovakia registered the third win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group C. They held off Slovenia in Ljubljana to improve at 3-1 record in the ladder. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) scored 15 points to lead the visitors. Slovenia suffered the first defeat and also appeared at 3-1 record. Slovakia grabbed an early lead. They were up by 8 points after ten minutes 24:16. Slovenia cut the deficit in the second quarter. They got within 3 points at halftime 35:38. Slovakia boosted the gap in the third frame. They ensured a 58:50 advantage with one quarter to go. Slovakia did not slow down and raced to a confident win at the end. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) posted 14 points, while Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) added 10 points for the winners. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) answered with 25 points and 11 rebounds for Slovenia. Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) had 10 points in the loss.

Group D
Sweden - Germany 68-58
Sweden and Germany met last night in Round Five of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. The hosts celebrated 68-58 victory joining Spain on top of Group D with almost perfect 3-1 record. Germany stays No.3 in this pool with 1-3 score. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game and it belonged to Sweden 21-10. Visitors came to 63-58 with 1:22 to go, but that was all from them in this game as Sweden closed it with mini 5-0 run. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) top-scored in victory with 21 points. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (5 rebs) and Kadidja Andersson (185-F-80, college: Minnesota) (7 rebs) followed with 13 and 10 points respectively. Visitors got 19 points from Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) and 14 pts, plus 9 rebs from Romy Bar (189-F-87). Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) had 8 points and 5 rebs. Quarters: 10-18, 23-16, 21-10, 14-14. Sweden's rival in Round Six will be Romania, while Germany will take a rest next weekend.

Bulgaria - Romania 68-70
Very exciting game was played in Pravetz last night. Romania managed to take 68-70 thriller win against Bulgaria improving to 2-2 record in group D of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. Bulgaria stays winless after four games. The winner was decided in the finish. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) made a basket for Bulgaria with 55 seconds to go tying the score to 68-68. Alexandra Uiuiu then missed a jumper for the visitors and Bulgaria rebounded, only for Uiuiu to grab a miss by the hosts' Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU). Romania called timeout and Annemarie Parau (175-G-84) scored for the guests after that. Bulgaria called timeout and the team was able to get the ball to Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88), who attempted a potential game-tying shot but missed. Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) led the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. She made 6 of 11 attempts from behind the arc in this game. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) had 22 points and 6 rebs, while Parau collected 12 points, 7 assists and 6 rebs. In Bulgaria, Zlatanova was way better than the others with 25 points and 7 rebs. Bachvarova (5 rebs) and Perostiyska (6 rebs) scored 15 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 15-17, 23-24, 13-8, 17-21. Romania will play in Sweden on Saturday, while Bulgaria waits powerful Spain.
Group E
Italy - Finland 76-58
Italy celebrated its third victory in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. They outplayed Finland 76-58 to join Latvia at the first place in this pool with 3-1 record. Finland shares third spot with Greece as both teams have 2-2 score now. Italy won every single quarter in this game. They were up by 8 points after 30 minutes of play and jumped to 64-50 with 7:32 remaining. The hosts reached plus 17 few minutes later and question about the winner was resolved. Quarters: 25-21, 13-12, 18-13, 20-12. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) (6 rebs) and Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) scored 15 and 14 points respectively for the hosts. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) had 12 points and 7 boards (0/5 from behind the arc). Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) shined for the guests with double-double of 18 points and 10 rebs, and Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) scored 10 points. Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) had 8 pts and 5 boards. Italy will play against Latvia on Saturday, while Finland goes to Luxembourg.

Luxembourg - Greece 61-85
Greece registered second victory in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. They handed 61-85 home loss to Luxembourg joining Finland on third place in this pool with 2-2 record. Luxembourg stays the only winless team after four games. Greece was up by 11 points at the halftime, after what Luxembourg improved its game but it only helped them to cut the margin to 9 pts with 10:00 remaining. Visitors shined in the last quarter (13-26) to register comfortable win in this meeting. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) scored 11 points for Greece and Artemis Spanou (182-F-93) added one less. Aikaterini Spatharou (172-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) had 9 pts each. For the hosts, Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) top-scored with 12 points and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) had one point less (7 rebs). Lisy Hetting (173-G-90) had 9 pts. Quarters: 17-26, 14-18, 17-15, 13-26. Greece will take a rest next week end, while Luxembourg will host Finland.


Round 4 of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications - Jun 24, 2012

Group A
Israel - Hungary 46-64
Hungary grabbed valuable victory in Rishon Le Zion at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The gusts overcame Israel 64:46 for 2-1 record. Israel meanwhile fell at 1-2 record. Hungary took the lead in the opening period and reached 19:9 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they shocked the hosts with 19-5 in the second frame to feel more comfortable in the second half. Vajda sent the teams to the lockers at 38:14, but Israel managed to recover a bit. Israel won the third quarter 17-16 and then produced a 15-10 final push. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) scored the last four points for the hosts to reduce to 18 points at the end. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) netted 14. Honti posted 11, while Nagy and Simon poured in 8 apiece. Liron Cohen ended up with 13 points in defeat and Levitsky scored 10.

Ukraine - Belarus 51-55
Belarusian National Team are marching towards 2013 EuroBasket. They posted the fourth straight win at the start of the Qualifying Round in Group A. Tonight Belarus held off Ukraine in Yuzny to stay undefeated on top of the pool. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) stepped up with 13 points, 13 boards, 3 steals and 3 blocks to pace the visitors. Belarus played a nearly perfect defence in the first half. They limited Ukraine to 22 points in the first two periods to accumulate a 27:22 halftime lead. Ukraine tipped off the third quarter with six points in a row to surge ahead. But Belarus responded quickly and gained a 37:35 advantage with one quarter remaining. Tetiana Panchenk-Stakhova (173-G/F-79) put the hosts back in charge with a three-pointer early in the final quarter. However Belarus triggered a 7:3 rally to regain the lead. The visitors used an 8:0 run late in regulation to clear off and protected the lead till the final buzzer. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) had 9 points for Belarus. Viktoriya Hasper and Tatyana Troina accounted for 7 points each in the win. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) answered with 17 points for Ukraine. Alina Iagupova and Tetiana Panchenk-Stakhova had 8 points each in the loss.

Group B
Estonia - Montenegro 54-86
Montenegro posted the fourth straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They breezed past Estonia in Tallinn to stay unbeaten on top of Group B. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) scored 19 points, grabbed 11 boards and issued 4 assists to lead the visitors. Estonia fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Montenegro dominated from start to finish. They unloaded 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 10-point lead. Montenegro kept the hosts at bay throughout the second quarter. Estonia faced a 17-point deficit at halftime 26:43. Montenegro continue to mount the lead in the second half. They entered the fourth frame up by as many as 27 points and never looked back en route to the win. Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC) scored 14 points, while Ana Turcinovic added 12 points for the winners. Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) and Kati Rausberg (172-G-89) answered with 10 points each for Estonia.

Poland - Serbia 76-74
The Polish squad pip Serbia in Krosno at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. In one of the top games of Round 4 the hosts won over Serbia 76:74. It was an offensive start in the game and both teams managed to show quick successful baskets in the opening period. Serbia grabbed 28:20 lead and led 13 points in the first half. Jovanovic and Jelena Maksimovic sent the teams to the lockers at 49:40. Later on Poland dominated the court and caught up with the opponents. The created a run as Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex), Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) and Agnieszka Szott each scored to knot the contest at 55:55. Losi scored for 64:63 and Weronika Idczak nailed three for 64:59. Jelena Maksimovic tied the game at 74:74, but Martyna Koc brought an important victory for the hosts. Weronika Idczak led the way with 17 points and Martyna Koc added 16. Agnieszka Szott poured in 14, whilst Agnieszka Skobel chipped in with 13. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) erupted with 27 points in the losing effort and Jelena Maksimovic delivered 10.

Group C
Belgium - Lithuania 62-77
Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) leads the Baltic side over Belgium at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The Lithuanian team overcame the hosts in Brussels 77:62 as the player scored 21 points. Lithuania scored the first 5 points in the game, but could not keep the lead at the end of the frame. Raman and Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) brought 19:18 and Van Malderen scored for 26:24 early in the second. Due to 17-13 in the second period, Lithuania however grabbed 35:32 halftime advantage. Later on the guests continued their run and reached 48:40 midway through the third period. Gutkauskaite and Marina Solopova closed the period at 58:48 and then Gintare Petronyte scored for 63:51. Lithuanian added 19-13 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) followed the top-scorer with 18 points and Giedre Paugaite delivered 11. Emma Meesseman finished the game with 9 points in defeat, while Julie Vanloo, Noemie Mayombo and Sofie Hendrickx brought 8 each.

Slovakia - Holland 70-48
Slovakia rolled over Netherlands in Kosice at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The home side easily celebrated a 70:48 win. Slovak Republic improved to 2-1 record in Group C, while the Dutch side fell at 0-3. The hosts scored the first 4 points in the game and never looked behind after. They reached 16:6 at the end of the period as Jurcenkova closed the frame with a lay-up. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) reduced to 16:13, while Broring cut it to 24:22. Lawless and v meanwhile scored the last points for the winners at the half to take 29:24 halftime advantage. Slovakia also won the third period 19-16 and led 48:40 after 30 minutes. Moreover they finished the game with 22-8 and sealed the victory over their opponents. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) stepped up with 13 points for the winners and Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) nailed 12. Janka Mincikova finished the night with 10, while Gabriela Kubatova poured in 9. Naomi Halman scored 20 points in defeat and Myrthe Beld had 9.

Group D
Germany - Bulgaria 77-56
Germany recorded the second win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off visiting Bulgaria in Group D to improve at 2-1 record. Bulgaria in the meantime fell at 0-3. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners. Germany secured an aggressive start. The hosts knocked down 23 points for a 5-point lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria pulled ahead midway through the second quarter 31:30 but Germany regained the lead shortly after. The hosts secured a 41:35 halftime advantage. The margin grew to double digits in the third period. Germany took off to pile up a 65:49 lead at the final intermission. Richter gave the hosts a 20-point advantage early in the final frame and the home team never looked back en route to the victory. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) accounted for 12 points, while Romy Bar contributed 8 points for Germany. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) answered with 19 points and 9 boards for Bulgaria. Radoslava Bachvarova had 17 points in the loss.

Romania - Spain 51-68
Spain posted the third win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They defeated Romania in Bucharest in Group D action tonight. Spain improved at 3-1 record, while Romania slipped at 1-2 after the game. Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 15 points to lead the visitors. Spain opened the game on a 9:2 run. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting a 25:18 advantage after ten minutes. Spain stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 37:32 halftime lead. Romania used a 9:0 run midway through the third quarter to pull ahead 41:39. They established a 45:41 advantage into the fourth frame. But Amaya Valdemoro, Anna Cruz and Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) sparked a 16:0 run from the visitors that put them beyond reach. Spain breezed to the victory after that. Anna Montanana accounted for 14 points, while Amaya Valdemoro posted 10 points in the winning effort. Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) responded with 16 points for Romania. Gabriela Marginean had 14 points in the loss.

Group E
Greece - Italy 53-64
Italy claimed a valuable road win over Greece at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The win propelled Italy at 2-1 record in Group E. The Hellenes slipped at 1-2 record. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) scored 16 points to pace the Azzurri. Greece eked out a 14:12 lead after ten minutes. Italy snatched the lead late in the second quarter. The visitors pulled ahead for a 27:26 halftime lead. Greece regained the lead midway through the third quarter but not for long. Bagnara, Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) and Gatti gave Italy a 44:41 lead at the final intermission. Santucci and Giorgia Sottana stretched the lead to 7 points 58:51 with under two minutes remaining. Giorgia Sottana knocked down four free throws in the dying minutes to seal the win for Italy. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) and Raffaella Masciadri scored 14 points each for the winners. Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 15 points for Greece. Zoi Dimitrakou had 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Finland - Latvia 65-62
Finland shock Latvia in Vantaa at the start of Day 4 of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The Finnish side handed Latvia their first loss and improved to 2-1 record after 65:62 win. Finland started better and had 7:4 lead in the opening tip. Dionne Pounds and Sten brought 17:12, while Aija Putnina closed the period at 17:14. Latvia woke up in the second period and Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) gave the guests 20:17 lead. Sabine Niedola improved to 30:22, while Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) gave her side the biggest lead. Finland did not panic and managed to close the half at 37:34. In the third period the hosts produced a 14-12 burst and trailed 1 point at the end of the third period. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) made the last three points for the team at the end of the final period for the successful game. Taru Tuukkanen top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 16 rebounds, while Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) added 14. Sten and Dionne Pounds followed them with 10 points apiece. Liene Jansone ended up with 24 points in the losing effort and Ieva Krastina had 12. Sabine Niedola poured in 10, while Aija Putnina chipped in with 8.


Round Three of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications - Jun 20, 2012

Group A
Belarus - Israel 69-61
There was no mercy for Israel in Minsk at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. Belarus overcame the visiting side 69:61 in Day 3 for a perfect record on top. It was the game for the top position in Group A. The hosts started with 19:18 and led one points at the halftime. Troina and Levitsky exchanged for 34:33 score on the board. Cohen later gave the guests 35:34 lead, while Troina tied the game at 39:39. Anufryienka and Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) closed the period at 54:47 for Belarus. Trafimava and Tarasava scored for 63:54 and Anufryienka brought 65:58. Doron meanwhile was the last to score in the game for the final result. Anastasiya Veremeenko led the way with 20 points and Troina nailed 15. Tarasava delivered 10, while Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) and Haradzetskaya scored 6 each. Cohen finished the game with 17 points in defeat, while Doron posted 16. Levitsky netted 12 and Zairy poured in 9.

Hungary - Portugal 80-45
Hungary wins the initial game in Miskolc at the start of day 3 of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The host overcame Portugal 80:45 as the latter fell at 0-3 record. Narrowly beaten at Belarus in their first game a week ago, Hungary blew away the Portuguese in Group A. They started with 23:12 in the first period and never looked behind after. Portugal bounced back with 13-11 in the second frame as Carla Freitas (170-G-80) closed the half at 34:25. The third quarter became decisive as the hosts erupted with 30-14 burst to take 64:39 advantage. Another 16-6 in the last stanza brought them their first victory in the group. Nagy-Bujdoso top-scored for the inners with 18 points and Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) nailed 17. Honti posted 11, while Horti added 9. Carla Freitas replied with 14 points in the losing effort, while Oliveira and Nascimento poured in 6 apiece.

Group B
Montenegro - Poland 59-50
Montenegro pull away from Poland at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The winners improved to 3-0 record on top of Group B after 59:50 win. Poland meanwhile fell at 1-1 record. Montenegro won the opening period 15:8 as Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) made a jump shot. Aleksic nailed three for 21:13 and Skerovic made the same at 25:15. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) and Skerovic later closed the half at 33:21. Montenegro continued their dominance and added 17-13 in the third period. Poland responded with 16-9 in the last period but could reduce only to 9. Murphy top-scored for the winners with 12 points for the perfect record. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Aleksic and Jelena Dubljevic each added 11. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.

Serbia - Switzerland 88-64
Serbia opened win count at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Switzerland at home court to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Marina Mandic delivered 18 points to lead the home team. Switzerland fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Serbia started to build their lead steadily right from the start. They accumulated a 49:32 halftime lead. The Swiss team cut the deficit in the third term. They got within 13 points at the final break. But Serbia quickly regained control and gave no chance for the visitors in the fourth period. Nevena Jovanovic and Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) contributed 16 points each for the hosts. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) answered with 19 points for Switzerland. Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) finished with 13 points in defeat.

Group C
Lithuania - Slovakia 78-64
Lithuania rolled over Slovak Republic in Kaunas for 2-1 record in Group C. The Baltic side celebrated a 78:64 victory to hand the opponents their first loss at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. It was a key game in the group and brought so much interest in the Lithuanian city. The guests took 18:17 lead after the first ten minutes and then Vynuchalova sent the teams to the lockers at 35:34. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) later tied the game at 41:41 and then Paugaite brought 46:45 for the hosts. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) and Nacickaite closed the third period at 54:51. No matter how hard the Slovakian side tried to catch up with Lithuania, they could not win the game. Marina Solopova and Linkeviciene were perfect from the free throw line and then Paugaite brought the final points for the winners. Linkeviciene chipped in with 21 points for the winners and Marina Solopova added 19. Gintare Petronyte posted 17, while Paugaite had 10. Vynuchalova ended up with 13 points for the guests and Kupcikova scored 11.

Slovenia - Holland 68-52
Slovenia recorded the third straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They outscored Netherlands at home court to take 3-0 record on top of Group C. Nika Baric accounted for 18 points to pace the winners. Slovenia ensured a quick start. They held Netherlands to 7 points in the first quarter to pile up a 12-point lead. Slovenia increased the tempo in the second frame. They cleared off to accumulate a massive 28-point advantage. Netherlands however did not say die. The Dutch team went on a 25:15 run in the third frame to cut the deficit. They managed to narrow the distance even further in the fourth period but came up short of victory at the end. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) netted 12 points, while Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) delivered 10 points for the winners. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with 16 points for Netherlands. Natalie Van Den Adel had 11 points in the loss.

Group D
Spain - Germany 66-39
Spain demolish Germany in Avila at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. After a loud upset from Swede, Spain bounced back with 66:39 win over the German side. Spain went on an early lead and Ouvina brought 16:12. Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) closed a 6-0 run early in the second, while she later nailed three for 29:14. Mankertz managed to send the teams to the lockers at 35:21 at the halftime. In the second half Spain played even better in defense. Both teams nailed 11 points each in the third quarter, while Spain limited the opponents to just 7 points in the last stanza. Spain won the last period 20-7 and celebrated the second win in Group D. Elisa Aguilar led the way with 12 points and Valdemoro netted 11. Ouvina and Palau followed them with 8 apiece. Bar finished the night with 13 points in defeat and Breitreiner scored 7.

Bulgaria - Sweden 60-80
Sweden continue their winning streak at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The Scandinavian side overcame Bulgaria 80:60 in the start of Day 3. Sweden produced an offensive start and took 29:24 after the first 10 minutes. Stanoeva however gave the hosts 34:33 lead and Georgieva kept the advantage at 40:39. On top 41-40 at half, Sweden poured in the first six points of the second half and ended up outscoring the Bulgarians 21-9 in the frame to take command for good. Halvarsson and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored for 71:53 and Andersson brought 73:55. Sweden added 18-11 in the second frame for the final success. Frida Eldebrink erupted with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Halvarsson followed her with 12. Yderstrom and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 11 points each. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) ended up with 18 points in defeat, while Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) collected 9 points and 13 boards. Georgieva posted 8, while Peteva had 7.

Group E
Italy - Luxembourg 86-37
Italy posted the initial win at the 2013 EuroBaket Qualifying Round. They hosted Luxembourg and gained a convincing victory. Italy are now at 1-1 record, while Luxembourg slipped at 1-2 in Group E. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) scored 16 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Azzurri. Italy cleared off in the opening quarter. The hosts outscored Luxembourg for a 22:8 lead. Italy boosted the margin in the second frame. They ensured a 48:23 halftime advantage. Italy dominated in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 46 points and obviously never looked back en route to the win. Lavinia Santucci and Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) provided 10 points each for Italy. Nadia Mossong answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Luxembourg. Tessy Hetting had 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia - Greece 63-46
Latvia claimed another impressive win in Group E of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The Baltic side overcame Greece 63:46 in Riga. Latvia opened the game with 19-9 burst and never looked behind after. Krastina brought 22:9 early in the second, while Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) nailed 3 for 27:11. Krastina and Tamane later closed the half at 37:22. In the third period the tempo had slowed down as both teams nailed 8 points. It gave Latvia 45:30 advantage after three quarters. Krastina and Eibele scored for 56:34 and Karklina nailed three later for 61:44. Papamichail and Karklina brought the last points for their teams as the board showed 63:46 at the end of the game. Tamane top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Liene Jansone added 13. Krastina notched 12, while Karklina had 8. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort as Greece fell at 1-1 record. Papamichail scored 11 and Sotiriou chipped in with 10.


Round Two of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications - Jun 16, 2012

Group A
Israel - Ukraine 73-58
Israel celebrated the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They fired past Ukraine at home court in the opener. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) unleashed 28 points and dished out 6 assists to lead the winners. Israel cleared off in the opening quarter. The hosts held Ukraine to 10 points to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Israel arrived at halftime up by 7 points 35:28. Neither side was able to dominate in the third quarter. The scoreboard read 49:42 at the final break. Israel delivered 24 points in the final stanza and left Ukraine afar to rally to the victory. Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) knocked down 11 points and grabbed 10 boards for the hosts. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Ukraine. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Portugal - Belarus 53-82
Belarus celebrated the second straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They toppled Portugal on the road in Group A. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebound to lead the winners. Belarus secured a stunning start. They unloaded 28 points in the opening quarter to build a 12-point lead. Belarus limited their opponents to 10 points in the second frame to accumulate a 45:26 halftime lead. Belarus maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They piled up a 27-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Belarus never slowed down in the final term and rallied to the victory at the end. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) accounted for 11 points, while Zhanna Horodetskaya and Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) provided 9 points each in the win. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) answered with 12 points for Portugal. Carla Nascimento provided 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Poland - Estonia 77-52
Poland tipped off their 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying campaign with victory. They overcame Estonia in Krosno tonight in the opener. Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85, college: UTEP) scored 14 points to pace the home team. Poland set the tone early in the game. They outscored Estonia 23:10 in the first quarter. Poland kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 17 points 36:19. Estonia could not recover in the second half. They allowed Poland to stretch the lead to 20 points with one quarter remaining. Poland did not slow down rolling to a confident win at the end. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) delivered 11 points, while Magdalena Losi (173-F-80, agency: Promotex), Weronika Idczak, Martyna Koc, Szott had 8 points each in the win. Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) reacted with 11 points for Estonia. Kati Rausberg provided 9 points in the loss.

Switzerland - Montenegro 67-82
Montenegro eased to the second win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualification Round. They shot down Switzerland to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group B. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) knocked down 29 points and distributed 8 assists to lead the winners. Switzerland fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Montenegro proved the strength in the opening quarter. The Balkan team gained a 27:13 lead at the first intermission. The Swiss team stopped the rot in the second frame. The hosts cut the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 37:45. Montenegro however regained control in the third term. They dropped 23 points in the quarter to extend the lead to as many as 12 points. Montenegro limited the hosts to 11 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) notched 24 points, while Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) added 11 points in the winning case. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) answered with 19 points for Switzerland. Karen Twehues had 17 points in the loss.

Group C
Slovakia - Belgium 64-49
Slovak Republic successfully starts EuroBasket Qualification in Group C. The team overcame Belgium 64:49 in Kosice for 1-0 record. The latter meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Both teams nailed 21 points in the opening period and Vynuchalova opened the second frame for 23:21. She scored another 5 points for 29:25, while Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) brought 37:30. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F/C-88) later closed the half from the free throw for 8-point advantage. Slovak Republic added 12-9 in the third frame for 50:39 and Kupcikova scored for 52:42 early in the fourth. The hosts won the period 14-10 and celebrated their first victory. Jalcova paced all the winners with 14 points and Erin Marie Lawless added 13. Vynuchalova posted 8, while Kupcikova chipped in with 7. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) replied with 11 points in defeat and Strubbe posted 10.

Slovenia - Lithuania 79-68
Slovenia registered the second straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Lithuania in Kranjska Gora to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group C. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) orchestrated the victory scoring 19 points for the hosts. Slovenia opened the game aggressively. They knocked down 25 points in the first frame to take a 3-point lead. Lithuania quickly denied the deficit. They held the home side to 12 points in the period to level things up at 37. Slovenia adjusted defence in the third term. They held the Baltic team to 13 points and surged ahead for a 56:50 lead at the final intermission. Slovenia stayed in charge throughout the fourth quarter and drove to the victory at the end. Maja Erkic posted 13 points, while Nika Baric (169-PG-92) delivered 12 points and 8 assists in the winning effort. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Lithuania. Sandra Linkeviciene and Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) banked 10 points apiece in the loss.

Group D
Germany - Romania 70-60
Germany starts EuroBasket Women Qualification with the win over Romania. They overcame the opponents 70:60 for 1-0 record. The Romanian side meanwhile fell at 1-1. Germany opened the game with 5 consecutive points and Bar later brought 12:2. Greinacher closed the period at 18:7, while Bar added two for 26:15. Romania started to play better and after 25-18 in the frame trailed only 36:32 at the halftime. They tried really hard but could not come closer to the hosts. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) brought 55;48 after three quarters and then Menz scored for 63:49. Fikiel and Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) were the last players to score for their teams. Bar top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Fikiel netted 13. Breitreiner scored 9, while Richter and Sarah Austmann added 8 apiece. Pavel collected 18 points and 18 rebounds in the losing effort. Ancuta Stoenescu also scored 18 and Marginean notched 16.

Sweden - Spain 78-69
Sweden shock Spain in Sodertalje in Day 2 of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The Scandinavian team celebrated a surprising 78:69 win for 1-1 records. Sweden scored the first 5 points in the game and Eldebrink brought 17:9. Palau and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) managed to reduce to 20:18 and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed three for 22:21 early in the second. No matter how hard the guests tried to recover, they could not catch up with the hosts. Eldebrink and Andersson closed the half at 43:35 and then Halvarsson brought 48:37. Nordstrom shock the opponents for 60:42 and Hamilton nailed two for 66:46. Sweden did not mind 10-22 in the last stanza and won the game. Eldebrink top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Halvarsson netted 17. Aili nailed 9, while Andersson posted 8. Amaya Valdemoro replied with 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Cruz and Ble had 11 each.

Group E
Luxembourg - Latvia 60-95
Latvia takes 2-0 record in Group E of the EuroBasket Women Qualification. The Baltic side overcame Luxembourg 95:60 for the top position. Luxembourg suffered their second loss in the group. Hetting and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) gave the first lead for the hosts, but it was their last one. Tamane later scored for 15:6 and Eibele brought 20:8. It became clear about the winner later in the frame when Steinberga closed it at 29:11. Jansone and Karklina scored for 35:18, while Putnina delivered two for 42:22. Tamane sent the teams to the lockers at 53:27. Latvia also added 24-13 in the third period and did not mind 18-20 in the last stanza. Jansone top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Krastina posted 15. Tamane delivered 11, whilst Horelika and Putnina notched 10 apiece. Nadia Mossong ended up with 16 points in the losing case and Lynn Kauffmann (174-PG-94) added 10.

Greece - Finland 72-49
Finland is upset in Maroussi in the second game of the EuroBasket Women Qualification. The Finnish side lost to Greece 49:72 and fell at 1-1 record. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) gave the guests their first lead but as it became clear after it was their last one. Greece responded with a 15-0 run and Skiadopoulou later scored for 20:5. Kalentzou nailed three for 30:9 and Dimitrakou made two free throws for 38:16. Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) and Papamichail scored for 50:18 early in the third, while Taru Tuukkanen and Sten reduced to 54:29. Wilson scored for 61:36 and Leino brought 69:44. Lehtoranta was the last to score in defeat as the teams finished the game in Maroussi. Dimitrakou poured in 15 points in the losing effort and Katerina Sotiriou scored 11. Chatzinikolaou and Afroditi Kosma (187-F/C-83) delivered 10 points each in a win. Taru Tuukkanen collected 15 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Sten nailed 14.


Round One of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications - Jun 14, 2012

Group A
Belarus - Hungary 51-47
Belarus and Hungary met last night in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The hosts celebrated 51-47 victory and now they have 1-0 record in Group A. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) stepped up for the winners with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) had 10 points and was the last one with double digits in scoring for Belarus. At the other side, Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) collected 10 points and 5 rebounds. Anna Vadja (191-F/C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stopped to 8 points and 10 boards in this meeting. Teams were tied at 47-47 with something more then 4 minutes remaining in the game. Belarus managed to keep its rival winless for rest of the way, while Anastasiya Veremeenko made two lay-ups on the other side to secure the victory for the hosts. Quarters: 13-12, 20-16, 9-12, 9-7. In Round Two, Belarus will meet Portugal. Hungary will take a rest and will continue in Round 3.

Ukraine - Portugal 92-38
Ukraine demonstrated wonderful performance in the first round of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They destroyed Portugal 92-38 for 1-0 score in Group A. Participants of this pool are also Belarus, Israel and Hungary. First two teams at the end of qualifications will advance to EuroBasket in France. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) led Ukraine last night with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) (6 rebs) and Iryna Tsekova (177-G/F-78, agency: Promotex) followed her with 13 points each. At the other side, Portugal did not have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best players were Sofia Silva (187-C-90) and Carla Freitas (170-G-80) with 8 points each. Ukraine took control on Portugal from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 22-10, 24-6, 26-12, 20-10. In Round Two, Ukraine will meet Israel, while Portugal will play against Israel.

Group B
Estonia - Switzerland 58-62
Great win for Switzerland at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They handed 58-62 home loss to Estonia improving to 1-0 record in Group B. Montenegro, Serbia and Poland also participate in this pool and all of them fight for the first two places, which lead to EuroBasket in France. Switzerland shined in the last quarter of the game to secure this very valuable victory. Estonia was 54-50 up with 8 minutes to go, but then visitors created 4-12 run for rest of the way. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) top-scored in victory with 18 points and Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) followed her with 16. Alexia Rol (175-F-82) netted 9 pts in this meeting. For the hosts, Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) was better than the others with 23 points. Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) (8 rebs) and Viive-Kai Rebane (182-F-89) stopped to 11 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 19-18, 17-15, 12-11, 10-18. Switzerland will host Montenegro on Saturday, while Estonia goes to Poland.

Montenegro - Serbia 85-68
Two teams from ex Yugoslavia met last night in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Montenegro celebrated comfortable 85-68 victory for 1-0 score in Group B. Participants of this pool are also Switzerland, Poland and Estonia. All of them fight for one of the first two places which lead to EuroBasket in France. Montenegro had great beginning of the game and they shined after the breather as well to secure the victory. Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC) exploded with 26 points and 15 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. She reached valuation 37 and was the MVP of this game. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) also was great adding 20 points and 14 rebs, while Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) helped her team with 18 pts, 14 rebs and 7 assists. At the other side, Serbia got 21 points and 8 rebs from Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82). Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) and Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87) (6 rebs) stopped to 15 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 28-16, 12-15, 24-13, 21-24. Montenegro will meet Poland on Saturday. Serbia will take a rest in Round 2.

Group C
Belgium - Slovenia 59-63
Slovenia grabbed very valuable victory against Belgium in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They celebrated in Brussels 59-63 in very exciting meeting. Belgium had an early four-point lead but Slovenia asserted themselves in the second quarter and went on top, 22-30. With 3 minutes remaining in the first half visitors had plus 13, but Emma Meesseman cut the margin to 35-28 after two quarters. Slovenia stayed comfortably ahead in the third quarter but Belgium made a run in the fourth that almost saw them steal the victory. The hosts came to 54-47 and later, thanks to Messeman and Anne-Sophie Strubbe (182-SF-90), they came even closer to 60-58 with 70 seconds to go. Teams did not use their next possessions and Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) was sent to the line making two FTs for her team. Slovenia fouled Emmanuella Mayombo and she made only one of two with 10 seconds remaining in the game. With two successful free throws Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) sealed the victory for Slovenia after that.
Maja Erkic led the winners in scoring with 19 points. Tina Trebec had 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) added 12 pts. Belgium got double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds from Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management). Anne-Sophie Strubbe and Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) scored 11 points each. Quarters: 16-21, 12-14, 17-17, 14-11. Slovenia will host Lithuania on Sunday, while Belgium goes to Slovakia.

Lithuania - Holland 88-47
It was a great game by Lithuania in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The home squad handed 88-47 loss to Holland and now has 1-0 score in Group C. Lithuania exploded in the second and last quarter to register this 41-point win. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) shined for the hosts with double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) (5 rebs) and Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) delivered 13 and 12 pts. In Holland, Laura Kooij (184-F/C-82) collected 15 points and 6 rebs. Their second scorer was Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) with 8 points (7 rebs) and Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) followed with one less. Quarters: 17-14, 32-8, 19-21, 20-4. On Saturday, Lithuania will meet Slovenia as a guest. Holland will take a rest this weekend.

Group D
Spain - Bulgaria 64-48
Spain and Bulgaria met last night in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Spain celebrated 64-48 victory getting 10 points from Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90) and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington). Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Eleven of twelve players in Spain managed to score yesterday, while all of them got a chance to play. In Bulgaria, Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) shined with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) and Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) posted 10 points each. Spain made plus 5 in the first ten minutes of the game and jumped to 30-16 until the halftime. Bulgaria answered after the breather cutting the margin below ten, but they were not able to resist in the last ten minutes (19-11) and Spain celebrated comfortable 64-48 win. Round Two of the qualifications is scheduled for Saturday. Spain will meet Sweden, while Bulgaria will take a rest. Romania and Germany are also participants of Group D. First two teams at the end of qualifications will advance to EuroBasket in France.

Romania - Sweden 66-59
Romania started the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications with victory. They outplayed Sweden 66-59 on Wednesday improving to 1-0 score in Group D. Spain, Germany and Bulgaria also participate in this pool and they all fight for the first two places. First two teams will book a spot for the EuroBasket in France. Romania shined in the second half to win this game. They drained 33 points in 20 minutes, at the same time limiting Sweden to 22 pts. Annemarie Parau (175-G-84), Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) and Anca Sipos, stepped up for their team in the finish. Marginean had 26 points and 6 rebounds in this game. Parau scored 14 points and Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) netted five less. Visitors got 22 points from Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) followed with double-double of 10 points and 11 rebs, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stopped to 7 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 20-20, 13-17, 16-10, 17-12. Romania will play in Germany on Saturday, while Sweden waits Spain.

Group E
Finland - Luxembourg 114-54
Finland registered 60-point win in the first game of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They outplayed Luxembourg 114-54 in Vantaa on Wednesday improving to 1-0 score in Group E. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 38. She had 27 points and 12 rebounds for 29 minutes on the court. Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) collected 20 points and 5 rebs, while Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) scored 12 points. For the guests, Jill Bausch (176-G-87) scored 13 points and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) added 10 pts, plus 5 boards. Finland dominated in all basketball elements and won each period of this game with at least 13-pts. Quarters: 28-14, 34-16, 26-13, 26-11. Finland will play in Greece next Saturday, while Luxembourg will host Latvia. Participant of this pool is also Italy.

Latvia - Italy 71-52
Latvia started the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications in style. They blasted Italy 71-52 in the opener for 1-0 record in Group E. Latvia exploded in the last ten minutes to secure this comfortable victory. Italy was 2-points ahead after 20 minutes, but the home squad totally took control on them after the breather. Latvia made 16-11 in Q3 and closed the game with impressive 26-10 in the last ten minutes of play. Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) (5 rebs) and Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) netted 14 points each, while Anete Horelika (177-F-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) followed them with 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) delivered 18 points. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) was their second scorer with just 7 pts (6 rebs). In the next game, Lavtia will meet Luxembourg on the road. Italy will skip Round 2 and will continue on June 20, when they will host Luxembourg as a part of Round 3.


2013 EuroBasket Qualifications begin tomorrow - Jun 11, 2012

Everything is set for the beginning of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. 25 teams will fight for 10 spots. There are five groups with five teams in each pool. Two best teams from each group will advance to EuroBasket Final Tournament in France. Croatia, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Russia, Turkey and France directly qualified for the final tournament.
Qualifications begin tomorrow. In the opening game Latvia will host Italy at 19:30h. Nine more games will be played on Wednesday. After that, teams will play again June 16 and June 20. Last round (10) of the Qualifications is scheduled for July 14.


Round One schedule

Group A
6/13/2012 Ukraine - Poland
6/13/2012 Belarus - Hungary

Group B
6/13/2012 Montenegro - Serbia
6/13/2012 Estonia - Switzerland

Group C
6/13/2012 Belgium - Slovenia
6/13/2012 Lithuania - Holland

Group D
6/13/2012 Romania - Sweden
6/13/2012 Spain - Bulgaria

Group E
6/13/2012 Finland - Luxembourg
6/12/2012 Latvia - Italy


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