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European Championships Standings
Group Qualification Gr.A
 1. Bosnia 4-0 
 2. Iceland 2-2 
 3. U.Kingdom 0-4 
Group Qualification Gr.B
 1. Israel 4-2 
 2. Holland 4-2 
 3. Montenegro. 3-3 
 4. Bulgaria 1-5 
Group Qualification Gr.C
 1. Poland 5-1 
 2. Germany 4-2 
 3. Austria 3-3 
 4. Luxembourg. 0-6 
Group Qualification Gr.D
 1. Belgium 5-1 
 2. FYR Macedo. 5-1 
 3. Belarus 2-4 
 4. Denmark 0-6 
European Championships Standings
Group Qualification Gr.E
 1. Georgia 4-2 
 2. Czech Rep. 4-2 
 3. Hungary 4-2 
 4. Portugal 0-6 
Group Qualification Gr.F
 1. Latvia 6-0 
 2. Romania 4-2 
 3. Sweden 2-4 
 4. Slovakia 0-6 
Group Qualification Gr.G
 1. Italy 3-1 
 2. Russia 2-2 
 3. Switzerlan. 1-3 
Points Per Game
 Rasid MAHALBASIC
  AUT
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Mahalbasic, AUT19.2 
 2. Casspi, ISR19.0 
 3. Shengelia, GEO18.2 
 4. Pachulia, GEO17.5 
 5. Sedmak, SVK17.5 
 6. Vojvoda, HUN17.5 
 7. Vezenkov, CYP17.3 
 8. Datome, ITA16.3 
 9. Gentile, ITA16.0 
 10. Liutych, BLR15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HENDRIX
  USA
  (204-C/F-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Hendrix, USA10.7 
 2. Kjellbom, SWE9.3 
 3. Mahalbasic, AUT8.8 
 4. Baeringsson, ISL8.5 
 5. Kurbanov, RUS8.5 
 6. Oudendag, NED8.3 
 7. Clark, ENG8.0 
 8. Sanikidze, GEO8.0 
 9. Stipanovic, CRO7.8 
 10. Kikanovic, BIH7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gal MEKEL
  ISR
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mekel, ISR6.5 
 2. Tsintsadze, GEO6.5 
 3. Milosevic, SRB5.8 
 4. Satoransky, CZE5.8 
 5. Ponkrashov, RUS5.8 
 6. Schroeder, GER5.3 
 7. Gordic, BIH4.8 
 8. Bosco, BEL4.8 
 9. Fernandes, POR4.7 
 10. Schreiner, AUT4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marek JASS
  (194-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jass, SVK2.5 
 2. Hervelle, BEL2.3 
 3. Gutoaia, ROM2.2 
 4. Timma, LAT2.0 
 5. Vojvoda, HUN1.8 
 6. Satoransky, CZE1.8 
 7. Jones, BEL1.8 
 8. Jukic, DEN1.8 
 9. de Jong, NED1.8 
 10. Schwartz, BEL1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marco CUSIN
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cusin, ITA2.8 
 2. Cervi, ITA2.8 
 3. Hendrix, USA2.0 
 4. Berzins, LAT1.7 
 5. Balvin, CZE1.5 
 6. Fischer, USA1.4 
 7. Kleber, GER1.4 
 8. Varbanov, BUL1.4 
 9. Kikanovic, BIH1.3 
 10. Clark, ENG1.3 



Eurobasket 2015 seeds announced - Nov 28, 2014

Today the seeds for upcoming Eurobasket 2015 that will take place in four different countries next year have been announced.
Draw will be held in Disneyland on 8th December and 24 teams will be placed in 4 groups. Eurobasket 2015 will be held from 5 to 20 September in France, Croatia, Latvia and Germany.

Pot 1: France, Lithuania, Spain, Croatia
Pot 2: Slovenia, Ukraine, Serbia, Finland
Pot 3: Greece, Turkey, Latvia, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Pot 4: Poland, Belgium, FYR Macedonia, Italy
Pot 5: Germany, Israel, Czech Republic, Georgia
Pot 6: Holland, Russia, Iceland, Estonia


Croatia, France, Germany and Latvia to host 2015 EuroBasket - Sep 8, 2014

Four teams have been awarded with the right to host 2015 EuroBasket following the vote by the Board of FIBA Europe in Madrid today. Croatia, France, Germany and Latvia will be hosting the event from the 5th through 20th of September, 2015. The Group Phase of the competition will be held by Zagreb (Croatia), Montpellier (France), Berlin (Germany) and Riga (Latvia). The Final Phase of the championship will be organized by Lille (France). Namely the Lille Arena will host the Final Round of the tournament. Eight federations have officially claimed their bid to host 2015 EuroBasket before the draw in Madrid today.


2015 EuroBasket participants are set after 2nd Qualifying Round - Aug 27, 2014

Group A
Iceland - Bosnia 70-78
Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated Iceland to finish their Group A campaign undefeated. Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to pace the visitors. Bosnia piled up an 8-point lead after ten minutes. Iceland unloaded 31 points in the second frame to take a 47:43 halftime lead. Bosnia held the hosts to just 23 points in the second half and sealed the victory. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83) and Nemanja Gordic (192-PG-88) had 15 points each for the winners. Jon Stefansson (192-G-82) responded with 21 points for Iceland as both teams qualified for 2015 EuroBasket.

Group B
Holland - Montenegro 68-55
Netherlands held off Montenegro in Leiden tonight and clinched a historic 2015 EuroBasket qualification. Arvin Slagter (191-G-85, agency: Court Side) nailed 15 points to pace the Dutch team. Montenegro built a 33:30 halftime lead. But Netherlands triggered a massive 20:5 run in the third term to pull ahead. The Dutch team stayed in front throughout the fourth frame and secured the winning outcome. Roeland Schafternaar chipped in 14 points and collected 8 rebounds for the Dutch side. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) answered with 17 points for Montenegro.

Israel - Bulgaria 61-69
Bulgaria celebrated the first victory in Group B. They wrapped up their 2nd Qualifying Round campaign with a road win over Israel. Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95, college: Xavier) tallied 20 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Bozhidar Avramov (195-PG-90, agency: Interperformances) contributed 14 points for Bulgaria. Israel led by 13 points at halftime. But Bulgaria ignited a 41:20 second half run to seal the victory. Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) delivered 16 points and 7 rebounds for Israel.

Group C
Poland - Austria 90-85 OT
Poland needed overtime to tame Austria for the fifth win in Group C. Damian Kulig (205-C/F-87) tallied 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the hosts as they clinched the top position in Group C. Poland led by two points after three quarters but Austria knocked down 25 points in the fourth quarter and forced overtime. Poland though held their opponents to just 4 points in the extra period and sealed the victory. Adam Waczynski (199-F/G-89) provided 19 points for the winners. Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 27 points and 13 rebounds for Austria.

Luxembourg - Germany 66-118
Six players scored in double figures as Germany cruised past Luxembourg and made a big step towards qualifying for the 2015 EuroBasket. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 17 points to pace the winners. Germany led by just three points at halftime. But the visitors sank 75 points after the big break and sealed the winning outcome. Robin Benzing (208-SF-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) and Andreas Seiferth (209-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) had 14 points apiece for the winners. Patrick Arbaut (181-G-87) replied with 16 points for Luxembourg.

Group D
FYR Macedonia - Belarus 72-66
FYR Macedonia held off Belarus at home court to seal their 2015 EuroBasket appearance. Damjan Stojanovski nailed 13 points to pace the winners. FYR Macedonia built a 26:17 lead after ten minutes. They extended the advantage at 14-point mark heading into the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome in the final stanza. Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama) tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Kiril Sitnik responded with 18 points for Belarus.

Denmark - Belgium 63-77
Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Belgium past Denmark. The victory propelled the Lions at 5-1 record in Group D. Maxime De Zeeuw (204-PF-87) had 10 points for the winners. Belgium went on a 43:31 second half run to seal the victory. Esben Reinholt (195-G-93) responded with 21 points for Denmark.

Group E
Hungary - Czech Republic 83-68
Hungary beat Czech Republic in the last round of Group E action. But it was not enough to climb higher than the third position in the ladder. Hungary needed to win by at least 17 points to occupy the second position. The hosts went on a 51:37 second half run but stopped just a whisker away from the needed result. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Hungary. Dontay Thomas (187-PG-84, college: La Salle) contributed 14 points for the hosts. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) and Pavel Houska (203-F/C-84) responded with 18 points each for the losing side.

Georgia - Portugal 71-59
Georgia outgunned Portugal at home court to step closer to the 2015 EuroBasket. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) nailed 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) tallied 15 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for the hosts as they improved at 4-2 record in Group E. Georgia secured a 36:31 halftime lead. They extended the lead in the second half cruising to the victory. Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) responded with 17 points for Portugal.

Group F
Sweden - Slovakia 83-77
Sweden defeated Slovak Republic to earn the second win in Group F. Both teams were eliminated from the EuroBasket race before the game. Slovak Republic however tried to post their initial victory at the tournament. They gained a one-point halftime lead 40:39. But Sweden unloaded 44 points in the second half and escaped with a tough victory at the end. Thomas Massamba (183-PG-85, agency: Hoops Marketing) delivered 21 points for the Scandinavian team. Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89) added 18 points in the victory. Peter Sedmak (207-F/C-85, agency: 011 Sports) responded with 20 points for Slovak Republic.

Romania - Latvia 70-82
Latvia defeated Romania to finish their Group F campaign undefeated. Janis Blums (191-SG-82) scored 15 points to pace the Baltic team. Romania and Latvia were tied at 37 after the first half. But Latvia unloaded 27 points in the third term to jump at 9-point lead. They held the hosts to just 15 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) and Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) had 13 points each for the winners. Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) and Vlad-Sorin Moldoveanu (209-F/C-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: American) responded with 18 points apiece as Romania finished second in the group.

Group G
Switzerland - Italy 65-80
Italy knocked down Switzerland to secure their 2015 EuroBasket qualification. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) posted 24 points and 7 rebounds to pace the Azzurri. Italy built a comfortable 48:29 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 23-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the victory. Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) accounted for 17 points in the win. Marko Mladjan (206-F-93) responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Switzerland.


Day 5 of 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round - Aug 24, 2014

Group A
Bosnia - United Kingdom 74-68
Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded the third victory in Group A. They outgunned Great Britain to remain undefeated. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) scored 25 points to pace the winners. Bosnia ensured a 41:37 halftime lead. Great Britain cut the deficit at 2-point mark heading into the fourth quarter but Bosnia limited their opponents to just 9 points in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83) had 14 points in the victory. Benjamin Mockford responded with 19 points for Great Britain.

Group B
Israel - Holland 83-60
Israel outgunned Netherlands for the fourth victory in Group B. Omri Casspi (206-SF-88) stepped up with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the winners. Israel dominated right from the start. They ensured a 26:5 lead after the opening frame. Israel maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter building a 48:23 halftime lead. Netherlands slowed the hosts down in the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) provided 16 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) responded with 15 points for Netherlands.

Bulgaria - Montenegro 73-84
Montenegro upset Bulgaria to gain 3-2 record in Group A. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) was responsible for 17 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria led by five points after the opening frame. But Montenegro used a 23:11 run in the second period to pul ahead. They capped the game on a 21:16 run to seal the victory. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) and Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 points each for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95, college: Xavier) answered with 17 points for Bulgaria.

Group C
Poland - Luxembourg 100-64
Poland improved at 4-1 record on top of Group C as they rallied past Luxembourg. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C/F-82) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winning side. Luxembourg posted a 17:14 lead after the opening frame. But Poland responded with 26:11 run in the second period to jump ahead. The hosts unloaded 60 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. Adam Waczynski (199-F/G-89) provided 13 points for the winners. Alexandre Rodenbourg (202-C-91) responded with 14 points for Luxembourg.

Germany - Austria 88-69
Germany outscored Austria to stay alive in their 2015 EuroBasket quest. The victory propelled Germany at 3-2 record in Group C. They caught up with Austria in the ladder. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) was pivotal with 24 points. Germany secured a 28:15 lead after the opening frame. Austria cut the distance in the second period. They pulled within 4 points at halftime. Austria denied the deficit and surged ahead for a 63:62 lead at the final break. But Germany reacted with a strong 26:6 push in the fourth stanza and sealed the key victory. Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92, agency: LUMANI 10.7) delivered 15 points, while Robin Benzing (208-SF-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 14 points for the hosts. Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points for Austria.

Group D
FYR Macedonia - Denmark 80-46
FYR Macedonia overwhelmed visiting Denmark to take 4-1 record in Group D. Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama) stepped up with 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. FYR Macedonia ensured a 40:29 halftime lead. FYR Macedonia then went on a 26:6 run in the fourth period to seal a convincing victory. Jonas Zohore Bergstedt (210-C-91) responded with 16 points for Denmark.

Belarus - Belgium 73-99
Belgium knocked down Belarus on the road and sealed their 2015 EuroBasket appearance. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) stepped up with 28 points to pace the winners. Belgium erupted for 53 points after the big break and registered a comfortable victory at the end. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) netted 16 points and issued 8 assists for the winners. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) responded with 20 points for Belarus.

Group E
Georgia - Hungary 79-59
Georgia outgunned visiting Hungary to keep their EuroBasket qualification hopes alive. Tornike Shengelia (206-F-91) delivered 26 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Georgia secured a 45:30 halftime lead. Hungary pulled within 11 points at the final break. But Georgia held the visitors to just 8 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) knocked down 17 points for the winners. Krisztian Wittmann (184-PG-85) responded with 14 points for Hungary.

Portugal - Czech Republic 61-75
Czech Republic registered the fourth straight victory in Group E action. They upset Portugal on the road to stay on top of the standings. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) stepped up with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Czech Republic ensured a 42:37 halftime lead. They stretched the gap at 13-point mark in the third term and marched to the victory. Ondrej Balvin (217-C-92) delivered 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) responded with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Portugal.

Group F
Sweden - Romania 86-88
Romania eked out a narrow victory over Sweden on the road to step closer to the 2015 EuroBasket qualification. Vlad-Sorin Moldoveanu (209-F/C-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: American) scored 22 points to pace the winnners. Romania secured a 47:38 halftime lead. They stretched the gap at 13-point mark in the third term. Sweden though erased the deficit and tied things up at 86 late in regulation. But Adrian Gutoaia sank a decisive bucket to seal the victory for the visitors. He finished with 15 points for Romania. Joakim Kjellbom (212-C-79, college: N.Arizona) and Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) responded with 20 points for Sweden.

Slovakia - Latvia 65-89
Latvia fired past Slovak Republic in Pezinok. Kristaps Janicenoks and Janis Blums (191-SG-82) accounted for 13 points each to pace Latvia as they punched their EuroBasket ticket. Latvia fired 50 points in the first half and piled up a 17-point halftime lead. They dominated throughout the second half coasting to the victory. Peter Sedmak (207-F/C-85, agency: 011 Sports) responded with 23 points for Slovak Republic.

Group G
Italy - Russia 68-72
Russia gained a key road win over Italy to boost their chances of reaching 2015 EuroBasket. Anton Ponkrashov (200-SG-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 22 points and issued 8 assists to lead the winners. Russia and Italy were tied at 36 at halftime. The Azzurri gained a 50:47 lead heading into the fourth frame. But Russia unloaded 25 points in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) responded with 23 points for Italy.


Day 4 of 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round - Aug 20, 2014

Group A
United Kingdom - Iceland 69-71
Iceland snatched a narrow road win over Great Britain making another step towards 2015 EuroBasket. Jon Stefansson (192-G-82) scored 23 points to propel Iceland to the second win in Group A. Great Britain looked well in control in the first half. They piled up a 38:28 halftime lead. But Iceland responded with a 28:16 rally in the third period and pulled ahead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth quarter but Iceland were just more accurate at the end clinching a key victory. Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (190-G-88) had 17 points for the winners. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Great Britain.

Group B
Montenegro - Israel 65-80
Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) stepped up with an impressive tripble-double effort for Israel as they rolled past Montenegro in Podgorica today. Mekel finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as Israel improved at 3-1 record on top of Group B. Omri Casspi (206-SF-88) topscored 17 points and 8 rebounds for the visitors. Israel outgunned Montenegro in three quarters out of four en route to a comfortable win. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) answered with 19 points for Montenegro.

Netherlands - Bulgaria 66-57
Netherlands earned the third victory in Group B as they held off Bulgaria at home court. Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88, college: Oregon St.) scored 17 points and collected 7 rebounds to pace the Dutch team. Netherlands ensured a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria pulled ahead for a one-point halftime lead. But Netherlands held their opponents to just 17 points in the second half and marched to an important home victory. Thomas Koenis (210-C-89, agency: Court Side) and Arvin Slagter (191-G-85, agency: Court Side) delivered 12 points apiece for the hosts. Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95, college: Xavier) answered with 26 points for Bulgaria.

Group C
Germany - Poland 76-88
Poland upset Germany on the road and went 3-1 in Group C. Mateusz Ponitka (197-F/G-93) posted 19 points to lead the visitors. Poland ensured a 26:15 lead after ten minutes. Germany pulled within two points at the interval 41:43. But Poland triggered a 23:12 run in the third term to clear off. They kept Germany at distance throughout the final period and sealed the winning outcome. Aaron Cel (200-PF-87) delivered 16 points for the winners. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) and Daniel Theis (204-PF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 20 points each for Germany.

Luxembourg - Austria 71-80
Austia climbed on top of Group C following a road win over Luxembourg. Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) tallied 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to pace Austria to the third victory. Luxembourg unloaded 28 points in the first frame worth a 4-point lead. But Austria adjusted defensively in the next periods and outgunned the hosts in each of them to claim the victory. Enis Murati (194-F-88) delivered 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) responded with 19 points for Luxembourg.

Group D
Belgium - FYR Macedonia 63-60
Belgium handed FYR Macedonia the first defeat in Group D action. Maxime De Zeeuw (204-PF-87) came up with 13 points to pace the Lions to the home victory tonight. Belgium accounted for a 33:23 halftime lead. FYR Macedonia cut the deficit in the second half pulling withing striking distance but the hosts held on to the lead to escape with the third victory. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) netted 11 points and collected 10 rebounds for the home team. Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama) answered with 14 points and 14 boards for FYR Macedonia.

Denmark - Belarus 66-73
Belarus celebrated the second victory in Group D. They upset Denmark on the road today. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) scored 21 points to pace the winners. Denmark jumped at 23:16 lead after the opening quarter. Belarus cut the distance at 4-point mark at the interval. The visitors exploded with a 22:10 run in the fourth frame to snatch the victory. Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-SG-85, agency: Interperformances) connected for 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Esben Reinholt (195-G-93) replied with 17 points for Denmark.

Group E
Czech Republic - Georgia 86-67
Czech Republic overwhelmed visiting Georgia in Nymburk to climb on top of the standings in Group E. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) led well-balanced effort from the hosts with 16 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Czech Republic piled up a 39:30 halftime lead. Czech Republic unloaded 28 points in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Pavel Pumprla (198-SG-86) produced 15 points in the win. Viktor Sanikidze and Tornike Shengelia (206-F-91) replied with 17 points each for Georgia.

Hungary - Portugal 65-52
HUngary recorded the third victory in Group E. They held off visiting Portugal Kecskemet. Krisztian Wittmann (184-PG-85) provided 16 points to pace the winners. Portugal enjoyed a 32:30 halftime lead. But Hungary used a 23:10 run in the third term to pull away for good. Akos Keller (208-F/C-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) delivered 14 points for the winners. Arnette Hallman (199-F-88) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Portugal.

Group F
Latvia - Sweden 79-76 OT
Latvia clinched an amazing home victory over Sweden in a heart-stopping thriller in Riga tonight. Sweden seemed sure to claim the victory when they made it 65:62 with 6 seconds left in regulation. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) got fouled hitting the first attempt and missing the second one on purpose. Meiers could not convert a tip-in but Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) grabbed an offensive board and converted a bucket with less then a second left to force overtime. Latvia pulled ahead in the extra period and hung on to win the clash at the end. Kaspars Berzins finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Latvia. Janis Strelnieks added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts as they improved at 4-0 record in Group F. Sweden responded with 19 points and 13 rebounds from Joakim Kjellbom (212-C-79, college: N.Arizona).

Romania - Slovakia 90-86
Romania used a strong 29:19 run in the fourth frame to tame pesky Slovak Republi at home court today. Titus Nicoara (203-PF-88, agency: Interperformances) recorded 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead Romania to the third victory in Group F. Slovak Republic ensured a 43:38 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 6-point mark at the final intermission. But Romania unloaded 29 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome. Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) netted 20 points for the hosts. Marek Jass (194-G-90) responded with 17 points for Slovak Republic who are still looking for their first win.

Group G
Russia - Switzerland 101-56
Russia snapped two-game losing skid in Group G trouncing Switzerland in Moscow tonight. Six players scored in double digits for Russia. Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91, agency: Alti Sport) and Dmitry Sokolov (214-C-85) stepped up with 15 points each to pace Russia. The hosts built a 52:29 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 31-point mark at the final break and coasted to the victory. Marko Mladjan (206-F-93) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Switzerland.


Day 3 of 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round - Aug 17, 2014

Group A
Bosnia - Iceland 72-62
Bosnia and Herzegovina earned the second straight victory in the 2nd stage of 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off Iceland to remain on top of Group A. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was unstoppable with 29 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Bosnia ensured a 22:10 lead after the first frame. Iceland cut the distance in the second quarter but Bosnia responded with a 22:6 run in the third term to run away. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83) delivered 11 points for the hosts. Logi Gunnarsson (190-SG-81) responded with 18 points for Iceland.

Group B
Montenegro - Holland 60-65
Netherlands entered a three-way tie on top of Group B. They shocked Montenegro on the road today to improve at 2-1 record. Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88, college: Oregon St.) scored 18 points to pace the Dutch team. Montenegro accounted for a 36:30 halftime lead. But Netherlands came off the dressing firing from all guns. They triggered a 20:5 run to spur ahead. Montenegro tried to put up a comeback rally in the fourth stanza but came up short of victory. Arvin Slagter (191-G-85, agency: Court Side) delivered 12 points for the winners. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) answered with 13 points for Montenegro.

Bulgaria - Israel 84-100
Israel outgunned Bulgaria in Sofia. Six players scored in double digits to pace Israel. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) stepped up with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Israel dropped 29 points in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead. The visitors stretched the lead to as many as 22 points at the final intermission and hung on to win the clash. Omri Casspi (206-SF-88) produced 19 points, while Gal Mekel added 16 points and 7 assists for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95, college: Xavier) paced the hosts with 18 points.

Group C
Austria - Poland 83-81
Austria got the intrigue growing in Group C. They held off visiting Poland in Schwechat to catch up with their opponents at 2-1 record. Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) posted 24 points to pace the hosts. Austria eked out a 45:44 halftime lead. Poland denied the deficit to secure a two-point lead before the fourth frame. But Austria held the visitors to just 14 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Enis Murati (194-F-88) netted 18 points for the winners. Aaron Cel (200-PF-87) responded with 14 points for Poland.

Germany - Luxembourg 109-49
Germany breezed past Luxembourg to improve at 2-1 record in Group C ladder. Elias Harris (203-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga), Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: Beo Basket), Lucca Staiger (195-SG-88, college: Iowa St.), Karsten Tadda (190-SG-88) and Andreas Seiferth (209-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) scored 12 points each to lead well-balanced effort from the hosts. Germany led from start to finish. They erupted for 55 points in the first half to ensure a 20-point halftime lead. The hosts triggerd a 27:5 run in the third term to clear off for good. Christopher Jones (186-G-90) answered with 12 points for Luxembourg in the defeat.

Group D
Belarus - FYR Macedonia 70-81
FYR Macedonia survived a tough test in Minsk to upset Belarus for the third straight victory in Group D. Bojan Trajkovski (205-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 17 points and collected 7 rebounds to pace FYR Macedonia. The visitors went on a 28:14 run in the first frame. Belarus responded with a strong 24:8 run in the second term to secure a 38:36 halftime lead. But FYR Macedonia fired 45 points in the second half and escaped with a tough victory at the end. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 15 points for the visitors. Vitali Liutych responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Belarus.

Belgium - Denmark 71-50
Belgium recorded the second victory in Group D. They outgunned visiting Denmark in Charleroi. Loic Schwartz (195-G/F-92) scored 12 points to pace the winners. Belgium went on a 29:17 run in the second term to ensure a 12-point halftime lead. Belgium extended the lead to as many as 19 points at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the victory. Guy Muya (193-PG-83, agency: Hoops Marketing) and Maxime De Zeeuw (204-PF-87) had 11 points each in the win. Darko Jukic (198-G-90, agency: Two Points) answered with 14 points for Denmark.

Group E
Czech Republic - Hungary 66-63
Czech Republic held off Hungary at home court to improve at 2-1 record in a highly-contestant Group E. Pavel Pumprla (198-SG-86) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Czech Republic ensured a 37:34 halftime lead. The hosts boosted the gap at 9-point mark at the final intermission. Hungary narrowed the deficit in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Ondrej Balvin (217-C-92) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) replied with 25 points for Hungary.

Portugal - Georgia 90-91 OT
Georgia performed an impressive second-half comeback to force overtime and eventually beat Portugal in a heart-stopping clash in Ovar tonight. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) stepped up with 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead Georgia to the second win in Group E. Portugal piled up what seemed a comfortable 19-point halftime advantage. But Georgia fired 32 points in the third term to cut the distance at 6-point mark. They went on a 21:15 run in the fourth frame to send the game into extra period. Levan Patsatsia (198-SF-88, college: Troy) scored 7 points in overtime and helped Portugal to the victory. Tornike Shengelia (206-F-91) finished with 20 points for the visitors. Jose Silva (194-G/F-89) answered with 26 points for Portugal.

Group F
Latvia - Romania 88-65
Latvia remained undefeated in Group F action. They fired past Romania in Riga to improve at 3-0 record on top of the standings. Janis Blums (191-SG-82) netted 17 points to pace the Baltic team. Latvia led by just a single point at the interval 36:35. But they unloaded 29 points in the third quarter to boost the margin at 12-point mark. Romania managed just 12 points in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) produced 12 points and 6 assists for the winners. Vlad-Sorin Moldoveanu (209-F/C-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: American) answered with 17 points for Romania.

Slovakia - Sweden 72-75
Sweden registered the first victory at the EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round. They upset Slovak Republic on the road to take 1-2 record in Group F. Martin Pahlmblad (193-G-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) delivered 14 points to pace the Scandinavian team. Slovak Republic registered a 26:20 lead after the first frame. But Sweden erased the deficit and tied things up at 40 at halftime. Sweden went on a 24:8 run in the third term to gain a comfortable lead. Slovak Republic pulled within a striking distance in the final seconds but Person sank two free throws to seal the victory for the visitors. Gaddefors and Joakim Kjellbom (212-C-79, college: N.Arizona) had 13 points each for Sweden. Peter Sedmak (207-F/C-85, agency: 011 Sports) responded with 23 points for Slovak Republic.

Group G
Italy - Switzerland 90-60
Italy made a big step towards clinching 2015 EuroBasket ticket with a comfortable home win over Switzerland. Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) and Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) posted 17 points each to pace the Azzurri at 2-0 record in Group G. Italy built a 44:23 halftime lead and never looked back afterwards. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) finished with 15 points for the winners. Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points for Switzerland.


Day 2 of 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round - Aug 13, 2014

Group A
United Kingdom - Bosnia 67-80
Bosnia and Herzegovina got to the winning start of their EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round campaign. They knocked down Great Britain in Group A. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 25 points to pace the winners. Bosnia secured a 23:11 lead after ten minutes. They extended the margin at 15-point mark at the interval. Bosnia and Herzegovina kept the hosts at distance throughout the third term building a 17-point advantage. Great Britain cut the distance in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome. Nemanja Mitrovic (197-G-90, college: Portland) and Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) produced 12 points each for the winners. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Great Britain.

Group B
Holland - Israel 57-66
Israel opened win count at the EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They upset Netherlands in Groningen today to climb at 1-1 record in Group B ladder. Guy Pnini (201-SF-83) netted 16 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and issued 4 assists to pace the effort. Israel ensured a 45:41 halftime lead. They extended the lead to 5 points at the final intermission. Israel held the Dutch team to just 4 points in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) had 13 points for the visitors. Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88, college: Oregon St.) responded iwth 12 points for Netherlands. Nick Oudendag (210-C/F-87, agency: Court Side) had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the defeat.

Montenegro - Bulgaria 70-64 (OT)

Group C
Austria - Germany 64-77
Germany outgunned Austria on the road to gain 1-1 record in the EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round. Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92, agency: LUMANI 10.7) scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Germany jumped at 19:14 lead after ten minutes. But Austria bounced back to ensure a 35:33 halftime lead. The hosts stretched the gap at 7-point mark at the final intermission. However Germany triggered a 29:9 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for the winners. Enis Murati (194-F-88) answered with game-high 27 points for Austria.

Luxembourg - Poland 61-113
Poland cruised past Luxembourg to earn the second consecutive victory in Group C. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C/F-82) scored 20 points to pace the winners. Poland jumped at 26:10 lead after the opening quarter. They stayed in front throughout the second frame. Poland ensured a 49:27 halftime lead. Poland unloaded 39 points in the third term to clear off for good. Mateusz Ponitka (197-F/G-93) finished with 15 points, while Damian Kulig added 14 points for the winners. Christopher Jones (186-G-90) responded with 16 points for Luxembourg.

Group D
Belgium - Belarus 71-57
Belgium opened win count in Group D. They held off visiting Belarus in Charleroi tonight. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) stepped up with 15 points and 7 rebounds to pace the Lions. Belgium piled up a 38:28 halftime lead. The gap grew at 17-point mark at the final break and Belgium never looked back afterwards. Maxime De Zeeuw (204-PF-87) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Belarus as they slipped at 1-1 record.

Denmark - FYR Macedonia 75-81
FYR Macedonia secured the second win in a row in Group D action. They knocked down Denmark on the road. Marko Simonovski (192-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances), Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) posted 12 points each to pace the visitors. FYR Macedonia ensured a 44:36 halftime lead. Denmark cut the distance to just a single point at the final intermission. But FYR Macedonia dropped 26 points in the fourth frame to escape with a narrow win. Mathias Seilund (201-F-90) accounted for 17 points for the Danish team.

Group E
Hungary - Georgia 74-73
Hungary eked out a narrow home win over Georgia. Csaba Ferencz (195-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) hit a decisive three-pointer with just over a minute left in regulation to give Hungary a crucial lead in the game. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) posted 20 points for the winners. Georgia entered the fourth frame up by a single point 55:54. But Hungary went on a 20:18 run in the final frame to seal the win. Krisztian Wittmann (184-PG-85) delivered 15 points for the home side. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) responded with 19 points for Georgia. Tornike Shengelia (206-F-91) had 18 points in the defeat.

Czech Republic - Portugal 89-53
Czech Republic outgunned Portugal to improve at 1-1 record in Group E. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and issued 5 assists to pace the winners. Czech Republic built a comfortable 51:31 halftime lead. They stretched the gap at 32-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) produced 11 points for the winners. Jose Silva (194-G/F-89) replied with 11 points for Portugal.

Group F
Latvia - Slovakia 86-66
Latvia had little problems en route to the second victory in Group F. They rolled past Slovak Republic at home court. Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) delivered 18 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Baltic team. Latvia piled up a 49:26 halftime lead. They kept Slovak Republic at bay throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Rolands Freimanis netted 14 points for the winners. Peter Sedmak responded with 17 points for Slovak Republic. Peter Simek (205-C-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Cal-Irvine) and Martin Bilik had 12 points each in the loss.

Romania - Sweden 77-72 OT
Romania needed overtime to tame Sweden in the second round of Group F action. Catalin Baciu (214-C-88, college: Clemson) produced 18 points to pace the hosts to the second straight victory at the EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Romania ensured a 28:25 halftime lead. Sweden cut the deficit to a single point at the third break. The visitors denied the deficit in the fourth frame and forced overtime. But Romania held their opponents to just 6 points in the extra period and sealed the winning outcome. Rares Mandache (191-G/F-87) knocked down 16 points for the hosts. Martin Pahlmblad (193-G-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) responded with 17 points for Sweden.

Group G
Russia - Italy 63-65
Italy handed the second straight defeat to Russia in Group G. Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) stepped up late in the game to help the Azzurri clinch the victory. Italy trailed by as many as 10 points in the third period. But Italy came up strong in the fourth frame and got away with a narrow victory. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) and Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) netted 11 points each for the visitors. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Russia.


Day 1 of 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round - Aug 10, 2014

Group A
Iceland - United Kingdom 83-70
Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) scored 24 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead Iceland past Great Britain in Group A. Iceland secured a 22:10 lead ten minutes into the game. But Great Britain erased the deficit and tied things up at 34 after the first half. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. Iceland eked out a one-point lead heading into the final frame. But the hosts went on a 24:12 run in the fourth period and snatched the victory. Martin Hermansson netted 22 points, while Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82) added 14 points and 15 boards in the victory. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Great Britain.

Group B
Bulgaria - Holland 53-62
Netherlands outgunned Bulgaria at the start of the EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign. Arvin Slagter (191-G-85, agency: Court Side) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners. Netheerlands piled up a 37:27 halftime lead. They extended the margin to as many as 15 points at the final intermission and protected the lead well throughout the rest of the game. Nick Oudendag (210-C/F-87, agency: Court Side) finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Bozhidar Avramov (195-PG-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points for Bulgaria.

Israel - Montenegro 97-100 OT
Montenegro survived an overtime thriller to tame Israel in Nicosia today. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) led the Balkan team with 17 points and 9 assists. Montenegro grabbed an 8-point lead heading into the fourth frame. But Israel erupted for 28 points in the next quarter and forced overtime. However Montenegro added 14 points in the extra period and sealed the winning outcome. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) accounted for 16 points, while Suad Sehovic added 15 points in the win. Omri Casspi (206-SF-88) responded iwth 28 points and 10 rebounds for Israel. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) tossed in 19 points in the loss.

Group C
Austria - Luxembourg 84-76
Austria piled up a 24-point halftime lead and withheld a furious comeback rally from Luxembourg to post the initial win in Group C. Thomas Schreiner (195-PG-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) accounted for 16 points in the victory. Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Luxembourg responded with 19 points from Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist). Jairo Ferreira Delgado (188-G/F-85) had 17 points in the loss.

Poland - Germany 68-67
Mateusz Ponitka (197-F/G-93) sank two late free throws to propel Poland past Germany in Group C opener. Poland led throughout the bigger part of the game but were on the verge of losing the game late in regulation. Germany pulled in front in the dying seconds but Mateusz Ponitka stepped up for the hosts and sealed the winning outcome. Adam Waczynski (199-F/G-89) delivered 19 points for Poland. Mateusz Ponitka added 16 points for the winners. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) and Heiko Schaffartzik (181-PG-84) responded with 16 points each for Germany.

Group D
FYR Macedonia - Belgium 76-73 OT
FYR Macedonia eked out an overtime victory over Belgium at the start of their Group C endeavour. Marko Simonovski (192-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) drained a three-pointer with 2 seconds left in overtime to seal the win for FYR Macedonia. Bojan Trajkovski (205-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 16 points each for the winners. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) responded with 17 points for Belgium. Maxime De Zeeuw and Lionel Bosco (175-PG-81, agency: Court Side) had 11 points each for the Lions.

Belarus - Denmark 97-72
Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Belarus past Denmark at the start of the EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Belarus piled up a 43:28 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) notched 13 points for the winners. Esben Reinholt (195-G-93) responded with 14 points for Denmark.

Group E
Portugal - Hungary 38-58
Hungary thumped Portugal in Sines at the start of the EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Hungary ensured a 41:20 halftime lead. They never looked back in the second half and coasted to the victory. Akos Keller (208-F/C-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) delivered 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Fabio Lima (197-G/F-88) responded with 12 points for Portugal.

Georgia - Czech Republic 73-62
Georgia defeated Czech Republic to earn the first win in the 2015 EuroBasket 2nd Qualifying Round. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Georgia opened a 36:32 halftime lead. The Czech side cut the deficit at just 2 points at the final intermission. But Georgia responded with an 18:9 run in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome. Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86), Tornike Shengelia (206-F-91) and Duda Sanadze (196-G-92) had 10 points each for the winners. Patrik Auda (206-F/C-89, college: Seton Hall) responded with 18 points for Czech Republic.

Group F
Slovakia - Romania 69-81
Romania posted the first win in Group F. They upset Slovak Republic on the road in the opener. Titus Nicoara (203-PF-88, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Slovak Republic piled up a 27:13 lead after the first frame. But Romania took over in the second frame. They ignited a 29:13 run in the third term to pull ahead. Romania finished the game on a 21:15 run to seal the victory. Vlad-Sorin Moldoveanu (209-F/C-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: American) delivered 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Nenad Milosevic (190-PG-83, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 20 points and 7 assists for Slovak Republic.

Sweden - Latvia 50-62
Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds as Latvia upset Sweden in Lulea in the opening game in Group F. Latvia secured a 36:30 halftime lead. They kept Sweden at distance throughout the second half and raced to the victory. Janis Blums (191-SG-82) and Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) produced 13 points each for the winners. Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) responded with 11 points for Sweden.

Group G
Switzerland - Russia 79-77
Switzerland secured the perfect start to their EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign. They held off Russia in a thrilling game in Fribourg. Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 24 points to pace the Swiss side. The hosts overcame a one-point deficit after the first period to gain a massive 19-point lead at the final break. Russia went on a strong comeback rally in the fourth frame and tied things up at 68. But a calm free throw execution late in regulation helped Switzerland seal the victory. Greg Brunner (203-C/F-83, college: Iowa) finished with 15 points, while Arnaud Cotture (203-PF-95) added 12 points for the winners. Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) answered with 13 points for Russia.





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