Iceland - Switzerland 88-72 Iceland outgunned visiting Switzerland at the start of their Qualifying Round campaign. Six players scored in double digits for the hosts. Iceland dominated in the first half. They piled up a 47:29 halftime lead. They protected the lead well throughout the second half and marched to the win. Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-G-88) provided 16 points and 8 assists for Iceland. Hlynur Baeringsson added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Marko Mladjan (205-F-93) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Switzerland.
Belgium - Cyprus 65-46 Belgium celebrated the opening victory in Group A. They knocked down visiting Cyprus in the opener. Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87) scored 12 points and issued 6 assists to lead the hosts. Belgium built a 36:20 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Retin Obasohan (185-G-93, college: Alabama) added 10 points for the winners. Aristides Koronides (188-PG-82) responded with 13 points for Cyprus.
Holland - Austria 72-77 Austria shocked Netherlands in Leiden. Rasid Mahalbasic (210-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) posted 15 points to lead the visitors to the victory. Netherlands jumped to a 20:18 lead ten minutes into the game. But Austria turned things around in the second frame. They established a 43:34 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 10-point mark at the final intermission. Netherlands went on a strong charge in the fourth quarter but came up short at the end. Thomas Schreiner (195-PG-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) finished with 13 points for the winners. Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) answered with game-high 24 points and 6 rebounds for Netherlands.
Germany - Denmark 101-74 Germany cruised past Denmark in Group B opener. Maodo Lo (190-G-92, college: Columbia) and Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) finished with 17 points each to lead the effort. Germany unloaded 52 points in the first half to open a 14-point halftime lead. They followed with a 49-point effort in the second half to ice the victory. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 16 points in the win. Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) and Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91, college: Arizona St.) answered with 18 points apiece for Denmark.
Russia - Bosnia 83-54 Russia opened 2017 EuroBasket Qualifying Round with a comprehensive home win. They bruised Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group C. Dmitrii Kulagin (197-G/F-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists for the winners. Bosnia posted a 35:34 halftime lead. But Russia responded with a strong 49:19 second half run to seal a comfortable win. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 14 points for the winners. Jusuf Nurkic (213-C-94) responded with 19 points and 15 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Estonia - Belarus 81-62 Estonia cruised past Belarus in Tallinn to record the first win in Group D. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) was pivotal with 32 points and 7 assists for the home side. Estonia registered a 40:27 halftime lead. They sank 41 points in the second half to rally to the win. Martin Dorbek (194-G-91) produced 19 points for the hosts. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) responded with 14 points for Belarus.
Poland - Portugal 83-57 Poland thumped visiting Portugal to open their campaign with victory. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) was responsible for 14 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Poland jumped to a 23:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Portugal though cut the deficit at 2-point at the interval. But Poland shifted the gear in the second half. They triggered a 48:24 run after the big break to roll to the win. A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) finished with 12 points for the hosts. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) responded with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Portugal.
Slovenia - Kosovo 113-68 Slovenia fired past Kosovo in Group E. Five players scored in double digits for the hosts. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) delivered 22 points and 8 assists to lead the charge. Slovenia unloaded 64 points in the first half to open a massive 33-point halftime lead. They breezed to the victory after the big break. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) provided 17 points for the hosts. Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88) responded with 21 points for Kosovo.
Ukraine - Bulgaria 79-69 Ukraine gave little change to visiting Bulgaria in the Qualifying Round opener for both sides. Kyrylo Fesenko (216-C-86) notched 15 points and 10 rebounds as Ukraine celebrated victory in Kyiv. The hosts kept Bulgaria at bay throughout the first half. Ukraine piled up a 42:25 halftime lead. Bulgaria managed to narrow the deficit in the fourth term but had to surrender at the end. Ruslan Otverchenko netted 14 points for Ukraine. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points for Bulgaria.
Montenegro - Slovakia 97-65 Montenegro posted the first victory in the Qualifying Round. They stormed past Slovakia in Podgorica. Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88) netted 17 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Montenegro claimed a 50:28 halftime lead. They boosted the margin at 33-point mark entering the fourth frame. Marko Todorovic (209-F-92) had 13 points and 10 boards in the victory. Michal Batka (204-C-87) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Slovakia.
Georgia - Albania 86-47 Georgia coasted past Albania for the opening victory in Group F. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) delivered 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Georgia accumulated a comfortable 45:19 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 36-point mark heading into the fourth term and eased to the victory. Tornike Shengelia (205-F-91) accounted for 12 points in the win. Endrit Hysenagolli responded with 15 points for Albania.
FYR Macedonia - Luxembourg 89-75 FYR Macedonia overcame pesky Luxembourg in Skopje at the start of their Qualifying Round campaign. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 28 points to lead the hosts. FYR Macedonia looked well in control throughout the first half. They recorded a 51:36 halftime lead. Luxembourg cut the deficit at 10-point mark at the final intermission. They sank 21 points in the fourth stanza to pull even closer but could not avoid the defeat. Damjan Stojanovski (198-SG-87, agency: BeoBasket) produced 13 points and 7 boards in the win. Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) responded with 16 points for Luxembourg.
Hungary - United Kingdom 96-77 Adam Hanga (199-SG-89, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists as Hungary beat Great Britain in Group G. Hungary established a 53:41 halftime lead. They held Great Britain to just 15 points in the fourth quarter and secured a convincing win at the end. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) produced 24 points for the hosts. Andrew Lawrence (185-PG-90, college: Charleston, agency: Two Points) and Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) responded with 22 points each for Great Britain.
Batum announced that he will not play in the Eurobasket - 14 days ago
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Nicolas Batum(203-SF-88) confirmed that for the first time in his career he will not play for the French national team which will compete in the upcoming Eurobasket. 'I'm going to dedicate myself to this (Hornets) franchise,' Nicolas Batum said. 'I am going to get back on the court and work on myself. I need to take the summer to focus on myself for once. My team needs that, and I need that too to get back to what I'm supposed to be for this team. It's one of the most difficult decisions... [read more]
Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) confirmed that for the first time in his career he will not play for the French national team which will compete in the upcoming Eurobasket. 'I'm going to dedicate myself to this (Hornets) franchise,' Nicolas Batum said. 'I am going to get back on the court and work on myself. I need to take the summer to focus on myself for once. My team needs that, and I need that too to get back to what I'm supposed to be for this team. It's one of the most difficult decisions of my life'. Nicolas Batum had already said to French TV station 'BeinSport' that he was thinking about resting during this summer, however when he gave the interview was not final. Courtesy of: eurohoops.net
Player of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA Eurobasket.com All-Europe Small Forward of the Year: Rudy Fernandez (197-SF-85) of Real Madrid Eurobasket.com All-Europe Power Forward of the Year: Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) of Fenerbahce Istanbul Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year: Anthony Randolph (... [read more]
Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards
for last year.
Eurobasket has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are
located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking below.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final
ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European leagues in
last (15-16) and this (16-17) season, so it may apply also to non-European
players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played
overseas (mostly in NBA).
This year, for All-Europe, votes were dominated by CSKA's backcourt duo - Nando
De Colo (196-SG-87)
who led Russian powerhouse to Euroleague Title last season. Our correspondents
selected French combo as Best Player in 2016. The Regular Season MVP was a
leading scorer of Euroleague with 19.4ppg and had great performance in the
championship game at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany (when scored 10 of
his game-high 22 points), and earned Final Four MVP honors. He also represented
French National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (5 games:
15.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg)).
For the second time (previously in 2010) Milos
named best Point Guard of the Year. Serbian player finally earned an Euroleague
title in his 5th season in CSKA. Teodosic played great in Rio, where he led
Serbian National Team to the final and named All-Olympic Games 1st Team.
Best Small Forward award went to Rudy
of Real Madrid. In his 5th season he is still their key player in both
Euroleague and Spanish Liga Endesa. He was also one of the leaders of Spanish
National Team at Olympic Games in Rio where he averaged 11.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg
and 2.0spg. Rudy was already named best SF back in 2008, 2013 and 2014.
Czech athletic phenom Jan
was once again selected as Best Power Forward of the Year. Thanks to his great
performance during the whole year he helped Fenerbahce to reach Euroleague Final
(they lost to CSKA in thriller OT) and Turkish League trophy.
Best Center Award went to versatile american big man - Anthony
of Real Madrid. Last season he was a leader of an amazing Lokomotiv Kuban team
that managed to reach Euroleague Final Four for the first time in club history
(they emilminated FC Barcelona on their way). In summer he was signed by Real
There could only be one Coach of the Year - Dimitris
finally brought Euroleague title to CSKA.
of the New York Knicks was named Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the
Year. Kristaps is as exciting as any young player in the NBA, has a ton of
potential. The No. 4 overall pick of the 2015 Draft has improved immensely and
is already among league's stars.
Both backcourt positions were "reserved" for CSKA duo - Milos
Nando De Colo.
At Small Forward position we have Giannis
of Milwaukee Bucks. The "Greek Freak" at just 22 years old is proving to be a
special one, like no other, already one of the league's best players. The
stat-stuffing phenom is leading the Bucks in points, rebounds, assists, steals,
blocks, minutes and many other aspects of the game.
At Center position we have Rudy
of Utah Jazz. One of the best athletes in the NBA is still improving his game,
currently averaging double-double in his 3rd year in the league. He also
represented French National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
where in 5 games averaged 5.4ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.0bpg.
All-Europe - only players, who played in Europe in 2016 (both domestic and
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year:Nando
De Colo (196-SG-87)
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year:Milos
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year: Nando
De Colo (196-SG-87)
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Small Forward of the Year:Rudy
of Real Madrid
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Power Forward of the Year:Jan
of Fenerbahce Istanbul
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year:Anthony
of Real Madrid
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Coach of the Year:Dimitris
All-Europeans - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or
overseas in 2016
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year: Kristaps
of NY Knicks
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year:Milos
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Shooting Guard of the Year:Nando
De Colo (196-SG-87)
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Small Forward of the Year:Giannis
of Milwaukee Bucks
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year:Kristaps
of NY Knicks
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Center of the Year: Rudy
of Utah Jazz
The EuroBasket 2017 will be the 40th edition of the EuroBasket championship that is organized by FIBA Europe. Tournament will be hosted by four countries: Israel, Romania, Finland and Turkey, and tournament will begin on 31. August and it will be played until 17. September&n... [read more]
The EuroBasket 2017 will be the 40th edition of the EuroBasket championship that is organized by FIBA Europe. Tournament will be hosted by four countries: Israel, Romania, Finland and Turkey, and tournament will begin on 31. August and it will be played until 17. September 2017. A number of 24 qualified teams will play in groups of six; the four best teams in these groups advancing to a single-elimination knockout stage.
Group A: Poland, Greece, France, Finland, Iceland, Slovenia Group B: Ukraine, Israel, Lithuania, Georgia, Italy, Germany Group C: Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, Montenegro, Romania, Hungary Group D: United Kingdom, Russia, Serbia, Latvia, Turkey, Belgium
One of the rules was that host countries can choose partner-nation. The partnerships bring together Finland and Iceland, Israel and Lithuania, Romania and Hungary, and Turkey and Russia.
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