Switzerland - Cyprus 76-80 Cyprus opened win count at the 2017 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They snatched a road win over Switzerland. Anthony King (206-C/F-85, college: Miami, FL) came up with 21 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Switzerland grabbed a 45:38 halftime lead. Cyprus however turned things around in the second half. They ignited a 42:31 second half rally to snatch a narrow victory. Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) tossed in 16 points for the winners. David Ramseier (202-F/C-87) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Switzerland.
Belgium - Iceland 80-65 Belgium recorded the third straight victory in Group A. They held off Iceland to stay undefeated. Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87) scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Belgium grabbed a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Iceland pulled within a single point at the interval. But Belgium held Iceland to just 26 points in the second half and rallied to the win. Jonathan Tabu (189-PG-85) finished with 12 points for the home side. Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) responded with 21 points for Iceland.
Austria - Denmark 86-66 Austria claimed the second victory in Group B. They cruised past Denmark for 2-1 record. Five players scored in double digits for the hosts. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points in the win. Austria established a 45:30 halftime advantage. They sank 41 points in the second half and marched to the win. Anton Maresch (191-SG-91) contributed 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Alan Voskuil (191-G-86, college: Texas Tech) replied with 22 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for Denmark.
Germany - Holland 71-75 Netherlands revived their Qualifying Round campaign as they shocked Germany in Oberhausen on Wednesday. Nicolas de Jong (210-C-88, agency: Comsport) and Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 20 points each to pace the Dutch side. Netherlands posted a 40:35 halftime lead. Germany narrowed the deficit in the second half but could not avert the defeat. Yannick Franke (194-G-96) finished with 18 points in the win. Paul Zipser (203-G/F-94, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 14 points for Germany.
Sweden - Russia 73-85 Russia celebrated the second win in a row in Group C. They upset Sweden on the road to stay perfect. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-F-87) scored 20 points to lead the visitors. Russia got to a strong start. They piled up a 21:8 lead ten minutes into the game. Sweden cut the deficit at 9-point mark heading into the fourth stanza. But Russia unloaded 24 points in the final frame and clinched the win. Dmitrii Khvostov (190-G-89) posted 16 points in the victory. Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) responded with 16 points for the hosts.
Belarus - Portugal 72-62 Belarus overcame Portugal for the opening victory in Group D. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) notched 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Belarus secured a 41:25 halftime lead. Portugal pulled within 9 points at the final intermission. But Belarus sank 20 points in the fourth term to get away with the win. Aliakdandr Semianiuk and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) had 10 points each for the winners. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Portugal.
Poland - Estonia 78-64 Poland earned the third straight victory in Group D. They held off visiting Estonia behind 17 points and 11 rebounds from Lampe Maciej (211-C/F-85). Poland grabbed a 36:26 halftime lead. They followed with a 23:15 run in the final stanza to ice the win. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) contributed 15 points in the victory. Kristjan Kitsing (205-F-90, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 15 points for Estonia.
Bulgaria - Kosovo 105-84 Bulgaria opened win count in Group E. They stormed past Kosovo for 1-2 record. Aleksandar Georgiev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) nailed 28 points to lead the hosts. Bulgaria and Kosovo were tied at 40 at the big break. But Bulgaria unleashed 65 points in the second half to seal the winning outcome. Alexander Vezenkov and Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) produced 18 points each in the victory. Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88) responded with 18 points for Kosovo.
Slovenia - Ukraine 84-77 Slovenia overcame a fierce opposition from Ukraine to record the third consecutive victory in Group E. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) was unstoppable with 28 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Slovenia ensured a 23:15 lead ten minutes into the game. They boosted the margin at 13-point mark heading into the fourth term. But Ukraine managed to narrow the deficit at the end losing by just 7 points. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) produced 12 points for the winners. Denys Lukashov (190-PG-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 14 points for Ukraine.
Slovakia - Albania 69-60 Slovakia snapped two-game losing skid and edged Albania at home. Richard Korner (197-SF-90) stepped up with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Slovakia eked out a 34:31 halftime lead. They poured in 25 points in the third quarter to secure an 11-point lead at the final break. Albania narrowed the gap in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Michal Batka had 17 points for Slovakia. Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 23 points for Albania.
Georgia - Montenegro 74-76 Montenegro eked out a narrow win over Georgia to remain perfect in Group F ladder. Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) posted 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Balkan team. Georgia accounted for a 25:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Montenegro however denied the deficit in the next two periods. They posted a 62:54 lead at the final intermission. Georgia erased the deficit in the fourth stanza but Nemanja Djurisic sank a late jumper to seal the win for the visitors. Derek Needham (180-PG-90, college: Fairfield) had 12 points for the winners. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Georgia.
FYR Macedonia - Hungary 66-76 Hungary upset FYR Macedonia in Kavadarci to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group G. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) posted 27 points and 6 assists to pace the winners. FYR Macedonia secured a 35:32 halftime lead. Hungary however turned things around in the second half. They unleashed 44 points after the big break and marched to the victory. Adam Hanga (199-SG-89, agency: Octagon Europe) tallied 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the visitors. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 16 points for FYR Macedonia.
United Kingdom - Luxembourg 95-72 Great Britain knocked down Luxembourg to improve at 2-1 record in Group G. Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Two Points) tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds to pace the British side. Great Britain unleashed 29 points in the first period to open a 10-point lead. They added 33 points in the third period to stretch the gap at 16-point mark. Great Britain held Luxembourg to just 12 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to the win. Andrew Lawrence provided 13 points in the victory. Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) responded with 30 points for Luxembourg.
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.
FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Draw seedings announced - 4 months ago
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The official draw seedings for FIBA EuroBasket 2017 have been released prior to Tuesday's Draw. In Istanbul at 16.00 CET Tuesday, the 24 teams that will play in next summer's Final Round will be drawn into four groups of six teams each. The seedings for the Draw are based on the Competition Regulations of FIBA Europe, taking into account the results of the participating nations in their last FIBA Europe competition (s). The seedings are as follows: Seed 1: Spain, Lithuania, France, Serbia... [read more]
The official draw seedings for FIBA EuroBasket 2017 have been released prior to Tuesday's Draw. In Istanbul at 16.00 CET Tuesday, the 24 teams that will play in next summer's Final Round will be drawn into four groups of six teams each. The seedings for the Draw are based on the Competition Regulations of FIBA Europe, taking into account the results of the participating nations in their last FIBA Europe competition (s). The seedings are as follows: Seed 1: Spain, Lithuania, France, Serbia Seed 2: Greece, Italy, Czech Republic, Latvia Seed 3: Croatia, Israel, Turkey, Finland Seed 4: Russia, Slovenia, Hungary, Georgia Seed 5: Germany, Belgium, Poland, Montenegro Seed 6: Iceland, Great Britain, Ukraine, Romania.
The host federations had the right to choose one partner federation, who will be automatically drawn into the same group. The partnerships bring together Finland and Iceland; Israel and Lithuania; Romania and Hungary; and Turkey and Russia. The Draw Ceremony can be followed live on YouTube.com/FIBA from 15.00 CET. FIBA EuroBasket 2017 will take place from 31 August to 17 September and will be co-hosted by Finland, Israel, Romania and Turkey. Courtesy of: fiba.com
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