Iceland - Cyprus 84-62 Iceland outgunned Cyprus for the second win in Group A. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) produced 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Cyprus jumped to a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. But Iceland went on a 52:26 run in the next two quarters to secure a 23-point lead before the fourth stanza. They maintained the lead throughout the final term to secure the win. Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) netted 15 points for the hosts. Andreas Sizopoulos (192-G-83) replied with 12 points for Cyprus.
Belgium - Switzerland 87-49 Belgium secured 2017 EuroBasket birth. They fired past Switzerland for the fourth consecutive victory in Group A. Jonathan Tabu (189-PG-85) recorded 20 points to lead the hosts. Belgium posted a 33:16 halftime lead. They added 54 points in the second half to roll to the victory. Retin Obasohan (185-G-93, college: Alabama) provided 16 points in the win. Jonathan Kazadi (193-G-91) responded with 9 points for Switzerland.
Holland - Denmark 98-88 OT Netherlands stepped closer to qualifying for the 2017 EuroBasket. They outgunned Denmark in overtime to gain 4-1 record in Group B. Six players scored in double digits for the Dutch team. Worthy de Jong came up with 20 points for the winners. Denmark posted a 45:40 halftime lead. But Netherlands erased the deficit in the second half. They tied things up at 78 at the end of regulation. Netherlands sank 20 points in the extra period to seal the win. Jessey Voorn (197-SG-90, agency: Court Side) provided 15 points, while Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88, college: Oregon St.) had 14 points in the victory. Jonas Berdstedt replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Denmark.
Germany - Austria 78-58 Germany knocked down Austria to gain 3-2 record in Group B. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92) tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Germany piled up a 43:28 halftime lead. The hosts went on a 20:12 run in the fourth period to seal the win. Patrick Heckmann (198-G-92, college: Boston Coll.) delivered 14 points for the winners. Rasid Mahalbasic (210-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 21 points for Austria.
Sweden - Bosnia 76-78 Bosnia nipped Sweden on the road to clinch the second position in Group C. Jusuf Nurkic (213-C-94) posted 21 points and 10 caroms for the visitors. Bosnia snatched a 37:35 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second half as Bosnia managed to get away with a narrow victory. Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) delivered 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Tobias Spires and Thomas Massamba (183-PG-85, agency: Octagon Europe) had 14 points each for Sweden.
Poland - Belarus 57-76 Belarus upset Poland in Torun today. Maalik Wayns (185-PG-91, college: Villanova) scored 21 points coming off bench for the visitors. Belarus grabbed a 34:28 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 12-point mark at the final intermission. The visitors went on a 21:14 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) tossed in 14 points and pulled down 10 boards for Belarus. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) responded with 16 points for Poland.
Estonia - Portugal 82-63 Estonia fired past Portugal to improve at 3-2 record in Group D. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) scored 17 points to lead the Baltic side. Estonia posted a 31:27 halftime lead. They sank 27 points in the third quarter to boost the lead at 11-point mark. Estonia held their opponents to just 16 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Kristjan Kitsing (205-F-90, agency: Octagon Europe) provided 14 points for the winners. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) responded with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Portugal.
Slovenia - Bulgaria 85-63 Slovenia stayed perfect in the Qualifying Round. They cruised past Bulgaria for the fifth straight victory in Group E. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) netted 17 points and issued 10 assists to pace the winners. Bulgaria jumped to a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. But Slovenia responded with a 53:14 run in the next two quarters to spur ahead for good. Gasper Vidmar (211-C-87) netted 12 points for the hosts. Jason Washburn (210-C-90, college: Utah, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Bulgaria.
Ukraine - Kosovo 100-61 Ukraine cruised past Kosovo to gain the fourth victory in Group E. Olexandr Mishula (192-SG-92) nailed 21 points to pace the hosts. Ukraine got to a strong start. They established a 55:28 halftime lead. They followed with a 26:8 run in the third term to clear off for good. Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-C-87, agency: BeoBasket) had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88) responded with 20 points for Kosovo.
Montenegro - Albania 94-56 Montenegro punched their 2017 EuroBasket tickets. They fired past Albania to gain 5-0 record in Group F. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90, agency: BeoBasket) provided 13 points to pace the winners. Montenegro piled up a 46:27 halftime lead. The hosts unloaded 48 points in the second half and rallied to a crucial win. Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) delivered 12 points for the winners. Gerti Shima (204-PF-86) responded with 24 points for Albania.
Georgia - Slovakia 96-68 Georgia outgunned Slovakia behind 31 points from Tornike Shengelia (205-F-91). Georgia accounted for a 30:19 lead ten minutes into the game. They stayed in charge throughout the reminder of the contest. Georgia therefore improved at 4-1 record in Group F. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) provided 12 points in the win. Nenad Milosevic (190-PG-83, agency: 011 Sports) responded with 21 points for Slovakia.
FYR Macedonia - United Kingdom 62-89 Great Britain coasted past FYR Macedonia to earn the third victory in Group G. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) produced 21 points to lead the visitors. Great Britain posted a 44:30 halftime lead. They went on a 22:9 run in the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Andrew Lawrence (185-PG-90, college: Charleston, agency: Two Points) nailed 14 points for the British side. Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) responded with 17 points for FYR Macedonia.
Luxembourg - Hungary 65-68 Hungary sealed their 2017 EuroBasket birth. They snatched a road win over Luxembourg to ice the top position in Group G. Adam Hanga (199-SG-89, agency: Octagon Europe) tallied 18 points to lead the charge. Luxembourg enjoyed a 38:35 halftime lead. Hungary stiffened defensively in the third term. They held Luxembourg to 11 points to take a 4-point lead. Luxembourg narrowed the deficit in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91) provided 12 points for the winning side. Samy Picard (195-PF-88) responded with 15 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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