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Group A
Slovenia 50% Aug.31 Poland
Iceland 50% Aug.31 Greece
France 50% Aug.31 Finland
Group B
Germany 50% Aug.31 Ukraine
Italy 50% Aug.31 Israel
Lithuania 50% Aug.31 Georgia
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Group A
Cyprus - Switzerland 92-78
Cyprus finished the Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Switzerland at home court for 2-4 record. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M) came up with 26 points to pace the home side. Switzerland jumped to a 41:37 halftime lead. However Cyprus went on a 24:14 run in the third term to surge ahead. Cyprus unloaded 31 points in the final term and sealed the victory. Anthony King (206-C/F-85, college: Miami, FL) provided 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Brian Savoy (189-SG-92) replied with 19 points for Switzerland.

Iceland - Belgium 74-68
Iceland earned the fourth victory in Group A. They topped Belgium to clinch the second position in the group. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) delivered 18 points for the winners. Belgium jumped to a 21:14 lead after the opening quarter. But Iceland picked up the tempo. Iceland cut the deficit at 3-point mark at the interval. The hosts ignited a 40:31 run in the second half to seal the victory. Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) produced 11 points in the win. Jean Salumu (193-F-90) responded with 24 points for Belgium.

Group B
Denmark - Austria 86-72
Denmark finished their Group B on a winning note. They knocked down visiting Austria for the second win in the Qualifiers. Alan Voskuil (191-G-86, college: Texas Tech) nailed 17 points to lead the winners. Denmark got to a strong start. They ensured a 40:26 halftime lead. They protected it well throughout the second half and marched to the win. Darko Jukic (199-G-90) and Gabriel Lundberg (193-G-94) had 16 points each for the hosts. Thomas Schreiner (195-PG-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with 15 points for Austria.

Holland - Germany 51-82
Germany secured the 2017 EuroBasket qualification. They stormed past Netherlands on the road to claim the top position in Group B. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92) provided 15 points to lead the visitors. Germany grabbed a 40:26 halftime lead. The visitors went on a 42:25 run in the second half and rallied to the victory. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 14 points for the winners. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 18 points for Netherlands.

Group C
Russia - Sweden 63-59
Russia finished their EuroBasket Qualifying campaign with victory. They edged Sweden for the fourth straight win in Group C. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) tossed in 15 points to lead the winners. Sweden posted an 18:12 lead after the opening frame. But Russia picked up the tempo in the next periods. The hosts erased the deficit and grabbed a 10-point lead heading into the fourth term. Sweden narrowed the distance in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss. Sergey Karasev (201-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 12 points for Russia. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for Sweden.

Group D
Estonia - Poland 63-94
Poland eased past Estonia to clinch 5-1 record on top of Group D. Five players scored in double digits for the visitors. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) delivered 16 points in the victory. Poland established a 46:27 halftime lead. The visitors sank 48 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. Przemyslaw Zamojski (193-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) notched 15 points in the win. Reinar Hallik (208-F/C-84) answered with 15 points for Estonia.

Portugal - Belarus 77-62
Jose Silva (194-G/F-89) scored 16 points to lead Portugal past Belarus. Portugal eked out a 33:30 halftime advantage. The hosts sank 21 points in the third term. They built a 54:47 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Portugal held Belarus to just 15 points in the final period and raced to the victory. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) notched 15 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) responded with 15 points for Belarus.

Group E
Ukraine - Slovenia 69-80
Slovenia celebrated the sixth straight victory in Group E. They upset Ukraine in Kyiv to finish the Qualifying Round undefeated. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) nailed 22 points to lead the winners. Slovenia sank 27 points in the second term to gain a 6-point halftime lead. Ukraine erased the deficit and secured a 2-point advantage. But Slovenia unloaded 27 points in the fourth period to snatch the victory. Klemen Prepelic and Alen Omic (217-C-92) had 15 points each in the win. Denys Lukashov (190-PG-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine.

Group F
Montenegro - Georgia 84-90
Georgia clinched the top position in Group F. They upset Montenegro on the road therefore qualifying for 2017 EuroBasket. Michael Dixon (186-G-90, college: Memphis) stepped up with 31 points for the visitors. Georgia built a 45:41 halftime lead. Montenegro pulled within two points at the final intermission. But Georgia poured in 26 points in the fourth term and got away with a crucial win. Zaza Pachulia delivered 21 points and 13 rebounds for the visitors. Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC), Nemanja Djurisic (203-PF-92, college: Georgia) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 17 points each for Montenegro.

Albania - Slovakia 72-65
Albania wrapped up their EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign with victory. They fired past Slovakia at home court. Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 17 points in the victory. Albania erupted for 29 points in the first term to gain a 12-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the reminder of the contest as Albania maintained the advantage and rolled to the win. Endrit Hysenagolli posted 15 points for the winners. Nenad Milosevic (190-PG-83, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 18 points for Slovakia.

Group G
Luxembourg - United Kingdom 82-75
Great Britain punched their 2017 EuroBasket tickets despite losing to Luxembourg on the road tonight. Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) scored 20 points to lead the hosts to the victory. Great Britain established a 45:37 halftime lead. But Luxembourg went on a strong 45:30 second half rally to ice the victory. Alex Laurent (198-PF-93) notched 15 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Andrew Lawrence responded with 16 points for Great Britain. Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) notched 14 points and 15 boards in the defeat.

Hungary - FYR Macedonia 63-61
Hungary nipped visiting FYR Macedonia to record the sixth consecutive victory in Group G. Csaba Ferencz (194-SF-85) tossed in 18 points to pace the winners. FYR Macedonia grabbed a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. Hungary limited their opponents to just 21 points in the next two quarters to even things up at 46. Hungary went on a 17:15 run in the fourth period to seal a tough victory. Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95) had 13 points in the win. Aleksandar Kostovski (186-PG-88) responded with 18 points for FYR Macedonia.

  




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European Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Finland 0-0 
 2. France 0-0 
 3. Greece 0-0 
 4. Iceland 0-0 
 5. Poland 0-0 
 6. Slovenia 0-0 
Group B
 1. Georgia 0-0 
 2. Germany 0-0 
 3. Israel 0-0 
 4. Italy 0-0 
 5. Lithuania 0-0 
 6. Ukraine 0-0 
Group C
 1. Croatia 0-0 
 2. Czech Rep. 0-0 
 3. Spain 0-0 
 4. Hungary 0-0 
 5. Montenegro 0-0 
 6. Romania 0-0 
Group D
 1. Belgium 0-0 
 2. U.Kingdom 0-0 
 3. Latvia 0-0 
 4. Russia 0-0 
 5. Serbia 0-0 
 6. Turkey 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Vojdan STOJANOVSKI
  MKD
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 28
 1. Stojanovski, Vojdan28.0 
 2. Veideman, Rain24.0 
 3. Hanga, Adam23.0 
 4. Gomes, Joao22.0 
 5. Dragic, Goran21.0 
 6. Vojvoda, David20.5 
 7. de Jong, Worthy19.5 
 8. Nurkic, Jusuf19.0 
 9. Lawrence, Andrew19.0 
 10. Hermannsson, Mart.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jusuf NURKIC
  BIH
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 15
 1. Nurkic, Jusuf15.0 
 2. Gomes, Joao10.5 
 3. Baeringsson, Hlynur9.5 
 4. Todorovic, Marko9.0 
 5. Karasev, Sergey9.0 
 6. Iarochevitch, Ioa.8.0 
 7. Shengelia, Tornike7.5 
 8. Tumba, Kevin7.0 
 9. Gordon, Ben7.0 
 10. Fesenko, Kyrylo7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Goran DRAGIC
  SLO
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Dragic, Goran8.5 
 2. Lypovyy, Oleksandr7.5 
 3. Tsintsadze, Giorgi7.5 
 4. Gordon, Ben6.5 
 5. Mihailovic, Vladim.5.5 
 6. Vojvoda, David5.5 
 7. Travis, Romeo5.5 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Hord.5.0 
 9. Tabu, Jonathan5.0 
 10. Velikov, Asen5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Derek NEEDHAM
  USA
  (180-PG-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Needham, Derek4.0 
 2. Dorbek, Martin3.5 
 3. Keller, Akos3.0 
 4. Baburin, Evgenii3.0 
 5. Hajrizi, Drilon3.0 
 6. Obasohan, Retin3.0 
 7. Broadus, Rashaun3.0 
 8. Tumba, Kevin2.5 
 9. Barroso, Tomas2.5 
 10. Kostov, Chavdar2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vyacheslav BOBROV
  UKR
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bobrov, Vyacheslav2.0 
 2. Kulagin, Dmitrii2.0 
 3. Panteli, Iakovos1.5 
 4. Zipser, Paul1.5 
 5. Benzing, Robin1.5 
 6. Palsson, Haukur1.5 
 7. Hajrizi, Drilon1.5 
 8. Bergstedt, Jonas1.5 
 9. Kitsing, Kristjan1.0 
 10. Mahalbasic, Rasid1.0 
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