It can be said that Georgian basketball fans have never seen such dramatic and spectacular basketball performance at Tbilisi Sports Palace played by Georgian national team. It is very common to say that both teams deserved to win the match and it is exactly such occasion. No one can say that Zaza Pachulia, Viktor Sanikidze, Manuchar Markoishvili and their teammates did not deserve victory, but it is also newsworthy that Mirza Teletovic, Zack Wright and Ante Masics team also deserved two points. Nothing can change, this time Georgian national basketball team lost, but it is impossible to criticize Georgian players. But it does not mean that the players as well as chairman did not make any mistake (such thing does not happen at basketball match) but today Bosnians were luckier than Georgians in equal fight. Despite luckiness, Alexand Petrovics players showed a big determination. It goes without saying that Bosnians are high-class players. Totally guests advanced for 23 minutes and won three periods from four, in the decisive moment they managed to mobilize better than Georgians (besides this episode when they were given 2 technical penalties), which is really important factor in basketball. .. You are supposed to remember that in the first qualifying match against Bosnia, Georgians gained superiority in the first period, this time Bosnians were playing more efficiently and advanced at the beginning. Actually during the starting period guests had superiority (5:0, 7:3, 18:14) and mini-time ended in favor of them 20:16. During this period Zack Wright was the best player. In the second period Georgians mobilized, as a result of Pachulia and Msrkoishvilis attempt, Georgians gained superiority- 27:20. In such way Georgian managed to win the second ten-point period and before the time-out the score was 43:40 in favor of Georgia. In the first time Viktor Sanikidzes brilliant playing in defense must be mentioned. According to coaches instructions he stuck to Teletovic and did not let him shake a hand. Teletovic managed to gain 2 points only three minutes before the match and during the whole match he gained only 4 points. From the second time started nerves war. After Giorgi Tsintsadzes three-point kick 50:44 we advanced and till the end of the period we kept superiority. After the third quarter, Pullen did his best and the score was 74:72. Soon situation got tense and leaders of the Bosnian team gained so many personal fouls that there was risk of sending off. It was clear that the main fight was ahead and it happened so. There was equal fight and at the end of the time Teletovic advanced his team with 7 points, five minutes were left before ending the period- 92:85. Georgians had enough time for overcoming 7-point difference and Georgians did their best. Sinanovic gained personal foul and Pachulia scored only one penalty, as for Markoishvili he scored both of the penalties, Pullen scored after efficient attack and Georgians advanced- 99:98. 29 seconds before ending the fourth quarter, Markoishvili scored three-point kick and we advanced (103:102) and as a result we had real chance of winning the match, but 21 seconds before the final siren Teletovic kicked from dressing room, scored and advanced his team 105:103. Igor Kokoskov took minutebreak. Unfortunately Georgians were very hurry in the decisive moment, Pullen tried to score three-point kick, but his kick was not exact and finally the match ended in favor of Bosnians 107:103. As a result Bosnian national basketball team is leader of the group. In a word, it was pitiful failure and as a result of it Georgians lost chance of taking the first place in the group (it is impossible Bosnia to lose home match with Romania), but gaining right of competition at European championship is realistic and Georgian players will use this chance in the upcoming matches.
At the press-conference, which was held after the match Igor Kokoskov chairman of Georgian national basketball team appeared first time and explained reasons of the failure. first of all I would like to congratulate Bosnia this victory. It played better and gained victory. Our guys fought till the end and played very well, but it was not enough for victory. You have to play well in defense as well as in offence against such team as Bosnia is and you have to fulfill all the instructions. But everyone who watches this match knows that Georgian national team did its best for the victory. It is newsworthy that Alexandr Petrovic did good rotation in the team, young players also participated in this match. After the first time, Zak Right was the best among opponents, due to fouls chairman decided to rest him and replaced him with young good player. Viktor Sanikidze played very well in defense, but Mirza Teletovic is a strong player and gained 10 points in the last moments and played the biggest role in this victory. Nowadays Mirza is the best player in Europe and a good player can win the match. But our destiny is still in our hands.
Two matches are ahead us in Latvia and Georgia, against Holland. Today in the evening we are leaving for Latvia for having rehabilitation. As for the three-point kick by Pullen, he could kick two-point, but he chose three-point kick. There were four shooters and Zaza Pachulia on the field, Zaza had to block the opponents and others had to kick. It was our tactic, we are having played with such tactic for five years. It goes without saying that we chose different tactic against each opponent team and make different surprises to everyone. Today we had to play zone basketball, which we did well in the first time but in the second time we could not. Due to Mirza we changed our tactic many times, because we could not stop him and thats why we lost. Of course our main goal was to save our main basketball played for the end of the match and we did it. As for the fact that four Georgians were blocking one Bosnian player and other opponents were free, it means that players followed chairmans instructions badly and rotation was bad. None chairman would give such instructions to his players- stated Kokoskov.
Quintanar signs Grigol Shvangiradze, ex Dinamo Tbilisi - 22 hours ago
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Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (EBA) signed 25-year old Georgian forward Grigol Shvangiradze (196-91). He played last season at Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgian Superleague. In 36 games he had 6.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg. Shvangiradze helped them to make it to the final. The previous (14-15) season he played at Sokhumi (also in Superleague) where in 25 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Georgian League All-Star Game. Shvangiradze has played previ... [read more]
Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (EBA) signed 25-year old Georgian forward Grigol Shvangiradze (196-91). He played last season at Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgian Superleague. In 36 games he had 6.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg. Shvangiradze helped them to make it to the final. The previous (14-15) season he played at Sokhumi (also in Superleague) where in 25 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Georgian League All-Star Game. Shvangiradze has played previously professionally also in Spain (Tacoronte, San Isidro and Aridane) and Georgia (Samedicino-Academia).
Basketball Club Batumi (Superleague) confirmed in their roster 30-year old Ukrainian forward Igor Krivtsov (201-97kg-86). He played there last season. In 33 Superleague games he had 14.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. Krivtsov helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League 3rd Team. The previous (14-15) season he played at SK Cherkasy Monke... [read more]
Basketball Club Batumi (Superleague) confirmed in their roster 30-year old Ukrainian forward Igor Krivtsov (201-97kg-86). He played there last season. In 33 Superleague games he had 14.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. Krivtsov helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League 3rd Team. The previous (14-15) season he played at SK Cherkasy Monkeys in where in 29 Superleague games he recorded 7.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3apg. Krivtsov has played previously for six other Ukrainian teams: Mykolaiv, Budivelnyk, BC Odessa, Politekhnik Kharkov, SC Kryvbas and DniproAzot.
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