Bulgaria capped their 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign in a high-flying style. They unleashed 120 points to thrash visiting Luxembourg. Bulgaria thus improved at 4-4 record in Group B and remained hopeful of qualifying. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) fired 33 points to lead the hosts. Luxembourg suffered the seventh loss in a row. Bulgaria dropped 30 points in the first frame to take a 9-point lead. Luxembourg bounced back in the second quarter. The visitors fired 31 points to narrow the gap at just four-point distance 52:56. But Bulgaria picked up the slack in the third term. They paid more attention to defence and stretched the lead to 15-point mark at the final intermission. Bulgaria exploded with 41 points in the fourth term and celebrated victory. Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) chipped in 16 points, while Pavel Marinov (199-SF-88, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points in the victory. Christopher Jones (186-G-90) and Samy Picard (196-PF-88) replied with 21 points each for Luxembourg.
Etzella added another player for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Allen Williamson (193-G, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). The guard will start his pro career in Luxembourg. Allen Williamson has just graduated from the Amherst College. He was NCAA D3 champion in 2013. [read more]
Luxembourg and Scotland play three friendlies - May 20, 2013
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Luxembourg and Scotland played three friendlies in Bertrange. The hosts won the series 2-1.
Luxembourg opened the exhibition series with a 71:65 victory. Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Luxembourg posted a 40:29 halftime lead. Scotland stopped the rot and cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the final intermission. But Luxembourg kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame and secured the winning outcome [read more]
Luxembourg and Scotland played three friendlies in Bertrange. The hosts won the series 2-1. Luxembourg opened the exhibition series with a 71:65 victory. Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Luxembourg posted a 40:29 halftime lead. Scotland stopped the rot and cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the final intermission. But Luxembourg kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame and secured the winning outcome. Larrie Smith (198-F-75, college: Tenn Tech) and Samy Picard (196-PF-88) finished with 9 points each for the hosts. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) answered with 16 points, 10 boards and 6 assists for Scotland. Alasdair Fraser (201-F-92) had 13 points in the loss. Scotland struck back in the next game. The visitors rallied to a 79:71 victory in the second game. Scotland strongly started the game. They built a comfortable 47:28 halftime lead. Luxembourg exploded with 29 points in the fourth period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Alasdair Fraser delivered 17 points and 11 boards for Scotland. Gereth Murray chipped in 13 points in the victory. Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) answered with 19 points for Luxembourg. Larrie Smith produced 13 points in the defeat. But Luxembourg came up with a completely different performance next day. The hosts went on a massive 53:34 run in the second half to clinch a 92:64 victory. Larrie Smith stepped up with 16 points to pace the home team. Raul Birenbaum (182-SG-89) and Tom Schumacher had 12 points apiece for the winning side. Kieron Achara responded with 17 points and 10 boards for Scotland. Alasdair Fraser and Gareth Murray had 13 points each.
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