Spain recovered after disappointing loss to Slovenia and easily defeated Czech Republic thanks to solid defense. La Furia Roja limited Croatia to only three points in final quarter of their opening game and improved that record today - allowed Czech Republic to score only two points in final period! It was clear from the start that Czechs will struggle in offense as they needed three and a half minutes to score first basket (6-2). They were down by 4 or 6 until 6th minute. Spain ended first quarter with 8-1 run and opened 11-point lead after 10 minutes (18-7). It wasn't game over though. Czech Republic opened second quarter with 11-2 run (12-2 including first period) and reduced deficit to only two points (20-18). Spaniards couldn't score for more than 5 minutes before Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) hit three-pointer in 16th minute. It was start of Spain's 13-4 run for new double-digit lead (33-22 in 19th minute). With minute and a half remaining in third quarter, Czechs managed to cut difference to only 5 points after 7-0 run (42-37). However, it was their last push as they scored only two points in remaining 11 minutes and 36 seconds! La Roja finished third quarter with 5 points and extended their run to 9-0 before Jan Vesely scored Czech's final basket with 3:11 minutes to go (51-39). Both teams shot poorly - Spain's field goal percentage was 32.4 (22/68), while Czech Republic had amazing 24.4% (15/62). They had 20 turnovers as well. Only two out of 24 players scored more than 8 points! Rudy Fernandez led the winners with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) had 10 points and Marc Gasol (216-C-85) helped with 10 rebounds. Top scorers in Czech team had 7 points - Jan Vesely and Pavel Pumprla (198-SG-86). NBA player had 14 rebounds, while Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) added 12.
Croatia won second game in a row after embarassment against Spain, while Poland lost again and secured elimination after first round. Croatians dominated in first quarter, led 8-0 after only two minutes, 15-2 after four, 19-2 after six and 24-4 after seven minutes! Poland woke up in final three minutes of first period and managed to come back into the game with 8-0 run. Jasmin Repesa's men didn't allow Poles to reduce deficit to less than 7 points in first half (39-32 with 30 seconds remaining). Croatia started better in third quarter and led by 14 in 24th minute (49-35)Their lead was extended to 18 points only minute later (56-38). It was the end of 15-4 run. Croatians still had 18-point lead in 29th minute, but Poland returned to life with 5 unanswered points to end third quarter (62-49). It was announcement of happenings in final period. Dirk Bauermann's team was reducing the deficit minute by minute and were down only by 1 (65-66) with 3 minutes remaining after 10-0 run. Damir Markota scored after offensive rebound to give Croatia 70-67 lead with 90 seconds to go. Thanks to steal and offensive rebound, Poles shot four times from beyond the arc but missed them all! Bojan Bogdanovic punished them and killed the game with lay-up for 72-67. Bojan Bogdanovic was the best player in Croatian team with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) had 14 points and 6 assists, Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) helped with 10 points and 6 assists. Ante Tomic scored 8 points and added 9 rebounds. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80) led Poland with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Marcin Gortat (211-C-84) had 14 points (5 turnovers) as well as Krzysztof Szubarga (178-PG-84).
Russia - Sweden 62-81 (15-18, 14-16, 16-18, 17-29)
Russians were shocked by Sweden, suffered their third straight loss and won't play in Ljubljana for sure. On the other hand, Swedes won for the first time and kept their hopes alive. Sweden opened first significant lead of the game in 6th minute - 13-4 - after 9-0 run. Russia answered with 11-3 run and had only one-point deficit in final minute of first quarter (15-16). They finally managed to take the lead in 12th minute after opening second period with 6-0 run (21-18). It was expected that Russia will take control of the game, but Brad Dean's team scored 6 in a row and led 26-23 in 15th minute. Russians didn't score field goal in last 4:57 of first half and scored only two points from free throw line with 3:11 remaining. Sweden took advantage of that, Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) made two three-pointers in a row to give his team 34-29 lead at halftime. Vasiliy Karasev's men had strong start to the second half and scored 6 unanswered points for another change of lead (35-34). But, once again, they couldn't score field goal for almost 5 minutes, Swedes were on 10-1 run and took 44-36 lead. After another three-pointer of Kenny Grant and Jeffery Taylor's 2+1, Sweden led 50-38. Fortunately for Sbornaya, Sergey Monya was on fire, scored two shots from beyond the arc, previously made two-point shot, and it was 44-50 in 29th minute. Thanks to Aleksey Shved's three-pointer, Russia reduced the deficit to 6 points again in 32nd minute, but that was all from them. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) and Viktor Gaddefors, with threes, started Sweden's 10-2 run and they led 66-52 with 6 minutes to be played. Not only that bad Russians couldn't return into the game, but their rivals even increased their lead to incredible 21 points with 100 seconds remaining (77-56) after 8-0 run. Sweden's biggest lead was 81-58. Two teams combined for amazing 46 turnovers (Russians had two more). Russia had 8 blocked shots (Sweden 0), but it didn't help them. Alexey Shved (198-G-88) led Russia with 15 points (5 turnovers), Semen Antonov (202-PF-89) added 13. Vitaliy Fridzon shot 1/10, including 0/6 for three. Jeffery Taylor (200-F-89, college: Vanderbilt) was everywhere for Sweden - 25 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 7 turnovers! Jonas Jerebko posted double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Kenny Grant scored 11.
Italy - Finland 62-44 (14-17, 17-9, 15-8, 16-10)
Italy improved to 3-0 record, while Finland suffered their first loss. Finland led throughout first quarter and their biggest lead was 5 points (17-12 in 10th minute). They increased their lead to 6 points in 14th minute (24-18) after 7-2 run. But, Italians started to play even stronger defense, Finns scored only two points in final six and a half minutes of first half and didn't score in last 4 minutes. Azzurri finished second quarter with 13-2 run and led 31-26 at halftime. Henrik Dettmann's team was better in opening four minutes of second half and reduced deficit to 33-32. However, Italy answered with 9 straight points in less than 90 seconds. Finland's timeout didn't help a lot, as Italians extended their run to 13-2 and had 46-34 lead after 30 minutes. Simone Pianigiani's men allowed Finns to score only two points in six minutes, similar like in second quarter. Guido Rosselli scored three-pointer in first possession of final period, it was 51-34 in 32nd minute and game was over. Italy's biggest lead was 62-40 with two minutes remaining after another 7-0 run. Azzurri's rock solid defense limited Finland to 27.3 field goal percentage (18/66) and 11.5% three-pointers (3/26). Finns had only 5 assists. Only one player scored 10 points in this game. It was Luigi Datome (203-F-87) who added 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Andrea Cinciarini (190-PG-86) had 9 points and 8 rebounds, Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) scored 9 points as well. Top scorers in Finnish team were Sasu Salin (6 rebounds, FG 3/10), Petteri Koponen (FG 3/11) and Teemu Rannikko (FG 2/8) - with 8 points each.
Greece continued with impressive wins, despite playing without injured Vassilis Spanoulis, while Turkey continued with poor performances and losses. Bogdan Tanjevic had to apologise to Turkish people after the game, as his team managed to keep Greeks within reaching distance only during first half. Turkey's last lead of the game was 10-9 in 7th minute. Greeks took the lead after 4 straight points and slowly started to increase their lead. It was 21-16 after first quarter. Turks reduced deficit to one point in 14th (25-24) and 15th minute (27-26), but Greece answered with three three-pointers in 11-4 run and led 38-30 with minute and a half remaining in first half. Another three with 11 seconds remaining gave them 41-32 lead, but Sinan Guler scored from long distance in final second to give hope to his team. Bogdan Tanjevic's team had only 5-point deficit in 24th minute (40-45) after three of Emir Preldzic, but 2005 European champions quickly scored 5 points in a row and opened double-digit lead. Turkey managed to cut difference to 6 points in 26th minute (46-52) and that was all from them. Team led by Andrea Trinchieri scored 7 unanswered points and led 59-46 in 27th minute. Difference after 30 minutes was 15 points. Greeks were keeping their big lead throughout final quarter without problems and even increased difference to 24 points in last minute! Greece had great three-point percentage - 66.7 (10/15)! Seven of their players were successful from beyond the arc. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83) shot 8/10 from the field and finished the game with 21 points in only 19 minutes. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) scored 14, Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) 12 and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) 11 points. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) had 11 assists. Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) was 0/9 from the field and added 4 turnovers. Only one of his teammates scored in double figures - Ersan Ilyasova (13). Kerem Gonlum had 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Batum announced that he will not play in the Eurobasket - 18 days ago
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Nicolas Batum(203-SF-88) confirmed that for the first time in his career he will not play for the French national team which will compete in the upcoming Eurobasket. 'I'm going to dedicate myself to this (Hornets) franchise,' Nicolas Batum said. 'I am going to get back on the court and work on myself. I need to take the summer to focus on myself for once. My team needs that, and I need that too to get back to what I'm supposed to be for this team. It's one of the most difficult decisions... [read more]
Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) confirmed that for the first time in his career he will not play for the French national team which will compete in the upcoming Eurobasket. 'I'm going to dedicate myself to this (Hornets) franchise,' Nicolas Batum said. 'I am going to get back on the court and work on myself. I need to take the summer to focus on myself for once. My team needs that, and I need that too to get back to what I'm supposed to be for this team. It's one of the most difficult decisions of my life'. Nicolas Batum had already said to French TV station 'BeinSport' that he was thinking about resting during this summer, however when he gave the interview was not final. Courtesy of: eurohoops.net
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.
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