Montenegro - Estonia 76-67 Montenegro propel over Estonia in Podgorica for 8-0 record at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team won the group with two rounds remaining. Estonia meanwhile fell at 4-4 record and dropped to the 4th position. Montenegro won the first period 24:15 and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. They added 13-12 in the second frame and led 10 points at the halftime. Estonia reduced to 7 after three quarters when they produced 22-19 in it. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) later made two free throws for 71:60 and Ivanovic scored four in a row for 73:64. Hallik and Sehovic were the last players to score for both teams. Vladimir Dasic top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Suad Sehovic, Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) and Dubljevic delivered 10 points each. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) notched 12 in defeat, whilst Kangur and Hallik brought 11 apiece. Talts and Vene finished the game with 10 points apiece in a loss.
Israel - Iceland 92-75 Israel climb to 5-3 record in Group A EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team overcame Iceland 92:75 and share the second place with Serbia. Iceland meanwhile dropped at 1-7 record in the group. Iceland surprised the host in the first period and grabbed 20:17 lead. Israel needed the win more and bounced back with 25-18 in the second quarter. Moreover Israel scored 25 points also in the third and the last quarters. They produced 25-19 in the third period and finished the game with 25-18 in the last stanza. Ohayon made the last points for the winning side from the free throw line. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) paced all the winners with 22 points and Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) collected 20 points and 11 rebounds. Tyus delivered 19 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Kozikaro posted 8. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82, college: Birm.Southern) finished the game with 21 points for the guests and Stefansson brought 20. Finnur Magnusson and Ermolinskij followed them with 10 points apiece in defeat.
Serbia - Slovakia 87-62 Serbia celebrated the fifth win in Group A of EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Slovak Republic to improve at 5-2 record in the third position in the ladder. Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 20 points to lead the winners. Slovak Republic slipped at 1-7 record after the defeat. Serbia jumped to an early lead. They outscored Slovak Republic 22:10 in the first ten minutes. The visitors lacked their main offensive weapon Anton Gavel. They accounted for just 15 points in the second frame as Serbia piled up a 17-point lead at halftime 42:25. Serbia dominated throughout the second half. They ensured a 65:44 advantage at the final intermission. Serbia did not slow down in the fourth period and rallied to a comfortable win. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) provided 11 points, while Zoran Erceg had 10 points for the winners. Martin Bilik (194-G/F-87) answered with 16 points for Slovak Republic. Robert Nuber had 9 points in the loss.
Germany - Bulgaria 79-69 Germany keep the perfect record in Group B of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The favorites improved to 6-0 record after the win over Bulgaria 79:69. The latter fell at 3-4 record on the third place. Germany looked better in the first period and opened the game with 17-12. Moreover the hosts added 24-20 in the second frame for 41:32 at the halftime. Both teams nailed 21 points each in the third quarter for the same difference after three quarters. They posted 17-16 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Tibor Pleiss (215-C-89) brought the final five points in the game for the final result. Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) and Tibor Pleiss stepped up with 16 points each as the latter also grabbed 14 rebounds. Zirbes notched 12, whilst Staiger posted 10. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 16, while Georgiev delivered 14 in defeat. Lilov scored 11 and Videnov finished the game with 10.
Azerbaijan - Sweden 82-76 Azerbaijan celebrated an important victory in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Sweden at home court to improve at 4-3 record in Group B. Sweden fell at 3-3 record after the loss. Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) scored 28 points and grabbed 13 boards to lead the hosts. Azerbaijan pulled ahead early in the game. They posted a 25:19 lead after ten minutes. Sweden struck back in the second quarter. The Scandinavian team erased the deficit as Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) put them ahead 39:38. However Pashayev capped the half with a jumper and Azerbaijan claimed a 40:39 halftime lead. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. The lead changed hands for several times before Charles Davis sent the team into the fourth frame with the home side leading by two 60:58. Fuad Niftaliyev (185-PG-80) scored four points in a row 7:0 run from Azerbaijan that put them up by 10 points 76:66 midway through the final frame. Sweden never got closer than four points as Azerbaijan rallied to the victory. Fuad Niftaliyev accounted for 17 points, while Rasim Bashak added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Jonas Jerebko answered with 20 points for Sweden. Joakim Kjellbom had 19 points and 13 boards in the loss.
Austria - Hungary 97-81 Austria drubbed Hungary in Schwachat tonight. The victory allowed Austria to clinch the third position in Group C of EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Rasid Mahalbasic (208-C-90) posted 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the winners. Austria set the tone early in the game. They went on a 27:15 run in the opening quarter to clear off. Austria and Hungary exchanged baskets throughout the second frame. The hosts ensured a 12-point lead at halftime. Austria erupted for 26 points in the third term to gain a 13-point buffer before the fourth term. Austria did give Hungary a single chance cruising to the victory at the end. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, college: Oklahoma) finished with 19 points, while Thomas Schreiner accounted for 20 points in the victory. Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) answered with 20 points for Hungary. Miklos Szabo netted 16 points in the loss.
Croatia - Ukraine 84-80 Croatia wins Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification Round to take the spot in Eurobasket 2013. The Croatian side overcame Ukraine 84:80 as both teams advanced from the first two places to Slovenia. Ukraine needed a comfortable win to finish on top of the Group and started with 25-20 in the first period. Croatia meanwhile erupted with 28-10 in the second frame and took 48:35 at the halftime. Ukraine replied with 20-15 in the third period and reduced to 8 points after 30 minutes in the court. Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) reduced to 82:77 after a three, while Simon made two free throws. Pecherov later scored another three for the final result. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) poured in 16 points to lead the winners and Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) scored 15. Saric delivered 12, while Ukic notched 10. Steven Burtt ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Gladyr brought 14. Kravtsov scored 10 and Drozdov notched 9.
Holland - Latvia 81-86 Latvia post important victory over the Netherlands at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Baltic State tied Georgia with 4-2 record in Group D after an 86:81 victory. Latvia erupted with 33-17 in the first period and dominated the first quarter. They did not mind 16-17 in the second frame to lead 49:34 at the halftime. Netherlands however were too far to give up and posted two victories in the second half. They reduced to 12 points after three quarters and tried hard to catch up with the opponents. Jansen and Akerboom cut it to 77:82, while Smeulders reduced to just three points. Bertans meanwhile made two free throws for the final success. Kaspars Berzins (211-PF-85) stepped up with 21 points and Rihards Kuksiks (197-SF-88, college: Arizona St.) scored 18. Dairis Bertans posted 13, whilst Davis Bertans delivered 10. Henk Norel (214-C-87) replied with 24 points in the losing effort and Smeulders added 22. Akerboom brought 13 and Jansen had 8.
Georgia - Bosnia 103-107 Bosnia and Herzegovina grab important win in Tbilisi at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team improved to 5-2 record in Group D after 107:103 win over Georgia. It was an offensive game in the court. Bosnia and Herzegovina started with 20-16, but lost the first half. The Georgian side needed 27-20 for 43:40 at the halftime. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) scored for 45:42 and Sanikidze Viktor scored three for 62:58. Pullen Jacob posted 4 in a row for 74:72 after three quarters. Bosnia and Herzegovina however erupted with 35-29 to seal the victory. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) nailed 23. Masic Ante scored 21, while Kikanovic Elmedin had 16. Manuchar Markoishvili top-scored for the hosts with 23 points and Pachulia Zaza collected 21 points and 11 rebounds. Shengelia Tornike notched 17, Pullen Jacob had 13 and Sanikidze Viktor added 12.
Switzerland - Belgium 82-73 Switzerland gained the third win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They toppled Belgium at home court to climb at 3-4 record in Group E. Belgium fell at 3-3 record in the third position in the ladder. Stefan Petkovic (185-PG-92) finished with 25 points for the hosts. Switzerland fired 26 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second period. The Swiss side established a 45:37 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. The home side ensured an 8-point buffer heading into the fourth stanza. Belgium cut the deficit to 4 points midway through the final frame but Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Petkovic sealed the victory for Switzerland at the end. Dusan Mladjan posted 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Oliver Vogt added 17 points for the winners. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) answered with 20 points for Belgium. Beye Tabu-Eboma had 17 points in the loss.
Finland - Poland 91-96 Poland clinched the fifth win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They knocked down Finland in Helsinki to improve at 5-2 record in Group E. Finland slipped at 5-1 record after the loss. Marcin Gortat (211-C-84) stepped up with 27 points and 21 rebounds for the winners. Finland stormed into the game. They fired 24 points to take an 8-point lead after the opening quarter. Poland picked up the tempo in the second frame. The visitors managed to narrow the gap at 7-point mark 43:50. Poland got even closer in the third term. They trimmed the gap at just three-point mark at the final break 69:72. Dardan Berisha, Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-SG-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Independence CC) and Marcin Gortat drew things level at 75. Soon Kulig drained a triple to put Poland in front. Koszarek and Dardan Berisha gave Poland a 94:88 advantage with 13 seconds to go and Finland could not recover. Przemyslaw Zamojski finished with 16 points, while Dardan Berisha contributed 15 points for the winners. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) answered with 20 points for Finland. Petteri Koponen had 15 points in the loss.
Turkey - Italy 82-83 Italy kept their record spotless at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They defeated Turkey on the road to improve at 7-0 record on top of Group F. Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) and Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) scored 19 points each to lead the visitors. Turkey fell at 3-3 record and endangered their EuroBasket qualifying chances. Turkey enjoyed a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second frame. The hosts boosted the gap to as many as 13 points at halftime 44:31. But the Azzurri picked up the tempo in the second half. They fired 25 points to narrow the gap at 6-point mark. Turkey still led by six points with under four minutes remaining 69:75. But Italy went on a 7:2 rally to narrow the gap at a single-point mark 76:77. Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) drained a triple but Hackett answered with five points to narrow the margin to a single point again 81:82. Datome then nailed a jumper and Ender Arslan missed his attempt as Italy clinched the victory at the end. Andrea Cinciarini accounted for 17 points for Italy. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Ender Arslan answered with 12 points each for Turkey.
Czech Republic - Portugal 90-71 Czech Republic stepped closer to 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They defeated Portugal to improve at 4-2 record in Group F. Czech Republic will now need to win or lose by less than 18 points against Turkey in the final round to seal the ticket to Slovenia. David Jelinek (194-SG-90) scored 25 points to pace the hosts. Portugal slipped at 0-6 record after the loss. Portugal bravely started the game. The visitors enjoyed a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. But Czech Republic turned things around in the second frame. They went on a 32:12 rally to gain a 53:36 halftime lead. Portugal narrowed the gap in the third term. They limited the hosts to just 13 points in the third period and got within 11 points at the final intermission. But Czech Republic fired 24 points in the fourth stanza and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Jakub Kudlacek (193-PG-90) posted 13 points, while Pavel Pumprla added 10 points for the winners. Joao Santos (204-F-79, college: Nevada) answered with 19 points for Portugal. Paulo Cunha had 12 points in the loss.
Batum announced that he will not play in the Eurobasket - 14 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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