Lithuania - France 76-62 Lithuania silence France in Ljubljana in the last game of Day 1 at the Second Stage. The Baltic State posted a 76:62 win as both teams are with 2-1 records in the newly created Group E. The teams exchanged the lead three times in the opening tip, before Petro gave France 9:8 advantage. The Baltic State erupted with an 8-0 run and Jonas Valanciunas brought 16:9. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Pocius scored for 20:12 and Kalnietis brought 25:14. France however bounced back with a 9-0 run and Gelabale reduced to 25:23. Nicolas Batum and Pocius became the last players for the tams to score in the first half for 32:27 on the board. Nicolas Batum and Alexis Ajinca cut it to 43:39, but Lithuanian did not slow down. Javtokas and Mindaugas Kuzminskas closed the third period at 41:32 and Pocius as well as Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) nailed threes for 57:45 early in the fourth. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) and Jonas Valanciunas delivered for 69:55 when it became clear about the winner of the game. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) and Nicolas Batum reduced to 12 points, while Linas Kleiza and Jonas Valanciunas made the final result in the game. Renaldas Seibutis stepped up with 15 points and Jonas Valanciunas notched 13. Linas Kleiza finished the game with 11 and Mindaugas Kuzminskas had 10. Nando De Colo replied with 12 points and Tony Parker (188-PG-82) netted only 11. Alexis Ajinca produced 10 and Nicolas Batum added 8.
Belgium - Serbia 69-76 Serbia grinded out a tough victory over Belgium at the start of the Second Stage at 2013 EuroBasket. The victory propelled Serbia at 3-0 record in Group E. Belgium slipped at 0-3 record. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) came up with 17 points and 5 assists for the Balkan team. Belgium surprised Serbia with an 8:0 start to the game. Serbia slowly recovered and surged ahead for a 17:15 lead late in the first period. They eked out a 19:18 advantage after ten minutes. Serbia opened the second frame with six straight points to open a 7-point lead. Belgium denied the deficit in the second quarter but Serbia recovered and established a 40:36 halftime lead. Belgium once again pulled ahead as seesaw action continued. Serbia responded once again taking a 54:51 lead at the final break. Kalinic and Katic gave Serbia a 59:52 advantage early in the fourth frame. But Belgium returned into the game. Sam Van Rossom and Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB) triggered a 9:0 run that brought Belgium within two points 63:65 with less than three minutes to go. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) answered with five straight points for Serbia and the Balkan team held on to win the battle. Stefan Markovic posted 15 points, while Bogdan Bogdanovic added 12 points in the win. Wen Boss Mukubu answered with 16 points for Belgium. Sam Van Rossom and Christophe Beghin had 12 points each in the defeat.
Latvia - Ukraine 85-51 Latvia crushed Ukraine at the start of the Second Stage at 2013 EuroBasket. The Baltic team improved at 1-2 record in Group E after the victory. Ukraine fell at 1-2 record in the standings. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) finished with 14 points hitting 4/4 from beyond the arc. Latvia opened the game on an 8:2 run. They stayed in charge throughout the first quarter. The Baltic team ensured a comfortable 24:12 lead after ten minutes. Martins Meiers and Rihards Kuksiks (197-SF-88, college: Arizona St.) made it 30:15 for Latvia midway through the second frame. Kristaps Janicenoks scored eight points in a row for Latvia to give them a 19-point advantage at 38:19. Strelnieks followed with a jumper to secure a 21-point lead for the Latvians. Ukraine cut the distance at 20-point mark at the interval 22:42. Latvia kept pounding Ukraine from beyond the arc. They sank five three-pointers in the third quarter to ensure a massive 65:32 lead heading into the fourth frame. Latvia controlled the tempo in the final stanza. They breezed to a comfortable victory at the end. Rihards Kuksiks nailed 13 points, while Martins Meiers added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Latvia. Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) responded with 12 points for Ukraine. Viacheslav Kravtsov and Jeter Pooh had 7 points each in the loss.
Slovenia - Italy 84-77 Slovenia opened the Second Stage of the home EuroBasket with victory. The hosts prevailed against Italy to jump at 2-1 record in Group F. Italy suffered the first defeat at the tournament to slip at 2-1. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) stepped up with 22 points and 6 assists to lead Slovenia. Cusin and Aradori gave the visitors an early advantage. Italy maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) and Belinelli made it 21:18 for the Azzurri at the first break. But Slovenia opened the second frame with 7 straight points to pull ahead. Alessandro Gentile returned the lead to Italy but not for long. Begic sparked a 6:2 run from the hosts as they accumulated a 40:34 advantage. Slovenia arrived at halftime up by 6 points 45:39. Aradori and Luigi Datome erased the deficit early in the third term. But Slovenia reacted with a 10:0 run to clear off. They ensured a 60:54 lead at the final break. Alessandro Gentile and Belinelli tried to keep the Azzurri in the game throughout the fourth frame. Luigi Datome and Aradori trimmed the deficit to just three points 72:75 with just over two minutes remaining. But Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) and Goran Dragic sank several key buckets and led the hosts to important victory in Group F. Zoran Dragic posted 15 points and 10 boards, while Bostjan Nachbar added 13 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile responded with 20 points for Italy. Luigi Datome chipped in 16 points in the losing effort.
Greece - Spain 79-75 Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) leads Greece past EuroBasket 2011 Champions. He nailed 20 points as Greece beat Spain 79:75. Spain scored the first five points in the game and Aguilar later nailed three for 10:5 lead. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) posted five in a row for 17:10 and Ioannis Bourousis closed the first period at 26:16. He nailed another two from the free throw line to bring his team within one point at 30:29. Vassilis Spanoulis gave Greece 37:34, while Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) nailed three for +6. Rubio sent the teams to the lockers at 41:38. Spain managed to win the third period 19-11 and grabbed the lead back. Kostas Kaimakoglou and Sloukas reduced to 60:56, while Ioannis Bourousis made another two free throws for 66:L64 with 5 minutes to go. Marc Gasol and Bramos exchanged the baskets at 70:66 and Kostas Kaimakoglou netted two for 72:66. Vassilis Spanoulis made two free throws for 77:70 and then he added two more for 79:73. Rubio scored two free throws at the end for the final result. Kostas Kaimakoglou posted 11, while Georgios Printezis and Ioannis Bourousis had 10 each. Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez answered with 20 points in the losing effort. Victor Claver poured in 9 and Ricky Rubio added 6.
Finland - Croatia 63-88 Croatia opened their EuroBasket Second Stage campaign in style. They fired past Finland for 2-1 record in Group F. Finland slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Damjan Rudez (203-F-86, agency: FCM) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. Croatia capped the opening quarter with six points in a row to gain a 17:11 lead. The margin just kept on growing afterwards. Croatia dominated in the paint and thus dictated the game. They opened the second quarter on a 13:1 run to take a 30:12 lead. Croatia arrived at the interval up by 19 points 39:20. Finland struggled to find the right rhythm on both ends of the floor. Croatia piled up a massive 63:38 advantage heading into the final stanza. The Croats did not allow Finland to prevail in a single quarter as they coasted to a comprehensive victory at the end. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) finished with 15 points, while Roko-Leni Ukic and Ante Tomic contributed 11 points each in the victory. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) responded with 10 points for Finland. Tuukka Kotti and Mikko Koivisto chipped in 8 points each in the loss.
Batum announced that he will not play in the Eurobasket - 17 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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