FIBA News: Bosnia gets win over Belgium

Jusuf Nurkic put in 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in spearheading Bosnia’s 74-68 won over Belgium. Dzanan Musa and team captain Miralem Halilovic chipped in with 14 points apiece for the victorious Bosnians. Retin Obasohan scored 20 in a losing effort. Should Bosinia solve the financial challenges that threaten to keep it out of EuroBasket, they are slotted for Group B of the prelims against France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovenia. For Belgium Group A of EuroBasket in Tbilisi, Georgia awaits them, along with…

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EuroBasket friendlies: Estonia beats Belgium, 79-66

Lead by Maik Kostar’s 19 points and 8 rebounds, Estonia defeated Belgium 79-66. Kerr Kriisa was on fire from the land of three, knocking down 5 of his 6 attempts in scoring 15 points, Belgium was lead by Manu Lecomte’s 14 points. Once EuroBasket 2022 tips off, Estonia will play in Group C with Great Britain, Croatia, Italy Greece and Ukraine. Belgium will take part in Group A, competing against Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Spain and Montenegro. The top four teams in each group advance to the elimination round.

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EuroBasket Friendlies: Germany squeaks by Netherlands , 68-66

Germany snuck by the Netherlands 68-66. The Germans sat David Kramer, Andrea Obst, Daniel Theis and Franz Wagner. Without their services, Maodo Lo stepped up with 16 points to lead the way; Denis Schroder and Johannes Voightmana chipped in 14 apiece. The Netherlands got within one at 67-66 with 14 seconds to go in the contest. Lo had a chance to put Deutschland up by three, but bricked both free throws. However the Netherlands was unable to take advantage of this gift horse, failing to protect their defensive backboards, which…

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EuroHoops : France gets by Italy

It was not their best effort, and it took extra basketball to dispatch them , but France held off Italy 78-77. France certainly did not bring their A-game, shooting a frigid 21% from downtown and only 62% from the charity stripe; The Italians did not have their shooting either, hitting just 66% from the foul line and connecting on only 32% of their field goal attempts. Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 11 boards and Vincent Poirier pitched in with 14 points and 11 rebounds of his own. Simone Fonetecchio…

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EuroBasket News: Czech Republic lays smackdown on Bulgaria. 93-60

Though the pre-EuroBasket tune-up games are termed ”friendly, what the Czech Republic did to Bulgaria was anything but that, as they laid waste to a somewhat short-handed Bulgarian team, 93-60.Patrik Auda came off the Czech Republic pine to lead the team with 16 points , Ondrej Balvin and Vit Kreji chipping in 10 points each, with Jan Vesely adding 7 points and 2 boards and Tomas Satoransky 4 points and 7 assists. Bulgaria was without Dee Bost, Yordan Minchev, Konstantin Kostadinov, Alexander Vezenkov and Pavlin Ivanov and they certainly could…

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EuroHoops News: Israel defeats Georgia 104-96 in friendly play

For Israel, once again it was no Deni Avdija, no problem, as the Israeli team defeating Georgia,104-96, a trio of 18 point efforts from Yam Madar, Tomer Ginat and Roman Sorkin. The win was the second consecutive victory for Israel, having just defeated the SEC’s Auburn Tiger 95-86 in Tel Aviv. A rematch between the two clubs, Israel and Georgia is scheduled for Saturday, albeit this one wil be behind closed doors. At this juncture, Advija’s status is still uncertain. In that game Georgia will look to bank at least…

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EuroBasket 2022 News: Frank Ntilikina ruled out

The French Federation of Basketball announed on Friday that Frank Ntilikina will not be available for EuroBasket 2022 and the next round of World Cup Qualifiers due to an undisclosed injury as reported by eurohoops.net. The 24-year-old Dallas Mavericks point guard is fourth player from the French national team to go down with an injury, joining Moustapha Fall, Andrew Albicy, and Victor Wembyama. Coach Vincent Collet indicated he does not intend to bring in a player to replace Ntilikina, but 46 overall plck in the 2022 NBA draft, Ismael Kalagate…

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EuroBasket News: Italian team cuts Gabrieke Procida ad Matteo Spagnolo

When the Italian national team takes the court Friday against France in Bologna, Gabriele Procida and Matteo Procida will not be amongst players present, for their journey with the senior national team has come to an end, as they were cut by coach Gianmarco Pozzecco. Coach Pozzeco had this to say about having to cut the two players: “Gabriele and Matteo (photo) have the future ahead of them judging by their great talent, also confirmed by their pick in the NBA Draft. I thank them, and these are not words…

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EuroBasket 2022: Schröder and Wagner pushes Germany past Belgium

Franz did his recently injured brother Mo , by scoring 23 points and grabbing 5 rebounds, while Dennis Schröder added 21 points and 7 assists to lead Germany to an 87-83 win over Belgium. New Indiana Pacers big man Daniel Theis also chipped in 7 points for the victorious Germans. Belgium will play in EuroBasket Group A, which will be held in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. Along with the host nation, Belgium will match up with Spain, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Montenegro. Germany will turn its focus to hosting Group…

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EuroBasket 2022: Lithuania beats Finland 76-61

From eurohoops.net: Lithuania got an easy 76-61 win over Finland in the first prep game in which the NBA duo of Jonas Valanciunas and Domantas Sabonis was ready to play. Team captain Valanciunas finished the night with eight points and six rebounds, Sabonis had 10 points, six rebounds, and three assists, while Knicks draftee Rokas Jokibaitis added six points and five assists. Alexander Madsen with 16 points was the top scorer of the losing side, which trailed by 21 points (63-42) at the end of the third period. Lithuania participates in EuroBasket…

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