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Highlights: Belgium beat Belarus, Germany stay alive


Belgium booked their place in EuroBasket 2015 with a big road win over Belarus yesterday. The comprehensives 99-73 win means they don’t need to worry about their final game of the second qualifying round on Wednesday night.
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Aug
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EuroBasket 2015: Bosnia, Belgium, Israel, and Latvia lock up spots

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The field for EuroBasket 2015 took a step closer to being set but the somewhat confusing tie-breakers means there are still places up for grabs. Here’s what happened on Sunday.

Bosnia and Herzegovina saw off a spirited Great Britain charge 74-68 to move to 3-0 and formally book their place out of Group A. Mirza Teletovic had another big night for the hosts as he led all scorers with 25 while Ben Mockford nailed five from deep for the visitors.

Group B saw Israel secure their spot with an 83-60 win over the Netherlands. Montenegro beat Bulgaria 85-73 on the road. Montenegro will play the Dutch to decide second spot although, and we’ll explain in a bit, victory alone may not be enough for either side.

No-one is securely in the finals after today’s games in Group C. Poland trounced Luxembourg 100-64 to move to 4-1 but they still need to beat Austria in their final game to be safe. Germany stayed alive with an 88-69 win over Austria. Germany need to win against Luxembourg to have a shot at second spot but a win for Austria in Poland would make things really messy.
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Aug
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Tight knit Iceland too much for Great Britain

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Great Britain had hope at half-time but in the end, they fell yet again. George Rowland was in the Copper. Here’s his take on what happened on a big night for Iceland.

In what was a crucial game for both team’s hopes of Eurobasket qualification Iceland prevailed 69-71 in a closely run affair at the Copper Box. With GB leading by ten at half time it was a second half collapse that cost them a win that would’ve rekindled any hopes of Eurobasket qualification, while Iceland’s victory all but guarantees them a spot in next summer’s tournament.

The game was ultimately decided by two aspects, Iceland’s rebounding on both ends of the court, and the effort on both ends of the floor of the Icelandic guards, specifically Jon Arnor Stefansson and Hordur Viljhalmsson against an inexperienced GB back court.

Beginning with the guard play; Devon van Oostrum demonstrated some flashes of his brilliance in the first half, with a slick behind the back assist in transition highlighting what was probably his best half of basketball this summer. But once again for van Oostrum it seemed like it was style over substance as he struggled as he was often the only ball-handler and playmaker on court. His 5 assists were matched by 5 turnovers along with a 0/6 shooting night, as the Icelandic defenders contently dared van Oostrum to shoot, and with their improved rebounding in the second half the transition opportunities died out and van Oostrum struggled.
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Aug
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EuroBasket 2015: Round-up and Highlights from Wednesday’s qualifiers


Latvia remain undefeated while Iceland are on the brink of qualification. Here’s what happened in Wednesday’s EuroBasket 2015 qualifiers.

In case you need a re-cap on what the teams involved need to do to qualify, the seven group winners progress to EuroBasket 2015 along with the top six second-placed teams from the seven qualifying groups.

Iceland overcame a 10 point half-time deficit to beat Great Britain in the Copper Box. That win leaves them on 2-1 in Group A and odds-on to qualify for next year’s finals. We’ll have a full report from George Rowland later today.

In Group B wins for Israel over Montenegro (80-65) and Netherlands over Bulgaria (66-57) moved both sides to 3-1. Montenegro are third on 2-2.

Austria needed to work for their Group C win away to Luxembourg, eventually taking the honours 80-71, but they were rewarded well as Germany fell 88-76 at home to Poland. Those results leave Austria and Poland on 3-1 while Germany are third on 2-2.
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Aug
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EuroBasket 2015: Wins for Macedonia, Belgium, and Georgia

It was a day of upsets in EuroBasket 2015′s second qualifying round. A few groups that looked like processions got turned upside down.

In case you need a re-cap on what the teams involved need to do to qualify, the seven group winners progress to EuroBasket 2015 along with the top six second-placed teams from the seven qualifying groups.

Mirza Teletovic had another big day for Bosnia and Herzegovina, scoring 29 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 72-62 victory in Group A. That win keeps Bosnia on top at 2-0.

There was an offensive feast in Sofia but a bad day for the home team as Bulgaria fell 100-84 to Israel in Group B. The Netherlands pulled off a big upset 65-60 at Montenegro, with 18 points from Roeland Schaftenaar. That leaves the Netherlands, Montenegro, and Israel on 2-1.
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Aug
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Thomas Klepeisz shows you how to celebrate a winning bucket

Technically it wasn’t a buzzer beater. Practically, who cares? Austria pulled off a big upset win over Poland tonight in the EuroBasket 2015 qualifers. Considering Austria hadn’t exactly impressed to date in qualification, this is a huge result as they are now tied with Poland and Germany at 2-1 in Group C.

Aug
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Photos and reaction from Bosnia’s win over Great Britain

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George Rowland was in the Copper Box on Wednesday night to find out what the players and coaches made of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 80-67 win over Team GB. First the reaction from the visitors.

Nemanja Mitrovic (Guard/Forward-Bosnia & Herzegovina): I think we played well and accomplished our goal was here, get an important road win to start the qualification round. But we lost a little bit of concentration in the second half and we almost let it slip so we have to tighten up some of those things that we didn’t do well in the second half and prepare for these two games coming up that we have at home when Great Britain and Iceland come to us so we can get those two important wins.

Coach Dusko Ivanovic (Head Coach- Bosnia & Herzegovina-Translated by Nemanja Mitrovic): I think we got an important win tonight, with the importance that we win the next two games at home then it will really have a lot of meaning. We had some moments where we played well and controlled the game, but we also had some moments where we had an unexplained lapse, which we did not want. Part of it is due to a lapse in concentration, and the other part was the players of Great Britain playing well and putting in a great effort, playing aggressively and coming pretty close to coming back into the game.

Asked about Nemanja Gordic and his ability to run the team as a playmaker: I think Nemanja played a solid game, there were times when he controlled the game but there were also moments where he lost concentration offensively and defensively. It was fortunate that Muhamed Pasalic came after the start of training camp to help the team with that position. But in my opinion and by my standards Nemanja did not have a good enough a game and he needs to play much, much better.
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Aug
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Highlights: What you may have missed from Wednesday’s EuroBasket qualifiers


We did a round-up of last night’s EuroBasket 2015 second qualifying round action but here are some of the best bits from Wednesday’s games starting, above, with Czech Republic’s win over Portugal.
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Aug
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EuroBasket 2015: No Vesely no problem and Gentile steps up


It was another busy night in the second qualifying round for EuroBasket 2015, with Russia dropping their second straight while Germany and the Czech Republic bounced back.

In case you need a re-cap on what the teams involved need to do to qualify, the seven group winners progress to EuroBasket 2015 along with the top six second-placed teams from the seven qualifying groups.

As reported earlier on BiE, Bosnia and Herzegovina won their opening game in Group A 80-67 against Great Britain in London, on the back of 25 points from Mirza Teletovic of the Brooklyn Nets. The defeat leaves Team GB at 0-2 and in need of help to stay in the competition. Bosnia will host Iceland on Sunday.

Group B saw Bulgaria push Montenegro to overtime before eventually succumbing in overtime 70-64. The win, a second in OT in as many games, leaves Montenegro top of the group at 2-0. Israel bounced back from their loss to the group leaders with a 66-57 win over the Netherlands in Groningen. Guy Pnini was top scorer for Israel with 16 while Omri Casspi, most recently waived by the New Orleans Pelicans, had 9 points and 8 rebounds. That result leaves both sides on 1-1, with Israel holding second on tie-breakers.
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Aug
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EuroBasket 2015: Iceland, Switzerland, and Montenegro win


The second qualifying round for EuroBasket 2015 got under way on Sunday with Iceland and Switzerland recording important home wins.

Iceland beat Great Britain 83-70 on the back of Haukur Palsson’s 24 points and 9 rebounds and Hylmur Baeringsson’s 14 points and 15 boards. In a three team group, along with Bosnia and Herzegovina, this could be a vital result for Iceland as they bid to land a spot in next year’s finals.

The big shock of the day came in Fribourg as Switzerland stunned Russia 79-77. The Swiss, very much seen as the also rans of the group before the qualifiers started, have made this group very interesting thanks to Dusan Mladjan’s 24 points and Clint Capela’s 14 point 7 rebound display.
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