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.
Macedonia’s unbeaten run in Group D came to an end in Belgium as they fell 63-60 in Charleroi. Denmark remain winless after losing their home clash with Belarus 73-66.
Hungary stayed in contention to qualify out of Group E thanks to a 65-52 win over Portugal. Akos Keller starred for the winners with 14 points and 3 rebounds.
Tomas Satoransky had a huge night for Czech Republic in the other Group E game. He had 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists as the Czechs beat Georgia 86-67. Hungary and Czech Republic are tied on 3-1 atop the group while Georgia dropped to 2-2.
Latvia remain unbeaten in Group F following their 79-76 win over Sweden, moving Latvia to 4-0. Romania remain in second on 3-1 following a 90-86 win over Slovak Republic.
Russia recorded a vital first win in Group G, topping Switzerland 101-56 to move to 1-2. The Russians may still need to win in Italy to secure their place in next year’s finals.