Bosnia, Croatia, Greece the first to clinch EuroBasket spots

2020-11-29T23:45:38+00:00 2020-11-30T00:05:55+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

29/Nov/20 23:45

Eurohoops.net

Three EuroBasket tickets are already booked.

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

Sunday’s (29/11) 2022 EuroBasket Qualifiers were completed with the first three non-host national teams booking their tickets for the tournament: Bosnia, Croatia and Greece.

Croatia made the beginning by beating Sweden 87 – 72 to close November’s Window with two wins. Pavle Marinkovic led the efforts of the Croatian team with 20 points and eight rebounds while Denzel Andersonn had 22 points plus eight boards for the losing side.

In the other Group D game held Sunday, Shane Larkin brought points (23) and assists (nine) on the table thanks to which Turkey grabbed its first win by downing The Netherlands.

Group D Standings per FIBA:

GAMES STREAK GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % Last 5 For Agt +/- FA AA
1 CRO Croatia 4 4 0 100
307 249 58 76.8 62.2 8
2 NED Netherlands 4 2 2 50.0
280 283 -3 70 70.8 6
3 SWE Sweden 4 1 3 25.0
291 317 -26 72.8 79.2 5
4 TUR Turkey 4 1 3 25.0
280 309 -29 70 77.2 5

Greece and Bosnia helped each other since they both needed to defeat their opponents and the other team to also win in order to qualify. It was Giannis Athinaiou who bombarded 3-pointers (6-9) and finished with 21 points as Greece edged Bulgaria 84 – 78 in overtime to, eventually, finish the night with a place in the EuroBasket.

Some hours later, Kenan Kamenjas (19 points, five rebounds) and Edin Atic (19 points, seven rebounds) combined their strength to push Bosnia past Latvia 79 – 73 and straight among the EuroBasket teams while checking Greece’s spot as well.

Group H Standings per FIBA:

GAMES GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % For Agt +/- FA AA
1 GRE Greece 3 2 1 66.7 209 205 4 69.7 68.3 5
2 BIH BIH 3 2 1 66.7 215 180 35 71.7 60 5
3 BUL Bulgaria 3 1 2 33.3 222 265 -43 74 88.3 4
4 LAT Latvia 3 1 2 33.3 242 238 4 80.7 79.3 4

After stunning hosts Lithuania, Denmark doubled its November wins by downing the Czech Republic behind a scoring show of 38 points courtesy of Gabriel Iffe Lundberg.

As for Lithuania, Eimantas Bendzius (19 points) helped them bounce back by beating Belgium 84 – 71.

Group C Standings per FIBA:

GAMES STREAK GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % Last 5 For Agt +/- FA AA
1 BEL Belgium 4 3 1 75.0
335 283 52 83.8 70.8 7
2 DEN Denmark 4 2 2 50.0
314 329 -15 78.5 82.2 6
3 LTU Lithuania 4 2 2 50.0
322 326 -4 80.5 81.5 6
4 CZE Czech Republic* 4 1 3 25.0
316 349 -33 79 87.2 5

Montenegro could’ve advanced to the EuroBasket with a win over Great Britain and a France victory over Germany. Enter Gabe Olaseni who produced 28 points and eight rebounds as the British team shut down Montenegro 74 – 59.

In the other Group G game, Yakuba Ouattara had 24 points as France beat Germany 85 – 74.

Group G Standings per FIBA:

GAMES STREAK GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % Last 5 For Agt +/- FA AA
1 FRA France 4 3 1 75.0
319 279 40 79.8 69.8 7
2 GBR Great Britain 4 2 2 50.0
285 292 -7 71.2 73 6
3 MNE Montenegro 4 2 2 50.0
286 307 -21 71.5 76.8 6
4 GER Germany* 4 1 3 25.0
304 316 -12 76 79 5
*Qualified as hosts. In this group, the host and two other highest-placed teams qualify.
Photo: FIBA Basketball