Russia dominates Estonia, North Macedonia picks up first win

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Antigoni Zachari

21/Feb/21 18:13

Eurohoops.net

Still two tickets up for grabs in the February EuroBasket Qualifiers

By Eurohoops team / info@eurohoops.net

As the February Qualifiers are approaching their last turn, two tickets remain available after this week’s action. The first will be decided Monday, in the showdown between Estonia and North Macedonia, while the second is up for grabs between Lithuania and Denmark, which will also face each other on Monday.

Russia dominated Estonia 75-52 to fulfill its February Qualifiers duties in great fashion. Evgeny Baburin paced Sergey Bazarevich’s squad with 14 points, Andrey Vorontsevich tapped 13 and Mikhail Kulagin had 12 points. Russia moved up to a 4-2 record in Group B and has already qualified for the 2022 EuroBasket.

Janari Joesaar paced the Estonian side with 10 points, as the team will have to grab a victory against North Macedonia on Monday in order to qualify for the big event.

Group E action concluded as Finland grabbed a 78-70 win over Georgia, as both teams have punched their tickets for the EuroBasket next year. Elias Valtonen and Erik Murphy led the Finnish side with 14 points each, while Giorgi Shermandini and Duda Sanadze tapped 19 and 18 points respectively for Georgia.

North Macedonia defeated already qualified as hosts Italy 87-78 to grab their first victory in the qualifiers. Nenad Dimitrijevic led the winners with 22 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds and Andrej Magdevski had 20 points. Marco Spissu added 17 points and 8 assists for Italy which ends its qualifiers run with a 4-2 record.

Serbia got its revenge against Switzerland with an 88-81 win to top Group E with a 4-2 record. The Swiss side ends its qualifiers journey with a single win (against Serbia in the November windows). Filip Petrusev paced the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Danilo Andjusic had 20 points. Dusan Mladjan led Switzerland with 18 points and 3 rebounds.

Spain broke off Isreal’s winning streak with a 78-73 win in Group A, as both teams have already qualified through earlier games. Dario Brizuela was the leading scorer for Sergio Scariolo’s squad with 18 points, Ferran Bassas had 12 points while Xabi Lopez-Arostegui and Fran Guerra posted 11 points each. Jake Cohen paced the Israeli side with 20 points and 8 rebounds.

Hungary edged Austria with an 81-58 victory to climb up in Group F’s standings behind Slovenia. Zoltan Perl paced the winners with 17 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds,  Akos Keller posted 13 points and David Vojvoda tapped 12. Marvin Ogunsipe, Rasid Mahalbasic and Bogic Vujosevic all had 10 points for Austria.

Poland completed its Qualifiers duties with an 88-81 win over Romania, as the latter nation bids goodbye without a win. Michal Michalak led the way for the winners (that have already qualified for the 2022 EuroBasket) with 24 points and Jeremy Juliusz Sochan had 18 points. Mihai Maciuca had 16 points for the Romanian squad and Bobe Nicolescu added 15.

Sunday, February 21 results:

Group A

Spain – Israel 78-73
Poland – Romania 88-81

Group B

North Macedonia – Italy 87-78
Russia – Estonia 75-52

Group E

Serbia – Switzerland 88-81
Georgia – Finland 70-78

Standings:

Group A

12/12 games played

GAMES STREAK GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % Last 5 For Agt +/- FA AA
1  Israel* 6 5 1 83.3
487 442 45 81.2 73.7 11
2  Spain* 6 4 2 66.7
501 448 53 83.5 74.7 10
3  Poland* 6 3 3 50.0
490 453 37 81.7 75.5 9
4  Romania 6 0 6 0
388 523 -135 64.7 87.2 6

Group B

11/12 games played

GAMES STREAK GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % Last 5 For Agt +/- FA AA
1  Italy* 6 4 2 66.7
511 487 24 85.2 81.2 10
2  Russia** 6 4 2 66.7
460 405 55 76.7 67.5 10
3  Estonia 5 2 3 40.0
375 419 -44 75 83.8 7
4  North Macedonia 5 1 4 20.0
387 422 -35 77.4 84.4 6

Group E

12/12 games played

GAMES STREAK GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % Last 5 For Agt +/- FA AA
1  Serbia* 6 4 2 66.7
515 457 58 85.8 76.2 10
2  Georgia** 6 4 2 66.7
508 517 -9 84.7 86.2 10
3  Finland* 6 3 3 50.0
448 464 -16 74.7 77.3 9
4  Switzerland 6 1 5 16.7
493 526 -33 82.2 87.7 7

Photo: EuroBasket