Ukrainian basketball players qualify for EC final tournament under Bagatska – Basketball – Apollo.lv – Sports

Ukrainian basketball players qualify for EC final tournament under Bagatska – Basketball – Apollo.lv – Sports

Ukraine defeated Austria in the subgroup F duel in Ljubljana with a score of 70:67 (16:14, 13:16, 21:15, 20:22).

Oleksandr Mišula was the most productive in the Ukrainian team with 20 points, but Denis Lukashov scored 14 points. Benedict Gittl scored 16 points for the Austrians, but Bogici Vujoševičs scored 15 points.

Ukraine’s ability to win, despite 27 mistakes.

After the loss of Austria, it became clear that the ticket to the final tournament was won not only by Ukraine, but also by the 2017 European champion Slovenia.

Hungary also had to play in Ljubljana, but the national team experienced an outbreak of Covid-19.

The Hungarians have won in the last two games, Slovenia has won three games in four matches, Ukraine has won two games in four battles, and Austria has lost in all four games.

In the Valencia “bubble”, Israel defeated Poland in Subgroup A’s fight 78:72 (16:18, 25:14, 21:20, 16:20).

The winners were 14 points by Jake Cohen and 12 points by Gal Meckel. The Poles were the most productive with 23 points at the expense of Mateusz Poņitka, while 15 points were at the expense of Mihala Sokolovskis.

Later in this group, Spain and Romania will fight each other.

In sub-group A, the leader with four wins in four games is Israel, two wins in four matches are for Poland, Spain has one success in three battles, and Romania has three failures.

In Tallinn, meanwhile, Italy prevailed over Russia in subgroup B with 70:66 (15:15, 21:16, 14:13, 20:22).

Amadeo Tesitori played the best game of his career in the Italian national team, scoring 27 points and winning nine rebounds. Andrejs Voroncevičs scored for the Russians with 11 points and 11 balls under the baskets.

An Estonian-Northern Macedonian duel was due to take place in Tallinn on Monday, but a Covid-19 outbreak was detected in the Balkan national team.

In the sub-group, the leader with three wins in three games is Italy, two successes in four matches are in Russia, one in three games is against Estonia, but Northern Macedonia has lost in both past dues.

In subgroup E, Georgia defeated Switzerland in the Finnish city of Espoo with 91:84 (27:24, 19:15, 19:15, 26:30).

Georgia scored 24 points by Ted McPheiden, but 17 points, six rebounds and five assists were won by Tornik Shengelia. Switzerland scored 19 points and seven balls under the baskets were won by Marko Mladžans, but Roberto Kovačs had 17 points.

In Group E, Georgia takes first place with four wins in four games, but one success each for Serbia and Finland, which have won three fights, and Switzerland, which has played four duels.

There are 32 teams participating in the qualifying tournament, divided into eight groups. Out of the four groups in which the countries organizing the final tournament (Czech Republic, Georgia, Italy and Germany) play, the top two teams qualify for the final tournament, and from the other four – three each. The games take place in three national “windows” – in February and November 2020, as well as in February 2021.

The final tournament of the European Championship was moved from next year to 2022. The final tournament will take place next year from September 1 to 18 in four countries – the Czech Republic (Prague), Georgia (Tbilisi), Italy (Milan) and Germany (group tournament in Cologne, playoffs in Berlin). 24 teams will take part in it.

In addition to the hosts of the tournament, Croatia, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Slovenia and Ukraine have also provided travel tickets.

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VIDEO⟩ The Latvian national team in Sarajevo loses its home team, making it very difficult for them to make their way to the European Championship – Basketball

VIDEO⟩ The Latvian national team in Sarajevo loses its home team, making it very difficult for them to make their way to the European Championship – Basketball

Latvia lost to Bosnia and Herzegovina by 73:79 (17:20, 11:20, 17:20, 28:19).

Rihards Lomažs was the most productive in the Latvian national team with 19 points, Aigars Šķēle added another 16, and Mārtiņš Meiers scored 15.

The start of the match was better for the Latvians, who with a three-point throw by Mārtiņš Laksas, as well as two two-pointers by Mārtiņš Meiers and one Aigars Šķēle scored 9: 2 in their favor.

After that, a 7: 0 breakthrough gave way to the home team, equalizing the result. In the eighth minute, Edins Atičs scored 20:14 with three points, but by the end of the quarter the Latvians reached 17:20, but immediately after the break Rihards Lomažs took two of the three free throws, one of them as a technical note of the home coach.

At the beginning of the second half, the Latvians got a pit of less than six minutes, scoring 28:21 in their favor after two exact throws by Attic.

After Meier’s two-point throw, he managed to approach by 28:30, but in the end the home team also achieved a 12-point lead – 40:28.

In the second half, the game continued to be slow, with the points difference in favor of the home team fluctuating within ten points, which fully satisfied them, reaching 60:42 after Attic’s exact three-pointer less than a minute before the end of the third quarter.

Latvia managed to change the course of the game in the last quarter, making the game faster. After the three-point shots by Laksas and Lomaža, Latvia approached to 67:71, but the home team did better at the end of the game.

In the end they managed to lose by six points, but with one well-played quarter, the Latvians did not have enough to win.

In the second game of the day, Greece beat Bulgaria by 84:78 (17:25, 14:16, 15:11, 25:19, 13: 7).

The winners are 21 points for Jannis Atinaiu and 14 points for Vasilis Kavadas, while the Bulgarians have 15 points for Chavdar Kostov.

Group H is led by Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece with three successes in four games, both of which have already secured a place in the final of the European Championships, but Latvia and Bulgaria have one victory each.

The Latvian national team started the qualifying tournament with two losses, but on Friday managed to beat Greece with 77:66. The Bosnians, meanwhile, destroyed the Bulgarian team with 88:49.

There was one change in the ranks of the Latvian state unit. Ingus Jakovičs was entered for the game instead of Māris Gulbs.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina team consists of eight players who defeated the Latvian team in Riga in February (62:61). The most important addition is the naturalized American match manager John Roberson, who plays Madrid’s “Estudiantes”.

Before the second game, the head coach of the Latvian national team Roberts Štelmahers revealed in a conversation with the LBS press service that the Bosnians had broken the Bulgarian unit in the previous fight with an active game. The team has been especially active against the players of the outside line, therefore basketball will be expected to be just as fast from the Latvian national team.

On Saturday, the Latvian national team had a light training in the first half of the day, in which no one has complained about their health condition, even though all basketball players are not in optimal sports form. Štelmahers did not deny that another player from Bosnia and Herzegovina would be useful who can handle the ball well.

The two teams had met each other five times before, in three of which the Bosnians were superior. Even before the qualifying tournament, three games were played in the recent past (2012 and 2013). In the first with 87:84, Bosnia and Herzegovina was superior, but in the remaining two duels, the Latvians were superior with 80:64 and 86:75.

In the last meeting in February, Bosnia and Herzegovina won with 62:61. This was the first game of the qualifying tournament, but in the second the Latvians gave in to Bulgaria with 104: 110. Sunday’s opponents, on the other hand, gave in to Greece in their second match with 65:70.

Composition of the Latvian national team for the game with Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Jānis Bērziņš, Rolands Freimanis (both – Zelona Gura “Stelmet Enea”, Poland), Mareks Mejeris (Perm “Parma”, Russia), Artis Ate, Kristers Zoriks, Aigars Skele, Marcis Vitols (all – “VEF Riga”), Klavs Chavar (Minsk “Cmoki”, Belarus), Richard Lomaz (Wilberban USA, France), Martin Laksa (Lublin “Start”, Poland), Martin Meier (“Astana”, Kazakhstan), Ingus Yakovich (Varese “Obenjobmetis”, Italy) .

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Lithuanian basketball players in Vilnius sensationally lose to Denmark – Basketball – Apollo.lv – Sports

Lithuanian basketball players in Vilnius sensationally lose to Denmark – Basketball – Apollo.lv – Sports

The Lithuanians lost to Denmark in the subgroup C match in Vilnius with the result 76:80 (22:21, 24:17, 13:22, 17:20), which won their first victory in the qualification.

For Lithuanians, David Gailus was the most productive with 16 points, but Tom Dims had 15 points.

Gabriel Lundberg stood out with 28 points and seven rebounds, while Matthias Christensen had 13 points.

Earlier in Vilnius, Belgium defeated the Czech Republic 90:62 (27:19, 20:17, 23:15, 20:11), continuing the cycle without losses.

Retin Obasohan stood out in the Belgian ranks with 18 points and seven assists, 13 points went to Pierre Antoine Gilles and 12 points to Hans Vanvijn. Ondržej Balvins scored 14 points for the Czechs, but 13 points were in Lukasz Paliz’s account.

Group C is the leader with three wins in three games, Belgium, but the other three teams have one success each.

In another game, naturalized American team leader Shein Larkin made his debut for the Turkish men’s basketball team, which in a subgroup D match in Istanbul with a score of 62:79 (7:24, 17:21, 19:12, 19:22) acknowledged Croatia’s superiority, suffering a third loss in the third match. .

Istanbul’s “Anadolu Efes” match manager Larkins, who demonstrated by far the best performance at the ULEB Euroleague last season, received Turkish citizenship in February but did not play in the first “window” due to injury.

On Friday, he made his debut for the Turkish national team and scored 12 points, but the most productive with 14 points was Melih Mahmatolu. The Croatian national team was led to victory by Miro Bilan, who scored 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Žeļko Šakičam had 17 points.

In the first game of the day, the Netherlands defeated Sweden with 78:76 (15:18, 23:24, 18:12, 22:22).

For the Dutch, Janniks Franke was the most productive with 22 points. Christopher Cherapovic scored 21 points for the Swedes, but Nikolas Spirem had ten points and 11 rebounds.

Croatia is in first place in the group with three victories in three games, two successes are in the Netherlands, one – in Sweden, but Turkey is a beige.

In Group G’s first game of the day, France won the UK with 79:56 (24: 5, 22:15, 16:17, 17:19).

The French scored 24 points for Amat M’Baye and 15 points were added by Axel Butellier, while the British scored 12 points by Ashley Hamilton.

Germany and Montenegro will meet in this group tonight.

In group G, France takes the first place with two victories, but Germany, Montenegro and Great Britain are in one place.

There are 32 teams participating in the qualifying tournament, divided into eight groups. Out of the four groups in which the countries organizing the final tournament (Czech Republic, Georgia, Italy and Germany) play, the top two teams qualify for the final tournament, and from the other four – three each. The games take place in three national “windows” – in February and November 2020, as well as in February 2021.

The final tournament of the European Championship was moved from next year to 2022. The final tournament will take place next year from September 1 to 18 in four countries – the Czech Republic (Prague), Georgia (Tbilisi), Italy (Milan) and Germany (group tournament in Cologne, playoffs in Berlin). 24 teams will take part in it.

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VIDEO⟩ Latvian national team basketball players play convincingly, winning the first victory in ECC qualification – Basketball

VIDEO⟩ Latvian national team basketball players play convincingly, winning the first victory in ECC qualification – Basketball

Mārtiņš Laksa played an excellent game in the ranks of the Latvian national team, who realized all the shots and scored 19 points, 12 of them with long shots.

Meanwhile, Marek Mejer had 14 points and seven rebounds, but 13 points, nine balls under baskets and three intercepted balls – for Mārtiņš Meiers. Aigars Šķēle scored ten points and scored six times.

Dimitris Agravanis stood out in the Greek team with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Evangelos Margaritis scored ten points.

Latvian basketball players scored only half of their free throws in this match (8/16), but were significantly better in throws behind the perimeter (9/23).

The Latvian national team started the qualification cycle in February with two losses, but on Friday celebrated its first victory. In the subgroup, Greece has two victories in three games, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria have won one match in two matches, and Latvia has one victory in three games.

At the beginning of the match, the game went point by point, as a result of the Latvian national team, Mārtiņš Laksas gave two great long shots. After a seven-point break, the Greeks scored 21:14 in the first quarter, but Marek Mejer and Artis Ate responded with two more “thirds”, losing the first ten minutes with 20:21.

In the introduction of the second quarter, Mārtiņš Meiers put forward the Latvian lead with a precise hook throw (22:21), but later Mārcis Vītols (28:25) scored his first points in the national team with a long shot. Debutant Kristers Zoriks also added to his first points in the team, adding another three-pointers (31:26). A successful defensive play allowed Greece to be held for several minutes without realized shots.

In the second half of the quarter, after a quick counterattack, Laksa gained the biggest advantage of Latvia in the game – seven points (35:28). With 72 seconds left until the end of the half, after Aigars Šķēle’s pass, Mejeris with an “alley oop” ball hit the basket from above 39:30, but at the beginning of the last minute Rolands Freimanis made a three-point move – 42:30.

In the third quarter, Latvia held a safe lead, adding two more long shots to Laks in the first half and reaching 56:38 in favor of the Latvians. At the beginning of the second half of the quarter, Freimanis already achieved a 20-point lead after bouncing the ball. The Greeks gradually felt the rhythm of the game and slightly reduced the dominance of the Latvian national team, the team led by Robert Štelmaher starting the last ten minutes with a 14-point advantage (64:50).

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Greeks further reduced the dominance of the Latvian national team, however, Mejeris restored the 14-point handicap with a precise long shot (67:53). After several unsuccessful attacks, Greece threw another long shot and again slightly destroyed Latvia’s lead (56:67).

Two and a half minutes before the end of the regular time, the dominance of the Latvian team was only ten points, but a minute later Šķēle slightly increased the lead – 75:63. The Greeks responded quickly with a long shot and the teams scored nine points, but after the pass, Šķēle regained two points and achieved 77:66 – the result with which the game ended.

Evaluating the impact of the players’ current sports uniforms and microtraumas on performance, the coaches decided not to announce Artūrs Ausējs, Inga Jakovičs and Kaspars Bērziņš for the first match.

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Babkina: If we are as one, it will be difficult for someone to stop us – Basketball

Babkina: If we are as one, it will be difficult for someone to stop us – Basketball

Elīna Babkina will be the captain of the Latvian women’s basketball team in the qualifying games of the European Championship scheduled for this week, because Aija Klakocka has been injured.

Babkina is one of the three players of the Latvian national team who has already undergone quarantine due to Covid-19. Kristīne Vītola and Paula Strautmane were forced to do the same in Hungary.

In a conversation with Latvian Television, Babkina revealed that due to the pandemic, since arriving in Russia, the team has managed to conduct only seven trainings together. Formerly “sparing” with guys, but lacks gaming practice.

“Pretty hard … I had one training session, which was followed by a game. After the other girls on the team returned from the self-draw, we did three training sessions together, but then we went to the game,” explained Babkina. “Unfortunately, there is no gaming practice, but I have worked individually one on one.”

“It’s not the same, so I guess it’s going to be hard to catch the rhythm of the game. I’ll try to do my best, but basketball is a team sport, not an individual sport.”

The Latvian national team, as well as other subgroup I national units (Croatia, Germany and Northern Macedonia), will live in one hotel during the qualifying tournament, but the entrance to the Elektrum Olympic Center is on the other side and visitors do not have access to basketball players. On Monday, the Latvian national team went to the training along a narrow corridor, which separates access to the square from other premises.

“We have to accept the situation as it is. I think we are provided with excellent conditions – we can be at home and represent the country in such a difficult situation,” said head coach Mārtiņš Gulbis about the conditions in Riga. “I told the girls that it should be appreciated.”

Anete Šteinberga has also returned to the ranks of the state unit after a break of more than two years, who pointed out that it is not difficult to follow strict rules. The main thing is not to go to the premises prematurely, where other teams could be located, there is also no possibility to go to the streets of Riga.

“I am happy to be here to represent the Latvian national team. Professional basketball requires a lot, both physically and emotionally … I felt that if I want to continue with the power, I need to step back a little,” explained his choice not to represent the Latvian national team since the 2018 World Cup. Steinberg. “In the summer, I have to devote time to myself, which I have been doing for the last two years, but now I am ready to give everything up again to win new victories.”

Captain Babkina also longs for victory, who pointed out that almost every opponent is capable of a unified composition of the Latvian national team.

“Our team is very aggressive. If we are one, it will be difficult for someone to stop us,” Babkina was convinced. “We have both good guards and attackers – all positions are filled.”

On November 12, Latvia will meet with Germany, but a meeting with Croatia is scheduled for two days later.

After two rounds in Group I, the Croatian national team has two victories, Latvia and Germany one by one, while Northern Macedonia remains in the beige.

The final tournament, scheduled for June 2021 in Spain and France, will qualify the winners of nine groups and the top five runners-up.

It has already been reported that at the end of this year and the beginning of next year, the games organized by the FIBA ​​national team will take place in one place, not at home or at guests, as usual. The FIBA ​​Executive Committee decided on the national team matches scheduled for November this year and February next year after assessing health risks and receiving recommendations from medical and competition commissions.

The new rules stipulate that the games will not be played away or at home, but in one venue, which FIBA ​​will have to agree in advance with the country that has committed to hosting the matches. Covid-19 tests will be required at the venue, as well as a strict movement regime, as the teams will live in a “bubble”.

Composition of the Latvian women’s basketball team for participation in the qualification tournament:

Elīna Babkina (“Nadezhda” from Orenburg, Russia), Ilze Jākobsone, Ieva Pulvere, Kitty Laksa, Karlīne Pilābere (all – “TTT Rīga”) Kate Krēsliņa (“Castors Braine”, Belgium), Paula Strautmane (Pecs “Pecs”, Hungary ), Luīze Šepte (“University of Latvia”), Anete Šteinberga (Istanbul “Galatasaray:, Turkey), Zenta Melnik (Uppsala” KFUK-KFUM “, Sweden), Kristine Vitola (Miskolc DVTK, Hungary), Laura Meldere (Venice” Uman “) Reyer “, Italy).

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