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Gameday 3 Round-Up: Montenegro win battle of NBA centers, Dutch stun Germany

7 Zaza Pachulia (GEO), Georgia v Montenegro (Photo: Khatia Jijeishvili)
7 Zaza Pachulia (GEO) - Georgia v Montenegro, 2017 EuroBasket Qualifiers, Tbilisi - Sports Palace(Georgia), Qualifiers, 7 September 2016

MUNICH (FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Qualifiers) - The Netherlands produced on Wednesday night the biggest upset in the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Qualifiers so far by defeating Germany on the road.

Montenegro defeated Georgia on the road and just like Slovenia, Belgium and Poland, they emerged victorious in battles between previously unbeaten teams. Together with Russia and Hungary, who also won on Gameday 3, they are the six teams to reach the half-way point of the campaign with perfect records.

In Oberhausen, the Netherlands edged ahead of Germany in the second quarter inspired by 18 first-half points by Charlon Kloof and held off their famed hosts to eke out an historical 75-71 victory. Kloof, who said afterwards: "I felt I had to do whatever it takes to win this game," finished with 20 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. He got plenty of help down the stretch from Nicolas De Jong, who also surged to 20 points.

"For us, this was a very exciting game," commented Netherlands head coach Toon van Helfteren. "This is the way we have to play, it is our only chance to play on defence like we did today. Early on, Germany made it difficult for us with their threes, but now I am very happy. We are back into the competition."

In the other game in Group B, Austria breezed past Denmark 86-66 as Rasid Mahalbasic collected a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds and Lamesic had 14 points.

A tip-in by Nemanja Djurisic with 5 seconds on the clock gifted Montenegro a hard-earned 76-74 triumph over Georgia on the road, in the big clash in Group F. Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic led the winners with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds while Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia had 22 points and 9 boards in a losing effort.

In other game in Group F, Slovak Republic held on to defeat Albania 69-60 thanks to a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double by Richard Korner.

Zoran Dragic was in free-scoring form on Wednesday and dropped 28 points, also adding 7 rebounds, to lead Slovenia to an 81-77 win over Ukraine in the big game of Group E. Slovenia are now solitary leaders on a 3-0 record while Ukraine dropped to 2-1. 

In the other game in the group, Bulgaria poured in 65 second-half points to claim their first win, 105-84 over Kosovo behind 28 points from Aleksandar Georgiev.

In Group A, Belgium used a strong third quarter to resolve another battle between previously undefeated teams and prevailed 80-65 over Iceland, on the back of 22 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting by Maxime De Zeeuw, who also added 9 rebounds for good measure.

Cyprus managed to steal the spotlight in Group A however as they came from behind to stun Switzerland 80-76 on the road behind 21 points from Anthony King, securing an historical first success in eight years.

In Group C, Russia got off to a flying start and held off Sweden the rest of the way to register their second win in as many games, 85-73 behind a 20-point, 5-rebound display by Andrey Vorontsevich. Russia lead the group on 2-0, Bosnia and Herzegovina who were not in action today stand at 1-1 while Sweden dropped to 0-2.

Poland also maintain their perfect record intact, in Group D, as Maciej Lampe rolled back the years and registered a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead them to a 78-64 win over Estonia at home. In the other game in this pool Belarus held on to clinch their first victory, 72-62 over winless Portugal, behind 16 points and 10 boards from Artsiom Parakhouski.

Hungary are the sixth team to boast an unblemished record despite a slow start away at The Former Yugoslave Republic of Macedonia, as David Vojvoda poured in 27 points to steer them to a 76-66 success. In the other game in Group G, Great Britain switched gears after the break and defeated Luxembourg 95-72 at home behind a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double by Kyle Johnson.