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Qualifiers Tracker: Croatia, Israel, Belgium and Greece remain undefeated

MUNICH (Germany) - Another FIBA EuroBasket qualifying mission started on Thursday, with 32 teams searching for 24 tickets to Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany and Italy.

Don't miss a beat with our Qualifiers Tracker.

Gameday 2 (Monday)

Israel, Croatia, Belgium and Greece joined Italy, Georgia and Hungary as the only unbeaten teams of the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers. But, the craziest game of the entire campaign was played in Bulgaria.

Headlines

Along with Bulgaria defeating Latvia in double OT, there was plenty of drama elsewhere, including the game in Great Britain where the hosts made sure Germany fell to 1-1;Β 

Experience is the key: Roko Ukic led Croatia to 2-0 in a close one in Netherlands, Evangelos Margaritis played a huge part to send Greece to 2-0 in Bosnia and Herzegovina;

Amath M'Baye won the dunk contest in France v Montenegro;

Jonathan Tabu flirted with a triple-double, Belgium had no trouble in Denmark
Game Reports, Features
- Deni Avdija is an amazing player and it's easy to understand why the Israeli crowd loves him so much;

- The date is quite symbolic, Lithuania made it even more so by using a 24-2 run on 24/02 to climb back from -9 and defeat Czech Republic;

- Nearly 11,500 fans were in the stands to witness Sweden defeat Turkey in the biggest upset of the day
Daily Top Performers Jonathan Tabu (BEL) - 22 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, efficiency 30

Eimantas Bendzius (LTU) - 26 points, 6-of-9 from three-point range, efficiency 29

Mareks Mejeris (LAT) - 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, efficiency 26

Deni Avdija (ISR) - 21 points, 8 rebounds, efficiency 25

Luke Nelson (GBR) - 26 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 0 turnovers, efficiency 25
Daily Highs Martins Meiers (LAT) - 27 points

Miralem Halilovic (BiH) - 12 rebounds

Dee Bost (BUL) - 8 assists
Bugrahan Tuncer (TUR) - 8 assists
Ludvig Hakanson (SWE) - 8 assists

Dogus Balbay (TUR) - 4 steals
Pavle Marcinkovic (CRO) - 4 steals
Roko Rogic (CRO) - 4 steals

Moustapha Fall (FRA) - 3 blocks
Gabriel Olaseni (GBR) - 3 blocks
Berkan Durmaz (TUR) - 3 blocks

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Gameday 2 (Sunday)

It was a tough day for juggernauts like Serbia and Spain, who could not convert home court advantages into 2-0 records, allowing Georgia and Poland to seize the day. Meanwhile, Hungary are at 2-0 thanks to a Rosco Allen game-winner.

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Headlines

Igor Kokoskov had a packed house on his home debut with Serbia, but Thad McFadden hit a clutch three-pointer to give Georgia a win in Belgrade;

Sergio Scariolo is not used to defeats at home, as Spain went 6-0 in their arenas during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers, but they drop their first game in Zaragoza, losing to Poland;

Finland were down by 18 in Switzerland, but Sasu Salin gave them a comeback win;

Italy and Hungary stay perfect with wins in Estonia and Ukraine, respectively; Russia gets on the board by holding off North Macedonia
Game Reports, Features
- A.J. Slaughter leads Poland to a wild win in Spain, powered by 50 points in the second and third quarter;

- Georgia defeated Serbia to go to 2-0, after overtime win against Switzerland and a close one in Belgrade;

- Defending champs get off the mark
Daily Top Performers Thad McFadden (GEO) - 33 points, 7 assists, efficiency 31

Giorgi Shermadini (GEO) - 23 points, 11 rebounds, efficiency 29

Ognjen Jaramaz (SRB) - 22 points, 6 assists, 3 steals, efficiency 29

Vitaly Fridzon (RUS) - 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, efficiency 29

Sasu Salin (FIN) - 25 points, 7 rebounds, efficiency 26
Daily Highs Thad McFadden (GEO) - 33 points

Sebastian Saiz (ESP) - 12 rebounds
Natan Jurkovitz (SUI) - 12 rebounds

Carlos Alocen (ESP) - 9 assists

Michal Sokolowski (POL) - 3 steals
Simone Fontecchio (ITA) - 3 steals
Ognjen Jaramaz (SRB) - 3 steals
Jeremy Jaunin (SUI) - 3 steals

Arnaud Cotture (SUI) - 3 blocks


Gameday 1 (Friday)

Belgium stole the show on the second day of Gameday 1, blowing out Lithuania by 21 points. Netherlands made it a Benelux party with their upset win away from home, silencing the crowd in Turkey.

Headlines

Along with that Belgium win, the Netherlands and Bosnia and Herzegovina won on the road, upsetting Turkey and Latvia, respectively;

Czech Republic survived a late comeback by Denmark to claim their first win;

Croatia dished out 23 assists - more than in any of their 12 games in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers - to defeat Sweden with ease in Zagreb;

Montenegro enjoyed a warm atmosphere in Podgorica to keep Great Britan at bay
Game Reports, Features
- Kloof shines to hand Turkey an unlikely defeat in Ankara;

- Greece opted for a team with nobody younger than 25, and the option proved to be a winning one, holding off Bulgaria in Patras;

- Robin Benzing knocked down 5 three-pointers, two more than France to lead Germany to a comfy win in the Classic;

- Dario Gjergja and Belgium power through against Lithuania
Daily Top Performers Charlon Kloof (NED) - 27 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, efficiency 28

Lefteris Bochoridis (GRE) - 19 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, efficiency 23

Joshiko Saibou (GER) - 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, efficiency 22

Jaromir Bohacik (CZE) - 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, efficiency 22

Retin Obasohan (BEL) - 21 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, efficiecny 22
Daily Highs Charlon Kloof (NED) - 27 points

James Metecan Birsen (TUR) - 13 rebounds

Justin Cobbs (MNE) - 8 assists
Roko-Leni Ukic (CRO) - 8 assists
Dee Bost (BUL) - 8 assists

Mateo Dreznjak (CRO) - 4 steals
Jean-Marc Mwema (BEL) - 4 steals
Teddy Okereafor (GBR) - 4 steals
Dee Bost (BUL) - 4 steals

Semih Erden (TUR) - 3 blocks


Gameday 1 (Thursday)

An eight-game day saw close games and packed stands all over the continent, and the first triple-double in the FIBA EuroBasket Qualifiers in over five years. FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 winners Spain got off to a winning start, FIBA EuroBasket 2017 winners Slovenia had a tough pill to swallow in Hungary.

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Headlines Jonathan Kazadi had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Switzerland, but could not prevent an overtime defeat in Georgia. The last man with a triple-double in Qualifiers was Israel's Gal Mekel back in 2014.

Kristian Kullamae is still a 20-year-old, but he is ready to lead Estonia to new heights - 31 points en route to an 81-72 win in North Macedonia, which could prove decisive in the battle for the Final Round since the remaining two teams in the group are strong favorites Italy and Russia.

Israel got 18 assists out of Tamir Blatt and Gal Mekel, more than enough for a 75-71 win on the road in Poland.

Thomas Schreiner hits the shot of the day for Austria.
Game Reports, Features
- Slovenia had a 5-point lead with 100 seconds to go in Hungary, but hometown hero Zoltan Perl came up big in Szombathely to hand the defending champs a losing start.

- Igor Kokoskov's reign began with a comfy win for Serbia in Finland; Kokoskov is trying to become the first man to win back-to-back FIBA EuroBasket titles with different teams.

- Speaking of winning coaches, Sergio Scariolo had a new look Spain pick up a double digit win in Romania.

- Italy shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc, hand Russia a 19-point defeat.

- Feeling like you know a lot about this event? Test your knowledge in our FIBA EuroBasket Quiz.
Daily Top Performers Kristian Kullamae (EST) - 31 points, 12-of-17 shooting, 5-of-9 from three, 5 assists, efficiency 31
Jonathan Kazadi (SUI) - 22 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, efficiency 30
A.J. Slaughter (POL) - 29 points, 8-of-11 from three, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, efficiency 28
Emanuel Cate (ROU) - 19 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, efficiency 27
Miroslav Raduljica (SRB) - 19 points, 6-of-8 shooting, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, efficiency 26
Daily Highs Kristian Kullamae (EST) - 31 points

Emanuel Cate (ROU) - 13 rebounds
Giorgi Shermadini (GEO) - 13 rebounds

Marco Spissu (ITA) - 10 assists
Gal Mekel (ISR) - 10 assists
Jonathan Kazadi (SUI) - 10 assists

Sasu Salin (FIN) - 4 steals
Aaron Cel (POL) - 4 steals

Damian Kulig (POL) - 4 blocks


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