Big game coming up in the Quarter-Finals: Estonia sent Georgia on a date with the hosts
MATOSINHOS (Portugal) - The teams will enjoy their rest day on Thursday, before embarking on a journey towards the medal hunt. Georgia were nearly perfect in their group, but they have to face Portugal now, after allowing Estonia to pull off an upset on the last group Game Day.
Estonia won 78-67 behind 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by Kristian Kullamae, but in a three-way tie with the Netherlands and Georgia, Estonia still had the worst points difference and stayed in the third spot. The Netherlands moved to the top of the group because of their earlier 27-point win against Estonia, meaning we've got a massive Quarter-Final to see in Matosinhos.
That is because Portugal are the next opponent for Georgia. Rafael Lisboa scored a team-high 18 points to hand the hosts their fourth win in as many games, 81-53 it finished with Belgium on the receiving end. The game was played in front of a sell out crowd, and they had plenty to cheer for, with a lot of highlight plays by their beloved men.
Elsewhere, it was Iceland who grabbed the last ticket to the elite eight from Group A, thanks to their 78-41 blowout win over Hungary, putting them at the top of a three-way tie with Belarus and Hungary at 2-2, right behind Russia. Group winners had no problems in handing Belarus an 82-70 defeat.
With all the results in, we now know the Quarter-Finals pairings. All the games will be played on Friday:
- Russia v Bulgaria 18:30 GMT+1
- Portugal v Georgia 20:45 GMT+1
- Czech Republic v Iceland 14:00 GMT+1
- Netherlands v Belgium 16:15 GMT+1
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Top scorer of the day: Czech Republic and Bulgaria played out an overtime thriller, with Czechs getting a 93-89 win to also win them the group. Bulgaria's Tsvetomir Chernokojev with 33 points just edged out Marek Welsch who had 32 for CZE.
Top rebounder of the day: Rron Ukaj had 19 points and a day-high 14 rebounds for Kosovo, but Sweden held on for a 68-63 win. Sweden made news with their 123-point win on Game Day 1, which made no difference because they only finished fourth in their group.
Top passer of the day: Alexander Khomenko had 15 points and 6 assists for Russia, Hilmar Petursson went all-round for 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for Iceland.
Top thief of the day: Romania's Lucas Tohatan came up with 5 steals, the same amount that Robin van Heukelom had for the Netherlands.
Top blocker of the day: Jakub Mokran of Slovakia and Dzmitry Ryuny of Belarus blocked 3 shots on Wednesday.