Spain, Israel, Germany, and Turkey all secured their semi-final locations on the 2021 Men’s U23 European Championship in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.
Within the opening recreation of the day, Israel triggered an upset by defeating reigning champions Turkey, 59-46, to safe first place in Group A. Each groups began tentatively with the primary factors not getting placed on the board till 3 minutes into the sport, and the lead exchanged arms till Israel went on a mini-run to go 5 factors up on the finish of the primary. A lead they then retained all through the remainder of the match, profitable all 4 durations: 15-10, 18-14, 16-13 and 10-9.
Once more, Amit Vigoda was essential for Israel hitting a double-double of 26 factors and 13 rebounds, alongside the contribution of 10 factors every from Max Pekerman and Ido Maimon.
Turkey’s Mahmut Açikgöz top-scored for his workforce with 15 factors, with Mücahit Günaydin (11 factors and 14 rebounds) getting a double-double.
Participant of the Recreation, Max Pekerman, defined what he believed was behind the win:
“The important thing to our recreation is the bench, in fact, as a result of when the bench is talking it provides a morale enhance to the workforce, to the gamers on the courtroom, it provides them a really sturdy morale and that’s the key to our recreation.”
The second recreation of the day noticed France and Italy each in search of their first wins of the competitors and to get a lift forward of tomorrow’s crossover video games.
A four-point benefit for France on the finish of the primary, 10-6, was prolonged to 9 factors on the half-time break, 27-18. France’s Manuel Gomez got here out sizzling initially of the third, hitting 10 unanswered factors together with two three-pointers. This gave France the respiratory house they wanted to place the sport out of attain for the Italians, regardless of them rallying within the remaining quarter, 15-7. France bought their first victory on the board, 59-39.
The French duo of Gomez (21 factors) and Enzo Trabuchet (25 factors) proved unstoppable making 46 of France’s 59 factors between them. Amine Gamri was Italy’s high scorer with 13.
Spain secured high spot of Group B in model with a snug win, 71-37, over Germany. Each groups already had a win to their identify within the high of the desk conflict, and it was an in depth first quarter with just one level separating the 2 groups, 11-10. It wasn’t till the tip of the second the place Spain took maintain of the sport occurring a 7-2 run to provide themselves an eight-point lead, 27-19. With momentum behind them, Spain’s confidence continued to construct within the third and fourth, while Germany began to chase the sport which impacted their shot proportion, that means Spain took each quarters, 21-12 and 23-6.
4 Spanish Gamers hit double figures: Ignacio Ortega (24), Óscar Onrubia (18), Manuel Lorenzo (15), and Alejandro Garcia (10). Germany’s low proportion was mirrored within the high scorers with solely Alexander Budde and Thomas Reier making 11 and 10 factors, respectively.
Spain’s Ignacio Ortega mentioned:
“I’m very pleased with the performances, we deserve it as a workforce, we’ve labored actually exhausting; we’ve had the identical workforce for over three European’s now and I’m joyful we are able to lastly present who we’re, that we have now a whole lot of coronary heart, expertise, and a whole lot of work and I’m prepared for the semi-finals and hopefully finals.”
All 4 semi-finalists – Spain, Germany, Turkey and Israel – have routinely certified for the Males’s U23 World Championship in Chiba, Japan subsequent yr. France, Poland, and Italy will now play in a round-robin format for the locations 5-7 with the goal to say the ultimate qualification spot.
The Championship, organised by IWBF Europe and FIPIC and being run underneath strict COVID-19 hygiene and security protocols, is the European Zone’s Qualification Match for the Males’s U23 World Championship, which is scheduled to happen in Chiba, Japan subsequent yr. The highest 5 nations will qualify.
Picture courtesy of FIPC – Augusto Bizzi