Turkey, Germany and Israel open the U23 European Championship with victories – IWBF

Turkey, Germany and Israel open the U23 European Championship with victories - IWBF

The primary main worldwide wheelchair basketball competitors for nationwide groups since March 2020 received underway in the present day (Monday 14 June) in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy, because the 2021 U23 Men’s European Championship tipped off.

Within the first match of day 1, present U23 European Champions Turkey opened their marketing campaign with a 56-48 win over host Italy. Turkey managed the sport within the first half profitable the first quarter 16-10 and the 2nd quarter 19-10. Regardless of a resurgence from Italy within the second half, which they received 28-21, Turkey had accomplished sufficient to safe their first win of the competitors. Turkey’s Mahmut Açikgöz top-scored for the sport with a double-double of 21 factors and 10 rebounds while Lorenzo Bassoli led Italy’s scorers with 14 factors.

Within the second recreation of the day, Germany received their Europeans off to a profitable begin with a assured 63-41 win over Poland. A 9-0 run for Germany midway by the opening quarter gave them a basis which meant Poland needed to chase the sport. Though Poland closed the hole to 4 factors at one level, Germany step by step prolonged their lead within the second half and completed with a commanding 22-point benefit. Poland’s Krzysztof Kozaryna was the best level scorer with 20 factors.

Germany’s high scorer and Participant of the Sport, Thomas Reier, stated:

“We got here out desirous to play as a crew, that we combat collectively, we play laborious within the defence and make good stops. Within the first half we weren’t nearly as good as we needed, however within the second half we confirmed what we will do and there may be nonetheless area to enhance.”

The ultimate recreation of the day was an extra time thriller between France and Israel. Israel clinched the victory by only one basket, 58-56, after that they had come again from a 9-point deficit within the remaining quarter, to tie the sport 51-51 and drive it into extra time. France’s Manuel Gomez led all scorers with 20 factors adopted carefully by his captain Mamady Traore who hit a double-double of 16 factors and 20 rebounds. Israel’s Amit Vigoda additionally hit a double-double of 17 factors and 17 rebounds.

Vigoda described the win after:

“We performed with loads of coronary heart and keenness, our love for the sport and our nation shone by and gave us the win in the long run.”

Tomorrow (Day Two – Tuesday 15 June) will see Spain take to the court docket for the primary time of the Championship in opposition to Poland at 10:30, Turkey will face France at 15:45, and hosts Italy will come up in opposition to Israel within the final recreation of the day at 18:00.

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 Event 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

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