The EuroBasket field for 2022 is nearing completion with qualifying from Turkey, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and Bulgaria.
Five more teams qualified for Eurobasket 2022 on Saturday, with Latvia and Montenegro missing the cut and missing the opportunity to play in the final tournament.
On Saturday in Istanbul, Turkey beat Sweden, 88-80, but needed a favourable result in the other Group D match to seal its EuroBasket berth. In the Qualifiers event, Youngster Alperen Sengun left his mark with a 24-point, 12-rebound double-double to go along with three assists, two steals, and one block. Jonas Jerebko scored a team-high 21 points for the visitors in his return to the national team.
The Netherlands beat Croatia, 65-57, in the second BJK Akatlar Arena game, earning a spot in the EuroBasket final stage for themselves and Turkey, while Sweden was eliminated. For 15 points, Yannick Franke was accountable and Keye van der Vuurst de Vries added 11. For the previously clinched Croatians, Zeljko Sakic posted a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double.
In Group G, France clinched with a late run, 14-4, to overcome Montenegro at Podgorica, 73-71. The main contributors were Isaia Cordinier with a clutch three-point play and Thomas Heurtel with a team-high 16 points. For the knocked-out hosts, Petar Popovic sank a game-high 17 points and Marko Simonovic added 15 points.
Earlier, in the win, 83-81, against Germany, Luke Nelson banked the game-winner for Great Britain, who shot the British in the final stage following the above outcome. With 17 points, the former UC Irvine player finished trailing only teammate Gabriel Olaseni with 20 points.
Belgium scored an 88-65 victory over Denmark in Vilnius on their ticket. With 19 points, five rebounds, and two assists, Retin Obasohan stood out. He was 8/11 from the field, including 3/3 in the Group C game from beyond the arc.
A team-high 15 points were registered by Vaidas Kariniauskas as Lithuania approached the remaining Group C advance slot by downing the Czech Republic, 94-74. The hosts of the bubble will collide with Denmark with a EuroBasket berth hanging in the balance on Monday.
In Riga, Aleksandar Yanev’s two late free throws pushed Bulgaria 66-65 over Latvia, and in the advancing group H field. Dee Bost led the way for the visiting team with a game-high 18 points. A team-high 14 points were logged by Janis Timma as his side was taken out of contention.
Two sides had already progressed in the first Group H match, with Bosnia and Herzegovina getting the best of Greece, 84-60. Emir Sulejmanovic was the top performer, packing a 23-point, 13-rebound double-double.
Ukraine beat Slovenia, 70-65, in a similar match, in the only Group F match of the day at the Kiev bubble. For the hosts, Jerome Randle got 24 points.