The Danish team lacked current captain Gabriel Lundberg, who had moved a few days earlier from Ina Zastalo BC Zelona Jura to the club’s flagship CSKA Moscow and did not get the new employer’s approval to participate in the qualifying matches due to the collision of Euroleague dates and the International Basketball Association. However, Denmark was about to make a big splash.
Gytis Masiulis scored points for the importance of a two-time Polish champion led by Prokom Sopot, Darius Maskoliunas (currently assistant at FC Barcelona). He is the son of another famous basketball player for Brockom, a colleague of Masculionas – Thomas Massiolis.
The 22-year-old used two free throws to equalize 75:75 and 61 seconds before the end of the fourth quarter. Three seconds before the end, with Lithuania leading 77:76, Denmark’s throw was blocked by one of Lithuanian’s most experienced basketball players, 34-year-old playmaker Mantas Kalnitis.
Lithuania will be the host country and participate in one of the qualifying tournaments for the Olympic Games in Tokyo – in Kaunas, where the Poles will compete for the Olympic card.
On Friday, the Polish team secured their promotion to Eurobasket 2022. He finished third in the table. A (Balance 3-3) – behind Israel (5-1) and world champion Spain (2-4).
Other well-known players from Polish stadiums include Latvia in the latest elimination window: Martins Laksa (Pszczóka Startu Lublin), Janis Berzins, Rolands Frymanis (both Zastal), Croatian Tomislav Gabrik (Ina Astoria Bydgosszcz) and Dutchman Janice Frankie (Pszczózk).
Latvia (GR H) led by coach Roberts Stillmahers, champion of Poland with Silesia Wroclaw from 2000, did not qualify for the finals, which is one of the biggest surprises in the qualifying round, as it lost in the last window in Riga to Bulgaria 65: 66 and on Monday to Greece after Extra time 94:97. In the last match, Frimanis was the second goal scorer in his team – scoring 16 points and seven rebounds.
Gabrik, who enjoyed the rise of Croatia, played only one game in this window – against Turkey in Istanbul (Loser 78:84). He was the team’s top scorer in this duel – he scored 13 points.
On the other hand, Frankie was the captain of the Netherlands in the Croatia match (65:57) and won 15 points in Istanbul, while in Monday’s match against Sweden (59:74) he scored 9 points, but despite the defeat he is. Enjoy being promoted to European Championships.
Defending champions Slovenia will also play in the finals. F took second place.
Eurobasket has been moved from 2021 to 2022 due to the Tokyo Games being postponed by a year. It is scheduled to be held in the Czech Republic, Germany, Georgia and Italy.
The top three teams from each of the eight groups or the two best groups, excluding the hosts participating in the final tournament in a particular group (participation guaranteed) won the promotion to the European Championship Finals.
Eurobasket 2022 will be run by: Group A – Israel (5-1), Spain (4-2) and Poland (3-3), from Group A. B: Russia (4-2) and Estonia (2-4) from Group Three: Belgium (4-2), Lithuania (4-2) from Group D: Croatia (4-2), the Netherlands (3-3) and Turkey (3-3), Group E: Serbia (4-2) and Finland (3) -3) From Group F: Ukraine (4-2), Slovenia (4-2) and Hungary (4-2) From Group G: France (4-2) and Great Britain (4-2) From Group E: Bosnia and Herzegovina (5-1), Greece (4-2) and Bulgaria (2-4).
Among the European hosts, Georgia (Group E, 4-2) and Italy (Group B, 4-2) were the best balance. The Czechs (Gram-C, 2-4) and the Germans (Gram. G, 1-5) were worse.