Roundup: Cohen, Israel Hold Off Georgia

16 July 2010

A stunning 34 point performance by Jacob Cohen was the highlight of day three in Austria as the Israeli center propelled his team to a hard fought 88-81 success against Georgia in Group A.

For Georgia meanwhile, it was a successive loss since arriving in Austria. They had led 75-74 with four minutes remaining but missed a big opportunity to chalk up a first win. Center Giorgi Sharabidze had 19 points and 5 rebounds.  

Elsewhere in Group A, Sweden and Hungary both went into their clash with confidence having won their opening games but it was the Swedes who kept their record intact after cruising to a comfortable 87-67 success. Five players reached double digits with Christopher Ryan firing 16 points although the games leading scorer was János Eilingsfeld who scored 28 points for Hungary.

Bulgaria sit proudly of Group B after they eased their way past Finland with a 63-49 victory thanks to a terrific double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds by forward Aleksandar Georgiev. Roopi Ahonen had 22 points for Finland.

In the other game in the group, Portugal dug out a victory at the second attempt after completing a nail-biting 70-68 victory against Switzerland. Joao Guerreiro claimed a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds while Christophe Varidel top-scored in the game with 27 points for the losing team.

In the match-up between the two teams without a win in Group C, it was Belgium who finally got off the mark in style with 76-55 blowout of Denmark. Terry Deroover claimed 23 points including three triples while Thomas De Thaey and Dennis Donkor both had solid contributions. The former harvested 18 points and 8 rebounds and the latter recorded a similarly impressive 16 points and 8 boards.

Meanwhile hosts Austria pleased their fans as they completed a superb 91-71 win over Great Britain after fighting their way back from a double-digit deficit in the first half to take victory off the back of a blistering shooting performance from outside. They sunk a staggering 18 triples and were led with 21 points each from Jesse Seilern and Anton Maresch.

After their rout of Belarus on their debut in Austria, Norway had to work a little harder against Romania to secure an 70-63 victory and condemn their opponent to a disappointing third straight loss. Roy Nwachukwu and Anders Stien combined for 31 points and 12 rebounds.

Poland also stay perfect in Group D after 23 points from Piotr Pamula helped secure an 87-56 win over Belarus.


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