Iceland, Luxembourg Add Final Touches

01 August 2014

EUROBASKET 2015 2ND QR

14. Logi Gunnarsson (Iceland)
Logi Gunnarsson celebrated earning his 100th cap for Iceland this week by scoring 19 points

Iceland and Luxembourg, who clashed on Thursday in the first of their two scheduled warm-up games, have all but decided the final shape of their respective squads for the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round.

Luxembourg were the hosts of both these friendlies and on Thursday they stayed close to Iceland until the third quarter, but ultimately succumbed to a 78-64 defeat.

Iceland managed to make the most of their size advantage against the rather compact Luxembourg side and out-rebounded their hosts, 48 to 26.

Craig Pedersen's men led 37-30 at half-time and used an 8-0 run after the break to push the gap to double-digit levels and maintain their safe cushion until the end.

The game represented a special occasion for Logi Gunnarsson, who earned his 100th cap with the Icelandic national team.

The veteran guard celebrated the feat by pouring in a game-high 19 points for the winners, while forward Hlynur Baeringsson contributed a double-double of 16 points and 12 boards.

For the hosts, Jairo Delgado finished with 17 points while Alex Rodenbourg and Tom Schumacher had 10 points apiece in the losing efforts.

On the eve of this first warm-up game between the two teams, Luxembourg head coach Franck Mériguet trimmed the squad to 15 players (from 18).

The roster that will represent the small central European country in Group C of the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round includes Thomas Grün, Patrick Arbaut, Dominique Benseghir, Raul Birenbaum, Jairo Delgado, Eric Jeitz, Christophe Donnersbach, Christopher Jones, Steve Kuhlmann, Pitt Koster, Alex Laurent, Bob Melcher, Alex Rodenbourg, Tom Schumacher and Jean Kox.

Meanwhile on the eve of the trip to Luxembourg, coach Pedersen chose the 14 players that will form Iceland's roster in the 2nd Qualifying Round.

The extended Icelandic squad consists of the 12 players which competed on Thursday, in Axel Kárason, Elvar Fridriksson, Haukur Pálsson, Hlynur Baeringsson, Hördur Vilhjálmsson, Logi Gunnarsson, Martin Hermannsson, Olafur Olafsson, Pavel Ermolinskij, Ragnar Nathanaelsson, Sigurdur Thorvaldsson and Sigurdur Thorsteinsson, with the addition of star winger Jón Arnór Stefánsson and young guard Helgi Már Magnússon, who stayed back home to train individually over the weekend.

Iceland enter the qualification battle on 10 August with a game at home against Great Britain in Group A action, while on the same day Luxembourg travel to Austria for their Group C opener.


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