Germany trimmed their roster for the upcoming EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualification Round to 15 players and then proceeded to clinch a very encouraging result against Finland over the weekend.
Big men Maxime De Zeeuw and Axel Hervelle led Belgium to two consecutive victories at home in back-to-back warm-up games against Great Britain over the weekend.
Russia head coach Evgeny Pashutin is charged this summer with carrying out a vital mission with an eye on the future, beyond steering his team into EuroBasket 2015 from 2nd Qualifying Round Group G.
When Belgium launched their qualification campaign earlier in the summer with the motto 'Go for three', it was thought all the usual suspects would be on board on this trip towards a third consecutive EuroBasket tournament.
Three of the four teams that will cross swords in Group F of the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round have trimmed their squad to 14 players and, barring unforeseen circumstances, are not expected to modify their rosters further.