Iceland Shock Georgia, Britain Crush Dutch
Georgia’s attempts to win promotion to EuroBasket Division A received a significant blow on Wednesday when Iceland beat them right before the death with a three-pointer in a 76-75 upset.
Trying to keep pace with Group C leaders Finland, who are unbeaten at 6-0, Georgia led 74-72 but allowed Jakob Sigurdarson to nail a three-pointer with just two seconds remaining.
The result leaves Georgia at 5-2 and now their best hope of advancing to the next phase of Division B is as the best second-place team of the three groups.
Sigurdarson finished with 16 points while the team was led by Logi Gunnarson’s 17.
Georgia got 17 points from Tyrone Ellis.
In Group B, Great Britain took another important step towards promotion with an easy 83-64 win over Holland in Almere.
Luol Deng again led all scorers with 27 points, with assistance from centre Andrew Betts, who had 13, and guard Mike Lenzly with 12.
As they had against Slovakia a week earlier, Britain made a steady start, posting an early 11-4 lead with two baskets from centre Betts.
Deng then scored the next seven GB points for an 18-10 lead before a three-pointer from Kees Akerboom enabled the hosts to pull deficit back to 21-15.
Britain eventually opened up a 20-point advantage late in the third quarter and cruised thereafter.
The only concern for Britain will be that forward Robert Archibald, who has been troubled with ankle problems this summer, once again came out of the game early after appearing to jar his ankle on a drive to the basket.
He did not return to the bench for the second half.
In other EuroBasket Division B games, Austria hammered Luxembourg, 79-46, in Group C.
Matthias Mayer had 16 points and Benjamin Ortner 15 for the winners, who improved to 3-4.
Slovakia won 93-63 at Albania, Radoslav Rancik pacing the winners with 19 points.