Iceland Edge Romania

17 August 2013
6. Jakob Sigurdarson (Iceland)
Jakob Sigurdarson lead Iceland to a consolation victory on Friday night

Iceland exited the EuroBasket 2015 1st Qualification Round with a win after holding off Romania for a 77-71 home success on Friday.

Hungary had already taken top spot from Group A, and with it a semi-final spot, but you would not have known that from the way these teams went at each other in the final game of the round.

Iceland, who also won the reverse fixture 72-64, made a bright start, stretching to a 22-11 lead towards the end of the first period, off-the-back of a 6-0 run started by Haukur Pálsson's jump shot.

But Romania responded and were level at 34 in the second quarter when Brice Kabengele collected a pass from Titus Nicoara to complete a fast-break.

Jakob Sigurdarson struck back, scoring the final four points of the half to give the hosts a 40-36 edge at the break.

It was nip and tuck in the third quarter as the sides traded baskets but despite more consistent scoring from Sigurdarson, who would finish on 23 points, Romania finished the period down by just one after a late lay-up from Andrei Capusan.

It was up to Iceland to be cool from the free throw line in the final stanza, as Romania applied the pressure, and they were up to the challenge.

As a team, Iceland converted 28 of their 32 attempts from the foul line, included six in succession in the crucial fourth quarter, allowing them to open up a seven-point lead that would ultimately see them over the line.

Adrian Gutoaia scored a team-high 19 points for Romania and Titus Nicoara had 16 and 11 boards but Sigurdarson and co. held off their challenge to close on a win.


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