|30 July 2012|
|Jason Detrick had 21 points to lead Austria past Portugal.|
Austria have a lot of hurdles to clear if they are going to reach EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia but the team's performance against Portugal in Oberwart over the weekend has given the side cause for optimism.
Austria edged the Portuguese, 69-65, with Jason Detrick pouring in a game-high 21 points for the tournament hosts.
Joao Gomes had a team-high 15 points in defeat.
Austria coach Nedeljko Asceric said: "We have taken a step forward with respect to our previous friendly games.
"We showed consistency throughout the 40 minutes."
Austria will take on Croatia, Ukraine, Cyprus and Hungary in the Qualification Round.
The team has never made it to the Final Round.
Pesic Upbeat Despite Loss
Israel beat Germany in the final game of the international tournament in Oberwart, 82-96.
Alex Tyus, the Israel center, led all scorers with 19 points while Cleveland Cavaliers forward Omri Casspi added 18.
Germany captain Jan-Hendrik Jagla led the Germans with 14 points.
Despite suffering his first defeat since being handed the national team reins for the second time in his career, Svetislav Pesic was upbeat.
"I am not dissatisfied with the game today and the whole tournament," he said.
"We have shown very good basketball for 25 minutes but we lacked the strength because we now have played four games in five days and have not been able to train much.
"Israel has played for the first time today, complete with all the stars and in the preparation is a bit further.
"We are not there yet condition-wise, but after these games, we now know what we need to do and that is to continue to train in order to have success in the EuroBasket Qualification Round."
|Karsten Tadda scored eight points in Germany's loss to Israel.|
Tadda Debuting With Germany
Brose Baskets point guard Karsten Tadda made his debut with the German national senior team and was extremely happy.
"I'm very satisfied," Tadda said.
"Of course I was a bit nervous at the beginning, but I got a good reception from the team and we have also played well.
"After the first game, I was not so happy with my performance, so for me it was a surprise that I started in the second game and got the confidence from the coach."
Tadda is just taking things one day at a time.
On his role in the team, he said: "It's difficult to say at this time. I think the coach knows what he gets from me. He told me that I played an important defensive role, but I will also take responsibility in attack."
Germany play at the Basketball Cup in Istanbul on Thursday.
"We want to develop as a team and take the next step," Tadda said.
"We have seen in our games in Austria that many things work well, but we still need to improve some things in order to be in top form in the EuroBasket qualifiers.
"So I'll try to do my part to ensure that we get better."
In the Qualification Round, Germany will go up against Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg and Sweden in Group B.
Bogdanovic Dropped By Croatia
One of the biggest stars of Croatian basketball, Bojan Bogdanovic, has been thrown off the national team.
Coach Jasmin Repesa has shown the player the door in the middle of the EuroBasket Qualification Round preparations for breaking team rules, according to a Croatian Basketball Federation (HKS) announcement.
HKS said in a short statement: "Bojan Bogdanovic is ejected from our training camp due to several broken rules of behavior in the national team. Coach (Jasmin) Repesa announced that one of the primary goals of the senior national team, together with qualification for EuroBasket 2013, is bringing back the cult of national team, so Bogdanovic's behavior couldn't be tolerated. From Wednesday, Goran Vrbanc will join the squad."
Croatia will take on Ukraine, Austria, Hungary and Cyprus in Group C of the EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round.