Roundup: Hungary In Good Shape

01 August 2012

EUROBASKET QUALIFIERS

4. Péter Lóránt (Hungary)
Peter Lorant was Hungary's top scorer in both friendly games against Sweden, scoring 20 and 21 points, respectively.

Hungary and Sweden, warming up for the EuroBasket Qualification Round, traded blows a couple of times this week and the Hungarians won both times.

Sweden, who weren't playing with their NBA player Jonas Jerebko of Detroit, fell by 21 points in the first but just two in the second.

In the first game on Monday, Hungary led 41-35 at half-time but then stamped their authority on the contest in the second half and won 85-64.

Peter Lorant had 20 points and Akos Horvath 18 for the winners.

Christian Maraker's 16 points led Sweden.

Head coach Laszlo Ratgeber stressed the need for Hungary to be tenacious on both ends of the floor.

"You can't play nice in these qualifiers," Ratgeber said.

"Tough defense and aggressive play will win."

Hungary didn't have it all their own way in the second encounter on Tuesday but still prevailed in the second game, 68-66, with Lorant scoring 21 points and Adam Hanga 14.

Sweden were to resume training on Wednesday with Jerebko joining the team.

The Swedes will this week play in a friendly tournament in Cyprus.

Sweden are in Qualification Round Group B with Germany, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Luxembourg while Hungary are in Group C with Croatia, Ukraine, Austria and Cyprus.

 

Cyprus Fall Twice To Dutch

The Cypriots will not be in a good mood when they receive Sweden because the Netherlands have just beaten them twice, winning 77-55 and 101-55.

In the first encounter, the Dutch out-rebounded Cyprus, 44-28, and center Henk Norel finished with 18 points and seven boards.

Worthy de Jong also had himself quite an outing with 11 points, nine rebounds and five steals.

Robin Smeulders and Francisco Elson, the Netherlands' NBA center, contributed eight points and seven rebounds apiece.

In the next game, the Netherlands were even more convincing with Norel scoring 23 points and corralling eight boards. Smeulders added 17 points and Rogier Jansen had nine assists to go with his seven points.

 

Czechs Supreme

EuroBasket 2013 hopefuls Estonia, the Czech Republic and Georgia joined an American team calling itself the East Coast All Stars in a friendly tournament played in Tallinn.

The Czechs won all three of their games to finish top while Estonia, Georgia and the East Coast All Stars were all 1-2.

After their 79-68 win over Georgia - a third straight victory - Czech guard David Jelinek said: "We knew they would be hard to beat. At the beginning we were even but then in the second quarter we trailed yet we managed to catch up.

"We said in the locker room (at half-time) that we'd go into the second half differently, and we succeeded.

"We had more than a 10-point lead that we more or less maintained until the end.

"It was not easy, because they got to within six points, but we managed to finish."

Jelinek's 22 points led the Czechs in that win.


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