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Pálsson Is Day 1 Top Performer

11 August 2014
EUROBASKET 2015 2nd QR

5. Haukur Pálsson (Iceland)
Haukur Pálsson delivered an outstanding all-round performance, as Iceland stunned Great Britain on Sunday

Iceland's Haukur Pálsson, who paced his team to an 83-70 win over Great Britain on Sunday, is the Top Statistical Performer of the opening day of action in the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round.

The versatile forward registered an impressive efficiency index rating of 35 in the premiere as he collected 24 points on 9-for-14 from the floor (two-for-four from three-point range), nine rebounds, three steals and one block, while he also drew four fouls.

Pálsson's had previously scored 24 points against Romania, in last summer's 1st Qualifying Round, but his nine rebounds in the Sunday game are a personal international career-best at senior level.

The 22-year-old Icelander signed for Swedish side LF Basket a few days prior to the start of the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round, after spending the past three years in Spain, first at Manresa and last season on loan at LEB outfit Breogan Lugo.

Two players reached an efficiency index rating of 32 on Sunday and step on the podium of Top Statistical Performers alongside Pálsson, but only one of them was rewarded with victory for his efforts.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar went five-for-seven from beyond the three-point arc and finished with a game-high 24 points, also adding 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal in the comfortable 97-72 win of Belarus against Denmark.

Sunday's scoring and rebounding tallies are a new international career-high for the 29-year-old Belarus small forward, who first suited up for the senior national team in 2008.

A small forward who is used to high figures and delivered a typically stratospheric performance on Sunday, is Omri Casspi.

The Israeli star came up with a double-double of 28 points (on 9-for-16 from the floor) and 10 rebounds and added five assists and two steals to also register an efficiency rating of 32, but could not prevent in the end his team's dramatic 100-97 loss to Montenegro after overtime.

Casspi stayed on the floor for 42 minutes on Sunday, which constitutes a new personal record for him in an Israeli jersey regardless of age group and despite the fact he first suited up for the national team at the age of 14, in the Challenge Round of the 2003 European Championship for Cadets.

With his 28 points he was the top scorer of Day 1 in the 2nd Qualifying Round but did not come close to his international career-high of 35 points (on two occasions) while his personal best in rebounds remains the 13 boards he brought down in the clash with Germany at EuroBasket 2013.

 

EuroBasket 2015 2nd QR - Day 1 - Top Performers

Name EFF PTS RO RD AS TO ST BS 2PM 2PA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA Min
Haukur Pálsson 35 24 5 4 4 1 3 1 7 10 2 4 4 4 37
Aliaksandr Pustahvar 32 24 3 8 2 1 1 0 3 3 5 7 3 6 22
Omri Casspi 32 28 0 10 5 3 2 0 7 13 2 3 8 11 42
Titus Nicoara 26 20 3 5 1 0 0 0 8 10 0 0 4 5 23
Rasid Mahalbasic 26 14 3 7 2 2 2 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 27
Akos Keller 25 15 6 7 1 3 0 2 7 9 0 0 1 2 26
Vlad Moldoveanu 25 18 2 7 3 2 2 0 4 7 2 4 4 4 33
Zaza Pachulia 23 19 5 3 2 1 2 2 7 14 0 0 5 7 29
Gal Mekel 22 19 1 2 6 3 1 0 7 9 0 1 5 6 26
Axel Hervelle 22 17 0 4 5 2 2 1 6 10 1 1 2 3 35

 

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