Iceland Anxious About Luxembourg

11 September 2006
By Drew Williams, PA Sport

Iceland coach Sigurour Ingimundarson has admitted his team need to treat every game like a final from now on in if they are to win promotion to EuroBasket Division A.

His side have now lost their opening two games in Group C following Saturday's 80-65 defeat in Georgia.

Brenton Birmingham (Iceland)
Brenton Birmingham has been an offensive bright spot for Iceland with 21 ppg.
And they now face a must-win game against winless Luxembourg on Wednesday if they are to stand any chance of progressing.

The three group winners and the best placed second-placed team will advance to the play-offs.

"We can't wait for the Luxembourg game to come around, we're ready to play, we want it to come around as quickly as possible," Ingimundarson said to PA Sport.

"It's a very important match because after our bad start, we now have to play every game as if it was a final.

"It's very hard if you lose your first two games, but I'm confident that we can still finish in a good position.

"However, we can only focus on one game at a time, starting with this one."

One major concern is the rebounding. Georgia grabbed 50 to just 35 for Iceland.

Ingimundarson's team also struggled from the field, making just 12 of 38 (31.6%) inside the arc.

"We played pretty bad (against Georgia), they're a good team but we had problems," he said.

"Overall, our defense was good and we were still in the game till the end.

"But we didn't score a lot and missed some easy shots."

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