Night of upsets but Spain survive the Belarussians in World Cup qualifiers

Photo: FIBA

There were some notable upsets in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers as Latvia and Turkey both fell in the midweek fixtures before they both return to action over the next week.

In Group B, Turkey fell 59-58 on the road to Sweden in a fiercely competitive contest.

While the Swedes are tough opposition, Turkey were at near to full strength with EuroLeague players on show. Viktor Gaddefors came up with game-winning block, as he denied Bobby Brown with time winding down.

Sweden upset Turkey in Group B. Photo: FIBA

In the other Group B fixture, Latvia were put to the sword on their home court as they lost 82-68 to Ukraine.

Viacheslav Kravtsov posted 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Ukraine.

There was nearly an even bigger upset in Minsk, but the second-ranked side in the world, Spain survived to beat Belarus 84-82 in Group A to remain unbeaten. Quino Colom led the way with 17 points.

In the same group, European champions Slovenia survived a tough away test as they outlasted Montenegro 75-63.


Group A: Belarus 82-84 Spain; Montenegro 63-75 Slovenia

Group B: Latvia 68-82 Ukraine; Sweden 59-58 Turkey

Group C: Lithuania 80-75 Hungary; Poland 90-62 Kosovo

Group D: Croatia 56-58 Romania; Italy 80-62 Netherlands

Group E: Bosnia & Herzegovina 72-70 Belgium; France 75-74 Russia

Group F: Bulgaria 76-78 Czech Republic; Iceland 81-76 Finland

Group G: Germany 79-74 Serbia; Austria 64-78 Georgia

Group H: Israel 82-75 Great Britain; Greece 87-75 Estonia