The fingerprints of Euroleague Basketball stars were everywhere on Saturday as a total of 10 teams stayed undefeated to lead their groups through two games in the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Qualifiers on Saturday.
In Group A, Belgium visited Switzerland and came back with a 72-87 victory thanks in part to 11 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds from Jonathan Tabu of Dominion Bilbao Basket. Belgium is now 2-0, as is Iceland a 65-74 road winner at Cyprus. Germany stands alone atop Group B at 2-0 after Robin Benzing's three-pointer meant a 61-59 comeback win in Austria in which Danilo Barthel of FC Bayern Music led the winners with 12 points and Daniel Theis of Brose Baskets Bamberg hit crucial late free throws. In Group C, teenage sensation Dzanan Musa of Cedevita Zagreb and Jusuf Nurkic posted double-doubles as Bosnia and Herzegovina outlasted visiting Sweden 74-71. Musa had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners, while Ludwig Hakanson of Montakit Fuenlabrada scored 15 in defeat. Group D has twin leaders, too, as Poland won 79-97 in Belorussia, as did Estonia by 68-76 in Portugal.
Slovenia stayed perfect in Group E with a 78-83 road win against Bulgaria as Jaka Blazic of Laboral Kutxa Vitoria chipped in 11 points and Zoran Dragic of EA7 Emporio Armani Milan had 7 to go with 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Ukraine is also 2-0 after winning 63-70 in Kosovo. In Group F, a pair of 7DAYS EuroCup players shined in Montenegro's 73-113 road win against Albania. Bojan Dubljevic of Valencia Basket had 16 points and 7 rebounds while Marko Todorovic of Khimki posted 13 and 8, respectively. Tornike Shengelia of Laboral starred with 18 points and 9 rebounds as Georgia won 94-63 against host Slovak Republic. Both Montenegro and Georgia have 2-0 records. And in Group G, another Laboral player, Adam Hanga, had 14 points, 7 rebounds as Hungary topped visiting Luxembourg 89-64 to stay unbeaten and alone in first place.