The field for the Second Round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 European Qualifiers has been finalized with some fascinating matchups to look forward to.
Bosnia and Herzegovina were the last of the 24 teams to punch their tickets to the next phase with a victory over Bulgaria on Monday, after Czech Republic had completed a turnaround from a 0-3 start in the same group.
More drama unfolded as Sweden were left to thank Finland’s Lauri Markkanen for knocking down a game-winner against Croatia and there was similar agony for Poland as they were undone by a European Qualifiers scoring record of 38 points by Dennis Schroder.
Three teams entered the final window with a perfect record, but France were beaten by Montenegro, Spain lost on the road against Georgia and Lithuania suffered a loss at home to the Czech Republic in an exciting finish to the First Round.
The four Second Round groups are as follows:
Group I: Latvia, Belgium, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Great Britain
Group J: Finland, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Estonia
Group K: France, Montenegro, Hungary, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic
Group L: Georgia, Spain, Ukraine, Italy, Iceland, Netherlands
The Second Round takes place across three windows in August 2022, November 2022 and February 2023 with the top three teams in each group qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.
Written by FIBA media