Naturally when you are hosting the Eurobasket, even a group phase, you have ambitions. And that was the case with Italy, which got the easy 83-62 win over Estonia. The hosts of Group C had a 52-33 halftime lead and finished early the game behind 19 points by Simone Fontecchio on 7/10 FG and 17 points by Nikolo Melli on 7/12 FG.
In Slovenia’s 104-83 World Cup qualifier victory over Estonia, Luka Doncic led with 25 points on 9 of 18 shooting, 11 rebounds and eight assists to two turnovers in 30 minutes. Veteran point guard Goran Dragic added 19 points (8 of 10 from the floor) and six assists in 18 minutes off the bench.
Estonia overcame Jusuf Nurkic and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s challenge in a friendly preparation game in Tartu with the final score of 102-89 (16-22, 30-25, 33-12, 23-30). Bosnia and Herzegovina: Dzanan Musa 21 (6 REB), Jusuf Nurkic 18 (9 REB), Aleksandar Lazic 12 (7 REB), John Roberson 11, Amar Gegic 10, Adin Vrabac 10.
Former Laker Robert Upshaw has agreed to a deal with BC Kalev/Cramo of Estonia, the club announced. Upshaw, a troubled forward out of Washington, signed a make-good contract with L.A. in September last year, but was waived after just four preseason games. He then joined the team’s D-League affiliate, where he averaged 7.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.4 bpg before violating the league’s anti-drug program and seeing his contract terminated.