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Nordic Championships 2010: Day 2 (live from Solna)

May 13th, 2010 · No Comments

The second day of the 2010 edition of the Nordic Championships is over and we had the possibility to see all the teams at least once now. Here we go for the round-up of Thursday’s action.

  • The day started with an easy win for Iceland U16 versus a Norwegian team that was a bit overwhelmed by the Icelandic shooters. The team of coach Einar Arni Johannsson made 12 out of their 26 attempts from behind the arc and it was especially Martin Hermannsson who stood out with 5/8. He finished with 21pts and 6rebs while on the Norwegian side, Marko Lepovic had 15pts and 13rebs.
  • Finland U18 managed to beat Norway behind a nice team effort with no scorer above 11pts and none of the 12 players below 3. The Finnish team has a lot of interesting players like the 1993 born Joonas Caven who finished with 9pts or Markus Molenius who had 11pts and 5rebs. On the Norwegian side, the talent level is more limited but we can mention the 12pts and 8rebs of Steinar Rakneberg.

National Anthem pride before all the games

  • One of the games that was expected a lot came afterwards with Sweden U18 versus Iceland. But the Icelandic players looked a bit tired from their overtime loss the day before and could only stand one half behind Oddur Olafsson shooting 4/4 from downtown. Even if he continued to make his shots in the second half, he finished with 7/9 3s, it was not enough against a Swedish team where William Magarity stepped up and played a lot better than on Wednesday. The Forward finished with 18pts, 7rebs and 4asts. He was credited one block only but he had at least 3 or 4 in the game. Sharp-shooting Marcus Eriksson finished with 13pts while Jonathan Person continued with his shooting slump (3/8 FGs) but was heavily present in the other categories with 6rebs and 9asts. For Iceland, Haukur Palsson was not in his best day and finished with only 9 pts (2/11 FGs) and 5rebs while Kristofer Acox could not do much either against the tall Swedish inside players.
  • The game of the day was Sweden U16 versus Denmark U16 because all the observers wanted to see the match-up between the two big guys Rasmus Larsen and Nicholas Spires. And it was the Swede that imposed his law right from the start as he played Larsen from outside and used his bigger speed to put the Dane immediately in foul trouble. Spires finished the game with excellent 28pts and 8asts while Larsen could only score 12pts and grab 7rebs but he was limited to only 24 minutes because of his foul trouble. Papy Ndiaye supported Sweden with 11pts, 3rebs, 2asts and 3stls while Peter Moeller could not continue where he stopped on Wednesday and finished with 10pts, 9rebs but also 8tos.

Nicholas Spires and Rasmus Larsen: 418cm of talent

  • Iceland U16 had to play a second game on Thursday and managed to earn a second win also as they dominated Finland 74-47. The shots were not falling as good as in the morning but a great fighting and defensive effort gave them a lot of easy points on the break. Stefan Karel Torfason had 8pts, 15rebs and 3blks while Emil Karel Einarsson finished with 11pts and 8rebs. For Finland, Oskar Michelsen had 10pts and 9rebs.
  • Denmark U18 earned another win as they beat Finland 71-50.

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