Mixed luck for the five representatives of the Clínica Sur-Aspasia Real Valladolid Baloncesto at the FIBA Windows in February. While Joey van Zegeren’s Netherlands and Jaan Puidet and Martin Paasoja’s Estonian team qualified for Eurobasket’2022, the Swedish team of Hugo López and Melwin Pantzar could not get the ticket. Finally, and with controversy, Alejandro Paniagua, second coach of Equatorial Guinea, was on the brink of a significant feat for a country that will not be in the AfroBasket 2021 and that it would have meant his first participation in history.
Framed in group B of the qualifier, the selection of Estonia (balance of 2-4) has obtained the pass for the EuroBasket’2022 of Germany, Czech Republic, Georgia and Italy after finish in third place. In Perm, Russia, the Baltic team sealed their presence in the contest after beating the Italian team (101-105), falling to the Russian team and host of the bubble (75-52) and defending the basketaverage against North Macedonia (84-86) in the decisive match that decided the last ticket.
The Blanquivioleta Jaan Puidet, for his part, played a total of ten minutes in the match against Russia and added a rebound and two recoveries. Previously, at the FIBA Windows in November, Martin Paasoja was also part of the Estonian team that has fulfilled its goal of being at EuroBasket 2022.
Likewise, in said contest there will also be the Netherlands (3-3) by Joey van Zegeren, who took the second place in group D. The Dutch side beat the leader, Croatia (57-65) and fell to Sweden (74-59) in Istanbul, thus securing their ticket to the championship. The interior of the Sur-Aspasia Clinic has played about 20 minutes in total and has added six points, three rebounds, three blocks and ten valuation credits.
On the other side of the coin, however, is the swedish team by Hugo López and Melwin Pantzar. The Scandinavians (2-4) they were defeated by Turkey in Istanbul (88-80) and they lost the basketaverage, although they achieved the win on the last day against the Netherlands (74-59), Finishing Group D rooms and without qualification for the next Eurobasket.
Under the orders of the Clinica Sur-Aspasia RVB coach, Melwin Pantzar has played 20 minutes against Turkey (nine points, five rebounds, five assists, one block and one recovery to add 17 PIR credits) and 21 against the Netherlands ( nine points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and a PIR of 13).
Paniagua borders on a historical classification
Finally, and with the qualification for AfroBasket’2021 at stake, Alejandro Paniagua, Hugo López’s second coach in Pisuerga and assistant to Steph Dumas in the Equatorial Guinea team, touched a historic classification for a country that has never participated in the African national team championship and that was left with controversy.
In Yaoundé, Cameroon, the match between the hosts and Equatorial Guinea was suspended due to the “late arrival” of the Equatorial Guinean team to the Cameroonian capital, where these qualifiers are played, which has meant that they could not have their results of the PCR test before the game, as established by the FIBA anticovid-19 protocol, and which gave the local team the winner by 20-0, which prevented Alejandro Paniagua’s team from adding a point in the classification per lost game.
After losing to Ivory Coast (93-50), Equatorial Guinea faced Guinea in a decisive match for the last ticket to AfroBasket 2021 and that the winner of the clash would win. However, a controversial arbitration decision in the absence of 30 seconds against the team of Steph Dumas and Alejandro Paniagua led to a Tangana and several expelled that finally decided the match in favor of Guinea (71-80), leaving out the Equatorial Guinean team. Once the meeting was over, the team of the Blanquivioleta assistant presented a letter of apology for the subsequent events and an official claim that is being investigated.