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Belarus beat Portugal in FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 pre-qualifiers

Sport 10.08.2017 | 09:05

MINSK, 10 August (BelTA) - Belarus beat Portugal 78-75 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European pre-qualifiers in the Minsk Palace of Sports on 9 August, BelTA has learned.

Artyom Parakhovski came up with all the big buckets for Belarus in crunch-time to secure the country's first win in Group D.

After jumping out to a big 16-point lead in the opening quarter, Belarus failed to maintain the momentum. The visitors battled back and made it a close contest, tying the game on several occasions in the fourth period.

Artyom Parakhovski, who stepped up in the closing moments of the game with a couple of big mid-range jumpers, finished the night with 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Vitaly Lyutych added 16 points.

Portuguese guard Tomas Barroso was the game's top scorer, collecting all 18 points from long range.

In the first qualifying round Belarus fell 68-78 to Bulgaria on the road. Belarus will host the Balkan team on 16 August.

The Group D standings: Bulgaria – 4 points (two games played), Belarus – 3 (2), Portugal – 1 (2).

Two best teams from each four pre-qualifying groups will play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.

Photo by Andrei Pokumeiko

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