MINSK, 25 November (BelTA) - Belarus beat Turkey in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers opener, 84-70 on 25 November, BelTA has learned.
Belarus stood strong in its first home game in Group B to secure a well-deserved victory. Turkey had the chance to take the lead only before the main break. The hosts took the initiative in the third and fourth quarters and secured a solid victory. Maksim Salash led his team with 26 points.
Belarus will next play Greece in Minsk on 28 November. The UK defeated Greece 78-69 in Newcastle on 25 November.
Other groups are as follows:
Group A: Serbia, Slovakia, Belgium, Latvia;
Group C: Croatia, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia;
Group D: Israel, Germany, Estonia, Poland;
Group E: France, Portugal, Hungary, Montenegro;
Group F: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic;
Group G: Georgia, North Macedonia, Spain, Ukraine;
Group H: Netherlands, Iceland, Italy, Russia.
The best three teams from each of the eight quartets will advance to the next round of the qualifiers. Twelve best teams of Europe will qualify for the World Cup.
The final round of the 19th men's basketball forum will be held from August 25 to September 10, 2023 on the arenas of Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines. Thirty-two teams from all continents will participate.
The 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be played in Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines on 25 August-10 September. The event will feature 32 teams from around the world.