MINSK, 10 August (BelTA) – Belarus defeated Romania in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup European Pre-Qualifiers second round, BelTA has learned.
Rostislav Vergun's men beat Romania 77-72 in Group D in Riga. Kiryl Sitnik led his team with 20 points. At the start of the competitions Belarus lost to Latvia 83-92. Latvia defeated Romania 108-72.
The teams will play each other once again: Belarus will face Latvia on 12 August and Romania on 13 August.
In the first round Belarus placed second in Group A defeating Cyprus 97-41 and 89-53 and Albania 90-50 and 93-72 and exchanging victories with Portugal (72-56 and 57-75).
In the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup European Pre-Qualifiers second round Group C features Sweden, Portugal, and Luxembourg, Group E – Switzerland, Slovakia, North Macedonia.
The top two teams from each group will qualify for the World Cup next stage. There they will be joined by 24 national teams, which will participate in the FIBA EuroBasket 2022. Twelve European teams will qualify for the final stage of the world championship. A total of 32 teams will play at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup. For the first time, the tournament will be hosted by three countries: Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan. Matches will be held from 25 August to 10 September 2023.