The results of the international matches of two national players of BG Gottingen could hardly be different. While Luke Nelson celebrated the European Championship qualification with the British national team, the Rehords Lomaz and Latini missed out on the continental championship.
In Group G, the British qualified for the European Championship, which is planned for 2022, with second place, the group first France and host Germany. Nelson scored the deciding points for the 83–81 victory in the duel against the German national team with the final siren. The Latvian finished last in Group H as they lost the decisive duel against Bulgaria at around 66:67.
Matchwinner luke nelson
Podgorica’s international trip to Montenegro was an absolute success for Nelson. In the narrow win against Germany, Nelson gained the ball in the final seconds, drew it to the basket and sank the ball as time ran out – the cheer that followed was huge, until finally, the British made it to the European Championship Did qualify. In about 32 minutes of playing time, the BG guard scored 17 points, had four rebellions and three assists. This was followed by a surprisingly clear 94:73 win against group winner France. Also in this game Nelson was on the floor for about 32 minutes (14 points, three rebellions, six assists).
Things were very different for Lomaz in his country’s capital, Riga. With a breakthrough against Bulgaria, the Latvians would have had the European Championship ticket, but after a downturn in the final quarter, which was lost at 6:15, the Baltes had to accept defeat by a wafer. Lomaz was on the field for about 31 minutes (six points). In the end, the Latvians lost 94:97 after extra time against Greece, which now had no effect on qualification for the European Championship. The BG guard scored five points and seven assists in nearly 29 minutes of play.