Czech Republic are beginning to look the class act in Division B after they followed up their win against neighbours Slovak Republic with a 93-50 rout of Cyprus in Decin. The home team ran riot from tip to buzzer and leading the way was Pavel Slezak who buried four triples for 17 points.
Belarus moved level with Sweden in Group B of EuroBasket qualifying Division B on Wedneday with a 94-76 rout of Albania.
A 21-9 in the second quarter turned the game in Belarus' favour after Albania managed to emerge from the opening period on top.
Azerbaijan got the summers Division B action off to an historic start after the debutantes celebrated their arrival in the second tier with an impressive 81-63 win against Albania in Tirana.
It was a stunning 31-14 second quarter that made the difference in the game as the visitors announced their arrival from Division C in some style as they romped to victory.
If you think the recent decision to dispense with Division B for the Men renders the 2010 programme for ‘promotion' somewhat pointless - think again.
For those teams who will fight it out one last time in the second tier, the carrot of an expanded opportunity to make Eurobasket 2013 has made this summer more important than ever.
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