Unbelievable. Something has to be changed...
I'm so angry with this team right now - I don't think they deserve to qualify. But it seems that any type of win will get us through, at minimum through the third place. Taking this disastrous campaign into consideration, it's incredible that all we need is a home win to go through...However, I can see this team lose to Israel again without a problem either.GROUP A
Israel: They are virtually assured of a second- or third-place finish unless they lose by what is an almost impossible margin (> 89 points) in Belgrade. Israel will finish second in the group if they defat Serbia or lose by less than 19 points in case Estonia defeat Iceland, or by less than 13 points in case Estonia lose their game.
Serbia: If they defeat Israel they are through, without having to wait for other results. If they lose and Estonia win, then the Serbians will finish fourth. If both Serbia and Estonia lose, Serbia will be third but on a 5-5 record (1.0 W/L percentage) their fate will be decided by the calculators and their goal average (points scored/points conceded) in relation to third-place teams in other groups.
Estonia: They need to defeat Iceland and then hope that Israel makes them a present by winning in Belgrade, in which case Estonia will claim third place in Group A with a 6-4 record, enough to book their ticket to Slovenia. The unlikely Serbian victory over Israel by a margin larger than 89 points would also see them through as third.
Exactly. With how we played, we should feel fortunate that so many teams qualify for ECs in basketball. Fortunately, with our team...as long as we get the chemistry and fight back, I think we can beat anyone on a given day. But as these qualies showed...we can also lose to anyone. A healthy Novica, another center (have my doubts on Darko), and better atmosphere and we'll be good to go.At least we have a year to sort out our problems. To miss out on not just the EC, but the WC in two years as well could have been fatal for our basketball in the short to medium term.