Tirana, 22 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
The Albanian basketball national team participated in a friendly tournament in Cyprus, where it suffered two defeats and achieved one win.
The national team’s coach is the Cypriot Antonis Kostandinides. In the first match, which was also the first one with Kostandinides as Albania’s coach, the red and blacks suffered a deep defeat. The match was won 51-94 by the Cypriot team.
The second match was better for the Albanian national team, because the defeat was narrow. Estonia beat Albania 71-64.
The third and the last match that Albania played was won by it. It defeated Qatar with a narrow result of 71-71.
The accurate three point shot by Gentian Lasku in the last seconds of the match, gave Albania this victory.
With its participation in the Cypriot tournament, the Albanian basketball national team ended the first phase of the European Championship Qualifiers 2017.
Another tournament will now take place in Estonia. Albania will face Ukraine, Israel and Estonia. /balkaneu.com/