Petteri Koponen was a common name during the days of this year’s NBA Draft. But besides him, Finland has some other good ball players. In fact, the Finnish NT managed to move up to Division A and play now the qualifications for Eurobasket 2009 in Poland.
My friend Hippo from Finland send me today these great pictures from the Arena where the decisive game was played. And every other word than blow out would have been wrong to describe the Finnish dominance. The final result was 111-61 for Finland and the biggest lead was 82-29, which probably tells more than stats can say.
Ah yeah, they played against Romania which is far from being a basketball superpower but the Romanians have beaten Finland in the first game of this qualifying round. Koponen finished the game with 15pts, 2asts and 2 steals and he will be happy to deal with Italy, Turkey or other top nations on the European basketball scene and this will change him somehow from playing against Iceland or Moldova.
More pictures can be found here