Basketball - EC-qualification 2015: NETHERLANDS - MontenegroFirst aired: Wednesday, 27 August 2014 at 19.45 hours
In August 2014, the Dutch Basketball will try to win a ticket for the European Championship in 2015.
In six games, the team of coach Toon van Helfteren will do everything to achieve the European Championships 2015. Games will be played against Bulgaria, Israel and Montenegro. The Netherlands will have to end first, or be one of the six best second places, to enforce qualification. The Netherlands competed in 1989 for the last time in a European Championship.
On Sunday, August 10 the Netherlands start with an away match against Bulgaria. Three days later, on Wednesday, August 13th, Netherlands plays its first home game. In Groningen Martini Plaza the Netherlands will play against Israel. The other two home games are played at the Leiden Vijf Meihal. Podium.TV will broadcast all home games from The Netherlands live.
On Wednesday, August 27th the last game is scheduled: the home game against Montenegro. In 2013 Montenegro participated in Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia, but dit not survive the preliminary round. Yet Montenegro is seen as the strongest team in this pool. The Netherlands met Montegro twice before. In 2008 and 2009, while European Championship qualifiers, the Netherlands lost both encounters. Third time's a charm?