On the last round of the 1st round of the European qualification for the World Cup 2023, Portugal lost in Odivelas, against Montenegro, for 77-62saying goodbye to this form of qualification for next year’s World Cup.
The men’s national team always had to run after the damage, and a strong formation of the Montenegrin team – partial of 5-16 in the first seven minutes – the team of the corners reacted and approached the entrance of the Balkans. After the 1st quarter, Portugal was down by five (14-19) and was in the game. Despite the good reaction, Montenegro returned to apply a favorable point of advantage of 16-26 and with 15 points of advantage of interval (30-45). The second half of the game called for a more effective and intense Selection in the defensive midfield, something that came to fruition in the final stretch of the 3rd quarter, when Portugal was just nine points apart (51-60).
Despite the good feelings and the support of the public that was present at Multiusos de Odivelas, Montenegro once again prevailed and moved away from the lead of the game. At the end of the forty regulations, the marker dictated the triumph of Montenegro (62-77), which was the last meeting of the National Team in the qualifying phase for the 2023 World Cup. The captain Miguel Queirozon his birthday, he experienced an outstanding display (17pts, 8res, 1t, 1rb), being well supported by Daniel Relvao (8pts, 2res, 1st, 1rb) and Diogo Ventura (9pts, 1res, 2as, 1rb).
full press conference, here.
Thus, Portugal ended this campaign in fourth place in the group Ecommanded by France. The quinas team will meet again in August to start preparing the pre-qualification for the EuroBasket 2025.
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JULY 4, 2022