Preview: GB v Kosovo
GB v Kosovo
FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifier
Saturday 17th August, 7pm
National Basketball Performance Centre
GB welcome Kosovo to Manchester tonight, knowing a win is enough for the team to finish top of the Pre-Qualifiers and book their place in the EuroBasket Qualifiers alongside France, Germany and Montenegro.
Opponents Kosovo kept their hopes of qualification alive with a 109 – 88 win over last weekend’s opponents, Luxembourg.
The opposition: Kosovo
Kosovo join the third round pre-qualifying stage after going winless at FIBA EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers in round two. In their Group B campaign, Kosovo suffered losses to ROmania and North Macedonia.
Their top performers include a dynamic pair of guards in Dardan Berisha and Erjon Kastrati. Berisha, who played his club basketball with local side Z Mobile Prishtina last season, leads his team in scoring at the pre-qualifiers with an impressive 24.3 points per game. Berisha also averaged 18 points per contest in Europe Cup competition last season for Z mobile Prishtina.
Head Coach Nate Reinking has named just one change from last week’s squad as Eric Boateng replaces Kingsley Okoroh.
Final 12: Gabe Olaseni, Ashley Hamilton, Conner Washington, Teddy Okereafor, Luke Nelson, Mo Soluade, Gareth Murray, Eric Boateng, Robert Gilchrist, Kyle Johnson, Myles Hesson & Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye.
How to watch
Tickets to the game are available to purchase here.
The game is also being streamed live on BBC Sport online, via the website, app or iPlayer. For more, click here.