Montenegro Basketball Closer to World Cup?

By , 06 Dec 2018, 12:43 PM Sport
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December 6, 2018 - After the big win over Turkey, the Montenegrin basketball players have come closer to placing in the World Cup, and at the moment, their trip to China is in their hands.

By the end of the qualification round, Zvezdan Mitrovic's team will play two more matches, against Ukraine away, and then at home against Latvia.

These two victories would surely take Montenegro to the World Cup for the first time.

After nine matches, Montenegro has five victories and four defeats, just like Ukraine and Latvia, their direct rivals for the third-place battle that leads to the World Cup. 

In the next round, Montenegro will visit Ukraine. In the first part of the qualifications, Montenegro defeated Ukraine.

Latvia could also help Montenegro. If they win Spain, who have already qualified for the World Cup, then Montenegro could lose in Ukraine with more points, and defeat Latvia in the last round to go to the World Cup. 

If Latvia loses to Spain and Montenegro wins in Ukraine, then they could lose by eight points to Latvia at home because they defeated the same rival by nine points.

There are many scenarios, but it is essential that Zvezdan Mitrovic and his team stay at the top until the end. 

The decisive matches are scheduled for February 22nd in Ukraine, which is three days after Montenegro plays against Latvia.

Text by CdM, on December 3rd, 2018, read more at CdM

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