Romania looked to silence critics earlier tonight as they charged up for their fist game at EuroBasket 2017, against the Czech Republic and it’s leader, Tomas Satoransky.
The team put on a good fight for the first couple of quarters, finishing up the first one with a marginal lead, 22 – 21 and then heading into the half time with a 2 point deficit. They, however, looked completely phased upon their return from the break, end even though the fourth quarter ended up all tied at 21 apiece, their 9 – 22 third quarter spelled an almost sure defeat.
Both sides fought for the win in their first EuroBasket 2017 matchup but in the end, the Czech Republic came up with the 83 – 68 W.
Vlad Moldoveanu kept the Romanian side “alive” throughout the match and his efforts also kept the home supporters active and invested, but it was seemingly not enough to secure the win for a Romanian team, strongly lacking in the point guard and at the center position.
Vlad finished up with a team high 24 points, a team high 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block with a borderline ridiculous efficiency rating of +26.
Romania will look to bounce back tomorrow with a revamped effort against Croatia and hopefully, Vlad will once more be at the top of his game to help the national team give itself the best possible shot at a win.