Serbia and Turkey dominate 2009 Eurobasket qualifying

European nations just ended an intense three weeks of qualifying for Eurobasket 2009 with Serbia and Turkey dominating the usual powerful Italian and French squads, writes Ian Whittell.

Originally Published: September 22, 2008
By Ian Whittell | Special to ESPN.com

International basketball and NBA players were not limited to the Beijing Olympics this summer.

European nations have just ended an intense three weeks of group play that determined places for the European finals of Eurobasket, which takes place in Poland in September 2009.

With eight nations -- participants from Beijing, plus host Poland -- already guaranteed places, 17 countries played for seven spots, with one place available next summer in a last-chance ...

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