Basketball: Switzerland beaten in Austria –

The Swiss men’s team got off to a bad start in their pre-qualifying campaign for Euro 2025. Coach Ilias Papatheodorou’s men lost 80-64 in Austria in a group A of which only the winner will be sure to make the qualifiers. .

This meeting was played in the 1st half. After having erased a handicap of 12 points (16-4, 5th minute) to return to two lengths (24-22, 14th), the Swiss selection conceded a partial of 20-5 from which it never recovered. Led 44-29 at mid-match, it was even 20 points behind in the 24th (55-35).

Dominated under the panels (35 rebounds, against 45 for Austria), Switzerland did not give up, stuck to 13 points at 10”50 ” from the end of the match (62-49). But Arnaud Cotture (6 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) and his teammates could not make Austria doubt Bogic Vujosevic (20 points).

Switzerland will therefore not have the right to make mistakes for its second match, Sunday from 5 p.m. in Freiburg against Cyprus. It will find a team which also suffered defeat on Thursday, the Cypriots having been beaten at home by Ireland (81-73).

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