ROM vs ESP Dream11: Romania will have their task cut out in the EuroBasket qualification match as they play hosts to mighty Spain in the first game at BTArena in Cluj-Napoca on Thursday night (IST).
Spain are the one of the top Basketball teams in the world and are currently ranked 2nd in the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) world rankings. They have won many accolades as a team, with the three Olympic Silver medals the highlights of their achievements. In Europe, they are an absolute beast. They won the FIBA 2019 World Cup after beating Australia in the finals, and are also three-time champions of EuroBasket, having won the tournament in 2009, 2011 and 2015, while they finished 3rd in the last tournament.
Romania, on the other hand, are ranked as the 54th best team in the Basketball world. They are a regular in EuroBasket, having qualified for the tournament 18 times in the past. But they remain without a medal in this competition.
Teams: Romania and Spain
Venue: BTArena in Cluj-Napoca
Match Timing: February 20, @ 09:30 PM
Romania vs Spain team news:
Romania: Romania named a 12-man roster for the upcoming two EuroBasket matches against Spain and Israel respectively.
Romania head-coach Tudor Costescu has dropped Giordan Watson, Julian Orbeanu and Bogdan Tibirna for this game, with the trio in Israel at the moment, as per reports.
Spain: As for Spain, it’s all about the availability of players. All the NBA players such as Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Serge Ibaka, Willy Hernangomez and Juancho Hernangomez, to name a few, are of course, not available for selection for this game, while players currently playing for top Spanish teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Valencia Basket, are not available either.
Romania vs Spain starting five:
Romania: Emanuel Cate, Radu Paliciuc, Alexandru Olah, Kristopher Richard, Mirel Dragoste
Spain: Dani Diez, Javier Beiran, Nacho Llovet, Dario Brizuela, Jaime Fernandez
Grand League tips:
Romania: Emanuel Cate, Alexandru Olah, Bogdan Popa, Dragos Diculescu, Radu Paliciuc, Mihai Maciuca, Mirel Dragoste, Tudor Gheorghe, Lucas Tohatan, Radu Virna, Rares Uta, Kristopher Richard
Spain: Carlos Alocén, Víctor Arteaga, Johathan Barreiro, Javier Beirán, Darío Brizuela, Alberto Díaz, Dani Díez, Osas Ehigitor, Jaime Fernández, Rubén Guerrero, Nacho Llovet, Xabi López Arostegui, Tyson Pérez, Xavi Rabaseda, Sebas Saiz, Rodrigo San Miguel, Santi Yusta.
ROM vs ESP Dream11 teams:
PG: M Dragoste, C Alocen, Fernandez (C)
SG: K Richard, D Brizuela
SF: J Beiran
PF: E Cate
C: N Llovet
PG: C Alocen
SG: K Richard
SF: J Beiran, X Rabaseda
PF: E Cate (SP), D Diez
C: N Llovet, A Olah