By Paul Garcia, Project Spurs.com
If San Antonio Spurs draftees Adam Hanga (Hungary) and Davis Bertans (Latvia) want to get their shot at possibly facing their future Spurs teammates Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, and Nando De Colo (France) next summer in Slovenia for Eurobasket 2013, they’ll have to first qualify to earn that position next year.
On Tuesday, the 2013 Eurobasket qualifier kicked off, and Hanga and Bertans both suffered defeats with their teams in their opening games on Wednesday.
Hanga and Hungary (0-1) fell to the Ukraine 77-71 in game in which Hanga led his team in scoring with 21 points, on 8-of-15 shooting (3/7 3PT), shot 2-of-4 free throws, dished three assists, grabbed three rebounds, stole the ball three times, and though he racked up five fouls, he didn’t turn the ball over at all in 31 minutes of play.
From a look at his numbers, you could say the work he put in with Austin Toros assistant coach Alex Llyod might be showing signs of improvement in Hanga’s game as he finished with a (+2), and connected on 5-of-8 inside shots, presumably around the rim.
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