The Semi-Finalists of the European Division B Championships have been set after group play wrapped up on Friday night in Nottwill, Switzerland. Finland will play Switzerland while Poland will take on Austria, with the two winners earning promotion to the elite division.
Finland only just beat out Russia to qualify for the semi-final, in what was a tense pool stage match, the last of the tournament. The two sides matched each other perfectly, sending the match to overtime, where Finland eventually excelled, winning 58-54.
Switzerland will come in to that match as heavy favourites, being the undefeated team in Pool B, they made light work of their opponents. Belgium put up a fight against the Swiss, in a must win match on Friday evening but Switzerland got over the line to win 48-47 and condemn Belgium to another season in the second division.
Poland topped Pool A and will be favorites for their semi-final against Austria as they finished pool play with a strong 44-37 win over Finland. They will also come in to the semi-finals as the most rested side, having not played in Friday’s evening session.
Austria will take on Poland in the second semi-final to close out the Saturday session, Austria has two tight wins, but they got the job done just enough to qualify. On Friday they managed two crucial turnovers to get past Italy 45-43.
The other results on Friday came in the two early matches as Italy continued Belgium’s poor run winning 46-40. Russia also managed a win, beating the Czech Republic 47-45 for a vital win which gave them momentum heading in to the classification rounds.