Donar Groningen will take on Körmend in their Group A match on Oct. 21 in Groningen, Netherlands. The Donar Groningen changed almost their entire roster and brought in a new coach last summer as they prevented the Den Bosch from completing the domestic double last year, as well as stunned the eventual champions 78-70 in the Dutch Cup final in Zwolle, reports FIBA Europe.
Will Sullivan finished with a game-high 17 points and Fieler collected a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds in losing efforts, as they suffered defeat against Den Bosch 85-72 on Sunday.
With the new league starting on Tuesday, Groningen meanwhile is scheduled to play in Group A against Hungarians Egis Körmend, Belgians Belfius Mons-Hainaut and French ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, as per official reports.
The 2.10 m center of the Hungarian team, Josh Duinker, was quoted as saying, “Groningen are always a solid team, but when it comes down to it, they are a team in the way of what we are trying to do here in Kormend, I think it will help me that I’m familiar with playing there so I know what to expect in terms of the environment we will play in.”
“One of my team-mates, Cole Dickerson, played in Holland for a bit last season so he would have played against Groningen too.I think that’s an advantage for us.”
The Hungarian team will take on Groningen in the FIBA Eurocup on Wednesday. However, it will be a big emotional moment for Duinker, as he looks forward to a family reunion in Netherlands. Duinker is a Dutch International born to a father from the Netherlands and a mother from New Zealand and he was raised in Australia.
As per the official website, Kormend has participated in the last three editions of Euro Challenge but failed to make it to the Round of 16. Considered to be one of the underdogs in the group, the Hungarian side will be pitched against the Belgians of Mons-Hainaut and the French of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne.