Pair of Huskers wrap up pool play at FIBA Olympic pre-qualifying
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A pair of Huskers were in action on Wednesday in Istanbul, as pool play for the FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament wrapped up.
Rienk Mast and the Netherlands dropped an 89-81 decision to Croatia to finish Group D pool play with a 1-2 record. Mast, a 6-foot-9 forward, came off the bench and had two points, five rebounds and a team-high four assists.
Netherlands, which trailed by 13 after one quarter, eventually fought back to get within 71-65 with 7:01 remaining but could not get any closer. Mast played in all three games for the Netherlands, averaging 6.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game after training with the Huskers earlier this summer. The Netherlands finished third in Group D and did not advance to the semifinals.
Thorir Thorbjarnarson led Iceland to its first victory in Group C, a 93-76 win over Bulgaria. Thorbjarnarson, who played collegiate basketball at Nebraska from 2018-21 and played for Oviedo in Spain last season, led Iceland with 17 points off the bench on 8-of-10 shooting, and added four rebounds and two assists in just 15 minutes of work.
Prior to Tuesday, he had played just two minutes in Iceland’s first two games in Turkey. Iceland finished third in Group C and did not advance to the semifinals.