REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Former Newberry men’s basketball star Aegir Steinarsson represented Iceland in the FIBA 2017 Eurobasket qualification tournament this summer. Steinarsson and Iceland qualified for Eurobasket 2017 last Saturday by upsetting Belgium 74-68.
Belgium had been undefeated in the qualifying tournament and had an average margin of victory of over 20 points per game. Iceland had to win their final two games to qualify and easily beat Cyprus three days prior. Iceland had lost to Belgium earlier in the tournament 80-65.
Iceland found themselves down by as many as 14 points on Saturday. The Icelandic national team went on a run and came all the way back to win 74-68. This is the second straight time the Icelandic National Basketball Team has qualified for Eurobasket. This comes off the heels of what Iceland’s National Soccer Team achieved this summer.
Steinarsson played professionally in Spain this past year after playing previously in Sweden. Steinarsson led his team, C.B. Puenas Huesca, to the championship round. Steinarsson averaged 9.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game this past season. He has signed to play next year for C.B. Miraflores, which is the team C.B. Puenas Huesca beat in the league semi-finals to advance the championship round.
“I would have to say Aegir embodies the description of the Icelandic National Team as a player with toughness and a big heart and I was blessed to coach him,” said Newberry head men’s basketball coach Dave Davis. “Sincere congrats to Aegir Steinarsson and the Iceland National Team!”