Serbia Beat Italy, Claim 9th Place

06.08.2011

Classification Roundup

by Dan Casey

5. Nikola Rebic (Serbia)
Nikola Rebic was the driving force for Serbia once more with19 points

Serbia held off Italy to claim 9th place with an 83-75 win, and Greece squeezed past Ukraine 67-65 for 11th place in Hradec Kralove.

Serbia's hot-shooting and rebounding was the key to victory, as they won the battle of the boards 38-28 while converting 55% of their shots.

Doko Salic hit a shot at the half-time buzzer to give Serbia a 43-32 lead, and Guduric converted early in the final period to extend the lead to 15. A 13-2 run from the Italian team made the end of the game tense. But Italy then went 4:15 without a field goal as Serbia pushed the lead back up to 12 to make the game safe.

Dusan Ristic's double-double (24 points, 11 rebounds) led Serbia, with Nikola Rebic adding 19 points including a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line. Marko Guduric had 13 points. Simone Fontecchio had a game-high 25 points for Italy, and added 4 steals.

Dimitrios Stamatis was the hero for Greece in the Classification Game for 11th place as he grabbed a steal and converted a three-point play for Greece to take a decisive lead.

Vasileios Charalampopoulos and Sokratis Gkelios then confirmed victory from the free-throw line.

In a pulsating battle, the lead changed hands multiple times but Greece finally held on to claim victory.

Michail Liapis and Georgios Diamantakos top-scored with 12 points, Diamantakos adding 2 blocked shots. Stamatis ended with 11 points. Yevgen Sakhniuk and Anton Dziuba led Ukraine with 17 points.

 


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