Finland Go Inside To Dominate Portugal

15.08.2011

EUROBASKET AQR

Finland are within touching distance of a place at the EuroBasket after beating Portugal on Monday for their second win in as many games in the Additional Qualifying Round.

10. Tuukka Kotti (Finland)
Tuukka Kotti was one of the keys in Finland's victory over Portugal

The Finns followed up their gritty road triumph at Hungary with a 68-56 victory over the Portuguese.

Dominating on the inside, Finland ended up scoring 40 of their 68 points in the paint compared to just 16 for Portugal - a team that isn't accustomed to being outmuscled.

Trailing 17-15 early in the second quarter, Henrik Dettmann's team went on a 10-1 run to move in front for good.

Teemu Rannikko, who was playing his 100th game for Finland's national team, sparked the Finns in their game-changing, second-quarter run when he popped a three-pointer.

It proved to be the only offensive highlight for Rannikko, who finished just one of seven from the floor and ended up with six points and four assists.

When it was over, Shawn Huff and Tuukka Kotti stood as Finland's leading scorers with 16 points apiece.

Portugal's biggest problem was their inability to take advantage of free-throw opportunities.

They sank just 16 of 28 at the stripe for a very poor 57.1%.

Finland also struggled at the line, making just nine of 16 (56.3%).

Inside the arc, the Finns were 22 of 39 compared to 11 of 33 for Portugal.

The next game in the AQR is on Thursday when Hungary host the Portuguese.


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