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Group:  C | 16.09.2006, 17:40h
Group:  C | 16.09.2006, 17:40h
55-69
15 - 1820 - 1310 - 2110 - 17
15 - 1820 - 1310 - 2110 - 17
Venue: Opava (CZE) |
Spectators: 2100 |

GAME REPORT


Russia Defeat Czech Republic, Clinch EuroBasket Berth

With the help of a 20-1 second half run, Russia defeated the Czech Republic 68-55 to clinch first place in Group C and an automatic berth for EuroBasket 2007.

The Czech Republic, who were without top-scorer Jiri Welsch, fell to 4-2 and will have to wait on the outcome of other games to see if they have one of the two top records from second placed teams, which would also earn a EuroBasket 2007 automatic berth.

Russia and the Czech Republic were close in the first half as no team could pull ahead by more than five points.

The Czech Republic took a 35-31 lead into halftime and increased their lead to seven when Pavel Benes opened the third by hitting a three-pointer.

Russia fought back and then took command just inside the four-minute mark of the third quarter, when they were trailing by three points, 45-42.

The 20-1 run started when Aleksey Sevresenko hit a pair of free throws and following a Czech Republic turnover, Fedor Dmitriev connected on a three-pointer.

Free throws from Sergey Bykov and Dmitriev followed by Sergey Monya’s three-pointer before the end of the quarter extended the run to 9-0.

Russia didn’t stop there and three jumpers from Dmitriev, a three-pointer from Monya and a jumper from Bykov over the first 3:23 of the fourth quarter extended the spurt to 20-1 and put David Blatt’s men in the lead, 62-46.

Russia maintained their double-digit lead until the final buzzer to secure their fifth win.

Dmitriev was the high-man for Russia with 14 points, while Jaroslav Prasil had a game-high 15 for the Czech Republic.

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

33.9%

19/56
FG
M/A

41.4%

24/58

37.1%

13/35
FG2P
M/A

43.6%

17/39

28.6%

6/21
FG3P
M/A

36.8%

7/19

55.0%

11/20
FT
M/A

70.0%

14/20

43

12/31
RT
RO/RD

33

7/26

14

AS

14

18

TO

14

10

ST

13

5

BS

1

22

PF

20

55

Pts

69

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