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16.09.2007, 16:30h
16.09.2007, 16:30h
71-80
25 - 1619 - 2013 - 2214 - 22
25 - 1619 - 2013 - 2214 - 22
Venue: Madrid (ESP) |
Referees: Juan Arteaga (ESP), Shay Shtriks (BUL), Antonio Coelho (POR)

GAME REPORT


Germany-Croatia Postgame Quotes

Germany

Coach Dirk Bauermann: "We're just really happy that we beat a really strong Croatia team. After all, they are the only team that beat Spain so far. I'm just happy to win the game and finish fifth."

"After we turned up the defense it was a different game. Our defensive performance and the fact that Dirk (Nowitzki) had an unbelievable game were the two key facts. We're really happy with this win. Obviously everybody comes here with the goal of winning a medal. But this is a big win for German basketball."

"We're going back tomorrow morning and I wanted to thank the Spanish federation and the Spanish people. We felt really welcome and taken care of here."

Center Patrick Femerling: "It was very important after that loss to Spain to come back with two victories. They were two tough games. So being fifth is very important because we still have a chance to go to the Olympics.You always want to go out with a win, with a good feeling, with a dream for everybody. We tried to do that and played hard and gave everything we had."

Center Jan Jagla: "The team really fought today. Everybody wanted to come in fifth. It was really important to win another game and finish this game with a win and not a loss. I think the team came in with the big goal to win a medal. But we also had the small goal to make the pre-Olympic tournament. After the loss to Spain we came together. Overall it's okay that we came in fifth, but the big goal wasn't accomplished."

Croatia

Coach Jasmin Repesa: "The first 20 minutes were pretty good, the second 20 really bad. Don't know if that was we were tired or they played better in the second half. Nowiztki made the difference. But congratulations. They deserve the victory because they played better for 40 minutes."

Center Mario Kasun: "It was really tough for us. We were able to keep Dirk (Nowitzki) down for a while. But in the second half he just went off."

Guard Roko-Leni Ukic: "We reached our goal which was to finish among the top seven teams and make the pre-Olympic tournament. But we have a lot to learn from this tournament. We had a lot of highs and lows and did a lot of good things and bad things. We have to improve on that before next year."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

45.0%

27/60
FG
M/A

49.1%

26/53

54.1%

20/37
FG2P
M/A

63.0%

17/27

30.4%

7/23
FG3P
M/A

34.6%

9/26

58.8%

10/17
FT
M/A

76.0%

19/25

35

12/23
RT
RO/RD

32

7/25

14

AS

15

18

TO

13

11

ST

10

1

BS

5

25

PF

21

71

Pts

80

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