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Group:  A | 13.09.2008, 19:00h
Group:  A | 13.09.2008, 19:00h
62-69
16 - 2517 - 1612 - 1017 - 18
16 - 2517 - 1612 - 1017 - 18
Venue: Vantaa (FIN) |
Spectators: 2764 |
Referees: Juan Carlos Garcia Gonzalez (ESP), Oskars Lucis (LAT), Sigmundur Herbertsson (ISL)

GAME REPORT


Italy Hold Off Finland, Still Hope

Italy kept alive their hopes of a top two finish in EuroBasket qualifying Group A with a 69-62 win at Finland on Saturday.

The Azzurri improved to 3-4 after their second consecutive victory while Finland slumped to 2-4.

Benetton Treviso veteran Matteo Soragna had a team-high 18 points and five steals for the Azzurri, who have now beaten Finland twice.

Italy will now try to beat Bulgaria by more than one point on Wednesday and then hope that the Bulgarians lose to Serbia in their final qualifying game.

If that were to happen, the Italians would finish second in group A.

The winners of the four groups and the three best second-place teams will earn direct qualification.

Kimmo Muurinen had a game-high 24 points in defeat.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Finland vs. Italy

Carlo Recalcati, Italy coach:

"It was a tough game. We had to use all of our skills and energy to get the win tonight. I am also happy with the way our zone defense worked."

Marco Mordente, Italy player:

"It was an important game and an important victory. Our hard work and experience helped us tonight."

Henrik Dettmann, Finland coach:

"We simply did not make our open shots and had a hard time finding a functioning line-up."

Kimmo Muurinen, Finland player:

"Sometimes there is no explanation why the shots are not falling in. We had many opportunities to cut down on Italy's lead, but they always came up with a basket, just when they needed one."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

29.3%

17/58
FG
M/A

42.6%

23/54

46.4%

13/28
FG2P
M/A

36.4%

12/33

13.3%

4/30
FG3P
M/A

52.4%

11/21

85.7%

24/28
FT
M/A

66.7%

12/18

46

22/24
RT
RO/RD

29

9/20

4

AS

5

17

TO

10

3

ST

9

3

BS

2

23

PF

28

62

Pts

69

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