Cancel
Group:  A | 30.08.2008, 20:00h
Group:  A | 30.08.2008, 20:00h
80-77
13 - 2227 - 1721 - 2019 - 18
13 - 2227 - 1721 - 2019 - 18
Venue: Vantaa (FIN) |
Spectators: 1682 |
Referees: Oscar Lefwerth (SWE), Arnis Ozols (LAT), Aare Halliko (EST)

GAME REPORT


Fantastic Finland Shock Serbia

EuroBasket qualifying games are often unpredictable and that was certainly the case in Vantaa, Finland on Saturday night.

Taking on Group A favorites Serbia, Division A minnows Finland put disappointing defeats to Bulgaria and Italy behind them and stunned their visitors 80-77 with an incredible night of three-point shooting.

The Finns, who won promotion to the top flight last summer, made 14 of 26 (53.8%) from long range.

Dusan Ivkovic's Serbs, just three days removed from a convincing performance inside a packed Belgrade Arena against Hungary, began well and led 22-13 after a Uros Tripkovic three and Zoran Erceg dunk at the end of the first quarter.

Finland got seven straight points from Kimmo Muurinen on a pair of free throws, a shot from the arc and a jumper as they outscored the Serbs 12-2 at the start of the second quarter for a 25-24 advantage.

The game was close the rest of the way, with numerous lead changes.

Finland trailed 75-74 when Petteri Koponen, who had 18 points, buried a three in a 6-0 spurt and that put the Finns on top for good.

The Finns have now breathed some life into their EuroBasket Division A campaign.

Serbia, meanwhile, were reminded that finishing in the top two spots of Group A will be anything but easy.

Nenad Krstic had a game-high 29 points for Serbia in defeat.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Finland vs. Serbia

Dusan Ivkovic, Serbia coach:

"It was a very tough game for us. Finland deserved the victory. Finland shot their three-pointers extremely well. We didn't succeed in our one against one defense and we had too many turnovers."

Nenad Krstic, Serbia player:

"It was a disappointing game for us. We had a good start, but then we started to struggle as a result of Finland's high percentage shots. We simply have to focus on the next games."

Henrik Dettmann, Finland coach:

"Tonight this team showed us what it's made of and what is capable of doing. I am thrilled, this was a huge win. I want to thank the whole team, they deserved this win. The players have been working together for a long time and now we can see the results."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

47.3%

26/55
FG
M/A

51.9%

27/52

41.4%

12/29
FG2P
M/A

62.5%

20/32

53.8%

14/26
FG3P
M/A

35.0%

7/20

66.7%

14/21
FT
M/A

72.7%

16/22

27

8/19
RT
RO/RD

31

9/22

10

AS

9

13

TO

16

9

ST

8

2

BS

3

22

PF

23

80

Pts

77

PHOTO GALLERY

Next Games

Finland

Finland

Serbia

Serbia