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Group:  D | 15.08.2012, 18:00h
Group:  D | 15.08.2012, 18:00h
90-84
28 - 2717 - 1825 - 1820 - 21
28 - 2717 - 1825 - 1820 - 21
Venue: Sibiu (ROU) |
Spectators: 1500 |
Referees: Eddie Viator (FRA), Emin Mogulkoc (TUR), Marko Vuckovic (SLO)

GAME REPORT


Romania Hold On Against Dutch

Romania held off a late rally to open their EuroBasket qualifying campaign with a 90-84 victory over the Netherlands in Group D.

The Dutch had wiped out a double-digit first-quarter lead for Romania to go eight points clear themselves in the second quarter, and the teams were all tied up at 45-45 at half-time.

4. Rares  Mandache (Romania)
Rares Mandache led Romania in scoring

But Romania pulled away again in the third period and this time the Dutch could not catch them despite a late push.

Romania began strongly and were up 22-12  when Vlad Moldoveanu hit a pair of free throws to cap a 9-0 run with 3:45 to go in the first quarter.

But the Dutch hit back and back-to-back threes from Worthy De Jong made it 28-27 to Romania by the end of the first.

De Jong's long balls were just the start of a 14-0 Dutch run that had them up 35-28 on Henk Norel's three-point play early in the second and they led 44-38 on David Jansen's three midway through the second.

Romania scored the final seven points of the second quarter to level it at 45-45 on Rares Mandache's three and run reached 15 unanswered points in the third period as Titus Nicoara's jump-shot gave them a 53-45 edge.

Mandache's three made it 65-53 as they continued to pull clear.

The Dutch tried to rally early in the fourth, and a 10-3 spurt cut the lead to 73-69 on Jansen's lay-up.

Norel's three-point play made it a three-point game, 82-79, with 53 seconds left, and it came down to free throws, with Mihail-Octavian Paul, Mihai Silvasan and Moldoveanu doing enough to hold off the Dutch at the close.

Mandache led Romania with 19 points, Silvasan had 14, Paul 12 and Nicoara 10.

Norel led the Dutch with 27 points and Jansen had 18.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Romania vs. Netherlands

Jan Willem Jansen, head-coach of Netherlands:
"We started poorly the first and the third quarter. We had many turnovers, especially  in the fourth quarter and we couldn't match the intensity of the Romanian game. We had very good opportunities during the game but we couldn't handle them and, in consequence, we couldn't take the game in our hands. We are verry disapointed, we wanted a good start in this qualification campaign."
 
Arvin Slagter, Netherlands:
"Romania played very well, they scored 90 points, they were smart, they went for the mismatches and played from there. Also they scored a lot from the three-point line. For us, now it is the time to regroup, look at our mistakes and try to fix them."
 
Mladen Ostojic, hea-coach of Romania:
"It was a very tough game, because the Netherlands have very smart players. But today we played better than our opponents and I'm happy because we scored many points and, more than that, we split that points, many players scored more than ten points. I am also satisified because the players from the bench made a very good game. This is a good start for us and the result is also good for our confidence, for our team and for the future games. Thanks to our fans, they helped us to win this game."

Mihai Silvasan, Romania:
"We were happy because we had to face Netherlands in our first game, at home. They looked like the most 'accesible' team from Group D. We wanted to start the campaign with a victory and we made it. More than this victory I'm also pleased beacause we played like a real team, we were united and we could manage our weak moments during the game."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

51.6%

32/62
FG
M/A

42.1%

24/57

60.5%

26/43
FG2P
M/A

46.2%

18/39

31.6%

6/19
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

6/18

69.0%

20/29
FT
M/A

88.2%

30/34

30

8/22
RT
RO/RD

37

12/25

19

AS

6

8

TO

17

10

ST

2

4

BS

4

27

PF

23

90

Pts

84

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