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Group:  A | 07.09.2003, 18:15h
Group:  A | 07.09.2003, 18:15h
72-80
23 - 2320 - 1812 - 2017 - 19
23 - 2320 - 1812 - 2017 - 19
Venue: LuleƄ (SWE) |
Spectators: 1652 |
Referees: Ilija Belosevic (SRB), Volodymyr Drabikovskyi (UKR)

GAME REPORT


Italy 80 Bosnia and Herzegovina 72

LarryBird.jpg
NBA legend Larry Bird says hi to the fans in Lulea
Italy left it desperately but they finally put together a good performance against Bosnia and Herzegovina, securing an 80-72 victory and keeping their Eurobasket hopes alive.

The game was a close affair and it was only at the buzzer of the third quarter that Italy could build a small lead, 66-51, after a buzzer beating 3-pointer by Alessandro De Pol.

Bosnia switched to a 2-3 zone in the fourth quarter which proved immediately effective. The Bosnians fought their way back into the game and even took a 68-67 lead with just under 4 minutes left to play.

Michele Mian answered for Italy with a 3-pointer and at the other end Jasmin Hukic was fouled while shooting. Hukic missed all 3 free-throw attempts and suddenly the momentum was all Italy's.

Massimo Bulleri then simply took over the game, scoring 9 consecutive points for Italy in just over a minute, and ending Bosnia's hopes.

Guards Damir Mrsic and Terrel Ray Castle both top scored for Bosnia with 12 points apiece. Bulleri finished with 24, after his 11-point outburst in the 4th quarter.

Although Bosnia lost all 3 of their games in the group, they can be proud of the fact that they put together 3 good performances and were unlucky not to come away with at least 1 win.

They also got great crowd support from a group of 300 fans who had travelled to watch their team. None of them seemed discouraged by the lack of a victory and they remained in high spirits throughout their 3 days in Italy.

Accumulated statistics

44.1%

26/59
FG
M/A

53.8%

28/52

46.9%

15/32
FG2P
M/A

58.6%

17/29

40.7%

11/27
FG3P
M/A

47.8%

11/23

50.0%

9/18
FT
M/A

76.5%

13/17

24

6/18
RT
RO/RD

35

6/29

8

AS

8

7

TO

12

6

ST

3

1

BS

2

20

PF

22

72

Pts

80

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