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Group:  C | 06.09.2003, 18:00h
Group:  C | 06.09.2003, 18:00h
77-89
18 - 3123 - 2011 - 1725 - 21
18 - 3123 - 2011 - 1725 - 21
Venue: Södertalje (SWE) |
Referees: Bruno Gasperin (FRA), Roman Kolar (SLO)

GAME REPORT


Russia 77 Spain 89

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Andrei Kirilenko's 26 points were not enough
Pau Gasol continued his dominance in Eurobasket 2003 with another stellar performance in Spain's 89-77 victory over Russia on Saturday. The Spanish star had 31 points as Spain raced to a 10-point lead at the half.

Gasol scored only 4 points in the second half to give him 35 for the game. Gasol did not have to score much in the second half as he got some help from his teammates, most notably guards Juan Carlos Navarro, 20 points, and Carlos Marco who scored 13 points, all of them in the second half.

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Juan Carlos Navarro had 20 points
Russian star Andrei Kirilenko finished with 26 points, but that figure is not representative of the type of game that Kirilenko had. Kirilenko had only 8 points on 3 for 10 shooting at the end of the third quarter and scored at lot of his points from the foul line in garbage time at the end of the fourth quarter.

Gasol completely dominated the game in the first half as Russia refused to double team him. He scored 16 points in the first quarter and 15 in the second. He shot 12 for 14 in the first half, and a perfect 7 for 7 in the second quarter. Gasol kept hitting hook shot after hook shot and also stepped outside for a few medium range jumpers. "He is a very super player" was Russian coach Sergei Elevich comment on Gasol.

Gasol, Navarro and Marco combined to score 68 out of 89 points for Spain. Gasol and Navarro scored 45 out of 51 Spanish first half points.

Spanish coach Moncho Lopez praised his power forward Jorge Garbajosa after the game: "Garbajosa played very good defence and also got good help from his teammates." Garbajosa had an excellent defensive game but shot only 1 for 7 from the field.

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Vassili Karassev (Russia)
Russias best player besides Kirilenko was Sergei Monia who provided a number of spectacular dunks and finshed with 11 points and 4 rebounds. Spain won the rebounding battle 33 to 26 and shot 50% from the field compared to 40% for Russia.

Russia put on a full court press at the end of the game despite the big deficit at that point. This was in an attempt to shave points of the final margin. The point difference can become important if Spain, Russia and Serbia & Montenegro all finish with the same amount of points.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

42.6%

26/61
FG
M/A

50.0%

28/56

50.0%

21/42
FG2P
M/A

60.0%

21/35

26.3%

5/19
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

7/21

76.9%

20/26
FT
M/A

89.7%

26/29

26

10/16
RT
RO/RD

33

8/25

8

AS

8

16

TO

18

6

ST

5

4

BS

1

28

PF

26

77

Pts

89

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