Germany84-86

28-19, 23-25, 13-22, 20-20

Italy

 

Date: 08.09.2003, 20:30hVenue:   Norrköping (SWE) Spectators: 3240
Referees:  Miguel Betancor (ESP), Grzegorz Ziemblicki (POL)
TEAM LEADERS
Germany Italy
Mithat Demirel (23)PtsMassimo Bulleri (17)
Ademola Okulaja (10)RebGiacomo Galanda (8)
Patrick Femerling (4)ASMassimo Bulleri (8)
Ademola Okulaja (3)STMichele Mian (2)
Dirk Nowitzki (3), Patrick Femerling (3)BSDenis Marconato (1)

GAME REPORT

08.09.2003
Germany 84 Italy 86

GER_ITA_01
Matteo Soragna and Marco Pesic
"Alitalia" flies on to it's next destination, the quarter final against Greece in Stockholm. For "Lufthansa" it is only a matter of flying home to Germany. With a good team moral, fighting spirit and some hot shots, Italy turned things around after having been left behind at halftime. During the last two quarters Italy ruled the floor, while the Germans stood by and watched.

Both teams were aware of the importance of the game and acted a bit nervous. For instance, Germany's center Patrick Femerling started with an air ball on a lay up. But eventually Germany showed that they knew their way around in Himmelstalundshallen. It was particulary Mithat Demirel who led the way with his three 3-pointers. Italy had difficulties to score, not used to the arena. In a few minutes Germany scored 10-0 and went to the break nine points ahead.

GER_ITA_06
Massimo Bulleri (guarded by Steffen Hamann) had 17 points for Italy
In the second quarter Italy started to improve their game. Alex Righetti entered the court and made several 3-pointers. Righetti levelled the score, 37-37, after five minutes. Germany found some extra energy and responded with 8-0. Once again it was Demirel who was most succesful. Although Italy won the quarter, Germany had the upper hand, leading the game 51-44.

The Germans' lead looked comfortable, bearing in mind that they grabbed twice as many rebounds as Italy during the first two quarters. But things did turn around in Norrköping. Key players in the Italian comeback were Nikola Radulovic and Massimo Bulleri, who took responsibility and did it well. A crucial factor was that Germany's Mithat Demirel, so far the player of the game, was injured and received medical treatment on the sideline. Without their leader, Germany collapsed. Going in to the last quarter, it was Italy which were on top of things.

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Alex Righetti and Dirk Nowitzki
The last quarter of the championship in Norrköping developed into a breathtaking thriller. It was all even when the game went into the last minute, 78-78. When Germany needed Dirk Nowitzki most, the NBA-star failed. First, he missed a free throw, then he chose to shoot a 3-pointer too early. The ball missed the ring, and the rebound resulted in a foul for Germany. With team fouls for the Germans, Italy could finish off from the free throw line. Massimo Bulleri made four safe ones, and Italy were winners, 86-82.

Italy go on to the next round where they face Greece in the quarter final on Thursday. 

Top performers

Germany Italy

Dirk Nowitzki

 

Giacomo Galanda

22Pts16
5Reb8
2AS3
0ST0
3BS0

Accumulated statistics

Germany Italy
26/55FG M/A33/68
18/38 (47.4%) FG2P M/A22/47 (46.8%)
8/17 (47.1%) FG3P M/A11/21 (52.4%)
24/32 (75.0%) FT M/A9/16 (56.3%)
38 (8-30) Reb (O-D) 30 (7-23)
13AS20
14TO10
7ST6
6BS1
22PF27
84Pts86

PHOTO GALLERY

GERMANY
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Demirel, M. 326/1250.02/540.04/757.17/7100.00552210323
5Okulaja, A. 335/1145.54/944.41/250.02/728.619101530213
6Lütcke, J. 50/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000200010
7Pesic, M. 284/944.43/560.01/425.01/250.00330110310
8Schultze, S. DNP
9Hamann, S. 40/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000000020
10Nikagbatse, M. DNP
11Garris, S. 202/540.02/450.00/10.00/00.0415211024
12Arigbabu, S. 61/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0213010022
13Femerling, P. 342/366.71/250.01/1100.05/683.31674213410
14Nowitzki, D. 346/1250.05/1050.01/250.09/1090.00552103222
15Maras, R. 30/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000010010
TEAM/COACH00000
TOTAL26/ 5547.318/ 3847.48/ 1747.124/3275.0830381314762284
ITALY
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Radulovic, N. 246/966.74/666.72/366.70/00.00441210314
5Basile, G. 61/425.01/250.00/20.00/00.0022100032
6Galanda, G. 336/1250.03/933.33/3100.01/1100.05383100416
7Soragna, M. 182/450.01/333.31/1100.02/2100.0000121017
8Marconato, D. 285/771.45/771.40/00.01/333.31451101311
9De Pol, A. 70/00.00/00.00/00.00/20.0000011010
10Righetti, A. 164/850.01/333.33/560.00/00.00110000211
11Lamma, D. 20/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000010
12Bulleri, M. 366/1735.35/1338.51/425.04/666.70448310217
13Mian, M. 192/540.01/250.01/333.30/00.0123502045
14Chiacig, R. 121/250.01/250.00/00.01/250.0033000033
15Cittadini, A. DNP
TEAM/COACH00000
TOTAL33/ 6848.522/ 4746.811/ 2152.49/1656.3723302010612786
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Germany Italy

Dirk Nowitzki

 

Giacomo Galanda

22Pts16
5Reb8
2AS3
0ST0
3BS0
34Min33

TEAM STATS

Germany Italy
26/55FG M/A33/68
18/38 (47.4%) FG2P M/A22/47 (46.8%)
8/17 (47.1%) FG3P M/A11/21 (52.4%)
24/32 (75.0%) FT M/A9/16 (56.3%)
38 (8-30) Reb (O-D) 30 (7-23)
13AS20
14TO10
7ST6
6BS1
22PF27
84Pts86