Croatia93-91

15-24, 24-22, 32-21, 22-24

Latvia

 

Date: 09.09.2001, 14:30hVenue:   Istanbul (TUR) Spectators: 2000
Referees:  Murat Biricik (TUR), Philippe Leemann (SUI)
TEAM LEADERS
Croatia Latvia
3 players tied with 17PtsKaspars Kambala (32)
Zan Tabak (10)RebKaspars Kambala (12)
Veljko Mrsic (3), Gordan Giricek (3)ASRaimonds Miglinieks (11)
Veljko Mrsic (3)ST5 players tied with 1
Zan Tabak (2), Nikola Prkácin (2)BSKaspars Kambala (2)

GAME REPORT

09.09.2001
Game for 7th place: Croatia vs Latvia

In a game where both sides were looking for a constellation win and taking the seventh place in EuroBasket 2001, the two teams preferred an uptempo style of play. However, neither team hit their shots, combining for 26% from the field (5/19 FG) when Latvia called a timeout with 05:33 remaining in the first period. Latvian shooters then started finding their range, which gave them a 8-0 run for a 17-5 lead. Croatia, shooting only 1 for 8 behind the arc, failed to score for 2:38 until a buzzer beater by Giricek cut Latvia's lead to 9: 15-24. Kambala, who scored the first 6 points for his team, had a game-high 12 points at the end of the quarter.

The first 4 minutes of the second quarter were very much like the first with both teams scoring 8 points. Croatia then had a 14-3 run thanks to 9 points from backup point guard Josip Sesar, replacing the injured Krstic. They were able to get as close as 2 points but their carelessness on the defensive boards gave Latvia the chance to regroup for a 7-point lead going to the locker room: 39-46. Latvia had 3 players in double figures, Helmanis (4 fouls but not benched by the Latvian coach Armands Kraulins) and Kambala with 14 points and 6 rebounds, Stelmahers with 11 even though they only shot 37% from the field. Mulaomerovic, who stayed on the court for only 6 minutes, was ineffective with no points (0/3 FG) or assists. 28 out of 39 points for Croatia came from their bench players.

Croatia was quick off the block to start the second half. They put on a shooting clinic to score 20 points in 5 minutes and to take their first lead in the ball game with 04:53 to go in the third: 59-58. The fifth foul on Helmanis just a minute and a half into the quarter hurt Latvia in the paint with Kovacic dominating the boards with 6 rebounds in this period. Mulaomerovic and Mrsic showed that experience matters by combining for 21 points. Kristaps Valters with 8 points and hustling plays at the defensive end kept Latvia, who were without the company of their best scorer Ainars Bagatskis with an injury, in striking distance: 71-67.

It was a tie game at 77 when Croatia called a timeout after a Stelmahers 3-pointer with 05:41 to go in the match. Miglinieks, the assist leader of the tournament who proved he deserved his trophy with 11 assists, kept Kambala going to the basket for easy dunks. He put up a solid performance with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks. However, Mulaomerovic put the exclamation mark at the end of the match with a jumper 2.7 seconds to go in the game which turned to be the difference: 93-91.

Top performers

Croatia Latvia

Veljko Mrsic

 

Kaspars Kambala

17Pts32
6Reb12
3AS1
3ST1
0BS2

Accumulated statistics

Croatia Latvia
35/76FG M/A30/72
31/54 (57.4%) FG2P M/A21/46 (45.7%)
4/22 (18.2%) FG3P M/A9/26 (34.6%)
19/19 (100.0%) FT M/A22/22 (100.0%)
45 (19-26) Reb (O-D) 39 (14-25)
13AS14
11TO13
6ST5
4BS3
22PF25
93Pts91
CROATIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Mulaomerovic, D. 267/1546.76/1154.51/425.02/2100.02132310217
5Vrankovic, J. DNP
6Sesar, J. 244/944.42/2100.02/728.62/2100.00442210112
7Mrsic, V. 305/1241.75/955.60/30.07/7100.04263130217
8Prkácin, N. 276/966.76/966.70/00.05/5100.02131112517
9Krstic, V. DNP
10Giricek, G. 306/1346.25/862.51/520.01/1100.00003100114
11Kovacic, E. 182/825.02/825.00/00.01/1100.0639100055
12Skelin, M. 60/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0033000010
13Mamic, M. 171/520.01/250.00/30.01/1100.0347010003
14Vujcic, N. DNP
15Tabak, Z. 224/4100.04/4100.00/00.00/00.02810120258
TEAM/COACH00000
TOTAL35/ 7646.131/ 5457.44/ 2218.219/19100.01926451311642293
LATVIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Helmanis, U. 185/1241.71/333.34/944.42/2100.02350000516
5Vitols, A. 251/520.01/425.00/10.00/00.0033100022
6Cipruss, K. 20/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
7Stelmahers, R. 325/1338.52/633.33/742.93/3100.00001210416
8Valeiko, E. 60/20.00/10.00/10.00/00.0011000010
9Laksa, M. 223/933.32/728.61/250.02/2100.0358030039
10Valters, K. 133/742.93/560.00/20.04/4100.02020010010
11Miglinieks, R. 332/540.01/250.01/333.30/00.01341131145
12Bagatskis, A. DNP
13Grafs, R. 20/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0011000000
14Kambala, K. 3611/1764.711/1764.70/00.010/10100.057121312132
15Vecvagars, A. 110/10.00/00.00/10.01/1100.0123021051
TEAM/COACH00000
TOTAL30/ 7241.721/ 4645.79/ 2634.622/22100.01425391413532591
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

TOP PERFORMERS

Croatia Latvia

Veljko Mrsic

 

Kaspars Kambala

17Pts32
6Reb12
3AS1
3ST1
0BS2
30Min36

TEAM STATS

Croatia Latvia
35/76FG M/A30/72
31/54 (57.4%) FG2P M/A21/46 (45.7%)
4/22 (18.2%) FG3P M/A9/26 (34.6%)
19/19 (100.0%) FT M/A22/22 (100.0%)
45 (19-26) Reb (O-D) 39 (14-25)
13AS14
11TO13
6ST5
4BS3
22PF25
93Pts91