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Group:  C | 03.09.2006, 16:00h
Group:  C | 03.09.2006, 16:00h
87-50
26 - 1118 - 2526 - 917 - 5
26 - 1118 - 2526 - 917 - 5
Venue: Helsinki (FIN) |
Spectators: 2122 |
Referees: Atso Matsalu (EST), Andris Aunkrogers (LAT)

GAME REPORT


Finns Power Past Austria

Finland held Austria to just 14 points in the second half and won their opening EuroBasket 2007 qualifying game in convincing fashion, 87-50.

Austria shot just 36 percent from the field overall and committed 23 turnovers, while Henrik Dettmann's Finnish team shot 53 percent from the field and made 15-of-31 from behind the three-point line.

"We were expected to win this one and I am glad we did," said Dettmann.  

"I don't want to take anything away from my team, but it seemed that Austria did not reach their potential. It's not clear to me yet whether it was because of something we did. I think our defense worked well from time to time, but I'll have to see this game again from video." 
 
Finland stormed into a 26-11 first quarter lead as Petteri Koponen's three-point shot on the buzzer ensured the 14-point advantage.

Austria fought back in the second period and reduced the deficit to trail 46-36 at the break.

But in the second half, Finland's defense stepped up and Austria went ice cold.

Hubert Schreiner's squad were held to just nine points in the third quarter as Finland opened up a 70-45 advantage.

It would get no better for the Austrians in the fourth quarter as they scored just five in the final stanza.

Finland held Austria to 2-of-12 shooting in the fourth quarter. Austria didn't score a field goal over the final six minutes of the game.

"Finland was one size too large for us," said Schreiner.  

"They were physically stronger. We have a young team and in our domestic league the level of physical play is not this high. We have a lot of work in head of us learning to play more physical and adjusting to the international play."

"The fact that we allowed Austria to score only 14 second half points speaks a lot for our defense," said Finland's Teemu Rannikko.

Hanno Mottola top scored for Finland with 17 points while Jukka Matinen contributed 14 and Koponen 10 to the victory total.

"It was a game that could have been a difficult one for us," said Mottola. 

"It was a must win game (for us) and those are never easy."

Benjamin Ortner poured in 16 points for Austria.

Finland travel to Iceland on September 9 in their next EuroBasket outing, while Austria entertain Georgia.

"It gets tougher in Iceland, which has a team that always plays hard," Mottola said.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

53.6%

30/56
FG
M/A

32.1%

17/53

60.0%

15/25
FG2P
M/A

32.5%

13/40

48.4%

15/31
FG3P
M/A

30.8%

4/13

63.2%

12/19
FT
M/A

70.6%

12/17

33

7/26
RT
RO/RD

35

11/24

7

AS

4

15

TO

23

8

ST

12

2

BS

0

20

PF

22

87

Pts

50

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