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Group:  C | 06.09.2006, 20:00h
Group:  C | 06.09.2006, 20:00h
86-93
31 - 2126 - 2510 - 2519 - 22
31 - 2126 - 2510 - 2519 - 22
Venue: Reykjavik (ISL) |
Spectators: 500 |
Referees: Ian Pollard (ENG), Jonas Bille (DEN)

GAME REPORT


Finland Claim Iceland Victory

Finland overcame a poor start to power to a 93-86 win over Iceland in EuroBasket Division B play on Wednesday night.

The Finns struggled for the first 20 minutes trailing by as many as 15 points. But Coach Henrik Dettmann must have had some inspirational words for his players during the halftime break.

Down 57-46 at the start of the third, Finland outscored the home team 25-10 to take a 71-67 lead into the final quarter.

Finland surged ahead in the fourth.

Hanno Mottola, who had an outstanding night for Finland with 25 points and 15 rebounds, opened the period with a jump shot and Petteri Koponen netted a three-pointer.

A lay-up by Kimmo Muurinen and two free throws from Anti Nikkila gave Finland an 80-69 lead with just under seven minutes to go.

Iceland had a golden opportunity to get right back in contention just two minutes later.

Brenton Birmingham was red hot for Iceland in the first half with 16 points, but cooled considerably in the second half. However, he hit a three-pointer and was fouled, giving him the chance to cut the lead to four points.

Birmingham missed the free throw and Finland replied immediately with two free throws from Mottola to re-establish a 7-point lead, 85-78.

Frustration set in for Iceland in the final minutes and their chance of a comeback ended when Hlynur Elias Baeringsson was called for a foul follwed by a technical, giving Finland the chance to see out the win from the free throw line.

Teemu Rannikko added 15 points for Finland to go along with a game high 13 assists.

Finland are now 2-0 and will take on the group's other undefeated side, Georgia, next week. 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

42.6%

29/68
FG
M/A

52.2%

35/67

43.9%

18/41
FG2P
M/A

59.6%

28/47

40.7%

11/27
FG3P
M/A

35.0%

7/20

60.7%

17/28
FT
M/A

80.0%

16/20

36

11/25
RT
RO/RD

39

6/33

18

AS

21

12

TO

13

6

ST

8

4

BS

1

23

PF

27

86

Pts

93

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