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Group:  A | 03.09.2007, 18:00h
Group:  A | 03.09.2007, 18:00h
65-73
13 - 2117 - 1718 - 1617 - 19
13 - 2117 - 1718 - 1617 - 19
Venue: Granada (ESP) |
Spectators: 6000 |
Referees: Fabio Facchini (ITA), Ivo Dolinek (CZE), Stelian Banica (ROU)

GAME REPORT


Russia-Serbia Postgame Quotes

Russia

Coach David Blatt: "I'm very happy to win. Every time you beat Serbia it means you've done something good. We played well and led the game from start to finish, so the victory was deserved. Serbia is a good team, they are well coached and they had great results in preparations. If we don't win tomorrow then today's win means nothing. One of the concerns we had coming into the game today was that we started preparations without some of our top players. To teach some of the things we want to do defensively takes time, and we didn't have as much as I think is necessary. That's why I said we need more time to be ready for this tournament. In EuroBasket teams don't win games individually, but you do need big performances from your best players, and that's what Kirilenko did on both ends. He dominated the game and cleaned the boards like they do with a towel before the game."

Zakhar Pashutin: "I'm very satisfied with the result. The team controlled the rhythm of the game from the start. It was a good performance for us, especially as a team. Savrasenko and Morgunov did a great defensive job on Milicic, and they got help from Kirilenko and Khryapa who came for the double team, but then also scored big points at the other end. That was one of the main factors for our win. "

Andrei Kirilenko: "If people think it was an easy win for us, they are wrong. We had to work hard to beat Serbia. Sometimes it's tough to follow all the things the coach asks you do to, but we tried to play like a team today. They have many young players, most of them I didn't now before this game, and that's good for the future of the team. Maybe now they will lose some games, but it will benefit them."

Nikita Morgunov: "All the team enjoyed every play and that was one of the secret for the win. Everybody played hard. Milicic is a very good player but we played a lot of double team on him and it worked in stopping him. Our big guys received a lot of fouls but we needed that to stop him."

Serbia

Coach - Zoran Slavnic: "I'm very disappointed because I had bigger expectations especially from Darko Milicic and Marko Jaric. Our young players were scared and I can't do anything about it. We missed a lot of free-throws and that was a big problem. We have no time now. My experience tells me that sometimes you can play better against stronger teams, and I hope that's what we'll do tomorrow. We knew we can lose to Russia, but now we must find patience and find our energy inside the team."

Milos Teodosic: "We were unlucky in the final quarter. We came to within just two point and then missed too many free-throws for such an important game. They scored a three-pointer on the other side every time it happened and that's how the game went in the last minutes. I thought throughout the entire game we can turn around the result but it didn't happen. We'll need to regroup for the next game against Greece, and it's going to be tough."

Milan Gurovic: "We didn't have luck today. We lost the game when we missed so many free-throws. My team-mates don't have experience. This is our problem and we'll carry it also in the next games. We knew when we came here it will be so, but we have to fight until the end."

Darko Milicic: "I had a very bad game. Tomorrow we need to show character but Greece are the European champions and it will be very difficult."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

32.8%

20/61
FG
M/A

44.1%

26/59

32.5%

13/40
FG2P
M/A

51.4%

19/37

33.3%

7/21
FG3P
M/A

31.8%

7/22

58.1%

18/31
FT
M/A

70.0%

14/20

37

12/25
RT
RO/RD

38

7/31

7

AS

14

9

TO

12

5

ST

4

3

BS

5

22

PF

27

65

Pts

73

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