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Group:  E | 11.09.2007, 16:30h
Group:  E | 11.09.2007, 16:30h
70-83
21 - 1921 - 2214 - 1914 - 23
21 - 1921 - 2214 - 1914 - 23
Venue: Madrid (ESP) |
Spectators: 5500 |
Referees: Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Kestutis Pilipauskas (LTU), Mehmet Keseratar (TUR)

GAME REPORT


Russia-Croatia Postgame Quotes

Russia

Coach David Blatt: "I want to commend my players in the way they behaved and played today. There was every reason for them to come out without an overly-motivated fashion.
My players decided to come out and try to win after losing two days earlier against Spain."

"(After a mediocre first half) We woke up and played a beautiful second half - one of our best in this tournament. Today we played right."

"As my Italian friends know, (Jasmin Repesa and Blatt) have had a few battles in the past. And his teams are going to do the things they do and they'll do them better than you if you let them. We just played the game right and you have to play the game right against a Repesa team. This was one of our most consistent offensive games."

Guard J.R. Holden: "I knew we would come out aggressive in the first half. We got a lot of foul shots, got a lot of fouls called for us today. I think the game was pretty physical. So overall, we needed a win going into the quarter-finals and we got one."

"What we didn't do was, we didn't run our offense, I'll tell you that. We gotta be a better half-court team. We're at our best when we're running, of course. But when we're slowing it down, we're not crisp. That may come back to haunt us. So we need to work on that."

Forward Nikita Morgunov: "It was a great game for the Russia team. The second half showed us that we can play great for all 40 minutes. Every player stuck to their task and only thought about the win."

Croatia

Coach Jasmin Repesa: "After a pretty good first half, we played a very bad second half. We made a lot of mistakes and let them run their game, mainly the fast break."

"I can tell now that after six games that I am really worried with how we stand on the court in the last 10 minutes. We know that every game will be a very tough game against a very tough team and if you make mistakes they will punish you."

"I hope we get the chance to make up for the last 20 minutes of this game."

"(About Marko Popovic, who missed the game with a torn hamstring) It's not serious. I hope he will recover. If he can play, he will be ready."

Center Mario Kasun: "We lost the game in the second half. Everybody was, let's say, lost. And nobody picked up their game. I don't think we moved the ball well and didn't play well on defense."

Guard Marko Popovic: "All the tournament we can't play good for 40 minutes. That's what happened today and that's why we won in the first half but lost the second. Now we hope Spain will beat Israel and then we'll play in the quarter-finals, but I hope then we'll know to play good for 40 minutes. I had an injury in my hamstring, and we didn't want to risk it. If it was a big game, I would have continued to play." 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

42.9%

24/56
FG
M/A

53.8%

28/52

45.0%

18/40
FG2P
M/A

57.6%

19/33

37.5%

6/16
FG3P
M/A

47.4%

9/19

80.0%

16/20
FT
M/A

66.7%

18/27

35

10/25
RT
RO/RD

28

3/25

10

AS

23

19

TO

11

3

ST

9

2

BS

2

26

PF

20

70

Pts

83

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