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Group:  F | 12.09.2007, 21:30h
Group:  F | 12.09.2007, 21:30h
61-80
18 - 2623 - 188 - 1912 - 17
18 - 2623 - 188 - 1912 - 17
Venue: Madrid (ESP) |
Spectators: 6500 |
Referees: Zoran Sutulovic (MNE), Vicente Bulto (ESP), Borys Ryzhyk (UKR)

GAME REPORT


Slovenia-Lithuania Postgame Quotes

Lithuania

Ramunas Siskauskas: "We don't play a game over two quarters. We have to play a full 40 minutes. It's impossible to win a game in 10 or 20 minutes so we went step by step."

About difference in second half: "We didn't do anything really different but we improved our defense a bit from the first half I think and try to do what works for us on offense. And the result shows it worked."

"We have shooters, but we also try to get the ball inside. The most important part of the tournament is now with the game against Croatia. I haven't seen them play, but we will not underestimate them."

About Sarunas Jasikevicius' injury: "I hope he will be ok. He's played with different injuries."

Darius Songaila: "We are already happy with what we have achieved at the EuroBasket but Friday is the game for us and I hope it will be our day and we can beat Greece. The difference between this year and last is that we have Ramunas (Siskauskas) and Saras."

Coach Butautas: "Thanks for Slovenia for a big fight and fairplay. They are a very talented team but young so in a few years they'll be very strong. In the first half we made a lot of mistakes in defense, and too many turnovers. The game was very tough for us. In the second half our defense looked better. We fought better under the basket, and won the game.

"Croatia is a very strong team. They showed that when they beat Spain and also in other games. They have a lot of good players with a very good coach, so we're waiting for a big challenge. We played in the preperation period without Jasikevicius and used Kaukenas or Siskauskas at the point guard. When Saras can't play then we have Kaukenas and Siskauskas to do that. Sarunas is very important for us, but we can play good without him."

Slovenia

Jaka Lakovic: "Lithuania is a very strong team and tonight they were simply better than us. In some situations we didn't react well. We stayed in the game until midway through the third quarter. They play team basketball, everybody is playing tough defense and strong offense."

"This result is not going to bring us down despite it being our first defeat of the tournament. Every game is different. If we look on the other hand we have won five games and we should find self-confidence and stay on the right track as we have done."

Matjaz Smodis: "We're just missing a little something. We're not a deep team, but maybe we just need a little more luck."

Goran Jagodnik: "In the first half we were very close and played good offense, but not so good defense. They scored a lot of three points in big percentages, and took some offensive rebounds that made a big difference. We must put our head up and try to do the best against Greece."

Coach Ales Pipan: "Congratulations to Lithuania for their victory, they deserved it. We played in the first half we allowed them to shot eight three pointers and we weren't aggressive on their shooters, and very bad on the rebound. Lithuania is a very good team with experienced players that punish you for your mistakes. Tomorrow is another day and the game on Friday with Greece is very important. Greece is still the champs. We played two friendly games against them but they mean nothing. Here it's another story. We have to prepare very well for that game and hope my players will do their best on court."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

40.7%

24/59
FG
M/A

48.3%

28/58

50.0%

19/38
FG2P
M/A

44.7%

17/38

23.8%

5/21
FG3P
M/A

55.0%

11/20

57.1%

8/14
FT
M/A

81.3%

13/16

22

4/18
RT
RO/RD

44

11/33

9

AS

15

7

TO

15

9

ST

2

2

BS

2

21

PF

20

61

Pts

80

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