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14.09.2007, 21:30h
14.09.2007, 21:30h
62-63
17 - 1417 - 1417 - 1211 - 23
17 - 1417 - 1417 - 1211 - 23
Venue: Madrid (ESP) |
Referees: Fabio Facchini (ITA), Dubravko Muhvic (CRO), Ivo Dolinek (CZE)

GAME REPORT


Greece-Slovenia Postgame Quotes

Greece

Coach Panagiotis Yannakis: "If anybody has any heart problem, and this game was difficult for him we would like to apologize."

"Basketball is a game until the last second. Slovenia played very good and smart. They were better for most of the game, but my team didn't lose the courage and spirit of trying until the last second, like we do in the last three years."

"We didn't play our game, because we have big pressure, which makes us slow in offense, and we don't make the other defense work."

"We won an unbelievable game. I want to thank everybody but most importantly to the players. They have great-great personality. There's great love in the team, and I think this is the reason we won this game."

"Tomorrow we have semi-finals, and it's going to be very difficult because we played the last game today, but we'll fight with 12 players, and today we showed we have 12 players. If Spain won't score many easy baskets, maybe we can give them a problem."

Guard Nikos Zisis: "I don't know what I can say about this game. I'm proud of my team. Like you all saw, we didn't play our best game, but for sure this time shoed in the last 3-4 years that we have character and heart."

"We went to the finals with an unbelievable comeback in the last seconds. I had that in my mind in the last minutes here. Papaloukas made some unbelievable baskets like he did two years ago. Once more we showed the game is not over until the 40:00 are over."

"Spain is a great team. We need to rest and play with our hearts out tomorrow. This time has the psychology not to give up. When you've done this in the past so many times, the opponent is still afraid until the last minute."

Slovenia

Coach Ales Pipan: "We can't give up now. We have to win at least one game to reach our goal."

"We controlled the game for 37 minutes and played very good on both ends but in the last three minutes I don't know what happened on the court. We made mistakes and lost some balls."

"Greece is a big team, and we lost a crazy game. We already had a meeting in the locker room and I told my players that we'll have to beat Germany. It'll be very difficult for us, because of this life, but this is life and basketball. We have to play tomorrow like it's a normal game. I told my players in the last time out to play tough defense and switch everything on the screens."

Center Rasho Nesterovic: "Congratulations to Greece. I wish them all the best in the semi-finals. We let the game go and we have to recover towards the game tomorrow against Germany to be in the Olympics qualifications."

Accumulated statistics

47.4%

27/57
FG
M/A

41.8%

23/55

60.0%

21/35
FG2P
M/A

47.4%

18/38

27.3%

6/22
FG3P
M/A

29.4%

5/17

25.0%

2/8
FT
M/A

63.2%

12/19

33

11/22
RT
RO/RD

33

14/19

14

AS

4

15

TO

11

4

ST

9

5

BS

2

18

PF

17

62

Pts

63

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