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15.09.2007, 21:30h
15.09.2007, 21:30h
86-74
25 - 1215 - 2125 - 2521 - 16
25 - 1215 - 2125 - 2521 - 16
Venue: Madrid (ESP) |
Referees: Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Dubravko Muhvic (CRO), Zoran Sutulovic (MNE)

GAME REPORT


Russia-Lithuania Postgame Quotes

Russia

Coach David Blatt: "Coach Butautas knows I have great respect for him and the Lithuania team. They played beautiful basketball. I said before the game that we were the underdogs. The coach put together a great group and reformed it into the winning team from four years ago."

"I didn't know what to expect. I thought they would be mentally and physically down after their tough loss. So we had to hit them early like a boxer. We knew they would come back because they're a great team. But we knew they would be out of energy and knew we would still have a lot. I'm so proud of my players, especially that we've changed our mentality of Russians being losers."

Forward Sergey Monya: "It's like my dream. If somebody told me before the tournament that Russia would take a medal I wouldn't believe them. We beat a good team, France, in the quarter-final and Lithuania in the semi-final. So it's a dream. We showed that Russia have good basketball players."

"For most of our players it's the first medal in international play. So tomorrow we have a very big opportunity to beat Spain. Tomorrow it's one chance in my life to play in the final of the European Championship. Everybody believes in our team; and I think we will show how we can play."

Lithuania

Coach Ramunas Butautas: "Respect for big, great team. Mr. Blatt did a great job. They played very nice, European basketball. The start of the game was terrible for us. Russia played faster and more clever. Our players played very slowly. In the middle of the game we had a chance and our players played tougher and stronger in defense but it was not enough to win."

"Of course we only had 20 hours after the tough game against Croatia. But Russia is a great team and they won."

Forward Darius Songalia: "They deserved to win. Obviously a little more rest for us would have been better. But it was hard to bounce back from such a deficit in the first quarter. That pretty much sums up the game."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

50.0%

27/54
FG
M/A

41.4%

24/58

54.3%

19/35
FG2P
M/A

38.7%

12/31

42.1%

8/19
FG3P
M/A

44.4%

12/27

77.4%

24/31
FT
M/A

77.8%

14/18

33

11/22
RT
RO/RD

33

13/20

8

AS

12

13

TO

18

9

ST

7

6

BS

3

24

PF

26

86

Pts

74

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