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Group:  B | 20.08.2007, 19:00h
Group:  B | 20.08.2007, 19:00h
68-54
12 - 1825 - 1618 - 1113 - 9
12 - 1825 - 1618 - 1113 - 9
Venue: Tallinn (EST) |
Spectators: 6500 |
Referees: Volodymyr Drabikovskyi (UKR), Petri Mäntylä (FIN), Gennadi Ponomarev (RUS)

GAME REPORT


Estonia Clinch Third Win With Strong Second Half

Estonia took a big step towards reaching the next phase of the additional qualifying tournament for EuroBasket 2007 with a resounding 68-54 triumph over winless Sweden.

The Estonians, who play in the shadow of Baltic neighbors Lithuania and Latvia - two sides that have already booked places in the EuroBasket - prevailed for the third time in a row.

Coach Tiit Sokk's men can clinch the top spot in Group B with a victory at FYR of Macedonia on Wednesday.

The Swedes trailed just 37-34 at half-time after Olivier Ilunga scored his first points of the game with a three ball just seconds before the break.

Mats Levin pulled them even closer almost a minute into the second half with another shot from the arc, cutting Estonia's lead to 39-37.

That is when the hosts were able to surge ahead and take control for good.

Valmo Kriisa, Sokk's son Tanel, then Tanel Tein and Martin Muursepp all scored on an 8-0 run.

Muursepp, a veteran 2.05m forward had sparked the team in its two wins over the Macedonians and Bosnia-Herzegovina, was again the spark on offense.

The basket that capped the game-winning run was a dunk which took his points haul to 12 at that stage.

The closest Sweden would get the rest of the way was eight points, and Estonia's lead ballooned to 66-46 with a little more than three minutes remaining.

Muursepp finished with 18 points and Kriisa 12 for the Estonians, who dominated the boards in this game with 42 rebounds to just 21 for Sweden.

Eleven of those rebounds were taken by Tein.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

51.1%

23/45
FG
M/A

34.9%

15/43

63.0%

17/27
FG2P
M/A

40.7%

11/27

33.3%

6/18
FG3P
M/A

25.0%

4/16

66.7%

16/24
FT
M/A

62.5%

20/32

42

11/31
RT
RO/RD

21

4/17

11

AS

6

21

TO

10

5

ST

14

1

BS

1

30

PF

27

68

Pts

54

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