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Group:  A | 17.08.2008, 15:15h
Group:  A | 17.08.2008, 15:15h
73-77
22 - 1918 - 2118 - 1715 - 20
22 - 1918 - 2118 - 1715 - 20
Venue: Chieti (ITA) |
Referees: Grzegorz Ziemblicki (POL), Seffi Shemmesh (ISR), Sérgio Silva (POR)

GAME REPORT


Serbia Slip Past Greece

Serbia showed big character in a 77-73 win over Greece in the game that decided the final standings of Group A.

The win gives Serbia second place in the group with a 2-1 record, while Greece will finish third with a 1-2 record.

The game between the Czech Republic and Italy will not influence the finals standings as the Czechs have secured the top of the group already.

Serbia will carry a win to the next round while Greece will start down 0-2.

Luka Igrutinovic led Serbia with 20 points, including some big shots down the stretch, Strahinja Mladenovic added 16 with seven rebounds, Aleksander Cvetkovic scored 13 and Djordje Drenovac had 11 with nine boards.

Georgios Mavrogiannis led Greece with 22 points, Nikolaos Terpos added 15, Anastasios Antonakis scored 13, added ten rebounds and four assists while Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulo finished with ten points.

"Most of the morning practice was about psychology," revealed Head Coach of the winning side, Dragan Vascanin.

"We needed to recover from the unexpected loss to the Czech Republic and it wasn't easy.

One of the players who shined for Serbia, point guard Aleksander Cvetkovic, is late 1993 born, but still showed great leadership and responsibility.

He kept his team in the game in the first half, and in the closing minutes was part of the Serbian come back.

Greece controlled the game and already held a nine point lead in the last quarter, but Serbia found the way to reverse the game in their favor.

The Greeks used a big start by Chrysikopoulo to take an early 16-8 lead, but Cvetkovic kept his team alive to make it 22-19 after ten minutes.

Terpos with eight points in the second quarter led Greece to an 11 point lead but Cvetkovic and Mladenovic closed the gap at half time, 40-40.

"Usually we play good defense and have trouble on offense. In the first half it was the other way, but we stayed in the game," explained Vascanin.

Once again Greece took off, behind great assists of forward Antonakis, and entered the last eight minutes of the game up by nine after a 12-0 run, but that's when Serbia hit back.

They stepped up on defense, limiting Greece to only seven points until the buzzer.

Igrutinovic and Drenovac combined big plays until the first grabbed an offensive board down by one with 50 seconds to go and his bucket put Serbia on top for good.

"From the first game here rebounds was out main problem," said Nikos Toufas, the Greek Head Coach.

"My players fought for 40 minutes but because of a one second mistake we lost," he added.

"This is the beauty of basketball, but I hate to be on the side who suffers from that."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

45.2%

28/62
FG
M/A

40.0%

26/65

52.5%

21/40
FG2P
M/A

42.6%

20/47

31.8%

7/22
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

6/18

71.4%

10/14
FT
M/A

61.3%

19/31

29

6/23
RT
RO/RD

46

16/30

7

AS

2

7

TO

11

7

ST

3

1

BS

3

27

PF

16

73

Pts

77

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