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Group:  E | 06.08.2008, 20:45h
Group:  E | 06.08.2008, 20:45h
62-80
15 - 2216 - 2022 - 209 - 18
15 - 2216 - 2022 - 209 - 18
Venue: Riga (LAT) |
Spectators: 50 |

GAME REPORT


Croatia Top Israel

Croatia and Israel clashed in Group E hoping to find their first win in the Qualifying Round and after 40 minutes of basketball Croatia had the smiling faces with an 80-62 victory.

Big man Miro Bilan posted a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, Ivan Milekovic added 18 and Teo Petani added 14.

Gal Mekel led Israel again with a 20 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Anton Shoutvin helped with 12.

Croatia took a 12-4 lead already in the first three minutes of the game but Shoutvin and Mekel kept Israel close.

After almost three minutes with no points for any side Croatia recovered first and finished the first quarter up 22-15.

Petani scored from long range and Kruslin from close to give Croatia a ten point lead, 37-27 that was enough to enter the break up by 11, 42-31.

Marino Sarlija pushed it to a 17 difference mid way through the third, exploiting Croatia's dominance on the board.

It seemed like a done deal but Israel had different plans.

Shoutvin, Mekel and Tal Ronen who helped with two long range hits, made it just a six point game seconds before the third buzzer.

Croatia wasted no time, replied with a 9-0 run to make sure Israel will forget about

The winners will face the favorites from Turkey hoping to glitch into the 5-8 classification games.

Israel will take on Ukraine and in case of a Croatian loss will need a 15  point win over to play the 5-8 classification games.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

33.8%

22/65
FG
M/A

43.5%

27/62

41.5%

17/41
FG2P
M/A

47.4%

18/38

20.8%

5/24
FG3P
M/A

37.5%

9/24

76.5%

13/17
FT
M/A

70.8%

17/24

32

11/21
RT
RO/RD

51

19/32

9

AS

20

14

TO

19

6

ST

7

2

BS

5

25

PF

22

62

Pts

80

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