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Group:  A | 03.09.2008, 18:00h
Group:  A | 03.09.2008, 18:00h
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22 - 1315 - 2212 - 2215 - 22
22 - 1315 - 2212 - 2215 - 22
Venue: Salgotarjan (HUN) |
Spectators: 1500 |
Referees: Sinisa Herceg (CRO), Robert Vyklicky (CZE), Damir Javor (SLO)

GAME REPORT


Finland Come Back To Beat Hungary

Finland overturned a huge early deficit to come roaring back and beat Hungary 79-64 in Salgotarjan on Wednesday night and level their record up at 2-2 in EuroBasket qualifying.

Things were not looking good for the visitors when a pair of free throws from Tamas Kaman put Hungary 27-15 ahead with 6:36 to play in the second quarter.

But they ended the half on a 12-3 run, capped by Petteri Koponen's lay-up 18 seconds before the buzzer, to go back to the locker room down by just two, 37-35.

Hungary's lead was immediately wiped out as Koponen started the second half with a three-pointer, and the lead traded hands several times before Petri Virtanen's lay-up sparked an 11-2 Finland run to end the period and put the visitors out in front.

Hungary put up a fight early in the fourth, but their resistance was eventually broken, and Finland finished the game on a 9-2 run to seal it.

Koponen led the victors with 17 points while Kimmo Muurinen had 13 and Hanno Mottola and Kotta scored 10 each, with Mottola adding nine rebounds.

Hungary wasted 20 points and six rebounds from Erno Sitku, who shot eight of 10 (80%) from the field and made all three of his shots from the charity stripe.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

37.3%

22/59
FG
M/A

50.0%

32/64

48.7%

19/39
FG2P
M/A

63.4%

26/41

15.0%

3/20
FG3P
M/A

26.1%

6/23

81.0%

17/21
FT
M/A

100.0%

9/9

28

12/16
RT
RO/RD

32

9/23

10

AS

10

14

TO

9

8

ST

9

3

BS

3

17

PF

22

64

Pts

79

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