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Group:  A | 14.08.2009, 20:15h
Group:  A | 14.08.2009, 20:15h
73-61
21 - 2218 - 618 - 1516 - 18
21 - 2218 - 618 - 1516 - 18
Venue: Zenica (BIH) |
Spectators: 4000 |
Referees: Ivo Dolinek (CZE), Gili Cohen (ISR), Boris Gabara (SVK)

GAME REPORT


Bosnians Beat Portugal To Boost Chances

Bosnia and Herzegovina held off a resilient Portugal 73-61 on Friday to strengthen their grip on first place in Group A of the EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round.

Mensur Bajramovic's team won for the third straight time, but Belgium can still overtake them and claim top spot if they manage to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina at home by five points or more and then win in Portugal in their last game.

Nemanja Gordic had 18 points to lead Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Portugal fought hard and made their opponents sweat until the final minute but came up short for a third straight time in the Additional Qualifying Round.

They will now have to settle for going through qualifying again in a bid to reach EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.

Portugal did go in front in this game.

Their last lead came with 5:40 to go in the second quarter at 26-24 after a basket by big man Elvis Evora.

Mujo Tuljkovic replied with a three-pointer for the home side before Gordic followed with his first six straight points of the night.

He buried a three-ball and then added a three-point play for a 33-26 lead.

A Gordic lay-up at the half-time buzzer took his tally to eight and gave the Balkan team a 39-28 advantage.

Carlos Andrade hit a jump shot to reduce the arrears to 46-41 in the third quarter, only for Bosnia and Herzegovina to score 11 of the next 13 points for a 57-43 lead.

Moncho Lopez, the Portugal coach, made sure his players held their concentration and they poured in the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to close the gap to 57-54.

Joao Gomes capped that run with a three-pointer and the home fans prepared for a nervous finish.

Tuljkovic stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer and Gordic followed with a three-point play.

Jose Costa's three-pointer with two minutes remaining trimmed the hosts' lead to 65-61, but Gordic was too good on this night.

He went to the other end and answered with a trey for a 68-61 lead to ice the victory.

Evora and Costa each had 15 points in defeat for Portugal.

 

Accumulated statistics

53.5%

23/43
FG
M/A

36.1%

22/61

55.6%

15/27
FG2P
M/A

50.0%

14/28

50.0%

8/16
FG3P
M/A

24.2%

8/33

65.5%

19/29
FT
M/A

60.0%

9/15

30

7/23
RT
RO/RD

31

16/15

9

AS

9

19

TO

17

7

ST

12

2

BS

1

19

PF

26

73

Pts

61

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