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Group:  E | 20.07.2009, 19:00h
Group:  E | 20.07.2009, 19:00h
60-62
12 - 1812 - 1318 - 1918 - 12
12 - 1812 - 1318 - 1918 - 12
Venue: Rhodes (GRE) |
Referees: Volodymyr Drabikovskyi (UKR), Matej Boltauzer (SLO), Martynas Gudas (LTU)

GAME REPORT


Spain Slip Past Determined Italians

Spain barely held on to a nine-point lead in the final minute to remain undefeated at the U20 European Championship with a 62-60 victory over Italy.

Sergio De La Fuente scored 20 points and Pere Tomas and Jose Marco combined for three free throws in the final 9.6 seconds to preserve the win, which improved Spain's record to 3-0 in Group E of the qualifying round.

Tomas collected 11 points and 11 rebounds and Mamadou Samb Mbaye scored 12 points for Gustavo Aranzana's team, which was still playing without star center Pablo Aguilar, who has a tender right ankle.

Italy dropped to 0-3 in the group even though Tommaso Raspino had 13 points and nine rebounds and Paolo Rotondo scored 12 points.

Spain jumped ahead early 7-3 and a 9-1 run late in the first quarter helped the Iberians lead 18-12 after 10 minutes.

Two Samb Mbaye foul shots pushed the advantage to double digits - 22-12. Matteo Da Ros knocked down a three-ball to bring the Italians within 24-20. But Samb Mbaye scored three points in a 7-0 spurt to give Spain a 31-24 lead at the break.

Stefano Gentile and Niccolo Martinoni each drained triples to start a 10-5 run out of intermission and Stefano Sacripanti's team was within 36-34. Spain answered with a 9-3 run and were up 50-42 after three quarters.

De La Fuente's three-ball to start the fourth period made it 53-42. And Spain kept Italy at bay, never allowing them closer than seven points. The advantage was 59-50 when Raspino hit two foul shots to cut it to seven points.

The Italians then scored six points on a single possession as Rotondo's second foul shot was rebounded as well as Raspino's three-ball, which Rotondo eventually converted with a layup and was fouled. He missed the free throw but it too was rebounded and Roberto Rullo nailed a three-pointer with 27 seconds left to make it 59-58.

Tomas hit two foul shots with 9.6 seconds left and then Rullo hit two free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining. But Italy could not foul Marco until 0.8 seconds left and he made one foul shot and deliberately missed the second and time ran out.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

29.7%

19/64
FG
M/A

39.5%

17/43

33.3%

12/36
FG2P
M/A

50.0%

14/28

25.0%

7/28
FG3P
M/A

20.0%

3/15

65.2%

15/23
FT
M/A

75.8%

25/33

36

13/23
RT
RO/RD

42

10/32

6

AS

8

13

TO

22

11

ST

6

1

BS

3

29

PF

23

60

Pts

62

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