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Group:  C | 06.08.2010, 16:30h
Group:  C | 06.08.2010, 16:30h
79-40
14 - 920 - 1331 - 1214 - 6
14 - 920 - 1331 - 1214 - 6
Venue: Bar (MNE) |
Spectators: 150 |
Referees: Yaari Rainisch (ISR), Jurgis Laurinavicius (LTU), Nikolaos Somos (GRE)

GAME REPORT


Spain Thrash Bulgaria

Javier Marin (Spain)
Javier Marin had 11 points in a balanced Spain attack in which as many as 9 players scored at least 6 points

Spain continue to rule Group C this time with a 79-40 win over Bulgaria at Sports Hall Topolica in Bar, Montenegro on Friday afternoon.

With this victory Spain jump to a 2-0 record and secure their spot in the Qualifying Round while Bulgaria fell to 1-1 in the standings of the group.

Tomorrow Spain will take on Poland as the two teams will fight for the first spot, while Bulgaria will take on Latvia.

This is the second big win for Spain after a 33 point smash of Latvia the first day, while the team of Bulgaria fell from a 26 point victory yesterday to a 29 point loss today.

"We were ready for Bulgaria and knew how to use our strengths to make the difference," said Luis Guil of the Spanish bench.

"After a close first half we made some adjustments to fit their defense and then we made the big run," he added.

"We used good defense, rebounding and fast breaks to create a big gap and from that point it was in our pockets.

"For this group we have a very good match-up but we'll have to see how we'll handle teams with more size and aggressiveness in the next rounds."

Albert Homs led the way for Spain with 19 points and seven rebounds including three hits from downtown without a miss, while Javier Marin added 11 points.

Bulgaria saw Aleksandar Vezenkov reach double-digits with 11 points and six rebounds.

Homs played well from the start and scored six points against Bulgaria's five as his team climbed to a 13-5 lead after eight minutes.

Marin pushed the gap up to 10 early in the second quarter and wrote 22-12 and soon reached nine points to make it a 12 point game.

Bulgaria collected points and Vezenkov cut it down to nine before the half, only to see Homs score from the arc and set the gap back on 12 as the teams entered the locker rooms.

Still not too far behind Bulgaria walked on the court to the second half with hope to change things, but saw Homs and Josep Perez hit from long distance to extend the gap by six points and make it a totally different game.

Soon Marin joined the party with a big dunk, and Spain took a 52-24 lead after 25 minutes, which was more than enough to decide the game earlier than Bulgaria hoped.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

51.6%

33/64
FG
M/A

18.6%

13/70

56.9%

29/51
FG2P
M/A

22.2%

12/54

30.8%

4/13
FG3P
M/A

6.3%

1/16

47.4%

9/19
FT
M/A

65.0%

13/20

53

13/40
RT
RO/RD

42

20/22

15

AS

9

13

TO

14

9

ST

6

6

BS

3

20

PF

13

79

Pts

40

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