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Group:  G | 13.08.2014, 19:00h
Group:  G | 13.08.2014, 19:00h
63-65
14 - 1214 - 1323 - 1812 - 22
14 - 1214 - 1323 - 1812 - 22
Venue: Moscow (RUS) |
Spectators: 2000 |
Referees: Ilija Belosevic (SRB), Saso Petek (SLO), Tomislav Hordov (CRO)

GAME REPORT


Gentile Lifts Italy Over Russia

Alessandro Gentile (Italy)
Alessandro Gentile came up big in the clutch to help Italy past Russia

Alessandro Gentile poured in 13 points in the final seven minutes and Italy overturned a 10-point deficit to escape with a 65-63 win over Russia in Moscow, on Day 2 of the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round.

This was Italy's opening game in Group G, while Russia now have suffered two defeats in as many games.

Russia had maintained a slight advantage for most of the night in what was a very cagey, defensive-minded affair based on their superiority on the glass and a solid display by center Timofey Mozgov.

The hosts collected 13 offensive boards in the first half, out-rebounding Italy 29-18 to earn a 28-25 lead on the scoreboard by the half-time interval.

Mozgov, a constant cause of headache for the Italian frontcourt, reached double-double figures already during the third quarter and Dmitry Kulagin drilled a jumper with the start of the final frame to give Russia their biggest lead on the night, 53-43.

Marco Cusin, with a lay-up 8:01 from the end of the game reduced to 53-45 and then the Alessandro Gentile show arrived in Moscow.

The young versatile Italian scored seven points in quick succession with personal plays and Luigi Datome drilled a triple with 3:26 left on the clock to tie the scores at 55.

Evgeny Voronov split two free-throws with 2:32 on the clock to give Russia their last lead in the game, 56-55, but in a play which encapsulated his determination to win this game, Gentile hit his first triple in the game after five failed attempts to bring Italy up front, 58-56.

He landed badly on the floor after the shot, appeared to have injured his knee and walked off the court but stayed on the bench for only a few seconds, barely receiving any treatment before returning to the floor and dishing out an assist to Cusin on Italy's next possesion.

The Italian big man dunked and drew the foul, putting Italy ahead 61-58 with 1:27 remaining to play.

Dmitry Khvostov sunk two free throws with three seconds left to reduce to 64-63 and give some last hope to the hosts.

Russia immediately fouled Gentile, who made only the first of his two free throws but Voronov barely had any time to fire a desperation shot before the final buzzer and his long three fell short.

Gentile led all scorers with 20 points, Pietro Aradori and Datome had 11 points each, the latter also grabbing a team-high eight rebounds, and Andrea Cinciarini chipped in with 10 points and seven boards.

Mozgov, the only Russian player to score in double digits, collected 17 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Russia vs. Italy

Evgeny Pashutin, Russia Head Coach
"We played well during two quarters. We had to finish the last quarter with an equal score, but we lost it. When there were 15 seconds left it was (Semen) Anatonov's attack, which we actually planned to play through (Timofey) Mozgov, but (Luigi) Datome didn't let us play that combination. I would like to say that my team has character and we'll continue to fight."

Timofey Mozgov, Russia
"Actually we prepared well for that game by watching videos and analyzing the Italian games. We lost our concentration in the last four to five minutes, but I couldn't say that we had problems in the previous 35 minutes as well. We made some errors in pick-n-rolls, didn't convert our three-point shots. The Italians played perfect defence in the last quarter."

Simone Pianigiani, Italy Head Coach
"I want to wish good luck to my friend Evgeny Pashutin because he has a great team. Now I'm worried about our next meeting in Cagliari because he is a strong coach. I still don't know what happened with (Alessandro) Gentile's leg as we need do some examinations before. I hope there isn't anything serious."

Luigi Datome, Italy
"During the last time-out our coach kept telling us that we can do better. It was a key game for us, a key win in such a difficult group with three teams. Every win is important. We are satisfied for tonight and we are going to think about the next game."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

37.1%

23/62
FG
M/A

42.6%

26/61

45.7%

21/46
FG2P
M/A

48.0%

24/50

12.5%

2/16
FG3P
M/A

18.2%

2/11

65.2%

15/23
FT
M/A

73.3%

11/15

44

17/27
RT
RO/RD

34

10/24

12

AS

5

8

TO

5

3

ST

3

3

BS

6

22

PF

23

63

Pts

65

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