Croatia74-66

16-19, 24-12, 15-21, 19-14

Italy

 

Date: 20.09.2005, 18:00hVenue:   Podgorica (MNE) Spectators: 4100
Referees:  Nikolaos Zavlanos (GRE), Sasa Pukl (SLO), Anibal Castano (FRA)
TEAM LEADERS
Croatia Italy
Mario Kasun (20)Pts3 players tied with 14
Mario Kasun (7)RebRoberto Chiacig (7)
Nikola Vujcic (4), Marko Popovic (4)ASGianmarco Pozzecco (4)
Nikola Vujcic (3)STGianluca Basile (5)
Nikola Vujcic (1), Mario Kasun (1)BSRoberto Chiacig (2)

GAME REPORT

20.09.2005
Croatia Qualify For Quarterfinals With 74-66 Victory Over Italy

Croatia dominated the paint and played stingy fourth quarter defense to beat Italy 74-66 in Podgorica and earn a spot in the quarter-finals.

Italy couldn’t buy a basket in the fourth quarter and Croatia’s decisive edge in rebounding and points in the paint contributed to their third win of EuroBasket 2005.

As the final buzzer sounded, Croatia’s players slapped hands and greeted their celebrating fans sitting behind the basket. Croatia will play Spain in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Mario Kasun (Croatia)
Mario Kasun
“This was a great win for Croatia, but it’s only 50% of the job we have before us,” Croatian head coach Neven Spahija said. “Our goal is to qualify for the World Championship.”

Mario Kasun led Croatia with 20 points and seven rebounds. His dunk with 3:59 remaining in the fourth quarter gave Croatia an insurmountable double-digit lead.

“He played very well and that’s what we expect of him,” said Spahija.

For the game, Croatia outscored Italy in the paint 38-28 and had a 40-22 rebounding advantage.

“I think the statistics speak for itself,” Italian coach Carlo Recalcati said. “They are a big, strong and athletic team and that made the difference tonight.”

Italy, after having won the bronze medal in the 2003 EuroBasket, shot just 4-for-16 in the fourth quarter. The Italians committed turnovers on their opening three possessions of the quarter and had just one field goal over a seven-minute stretch.

“I think the key to the game was our defense,” said Kasun.

Nikola Vujcic contributed 16 points for the victors and Marko Popovic came off the bench to score 12.

Dante Calabria, Gianmarco Pozzecco and Marco Mordente each scored 14 for Italy.

“Our team gave its maximum in this game and this tournament,” said Italy’s Giacomo Galanda. 

Croatia was once again propelled by an end of the first half run. Trailing 31-30, Croatia went on a 10-0 run over the final 3:15 of the first half to take a 40-31 lead. Croatia never trailed the remainder of the game.

In their last game against Turkey, Croatia went on a 12-2 run at the end of the first half which led to their 80-67 win.

Croatia scored the opening bucket of the third quarter, extending the run to 12-0. But Italy battled back and cut the lead to three at 55-52 going into the fourth quarter.

The first 16 minutes of the game half were close, with 11 lead changes, three ties and no team having a lead of more than five points.

The game was attended by Filip Vujanovic, President of Montenegro, and Milo Djukanovic, Prime Minister of Montenegro.

Top performers

Croatia Italy

Nikola Vujcic

 

Gianmarco Pozzecco

16Pts14
4Reb2
4AS4
3ST1
1BS0

Accumulated statistics

Croatia Italy
24/54FG M/A22/60
20/37 (54.1%) FG2P M/A16/35 (45.7%)
4/17 (23.5%) FG3P M/A6/25 (24.0%)
22/28 (78.6%) FT M/A16/19 (84.2%)
40 (11-29) Reb (O-D) 22 (7-15)
11AS9
19TO21
5ST16
2BS4
20PF23
74Pts66

PHOTO GALLERY

CROATIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
*4Kasun, M. 276/1442.96/1442.90/00.08/8100.04370201420
5Ukic, R. DNP
6Popovic, M. 303/837.51/250.02/633.34/666.71124200212
*7Vujcic, N. 386/966.75/771.41/250.03/475.01344131116
8Prkácin, N. 21/1100.01/1100.00/00.02/2100.0011000004
9Zizic, A. DNP
*10Giricek, G. 363/933.33/560.00/40.01/250.0055150037
*11Planinic, Z. 213/650.03/475.00/20.00/00.0134241036
12Tomas, M. DNP
*13Mamic, M. 331/425.00/10.01/333.33/475.0246011036
14Bagaric, D. 131/333.31/333.30/00.01/250.0156010033
15Rancic, D. DNP
TEAM/COACH14531
TOTAL24/ 5444.420/ 3754.14/ 1723.522/2878.61129401119522074
ITALY
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
*4Calabria, D. 343/1030.01/520.02/540.06/6100.02240440214
*5Basile, G. 323/933.30/30.03/650.00/00.0033035019
*6Galanda, G. 294/944.43/475.01/520.00/00.0112231039
*7Soragna, M. 191/425.01/250.00/20.00/00.0000111122
*8Marconato, D. 181/333.31/333.30/00.00/00.0033223132
9Pozzecco, G. 204/944.44/666.70/30.06/6100.00224210314
10Righetti, A. 70/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000000000
11Mancinelli, S. 10/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000010
12Bulleri, M. 101/520.01/250.00/30.00/00.0000010012
13Mordente, M. 10/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000000000
14Chiacig, R. 285/862.55/862.50/00.04/757.14370512514
15Gigli, A. 20/10.00/00.00/10.00/00.0000000020
TEAM/COACH01100
TOTAL22/ 6036.716/ 3545.76/ 2524.016/1984.2715229211642366
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Croatia Italy

Nikola Vujcic

 

Gianmarco Pozzecco

16Pts14
4Reb2
4AS4
3ST1
1BS0
38Min20

TEAM STATS

Croatia Italy
24/54FG M/A22/60
20/37 (54.1%) FG2P M/A16/35 (45.7%)
4/17 (23.5%) FG3P M/A6/25 (24.0%)
22/28 (78.6%) FT M/A16/19 (84.2%)
40 (11-29) Reb (O-D) 22 (7-15)
11AS9
19TO21
5ST16
2BS4
20PF23
74Pts66

PLAY BY PLAY

TimeCROATIAScoreITALY
09:4110 G. Giricek Turnover (Travelling)   5 G. Basile Steal
09:19 0 - 3 6 G. Galanda 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
09:19   7 M. Soragna assist
09:03   7 M. Soragna Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
09:0310 G. Giricek Free throw missed(1/2)   
09:0310 G. Giricek Free throw MADE(2/2) 1 - 3 11 Z. Planinic Def. Rebound
08:41 1 - 5 7 M. Soragna 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
08:177 N. Vujcic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 3 - 5 
08:06   8 D. Marconato Offensive Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
8 D. Marconato Turnover (Offensive foul)
08:06   8 D. Marconato Turnover (Other)
07:4213 M. Mamic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 6 - 5 
07:427 N. Vujcic assist   
07:19   4 D. Calabria 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 6 G. Galanda
07:10 6 - 7 6 G. Galanda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 6 G. Galanda
07:0711 Z. Planinic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 M. Kasun 
  
07:004 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE 8 - 7 
06:43 8 - 10 5 G. Basile 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
06:17 Turnover (24 secs)   
06:0713 M. Mamic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
05:5713 M. Mamic Def. Rebound   
06:004 M. Kasun Def. Rebound   5 G. Basile 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:5610 G. Giricek Turnover (Ball Handling)   
05:46   7 M. Soragna 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:4411 Z. Planinic Turnover (Ball Handling)   5 G. Basile Steal
05:3711 Z. Planinic Def. Rebound   5 G. Basile 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
05:377 N. Vujcic block   
05:2410 G. Giricek 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   
05:24   7 M. Soragna block
05:20 8 - 13 4 D. Calabria 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
05:20Timeout   
04:494 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 M. Kasun 
  
04:414 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 7 N. Vujcic 
  
04:327 N. Vujcic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 10 - 13 
04:23 10 - 15 6 G. Galanda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 G. Pozzecco
04:07   7 M. Soragna Steal
04:0711 Z. Planinic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
04:07   Substitution: 8 D. Marconato out,
14 R. Chiacig in
04:07Substitution: 11 Z. Planinic out,
6 M. Popovic in 
  
03:4613 M. Mamic Steal   
03:46   4 D. Calabria Turnover (Ball Handling)
03:46   4 D. Calabria Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
03:264 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 N. Vujcic 
12 - 15 
03:04   7 M. Soragna 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:04   Substitution: 5 G. Basile out,
9 G. Pozzecco in
02:39   6 G. Galanda Steal
02:3913 M. Mamic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:187 N. Vujcic Steal   
02:17   4 D. Calabria Turnover (Bad Pass)
02:16   9 G. Pozzecco Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
02:16   Substitution: 4 D. Calabria out,
10 A. Righetti in
01:584 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 14 - 15 
01:38 14 - 17 14 R. Chiacig 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
01:204 M. Kasun Turnover (Travelling)   14 R. Chiacig Steal
00:57 Def. Rebound   
00:57   7 M. Soragna Turnover (Out of bounds)
00:437 N. Vujcic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 16 - 17 
00:28   14 R. Chiacig Offensive Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)
14 R. Chiacig Turnover (Offensive foul)
00:28   14 R. Chiacig Turnover (Other)
00:124 M. Kasun Offensive Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
4 M. Kasun Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
00:056 M. Popovic Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
00:016 M. Popovic Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
00:01 16 - 18 9 G. Pozzecco Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:01 16 - 19 9 G. Pozzecco Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:0513 M. Mamic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
TimeCROATIAScoreITALY
09:507 N. Vujcic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
09:50   14 R. Chiacig Free throw missed(1/2)
09:50 16 - 20 14 R. Chiacig Free throw MADE(2/2)
09:38   9 G. Pozzecco Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
09:387 N. Vujcic Free throw missed(1/2)   
09:387 N. Vujcic Free throw MADE(2/2) 17 - 20 
09:20   6 G. Galanda Turnover (Travelling)
09:11   6 G. Galanda Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
09:11   Substitution: 6 G. Galanda out,
15 A. Gigli in
09:1114 D. Bagaric Free throw missed(1/2)   
09:1114 D. Bagaric Free throw MADE(2/2) 18 - 20 10 G. Giricek Def. Rebound
08:56   9 G. Pozzecco 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 R. Chiacig
08:45 18 - 22 14 R. Chiacig 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
08:367 N. Vujcic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 21 - 22 
08:17   5 G. Basile 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:1714 D. Bagaric Def. Rebound   
08:0410 G. Giricek 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   7 N. Vujcic Def. Rebound
08:0414 D. Bagaric Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   
07:53   9 G. Pozzecco 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:49   15 A. Gigli Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
07:4913 M. Mamic Free throw MADE(1/2) 22 - 22 
07:4913 M. Mamic Free throw MADE(2/2) 23 - 22 
07:25   10 A. Righetti 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 R. Chiacig
07:21   15 A. Gigli 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:216 M. Popovic Def. Rebound   
07:21   15 A. Gigli Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
07:21   Substitution: 15 A. Gigli out,
8 D. Marconato in
07:107 N. Vujcic Turnover (Ball Handling)   4 D. Calabria Steal
07:06   Substitution: 10 A. Righetti out,
4 D. Calabria in
06:55 23 - 25 5 G. Basile 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 G. Pozzecco
06:4410 G. Giricek 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 25 - 25 
06:27 25 - 27 8 D. Marconato 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 8 D. Marconato
06:01   14 R. Chiacig block
06:0114 D. Bagaric 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 14 D. Bagaric 
  
05:55   9 G. Pozzecco Steal
05:51   8 D. Marconato 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:5114 D. Bagaric 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   10 G. Giricek Def. Rebound
05:466 M. Popovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 28 - 27 
05:46Substitution: 13 M. Mamic out,
11 Z. Planinic in 
  
05:46   Substitution: 9 G. Pozzecco out,
12 M. Bulleri in
05:2614 D. Bagaric Def. Rebound   
05:2714 R. Chiacig Def. Rebound   4 D. Calabria 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
05:146 M. Popovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   14 R. Chiacig Def. Rebound
05:107 N. Vujcic Steal   
05:10   14 R. Chiacig Turnover (Other)
04:567 N. Vujcic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
04:4611 Z. Planinic Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
04:21 28 - 29 4 D. Calabria 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
04:0310 G. Giricek 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 N. Vujcic 
30 - 29 
03:42 30 - 31 12 M. Bulleri 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 6 G. Galanda
03:1514 D. Bagaric 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 32 - 31 
02:52   12 M. Bulleri 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:5211 Z. Planinic Def. Rebound   
02:487 N. Vujcic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)   8 D. Marconato Def. Rebound
02:48   8 D. Marconato block
02:4410 G. Giricek 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   14 D. Bagaric Def. Rebound
02:37   4 D. Calabria 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:1614 D. Bagaric Turnover (Ball Handling)   5 G. Basile Steal
02:16Substitution: 14 D. Bagaric out,
13 M. Mamic in 
  
02:16Substitution: 7 N. Vujcic out,
8 N. Prkácin in 
  
02:16Substitution: 6 M. Popovic out,
4 M. Kasun in 
  
01:58   12 M. Bulleri 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:58   8 D. Marconato Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
01:584 M. Kasun Free throw MADE(1/2) 33 - 31 
01:584 M. Kasun Free throw MADE(2/2) 34 - 31 11 Z. Planinic Def. Rebound
01:37   12 M. Bulleri Turnover (Travelling)
01:37Timeout   
01:37Substitution: 10 G. Giricek out,
6 M. Popovic in 
  
01:248 N. Prkácin 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 36 - 31 
01:06   5 G. Basile Offensive Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)
5 G. Basile Turnover (Offensive foul)
01:06   5 G. Basile Turnover (Other)
00:55   Substitution: 8 D. Marconato out,
11 S. Mancinelli in
00:49   11 S. Mancinelli Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 1st)
00:498 N. Prkácin Free throw MADE(1/2) 37 - 31 
00:498 N. Prkácin Free throw MADE(2/2) 38 - 31 
00:32   14 R. Chiacig 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
00:328 N. Prkácin Def. Rebound   
00:2411 Z. Planinic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 N. Vujcic 
40 - 31 
00:00   4 D. Calabria 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
TimeCROATIAScoreITALY
09:354 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   11 Z. Planinic Def. Rebound
09:23   14 R. Chiacig block
09:15   6 G. Galanda 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
09:024 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 42 - 31 
08:50   14 R. Chiacig Offensive Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
14 R. Chiacig Turnover (Offensive foul)
08:50   14 R. Chiacig Turnover (Other)
08:3611 Z. Planinic Offensive Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
11 Z. Planinic Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
08:36   4 D. Calabria Steal
08:3611 Z. Planinic Turnover (Other)   4 D. Calabria Steal
08:15 42 - 34 4 D. Calabria 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
07:51   14 R. Chiacig Def. Rebound
07:514 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 M. Kasun 
  
07:454 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
07:45   Substitution: 7 M. Soragna out,
9 G. Pozzecco in
07:45 42 - 36 9 G. Pozzecco 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
07:45Timeout   
07:42Substitution: 6 M. Popovic out,
10 G. Giricek in 
  
07:3011 Z. Planinic Turnover (Bad Pass)   4 D. Calabria Steal
07:3010 G. Giricek Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   
07:034 M. Kasun block   
07:03   4 D. Calabria 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
06:564 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 44 - 36 
06:424 M. Kasun Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)   
06:42   14 R. Chiacig Free throw missed(1/2)
06:42 44 - 37 14 R. Chiacig Free throw MADE(2/2)
06:3613 M. Mamic Turnover (Ball Handling)   
06:3613 M. Mamic Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)    Foul drawn
06:36 44 - 38 4 D. Calabria Free throw MADE(1/2)
06:36 44 - 39 4 D. Calabria Free throw MADE(2/2)
06:2711 Z. Planinic Steal   9 G. Pozzecco Turnover (Bad Pass)
06:27 Def. Rebound   
06:27Substitution: 13 M. Mamic out,
6 M. Popovic in 
  
06:126 M. Popovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 6 M. Popovic 
  
05:576 M. Popovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 Z. Planinic 
  
05:4811 Z. Planinic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 46 - 39 
05:28   5 G. Basile Turnover (Bad Pass)
05:3011 Z. Planinic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 6 M. Popovic 
48 - 39 
05:10   6 G. Galanda 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:08 48 - 41 14 R. Chiacig 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
04:484 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
04:48   5 G. Basile Def. Rebound
04:34   6 G. Galanda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 R. Chiacig
04:34 48 - 43 14 R. Chiacig 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
04:3410 G. Giricek Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)   
04:34Substitution: 4 M. Kasun out,
14 D. Bagaric in 
  
04:34   14 R. Chiacig Free throw missed(1/1)
04:12 Def. Rebound   
04:08 Turnover (24 secs)   
03:40   5 G. Basile 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 D. Calabria
03:2510 G. Giricek Def. Rebound   
03:275 G. Basile Def. Rebound   6 G. Galanda 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:0811 Z. Planinic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:0311 Z. Planinic Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 3rd)   
03:03Substitution: 11 Z. Planinic out,
13 M. Mamic in 
  
03:03 48 - 44 9 G. Pozzecco Free throw MADE(1/2)
03:039 G. Pozzecco Def. Rebound 48 - 45 9 G. Pozzecco Free throw MADE(2/2)
02:456 M. Popovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:45 Off. Rebound   
02:337 N. Vujcic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 50 - 45 
02:21   14 R. Chiacig 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:2114 D. Bagaric Def. Rebound   
02:136 M. Popovic assist   
02:117 N. Vujcic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 52 - 45 
01:51 52 - 48 5 G. Basile 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
01:376 M. Popovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 55 - 48 
01:2514 D. Bagaric Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 2nd)   
01:25 55 - 49 14 R. Chiacig Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:25 55 - 50 14 R. Chiacig Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:25   Substitution: 14 R. Chiacig out,
8 D. Marconato in
01:07   9 G. Pozzecco Def. Rebound
00:57 Def. Rebound   
00:57   9 G. Pozzecco 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 D. Calabria
00:57   4 D. Calabria Turnover (Travelling)
00:56   Substitution: 9 G. Pozzecco out,
13 M. Mordente in
00:39   5 G. Basile Steal
00:3910 G. Giricek 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   14 D. Bagaric Def. Rebound
00:20   5 G. Basile 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:12   5 G. Basile Steal
00:1210 G. Giricek Offensive Foul (Team 8th, Player 3rd)
10 G. Giricek Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
00:1210 G. Giricek Turnover (Other)   8 D. Marconato Steal
00:12 Personal Foul    Foul drawn
00:12   Substitution: 8 D. Marconato out,
9 G. Pozzecco in
00:12 55 - 51 4 D. Calabria Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:12 55 - 52 4 D. Calabria Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:00   13 M. Mordente 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
TimeCROATIAScoreITALY
09:4214 D. Bagaric Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)   
09:42Substitution: 14 D. Bagaric out,
4 M. Kasun in 
  
09:42 55 - 53 4 D. Calabria Free throw MADE(1/2)
09:42 55 - 54 4 D. Calabria Free throw MADE(2/2)
09:22   8 D. Marconato Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)
09:1410 G. Giricek Turnover (Out of bounds)   
08:51   8 D. Marconato 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:517 N. Vujcic Def. Rebound   
08:444 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   8 D. Marconato Def. Rebound
08:384 M. Kasun Off. Rebound   
08:326 M. Popovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 6 M. Popovic 
57 - 54 
08:257 N. Vujcic Steal   
08:26   9 G. Pozzecco Turnover (Other)
08:1910 G. Giricek 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 59 - 54 
08:06   6 G. Galanda Offensive Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
6 G. Galanda Turnover (Offensive foul)
08:06   6 G. Galanda Turnover (Other)
08:06   Substitution: 8 D. Marconato out,
14 R. Chiacig in
07:53   14 R. Chiacig Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)
07:53Timeout   
07:534 M. Kasun Free throw MADE(1/2) 60 - 54 
07:534 M. Kasun Free throw MADE(2/2) 61 - 54 
07:3813 M. Mamic Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   
07:38   Substitution: 9 G. Pozzecco out,
12 M. Bulleri in
07:184 M. Kasun Def. Rebound   
07:18   5 G. Basile 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:59   12 M. Bulleri Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
06:59   Substitution: 5 G. Basile out,
7 M. Soragna in
06:596 M. Popovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 62 - 54 
06:596 M. Popovic Free throw missed(2/2)   6 G. Galanda Def. Rebound
06:384 D. Calabria Def. Rebound   12 M. Bulleri 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:3810 G. Giricek Def. Rebound   
06:154 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
06:064 M. Kasun Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)   
06:06Substitution: 6 M. Popovic out,
11 Z. Planinic in 
  
05:54   4 D. Calabria 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:544 M. Kasun Def. Rebound   
05:44   14 R. Chiacig Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 4th)
05:444 M. Kasun Free throw MADE(1/2) 63 - 54 
05:444 M. Kasun Free throw MADE(2/2) 64 - 54 6 M. Popovic Def. Rebound
05:19   4 D. Calabria 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 R. Chiacig
05:11 64 - 56 14 R. Chiacig 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
04:5610 G. Giricek 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
04:56   4 D. Calabria Def. Rebound
04:44   14 R. Chiacig 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:4413 M. Mamic Def. Rebound   
04:237 N. Vujcic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 M. Mamic 
  
04:19   Substitution: 4 D. Calabria out,
10 A. Righetti in
04:10Substitution: 11 Z. Planinic out,
6 M. Popovic in 
  
03:594 M. Kasun 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE 66 - 56 
03:3810 G. Giricek Def. Rebound   
03:35   12 M. Bulleri 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:206 M. Popovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 M. Mamic 
  
03:01   14 R. Chiacig Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 5th)
03:01Timeout   
03:01   Substitution: 14 R. Chiacig out,
9 G. Pozzecco in
03:01   Substitution: 12 M. Bulleri out,
8 D. Marconato in
03:01   Substitution: 6 G. Galanda out,
4 D. Calabria in
03:014 M. Kasun Free throw MADE(1/2) 67 - 56 
03:014 M. Kasun Free throw MADE(2/2) 68 - 56 
02:51   9 G. Pozzecco 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
02:5113 M. Mamic Def. Rebound   
02:29   8 D. Marconato Steal
02:306 M. Popovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   8 D. Marconato Steal
02:224 M. Kasun Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 4th)   
02:22   Substitution: 10 A. Righetti out,
5 G. Basile in
02:22 68 - 57 9 G. Pozzecco Free throw MADE(1/2)
02:22 68 - 58 9 G. Pozzecco Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:58   8 D. Marconato Def. Rebound
01:5810 G. Giricek 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   10 G. Giricek Def. Rebound
01:51   9 G. Pozzecco 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:43 Turnover (8 secs)   
01:36 68 - 60 9 G. Pozzecco 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 8 D. Marconato
01:246 M. Popovic Turnover (Bad Pass)   
01:20Timeout   
01:20 68 - 62 9 G. Pozzecco 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
00:5313 M. Mamic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   13 M. Mamic Def. Rebound
00:53   5 G. Basile Def. Rebound
00:43   7 M. Soragna 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:43   4 D. Calabria Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 2nd)
00:43   Substitution: 8 D. Marconato out,
6 G. Galanda in
00:4313 M. Mamic Free throw MADE(1/2) 69 - 62 
00:4113 M. Mamic Free throw missed(2/2)   9 G. Pozzecco Def. Rebound
00:35 69 - 64 9 G. Pozzecco 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 G. Pozzecco
00:35Substitution: 4 M. Kasun out,
11 Z. Planinic in 
  
00:30   7 M. Soragna Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 2nd)
00:306 M. Popovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 70 - 64 
00:306 M. Popovic Free throw MADE(2/2) 71 - 64 
00:19   6 G. Galanda 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:197 N. Vujcic Def. Rebound   
00:18   6 G. Galanda Personal Foul (Team 9th, Player 3rd)
00:187 N. Vujcic Free throw MADE(1/2) 72 - 64 
00:187 N. Vujcic Free throw MADE(2/2) 73 - 64 
00:09 73 - 66 6 G. Galanda 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
00:08   9 G. Pozzecco Personal Foul (Team 10th, Player 3rd)
00:086 M. Popovic Free throw MADE(1/2) 74 - 66 
00:086 M. Popovic Free throw missed(2/2)   
00:06    Def. Rebound
00:02   4 D. Calabria Turnover (Bad Pass)

Accumulated statistics

Croatia Italy
24/54FG M/A22/60
20/37 (54.1%) FG2P M/A16/35 (45.7%)
4/17 (23.5%) FG3P M/A6/25 (24.0%)
22/28 (78.6%) FT M/A16/19 (84.2%)
40 (11-29) Reb (O-D) 22 (7-15)
11AS9
19TO21
5ST16
2BS4
20PF23
74Pts66

top performers

Croatia Italy

Nikola Vujcic

 

Gianmarco Pozzecco

16Pts14
4Reb2
4AS4
3ST1
1BS0
38Min20

GAME PREVIEW

20.09.2005
Youth vs. Experience as Croatia Takes on Italy

Croatia's young and talented team takes on an experienced Italy this evening in Podgorica for the right to advance to the quarter-finals.

Croatia and Italy, two squads with stark differences in style and team make-up will tip-off at 18:00 local time at the Moraca Sports Center.

While Italy have been a mainstay at the top of Europe over the last decade, Croatia have struggled, failing to finish better than seventh in the four previous EuroBaskets. Italy claimed medals in three of the last four EuroBaskets, including gold in 1999. Eight players on Italy's current roster were members of their silver medal team at last year's Athens Olympics.

Stefano Mancinelli (Italy)
At 22 Stefano Mancinelli is one of the few younger players on the Italian team
Croatia are coming off an impressive 80-67 win over Turkey that allowed them to clinch second place in Group B. During the game, Croatia went on an astounding 34-2 run spanning two quarters.

“You have one team coming in here flying high after a win and another team that has won medals in the last two championships, so there are no favourites,” said Croatian head coach Neven Spahija.

“They have a team that has played lots of years together and a coach who has won medals and championships,” said Croatia's Nikola Vujcic.

Croatia beat Bulgaria in their opener 88-84 and then lost to Lithuania 85-67. Italy beat Germany 84-82, lost to Russia 81-67 and concluded preliminary round play with a 99-62 victory over Ukraine.

“We played a little better against Ukraine and we need to get better because the games are only going to get more difficult,” Italian guard Dante Calabria said.

Croatia's second place finish in Group B gave the team the luxury of staying in Podgorica where they played the preliminary round. With a third-place finish, Italy had to spend yesterday on the road travelling from Vrsac to Podgorica.

“For sure the game against Italy will be difficult, but fortunately we could stay at home here in Podgorica,” said Croatia's Gordan Giricek.

A major part of Croatia's offense comes from their trio of NBA players: guards Giricek and Zoran Planinc and center Mario Kasun. Italy does not have anyone on their roster playing in the NBA

Croatia will look to use their youth to an advantage by playing up-tempo. Their team consists of nine players 25 years old and younger, while Italy has seven players over the age of 30.

“We're not as athletic as they are so we cannot run with them,” said Italian center Angelo Gigli. “If we play one-on-one with them, they'll win for sure.”

Croatia have three players averaging in double figures, led by Giricek with 19 a game. Italy has just one player averaging in double digits with Gianluca Basile averaging 10 points. Italian head coach Carlo Recalcati goes deep into his bench as the Italians have nine players averaging six or more points a game.

An interesting match-up features Italy's Giacomo Galanda and Croatia's Vujcic. Both big men have the ability to spread out the opposition's defense with their outside shooting.

The two teams played an exhibition game last month, with Italy prevailing 86-75. Croatia have won three of the four games played between the two teams in EuroBasket history. The most recent encounter was a 65-57 Croatian victory in the Elimination Round of the 2001 EuroBasket.