Germany82-84

14-17, 20-21, 26-12, 14-24, 8-10

Italy

 

Date: 16.09.2005, 18:00hGroup:  AVenue:   Vrsac (SRB) Spectators: 4000
Referees:  Raul Chaves (ARG), Seffi Shemmesh (ISR), Oscar Lefwerth (SWE)
TEAM LEADERS
Germany Italy
Dirk Nowitzki (27)PtsGianluca Basile (25)
Dirk Nowitzki (15)RebGiacomo Galanda (10)
Pascal Roller (3), Dirk Nowitzki (3)AS5 players tied with 2
Dirk Nowitzki (2)STStefano Mancinelli (2)
Dirk Nowitzki (2)BSDenis Marconato (2)

GAME REPORT

16.09.2005
Italy Hold Off Germany Again In EuroBasket See-Saw Thriller

Italy came back for a 10-point fourth quarter deficit before beating Germany 84-82 in overtime on Friday in Vrsac to take the early lead in Group A of the 2005 EuroBasket.

Giacomo Galanda hit two three-pointers in the extra session as Italy stretched their unbeaten winning streak against Germany in EuroBasket competitions to 11 games.

Gianluca Basile scored 12 of his 25 points as Italy went on a 15-4 fourth-quarter run to turn a 64-54 deficit into a 69-68 lead.

Gianluca Basile (Italy)
Gianluca Basile had 25 points for Italy
Dirk Nowitzki missed a desperation three at the final buzzer and finished with 27 points, 15 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots. But the Dallas Mavericks star shot just 4-14 from behind the three-point stripe. German center Patrick Femerling chipped in with 18 points and Pascal Roller had 14, including a three-pointer to tie the game at the end of regulation.

"It was a tough loss. When you have a chance to beat Italy and a nice little lead in the fourth, it's tough. They battled hard," German coach Dirk Bauermann said.

Germany struggled offensively in the first half, and Carlo Recalcati's team jumped to a 10-point lead at 38-28 on a driving layup by Stefano Mancinelli with less than a minute in the half.

Germany's second-half hopes brightened as Marco Pesic hit a three-pointer with five seconds left and Nowitzki hit a desperation three at the buzzer for the 38-34 halftime score.

Femerling proved too much down low over a seven-minute stretch and helped the Germans build a 64-54 lead with 7:38 left in the game.

But Italy grabbed a half-dozen offensive rebounds and Basile capped off the brilliant effort with a three-pointer to start the 15-4 run.

"That was a big possession," Dante Calabria said. "And we had good shots too and missed them. But that was a confidence builder."

"We had them where we wanted them," Germany's Sven Schultze said. "And we had the last second shot (by Nowitzki)."

Basile hit two free throws to push the lead to 74-71 before Roller hit his three-pointer with 24.7 seconds left in regulation.

In the extra session, Galanda's first three made it 81-76. Nowitzki answered to make it 81-81. But Galanda struck a second time with 34 seconds left after Nowitzki failed to block his shot.

The 2003 bronze medalists and 2004 Olympic silver medalists Italy next face Russia in the first game on Saturday followed by Germany against Ukraine.

Top performers

Germany Italy

Dirk Nowitzki

 

Gianluca Basile

27Pts25
15Reb4
3AS2
2ST1
2BS0

Accumulated statistics

Germany Italy
27/65FG M/A33/70
20/39 (51.3%) FG2P M/A24/46 (52.2%)
7/26 (26.9%) FG3P M/A9/24 (37.5%)
21/31 (67.7%) FT M/A9/20 (45.0%)
43 (13-30) Reb (O-D) 41 (12-29)
10AS13
12TO10
6ST6
4BS3
23PF21
82Pts84

PHOTO GALLERY

GERMANY
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Demirel, M. 91/333.31/333.30/00.00/00.0000020032
5Garrett, R. DNP
*6Greene, D. 351/714.31/425.00/30.04/580.0134200146
7Pesic, M. 311/520.00/10.01/425.01/250.0022111034
*8Wucherer, D. 100/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000010040
*9Roller, P. 326/1060.04/666.72/450.00/00.01563110214
10Nikagbatse, M. 181/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0325111012
11Schultze, S. 132/450.02/366.70/10.02/2100.0101010026
12Arigbabu, S. 61/1100.01/1100.00/00.01/250.0011010013
*13Femerling, P. 296/1060.06/1060.00/00.06/1060.03470311218
*14Nowitzki, D. 428/2334.84/944.44/1428.67/1070.0312153122127
15Maras, R. DNP
TEAM/COACH11200
TOTAL27/ 6541.520/ 3951.37/ 2626.921/3167.71330431012642382
ITALY
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
*4Calabria, D. 251/714.31/425.00/30.01/250.0033200013
*5Basile, G. 328/1650.05/862.53/837.56/1060.00442110425
*6Galanda, G. 344/944.40/40.04/580.00/00.064101210312
7Soragna, M. 205/771.44/580.01/250.00/20.01450010011
8Marconato, D. 213/560.03/560.00/00.00/10.0145100226
9Pozzecco, G. 132/633.32/540.00/10.00/00.0000221024
10Righetti, A. 132/450.02/450.00/00.00/00.0011200004
11Mancinelli, S. 273/742.93/560.00/20.00/10.0145112136
*12Bulleri, M. 163/475.02/366.71/1100.02/2100.0011230029
13Mordente, M. 152/450.02/2100.00/20.00/00.0224000024
*14Chiacig, R. 80/10.00/10.00/00.00/20.0123000020
15Gigli, A. DNP
TEAM/COACH00010
TOTAL33/ 7047.124/ 4652.29/ 2437.59/2045.01229411310632184
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

Germany Italy

Dirk Nowitzki

 

Gianluca Basile

27Pts25
15Reb4
3AS2
2ST1
2BS0
42Min32

TEAM STATS

Germany Italy
27/65FG M/A33/70
20/39 (51.3%) FG2P M/A24/46 (52.2%)
7/26 (26.9%) FG3P M/A9/24 (37.5%)
21/31 (67.7%) FT M/A9/20 (45.0%)
43 (13-30) Reb (O-D) 41 (12-29)
10AS13
12TO10
6ST6
4BS3
23PF21
82Pts84

GAME PREVIEW

15.09.2005
Italy look for same old recipe against Germany

Olympic silver medalists and 2003 EuroBasket bronze-winning Italy look to continue their continental dominance against Germany on Friday when both sides begin their quest for 2005 gold in Vrsac.

Italy have never lost to the Germans in 10 EuroBasket matches. Their last matchup came at Sweden 2003 as Massimo Bulleri made four free throws in the waning moments to give Italy an 86-82 victory in the elimination round.

Gianluca Basile (Italy)
Gianluca Basile
Carlo Recalcati's team went on to capture bronze, surprising many since his team lacked the NBA talent other squads could bolster. 

The Azzurri bettered their performance at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, collecting silver.

But Recalcaiti's troops will be the hunted instead of the hunters at EuroBasket 2005. 

"If we want to reach the podium again, our team ethic has to be stronger than the others," said Recalcati, whose team is in Group A with Germany, Russia and Ukraine. "If not, we're a normal team, like all the others, able to beat anybody and that at the same time can be beaten by all the others."

Italy are fighting some injury concerns as their starting backcourt of Gianluca Basile (back) and Gianmarco Pozzecco (right thigh) were both banged up late in the preparation phase to EuroBasket.

And the team has admitted it's fatigued coming into the tourney.

"We are probably the oldest team going into the EuroBasket tournament, and we haven't quite adapted to this situation," said Recalcati, who will also rely on Alex Righetti, Dante Calabria and Roberto Chiacig.

Germany and their Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki will be out for revenge for the loss in Sweden as well as their 97-79 pounding against Italy in a warmup on September 6 in Athens.

And Nowitzki will obviously be the key for Dirk Bauermann's team. 

Dirk Nowitzki shooting over Tim Duncan
Dirk Nowitzki
"But one player cannot win a game alone. If Dirk is covered really tough, other guys are going to have to pick up their games," Bauermann said.

A big help for Nowitzki will be the return of Panathinaikos Athens center Patrick Femerling, who was out with a knee operation.

"Patrick's overall presence makes him one of the best defensive centers in Europe and an important option in the offence;" Bauermann said.

But the 1993 European champions have been decimated by injuries, missing veteran Ademola Okulaja, Steffen Hamann and Stefano Garris.

The later two are guards, which could prove Germany's weak spot - especially against Italy's strong backcourt.

The Germans gave up 19 turnovers in their final warmup against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Germany-Italy game will be followed later Friday by the Russia-Ukraine showdown.