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Group:  C | 05.09.2011, 18:00h
Group:  C | 05.09.2011, 18:00h
74-69
25 - 1319 - 1414 - 1816 - 24
25 - 1319 - 1414 - 1816 - 24
Venue: Alytus (LTU) |
Spectators: 1200 |
Referees: Miguel Perez Perez (ESP), Robert Lottermoser (GER), Juris Kokainis (LAT)

GAME REPORT


Croatia Crash Out After Nail Biter

Turning Point: With his team up 66-63, Greece's Antonis Fotsis made a big-time three-pointer from the corner to stretch the lead and, in the end, it was a cushion they desperately needed.

Game Heroes: Antonis Fotsis was on fire from downtown all game long, hitting five triples on his way to a 17-point haul, while Nick Calathes was not exactly clinical shooting-wise, but grabbed eight rebounds, handed out four assists and also got four steals.

Stats Don't Lie: Croatia laboured from the perimeter and may have been successful had they managed more than four of 17.



Croatia crashed out of the tournament after paying the price for a terrible start in a dramatic game against Greece.

Knowing they had to find a win to go through, Croatia were dreadful during the first half and found themselves down by as many as 20 points giving them a mountain to climb.

To their credit, they showed real heart in the second half and almost accomplished a legendary comeback.

They were eventually pipped 74-69 to leave Greece breathing a sizeable sigh of relief with Coach Ilias Zouros and his players having almost snatched a defeat from the jaws of victory.

The result also maintains the hopes of Finland who could join Greece and F.Y.R. of Macedonia in progressing to Vilnius for Round 2 if the latter beats Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last game of Group C.

Both sides knew victory would secure their spot, but a disappointing Croatia side was simply blown away during the opening two quarters.

At its peak, a Kostas Vasileiadis Vaselidas three-pointer made it a 43-23 lead for Greece and Croatia didn't look to have the stomach for a fight.

Whatever Croatian coach Josip Vrankovic said to his players in the locker room at the break certainly had an effect.

His team launched a stirring fight-back, which while ultimately doomed, helped set up a thrilling conclusion.

Croatia worked hard to cut the gap to single digits by the start of the fourth and things became incredibly tense when they managed to make it 69-67 with 24 seconds left but Greece held their nerve on the free-throw line.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

35.6%

21/59
FG
M/A

40.0%

26/65

36.4%

12/33
FG2P
M/A

45.8%

22/48

34.6%

9/26
FG3P
M/A

23.5%

4/17

85.2%

23/27
FT
M/A

81.3%

13/16

38

11/27
RT
RO/RD

39

13/26

12

AS

13

9

TO

9

6

ST

4

5

BS

3

20

PF

25

74

Pts

69

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