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Group:  D | 05.09.2011, 18:00h
Group:  D | 05.09.2011, 18:00h
64-65
19 - 1621 - 1815 - 199 - 12
19 - 1621 - 1815 - 199 - 12
Venue: Klapieda (LTU) |
Spectators: 4300 |
Referees: Juan Arteaga (ESP), Ilija Belosevic (SRB), Olegs Latisevs (LAT)

GAME REPORT


Monya Gives Russia Group D title

Turning Point: Sergey Monya made a tough jumper from just inside the arc with a hand in his face with 0.2 seconds on the game clock to give Russia a 65-64 win.

Game Hero: Monya didn't make a single field goal in six attempts before the deciding shot that gave Russia the top spot in Group D.

Stats Don't Lie: There was only one lead change in the entire game and that was when Monya sank that game-winning shot.



A huge shot by Sergey Monya with 0.2 seconds left to play gave Russia a 65-64 win over Slovenia and the top spot in Group D at Klaipeda on Monday evening.

Russia finished the Preliminary Round with a perfect 5-0 record and won the group title.

Slovenia dropped their first game in the championship just before the buzzer to finish the group with a 4-1 record in the second place.

Andrey Vorontsevich was on fire and finished with 18 points on 57% shooting, while Viktor Khryapa added 10 points.

Andrei Kirilenko had eight points for Russia but shot just 30% from the floor and spent most of the closing minutes on the bench, from where he saw his team-mates bring the game to last seconds decision.

Monya made just one shot the entire game, the go-ahead basket right before the final buzzer. The value of those points was heavier than others.

Erazem Lorbek had 16 points, five rebounds and five assists and was Slovenia's only player to score in double-digits.

For 39 minutes, 59 seconds and eight tenth of a second there was one leader in the game - Slovenia.

Nevertheless Russia were always close behind, most times by no less than three points, but could never convert.

That changed when Monya hit the clutch shot that pushed the Russian fans to the roof.

A great atmosphere, that made the contest feel like the EuroBasket Final, created the best surroundings for a great game.

Lorbek gave Slovenia a 64-61 lead with 2:11 to play, but Vorontsevich answered quickly to make it a one-point game again.

A great steal by Russia saw Khryapa with a chance to put his team on top for the first time, but on the way to the basket he met Goran Dragic and committed an offensive foul that was also his fifth.

Slovenia missed a pair from the free-throw line and then turned the ball over, but Russia failed to score and Slovenia had the ball with 37 seconds to play.

Jaka Lakovic took a shot right before the shot clock expired, but it rimmed out and Russia had the last chance.

Coach David Blatt called a timeout with seven seconds on the game clock and it led to Monya's game-winning shot that will give Russia a big advantage in the next round.

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

37.5%

21/56
FG
M/A

44.3%

27/61

45.5%

15/33
FG2P
M/A

48.8%

21/43

26.1%

6/23
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

6/18

72.7%

16/22
FT
M/A

41.7%

5/12

39

15/24
RT
RO/RD

33

12/21

10

AS

19

15

TO

10

3

ST

7

2

BS

2

17

PF

23

64

Pts

65

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