Austria Outgun Luxembourg



24. Rasid Mahalbasic (Austria)
Rasid Mahalbasic had yet another great game against Luxembourg

Austria scored 66 points during an 18-minute stretch bridging the second and third quarters and cruised to an 111-77 win over Luxembourg at home, in EuroBasket 2015 1st Qualification Round Group C action.

Luxembourg scored the first four points in the second frame to tie the scores at 21 and, at that point, probably even the most optimistic fan in the local crowd could not have predicted what the following 18 minutes of the clash would entail.

Austria, as if someone suddenly had turned on a switch, upped their tempo, provoked turnovers, found easy baskets in the open floor (31 fast-break points) and started hitting their shots with admirable precision to score 66 points in two nine-minute spurts either side of the half-time interval.

By the time the Austrians shifted back into lower gears, there was one minute left to play in the third quarter and they were leading 87-50.

Big man Rasid Mahalbasic registered a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds for Austria and five more of his team-mates scored in double digits.

Christopher Jones finished with a game-high 22 points for Luxembourg in defeat.


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