Switzerland Set The Pace



Dusan Mladjan (Switzerland)
Dusan Mladjan was in fine form against Denmark, striking from beyond the arc on six occasions

Switzerland stayed perfect in Group C of the EuroBasket 2015 1st Qualification Round with a 66-65 win in Denmark on Saturday behind the dead-eye distance shooting of Dusan Mladjan.

The Swiss swingman was instrumental in the victory that keeps his team in the group's top spot as he scored 26 points, 18 of them coming from three-point range, and at crucial times.

Mladjan needed to be on form too as Denmark started brilliantly. The hosts' early lead was stretched to 21-12 when Nicolai Iversen nailed a three-pointer.

Switzerland were not to be beaten that easily however and they scored the final three points of the first half to trail by just one (36-35) at the break.

The third quarter belonged to the visitors as they went on a 9-0 tear, which included four points from Oliver Vogt and one of Mladjan's triples, as they took the lead, 44-38.

This set up a tense final stanza and Denmark regained the lead at 59-56 when Esben Reinholt attacked the rim and made the lay-up.

Then came Mladjan's moment. He hit back almost instantly from beyond the arc and when Alexander Bak's retort rebounded into his hands, Mladjan sprinted up court and connected on another three to turn the game on its head.

Jonathan Kazadi followed this up with a two-point jump shot for Switzerland and despite a brave effort, Denmark could not come back as the Swiss controlled the clock.

Mladjan had nine rebounds to go with his 26 points and Reinholt racked up 16 for Denmark.

The Swiss face winless Luxembourg next on Tuesday while Denmark travel to second-placed Austria.


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