Slovenia Grab Bronze Medal

23.07.2006

Emir Preldzic scored 29 points as Slovenia secured the bronze medal at the OSTCHEM U20 European Championship Men with an 83-75 victory over Italy.

Preldzic scored five points in a crucial 9-0 fourth quarter run as Slovenia pulled ahead 72-63 with 3:28 remaining in the game.

Italy would not get closer than five points during the rest of the game.

Besides Preldzic's performance, Slovenia also received double-digit scoring from Jaka Klobucar (15), Dejan Hohler (13), Gasper Vidmar (10) and Aljosa Remus (10).

Ivan Scarponi and Luigi Da Tome each scored 14 points, and Luca Vital and Luca Lechthaler chipped in with 11 points apiece for the Italians.

Slovenia pulled ahead 21-14 after the first quarter and then extended the lead to 11 points - 33-22 - with Klobucar's free throws midway through the second quarter.

After Slovenia led 39-35 at half-time, Italy took their first lead of the game 42-41 on Da Tome's three-pointer.

The teams were tied 57-57 after three quarters only for Slovenia to pull away with Preldzic`s scoring run.


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