Hungary Win 2nd Straight Against Czechs

15 July 2014

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14. Márton Molnár (Hungary)
Marton Molnar collected a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double for the winners

Hungary picked up on Tuesday a second win in as many games in the Classification Games for 13th to 20th Place as they pulled away from the Czech Republic in the third quarter for a 73-64 success.

Turning Point: The Czechs were leading 40-38 midway through the third frame when Kristof Simon drove to the Czech basket, scored with a lay-up and drew the foul. The Hungarian winger converted the and-one play to pull Hungary ahead 41-40 and ignite a 13-0 run for his team that enabled them to grab a 51-40 cushion with 2:47 remaining to the third buzzer.

Game Hero: Marton Molnar was by far the most economical Hungarian player as he went 6-for-8 from the floor and collected his first double-double in the tournament, finishing with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Stats Don't Lie: Hungary ran in the open floor at every half-chance they got and scored 12 points in transition, while the Czechs got only four points in transition, an enormous difference in a game where both sides were not very accurate with their shooting in halfcourt basketball.

The Bottom Line: Hungary have improved to 2-0 in Group H and, should Germany defeat Russia later on Tuesday, they will secure a top-two finish in the group. On the contrary, the Czech Republic are hoping that Russia beats Germany, otherwise they lose any chance of avoiding a bottom-two finish.


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