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Group:  G | 18.07.2011, 14:00h
Group:  G | 18.07.2011, 14:00h
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14 - 1916 - 1418 - 1713 - 14
Venue: Bilbao (ESP) |
Spectators: 50 |
Referees: Oscar Lefwerth (SWE), Marcin Kowalski (POL), Sergey Mikhaylov (RUS)

GAME REPORT


Austria Beat Croatia In Historic First

The U20 European Championship Men does not seize to amaze, this time with a 64-41 win of Austria over Croatia in the 13-16 Classification Round.

It has been 35 years since the last time a youth national team from Austria won a game in a European Championship, back then a 66-30 victory over Scotland. 

This win is however the very first for Austria at the U20 age group in Division A. 

Keeping in mind the last time the senior national team of Austria won a game in the same stage was in the 1950's, today's result is certainly a mark in history books, first of Austrian basketball, then of European basketball and probably also of the Croatian one.

Austria now take a 1-0 record in the group while Croatia fell to 0-1 as the teams will continue to battle against relegation with Lithuania and Serbia.

The top scorer of Austria for a change wasn't Anton Maresch but Lukas Linzer with 14 points.

Maresch added a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards while Jozo Rados finished with 10.

Croatia saw Luka Babic make 18 and Ivan Batur added 16.

A close race for 40 minutes in which no side managed to take a substantial lead was eventually decided only in the last minute.

Down by three points and 13 ticks on the game clock Croatia had the ball, but was sent to the foul line.

Babic hit the first but missed the second, yet Domagoj Bubalo was first on the rebound and with a tip-in tied the score at 60-60.

Maresch replied with a pair from the charity stripe and next was Bubalo shooting two for Croatia.

He made just the first, and cut the gap to just a point, but now it was Babic's turn to pay back and he was first on the offensive rebound, and walked to the foul line as well.

Yet Babic was also not focused  and missed twice, but once again Bubalo was first yet his tip-in, this time, went out and allowed Austria to push the gap to three, 64-61, from the foul line.

Croatia called for a time out and Boris Barac had a chance to force overtime yet his shot went out and saw Austria mark a historical day in Bilbao.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

33.3%

21/63
FG
M/A

38.2%

26/68

39.4%

13/33
FG2P
M/A

43.1%

25/58

26.7%

8/30
FG3P
M/A

10.0%

1/10

55.0%

11/20
FT
M/A

78.6%

11/14

41

13/28
RT
RO/RD

49

14/35

14

AS

14

15

TO

15

7

ST

5

4

BS

3

20

PF

20

61

Pts

64

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