|An Anton Maresch jump shot just before the final buzzer gave Austria their second consecutive win against Croatia|
Some might call it a huge upset, but for the second time in less than a week Austria beat Croatia, this time 61-59 to improve their chances to stay in the top division against all odds.
Austria now jumped to a 2-2 record, yet are still in danger to drop down.
Croatia fell to a 1-3 record and right now share the last two spots in the group, that lead to Division B, with Lithuania.
Anton Maresch was on fire and scored almost one third of his team's points, as he gathered 19 while adding eight rebounds.
Thomas Klepeisz had 12 points and three assists next to him.
Boris Barac led Croatia with 19 points and seven rebounds, Ivan Mikulic added 14 and three assists.
Austira scored the first eight points, and with a second quarter run jumped to a 16-point lead, 30-14, that by half-time was cut by just two points, 34-20.
Croatia came back from the locker room with great energies and took a 2-20 run in five minutes, but Austria woke up on time as the lead started to change hands.
Domagoj Bubalo put Croatia on top, 55-59, with 3:20 to play but from that point on they didn't add a single point.
A Maresch jumper was followed by a pair from the foul line by Romed Vieider and after a turnover by Barac, the floor was left to the Austrian executor.
Maresch took his team by the hand and with the last tick on the game clock released a jumper that sank inside the net and amazed Croatia once again.