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Group:  B | 05.08.2010, 18:45h
Group:  B | 05.08.2010, 18:45h
55-53
9 - 1116 - 1719 - 1111 - 14
9 - 1116 - 1719 - 1111 - 14
Venue: Bar (MNE) |
Spectators: 50 |
Referees: Boris Schmidt (GER), Gentian Cici (ALB), Matthew John Beattie (AUS)

GAME REPORT


On The Map

History took place as Denmark sprang a huge upset in Group B's opener by defeating Greece 55-53 at the Osnovna Skola Jugoslavija arena in Bar, Montenegro on a Thursday evening.

This was the first ever game for Denmark in Division A and obviously their first ever win, that for now give them a 1-0 balance in the group while Greece is down 0-1.

Tomorrow Denmark will try to remain perfect against Lithuania, while Greece will attempt to recover versus France.

Peter Moeller led Denmark with 15 points while Rasmus Larsen scored 13 with nine rebounds and David Knudsen scoring 13 as well.

Diamantis Slaftsakis was the top performer for Greece with 12 points and 13 rebounds while Kyprianos Maragkos added 19 and eight rebounds.

A close game for 40 minutes saw Denmark stepping up in the last minutes, and teach Greece how to win a low-score close game in the last minute coming from behind.

Knudsen hit a big three pointer to put his team on top from the last time and shock Greece in the first day of the championship.

Knudsen also started the game with a hit from the perimeter but Greece answered with a 2-9 run and eventually held a 9-11 gap after 10 minutes.

The Greeks climbed to a five point difference which Denmark quickly shut down, and entered the half time break still down by a bit, 25-28.

Maragkos scored twice around the rim and added a hook as the Greeks took a 34-39 difference, yet for the next five minutes didn't added a point and saw Denmark collect 10 in a row to take the lead, 44-39.

Inside the last four minutes Knudsen scored a lay up to register a 51-47 in favor of his team, but then it seemed like the classic scenario as Slaftsakis led him team on a 0-6 run to take the be on top once again 51-53 and a bit more than a minute to play.

Before it was too late Knudsen stepped up with his big hit from long distance, and after Greece missed two chances to take the lead it was Moeller who sank another one from the line with 12 seconds to go.

The last ball was in Greek's hands and a chance to win, but the ball went out and allowed the Danish side to start the big celebration of a historical game.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

36.2%

21/58
FG
M/A

32.9%

23/70

40.5%

15/37
FG2P
M/A

40.8%

20/49

28.6%

6/21
FG3P
M/A

14.3%

3/21

41.2%

7/17
FT
M/A

50.0%

4/8

52

18/34
RT
RO/RD

44

17/27

9

AS

7

19

TO

11

8

ST

7

2

BS

3

10

PF

18

55

Pts

53

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