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Group:  B | 30.07.2011, 15:45h
Group:  B | 30.07.2011, 15:45h
91-85
29 - 2726 - 1621 - 3215 - 10
29 - 2726 - 1621 - 3215 - 10
Venue: Pardubice (CZE) |
Spectators: 350 |
Referees: Jurgis Laurinavicius (LTU), Sigmundur Herbertsson (ISL), Athanasios Ikonomou (SWE)

GAME REPORT


Russia Overcome Battling Montenegro

by Dan Casey

10. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (Russia)
Viacheslav Fedorchenko of Russia could not be stopped by Montenegro as he poured in 31 points

Montenegro showed their battling qualities again, but Russia held on for a 91-85 win in Pardubice.

Montenegro will move to the Relegation Round and hope to preserve Division A status, but they shouldn't be ashamed after another close game.

Montenegro trailed by 12 at half-time, but Stanko Latkovic (21 points) and Luka Savic (19 points and 8 rebounds) led a fourth-quarter rally. Ultimately, turnovers and missed shots cost the Montenegro team down the stretch.

Russia were thankful for another 30-point display from Viacheslav Fedorchenko, who followed 33 points yesterday vs Serbia with 31 points today.

Big man Pavel Sizov added 23 points and 8 rebounds, his reliable jump-shot often helping his team in times of crisis. Alexander Gankevich scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and 3 steals, igniting the first-half surge that pushed Russia ahead.

Russia led by only 2 points, 29-27, after an exciting first-quarter with both teams pushing hard and hitting many shots.

Russia's superior passing and inside strength saw them slowly edge ahead in the second quarter to take a 55-43 lead at half-time.

But Montenegro came back with a 32-point third quarter to set up a tense finale. Russia trailed 78-80, but a 9-0 spurt led by Fedorchenko, Sizov and Sergey Zhulkov gave them enough points to secure victory and a place in the Qualifying Round.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

39.0%

30/77
FG
M/A

53.6%

30/56

43.5%

27/62
FG2P
M/A

62.8%

27/43

20.0%

3/15
FG3P
M/A

23.1%

3/13

73.7%

28/38
FT
M/A

73.3%

22/30

45

23/22
RT
RO/RD

34

5/29

10

AS

13

13

TO

17

10

ST

6

2

BS

4

28

PF

34

91

Pts

85

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