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Group:  E | 03.08.2011, 20:15h
Group:  E | 03.08.2011, 20:15h
72-74
17 - 2114 - 1115 - 1626 - 26
17 - 2114 - 1115 - 1626 - 26
Venue: Pardubice (CZE) |
Spectators: 300 |
Referees: Ioannis Foufis (GRE), Tomislav Vovk (CRO), Vladimir Tsekov (BUL)

GAME REPORT


Spain Eliminate Serbia In Thriller

by Dan Casey

7. Agusti Sans (Spain)
Agusti Sans led the Spain attack with 16 points, also hauling in 11 rebounds

In a tense finale in Pardubice, Spain held on for a 74-72 victory to eliminate Serbia.

Entering the game, Serbia knew that a win would secure their progress. But they were playing against a tough Spanish side who have won every game in their U16 European Championship Men campaign since an opening-day defeat to the Czech Republic.

Spain began brightly and a three-pointer from Jose Nogues capped an 8-2 run, forcing Serbian coach Sasa Nikitovic to call time-out after 1:37 of the game.

The coach's advice helped his team back into the game and Dusan Ristic scored to put them 15-13 ahead. But Spain closed the period as they began it, another 8-2 run giving the Spanish team a 21-17 lead.

The second quarter saw an increase in defense, but Brano Djukanovic was able to escape and put back his own miss to make the score 32-31, a one-point lead for Spain.

Serbia forged ahead at the start of the third quarter, but Ferran Ventura ended the period with a three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to give Spain a 48-46 advantage.

In the final period, Ristic scored with a dunk to cut Spain's lead to three, but Spain scored the next five points and led 66-58 with 1:49 remaining.

With their tournament on the line, the Serbian team would not give up easily and Ristic cut the lead to four with 0:30 remaining. Serbia fouled to stop the clock, but Agusti Sans was 5-6 from the line in the closing seconds, and Spain needed all the points because Marko Guduric hit two three-pointers to increase the pressure. But ultimately Serbia's comeback fell short.

Sans recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Javier De La Blanca contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds. Ventura added 15 points and Ilimane Diop blocked 5 shots. Serbia were led by 17 points from Djukanovic, and Guduric added 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Spain will play Turkey in Friday's Quarter-Final in Pardubice.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

43.3%

29/67
FG
M/A

39.3%

24/61

49.0%

25/51
FG2P
M/A

41.0%

16/39

25.0%

4/16
FG3P
M/A

36.4%

8/22

45.5%

10/22
FT
M/A

62.1%

18/29

37

14/23
RT
RO/RD

46

16/30

11

AS

12

13

TO

18

8

ST

6

3

BS

7

26

PF

25

72

Pts

74

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