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Group:  F | 02.08.2011, 20:15h
Group:  F | 02.08.2011, 20:15h
56-69
13 - 2116 - 1216 - 2111 - 15
13 - 2116 - 1216 - 2111 - 15
Venue: Pardubice (CZE) |
Spectators: 100 |
Referees: Boris Schmidt (GER), Alakbar Hasanov (AZE), Carlos Cortes (ESP)

GAME REPORT


Croatia March On, Beat Latvia

by Dan Casey

8. Mario Hezonja (Croatia)
Mario Hezonja was cold from the floor, shooting 3/13 FG, but helped Croatia with 10 rebounds

Croatia maintained their perfect record at the U16 European Championship Men with a 69-56 win over Latvia.

After a slow start, Croatia closed the first quarter with a a 12-2 run to surge ahead.

Latvia closed the second half with some defensive pressure, and an Armands Ginters lay-up cut the lead to two, 31-29.

But Dorian Jelenek hit a buzzer-beater to make the half-time score 33-29 to Croatia.

Croatia began the third quarter slowly as well, and a lay-up from Rolands Smits gave Latvia a 37-35 lead.

Croatia's defensive intensity picked up to hold the Latvia offense to just 6 points in the rest of the period and take a 54-45 lead. They held Latvia to 11 points in the final period to secure victory.

Croatia's edge on the boards was the decisive factor in the contest as they out-rebounded their opponents 53-36.

Tomislav Gabric recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Mario Hezonja added 8 points and 10 rebounds. Croatia were led by 15 points from Marko Arapovic and 13 points from Paolo Marinelli.

Latvia's top-scorer was Davis Geks with 16 points. Latvia will play Italy tomorrow and the winner will take the final Quater-Final spot from Qualifying Round Group F.

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

37.9%

25/66
FG
M/A

36.6%

26/71

47.6%

20/42
FG2P
M/A

42.9%

24/56

20.8%

5/24
FG3P
M/A

13.3%

2/15

25.0%

1/4
FT
M/A

78.9%

15/19

36

10/26
RT
RO/RD

53

21/32

14

AS

9

15

TO

16

9

ST

6

0

BS

1

22

PF

13

56

Pts

69

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