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07.08.2011, 18:00h
07.08.2011, 18:00h
53-61
9 - 1412 - 197 - 919 - 56 - 14
9 - 1412 - 197 - 919 - 56 - 14
Venue: Pardubice (CZE) |
Spectators: 4000 |
Referees: Jurgis Laurinavicius (LTU), Tomislav Vovk (CRO), Antonis Demetriou (CYP)

GAME REPORT


Spain Take Bronze In Overtime Thriller

by Dan Casey

Spain needed overtime to defeat France and claim the bronze medal with a 61-53 win.

The top two defenses in the tournament faced off in the game for 3rd place and the it was a predictably tight, physical encounter.

The French team will be gutted after pouring so much effort into a fourth-quarter comeback, but Spanish guard Ignasi Moix will be relieved his team survived the overtime period after missing a pair of free throws with 3 seconds remaining in regulation.

Ilimane Diop scored Spain's first four points, and it took France 3:35 to register their first score, a Damien Inglis three-pointer. Arthur Rozenfeld drove inside to hit a tough lay-up to cut Spain's lead to 14-9 at the end of the first period.

David Iriarte hit a jump-shot to beat the shot-clock buzzer in the second quarter and maintain Spain's advantage at 20-15. The Spanish offense then started clicking into gear as Jose Nogues and Moix hit three-pointers, and Alberto Martin found Carlos Garcia inside to extend the lead to 33-18.

Trailing by 12 at half-time, the French were frustrated in their efforts to come back in the third quarter. France began the period with a 7-2 run, but were held scorerless for the final 3:10 as Spain responded with a 7-0 run. Diop passed out of the post for Moix to hit a three-pointer, and Martin made a tough driving lay-up to re-instate Spain's 12-point advantage.

France had one last chance to stake their claim for the bronze medal, and responded by holding Spain to just 5 points in the final period. Two early steals set the tone, Thomas Ville passing to Inglis for a lay-up and then Paul Rigot taking his steal all the way for a dunk.

Nogues fouled Inglis on a three-point attempt and Inglis calmly knocked down all three free throws, but the lead was still 9 points. The lead was cut to six points on Olivier Yao-Delon's three-pointer, and the score remained at 46-40 for the next 3:44 as both defenses clamped down in a tense finale. During the scoreless period, Inglis picked up his fifth foul of the game competing for a rebound.

But France survived the loss of their captain as Paul-Lou Duwiquet drove inside to break the drought and convert a three-point play. Duwiquet then drew an offensive foul on Spanish captain Agusti Sans on the next play.

Ferran Ventura made one free throw to put Spain 47-43 ahead with 0:43 remaining, but Rozenfeld quickly got inside to draw a goal-tending call on Diop and cut the lead to two points. Spain couldn't get a shot off on the ensuing possession, and French coach Tahar Assed-Liegeon called time-out with 0:09 remaining.

Rozenfeld drove baseline from the inbounds, drew the foul and watched as his lay-up rolled agonisingly out of the basket. But he got up to calmly hit the game-tying free throws, and Moix couldn't hit his free-throws so the game went to overtime.

Ardia Cantenys opened the extra period with a three-pointer, and Spain never trailed. Despite losing Martin and Sans as both fouled out, the Spanish team retained their composure to score their final 8 points from the free-throw line. The French team tried to come back again, but after Rozenfeld's tough drive and floater over Diop, the French team couldn't score in the final 1:39 as the Spanish defense held firm to secure the bronze medal which had so nearly slipped away from them.

The Spanish defense held France to 31% shooting in the contest and forced 27 turnovers. Diop's double-double included four of the free throws down the stretch as he tallied 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Nogues added 10 points and 9 rebounds. It is Spain's 5th medal in the last 7 years.

Inglis, Rozenfeld and Rigot top-scored for France with 10 points, Rigot adding 9 rebounds and Inglis with 2 blocked shots. France's 4th place is their best ranking since 2008.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

30.6%

19/62
FG
M/A

34.0%

17/50

43.2%

16/37
FG2P
M/A

36.4%

12/33

12.0%

3/25
FG3P
M/A

29.4%

5/17

63.2%

12/19
FT
M/A

57.9%

22/38

36

8/28
RT
RO/RD

50

14/36

10

AS

10

17

TO

27

12

ST

8

4

BS

4

35

PF

23

53

Pts

61

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