|It was Amar Gegic left with the responsibility of hitting the game-winning lay-up|
Bosnia and Herzegovina recovered from a third-quarter lapse to hand Croatia a crushing 65-64 defeat in their opening game of the U16 European Championship in Ogre on Wednesday.
Turning Point: After surging into the lead behind a fantastic 14-0 third-quarter burst, Croatia appeared to have come out on top in the tit-for-tat battle that followed in the final stanza. But when Njegos Sikiras hit a fast-break three-pointer to bring Bosnia and Herzegovina back within one with 25 seconds to play it allowed Mateo Zovko to come up with a shock steal for Amar Gegic to score the game-winning lay-up - before he snatched another to deny Croatia a shot to steal the victory.
Game Hero: Gegic controlled the game on both ends for much of the first half but, like many of his team-mates, was unable to make an impact during the third quarter. Zovko was undoubtedly the star however with his two crucial takeaways effectively winning a game that appeared to be lost.
Stats Don't Lie: 21 of Croatia's total points came as a result of second chance opportunities, by virtue of 26 offensive boards. Had it not been for these, the game would not have been close.
The Bottom Line: Having performed so well to drag themselves back into the game, Croatia will be crushed by the manner of this defeat, with the lead and the ball in their hands with less than 20 seconds to play. Conversely, this will give Bosnia and Herzegovina a huge lift and a great chance of progressing.