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Group:  B | 10.08.2014, 20:30h
Group:  B | 10.08.2014, 20:30h
53-62
15 - 2012 - 176 - 1120 - 14
15 - 2012 - 176 - 1120 - 14
Venue: Samokov (BUL) |
Spectators: 1200 |
Referees: Borys Shulga (UKR), Evgeny Vetrov (RUS), Ciprian Stoica (ROU)

GAME REPORT


Dutch Out-Muscle Bulgaria On The Road

13. Arvin Slagter (Netherlands)
Arvin Slagter had a game-high 18 points for the Dutch

Netherlands made the most of their size advantage on Sunday to down Bulgaria 62-53 on the road on Day 1 of EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round Group B action.

The Dutch side out-rebounded their hosts 47 to 32 and scored 36 of their points close to the rim, while Bulgaria only got 10 of their points in the paint.

There was nothing to separate the two opponents during the first 15 minutes of what was a low-scoring affair, but the Netherlands managed to grind out a 37-27 lead by the half-time interval, on the back of 10 first-half points from Arvin Slagter.

Thomas Koenis made a lay-up with just 26 seconds left in the third period to cap off a Dutch burst and gift his team their biggest lead all night, 48-33.

It seemed almost impossible for Bulgaria, who had scored only six points in the entire third quarter, to come back from this, but Bozhidar Avramov did not lose his faith.

The Bulgarian point guard, who scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the final quarter, instigated a 10-0 rally for his team at the start of the final frame and dished out an assist to Stanimir Marinov who drilled a triple and reduced the gap to 52-50, with 3:27 remaining on the clock.

It seemed like Bulgaria had succeeded in turning the tide and could complete their comeback with the support of the local crowd in the final minutes, but Slagter was in no mood for a dramatic finale.

The Dutch guard drilled two triples within 25 seconds to increase his team's lead to 58-50 with 2:32 left to play and dash Bulgaria's hopes, as Bulgaria only managed to score one basket after that.

Slagter finished with a game-high 18 points and added three assists and center Nick Oudendag chipped in with 13 points and nine rebounds for the winners.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Bulgaria vs. Netherlands

Georgi Mladenov, Bulgaria Head Coach
"We were lacking in experience. We were confused that we may lose our first game at home. It is not possible to win when you score 52 points. We were weak on rebounding. We made too many easy mistakes. Now we look forward. We are going to Montenegro to win. The boys played their best and fought till the very end although it looked like we had no chances anymore. It is my fault and to my staff that we lost today. The boys played with heart."

Bozhidar Avramov, Bulgaria
"We are not totally disappointed, we played hard and there were some chances in the end. We are looking forward. We started with less self-confidence, but we are a really young team. We could win this game but then we fell in collapse. We have to communicate better on the court."

Worthy De Jong, Netherlands
"It was a tough game, especially the fourth quarter when we were under big pressure. We made a lot of turnovers and they made a lot of points. Number 10 of the home team (Bozhidar Avramov) made some good shots and three-pointers. We kept strong, we stayed together. We are a young team and this win gives us a good position."

Toon Van Helfteren, Netherlands Head Coach
"I am very satisfied with the win. It was a tough game. For us it was 'play the game and try to win the game.' We have to be realistic, we played as guests. I think that today our defence won the game, The home team only made 53 points, that says a lot. We are a very inexperienced team, but I am happy that the young players know how to play defence."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

31.6%

18/57
FG
M/A

40.7%

24/59

32.0%

8/25
FG2P
M/A

43.5%

20/46

31.3%

10/32
FG3P
M/A

30.8%

4/13

53.8%

7/13
FT
M/A

62.5%

10/16

32

8/24
RT
RO/RD

47

14/33

12

AS

14

15

TO

17

7

ST

7

2

BS

1

18

PF

19

53

Pts

62

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