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Group:  G | 10.08.2014, 16:00h
Group:  G | 10.08.2014, 16:00h
79-77
21 - 2221 - 1524 - 1013 - 30
21 - 2221 - 1524 - 1013 - 30
Venue: Fribourg (SUI) |
Spectators: 1800 |
Referees: Joseph Bissang (FRA), Christof Madinger (GER), Keith Williams (ENG)

GAME REPORT


Swiss Stun Russia In Thrilling Premiere

Dusan Mladjan (Switzerland)
Dusan Mladjan produced 24 points in the famous Swiss victory

Switzerland abolished a 20-point third-quarter lead but still managed to edge out Russia 79-77 in the nail-biting clash that lifted the curtain on EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round Group G action, in Fribourg.

Greg Brunner, who was crucial for the winners in the clutch, sunk the first of a pair of free-throws with just over two seconds left to the final buzzer to write the final score.

He missed the second, but a collective Swiss effort on the offensive glass prevented the Russians from securing the rebound and attempting a desperation shot to tie the scores or win the game.

Switzerland have thus celebrated one of their most famous wins in recent history to kick-start the EuroBasket 2015 qualifiers.

Russia appeared to be making some meaningful progress in what had been up until that point a very balanced encounter, when they became the first team to claim a 7-point cushion, 31-24, as Timofey Mozgov converted an and-one play with 6:37 remaining in the third quarter.

Rather than allowing Russia to tighten their grip on proceedings, Switzerland came up with a swift, powerful reaction as Arnaud Cotture and Dusan Mladjan combined for three three-pointers in quick succession and fuelled a 12-0 Swiss run within less than four minutes, that enabled the hosts to jump ahead 36-31.

Switzerland went to the locker-rooms with a 42-37 lead, but their best was yet to come.

Russia began the second half nervously, mis-firing on hasty shots or turning the ball over, and the Swiss made the most of the situation to score the first 14 points in the third quarter and claim a 56-37 lead on dunk by Cotture with 6:01 left to play in the period.

The Swiss, who had drilled 10 of their first 17 three-point attempts, extended their lead to 66-46 shortly before the end of the third quarter when Russia realised the game was slipping away unless they mounted some sort of resistance immediately.

Forwards Semen Antonov and Nikita Kurbanov provided some inspiration on offence and Russia begun to chip away methodically at the gap, until Dmitry Sokolov tied the scores at 68 from the foul line, with 2:13 remaining on the clock.

Clint Capela split two free throws to restore Switzerland in the lead and, after Anton Ponkrashov and Kurbanov misfired on consecutive shots to bring Russia ahead, Brunner, who scored eight of his 15 points in the final 32 seconds, drilled a three-pointer that gave the Swiss a vital 72-68 cushion.

Mladjan was fatastic for Switzerland during the first three quarters and finished with a game-high 24 points, Cotture had 12 points and Capela collected 11 points and seven boards.

For Russia, Kurbanov had 13 points and Antonov added 12 in losing efforts.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Switzerland vs. Russia

Greg Brunner, Switzerland
"It's a great win for us and for Swiss Basketball tonight. We work hard for this national team to make basketball bigger and bigger in our country. I'm proud to wear this jersey and work hard for it."

Petar Aleksich, Switzerland Head Coach
"I think that all basketball people in Switzerland are happy tonight. My players thought it was possible and we practiced hard for it. I am really happy of the performance of my young players who did their job. Sometimes more than expected.
 
Evgeny Pashutin, Russian Head Coach
"Congratulations to the Swiss team which was well-prepared. We let them have too many open shots. We can not win a game by only playing seven minutes."
 
Evgeny Voronov, Russia
"At the start of the game, we didn't play well and started to argue too much between each other. When a team leads by 20 points it's really hard to come back and we should have found solutions earlier in the game."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

46.8%

22/47
FG
M/A

41.2%

21/51

39.3%

11/28
FG2P
M/A

46.2%

12/26

57.9%

11/19
FG3P
M/A

36.0%

9/25

72.7%

24/33
FT
M/A

81.3%

26/32

30

8/22
RT
RO/RD

31

10/21

13

AS

15

17

TO

17

9

ST

12

1

BS

2

31

PF

28

79

Pts

77

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