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Group:  G | 20.08.2014, 19:00h
Group:  G | 20.08.2014, 19:00h
101-56
30 - 2022 - 921 - 1328 - 14
30 - 2022 - 921 - 1328 - 14
Venue: Moscow (RUS) |
Spectators: 2500 |
Referees: Zoran Sutulovic (MNE), Gintaras Vitkauskas (LTU), Andris Aunkrogers (LAT)

GAME REPORT


Russia Thump Switzerland To Stay In Race

Sergey Karasev (Russia)
Sergey Karasev was Russia's threat from 3-point-land

Russia delivered a convincingly dominant performance on Wednesday to register an 101-56 triumph over Switzerland in Moscow and stay alive in the race for qualification to EuroBasket 2015.

Evgeny Pashutin's team were playing with their backs to the wall since, in case of a defeat on Wednesday, they would be eliminated from contention for a top-two finish in EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round Group G.

Switzerland, who are forced to play their last games in this qualification campaign without the injured frontcourt duo of Clint Capela and Greg Brunner, surprised Russia early on as they controlled the battle on the glass and collected 11 of the first 14 rebounds in contention.

It helped the guests stay hot on the heels of their hosts until the final 89 seconds of the first quarter, when five quick-fire points from big man Dmitry Sokolov instigated an 8-0 run and enabled Russia to go into the second frame holding a 30-20 lead.

That was just the beginning though, as Andrey Zubkov and Sergey Karasev drilled triples in quick succession and Russia's lead ballooned to 50-24 with 2:23 remaining to the half-time buzzer.

Russia, who had by now already claimed absolute control of the boards and were running in the open floor almost at will to score easy points, kept pushing hard after the break and extended the gap beyond the 40-point threshold midway though the final period.

Russia's Dmitrii Kulagin and Switzerland's Brian Savoy were both ejected from the game during the first quarter, following an altercation between the two players after Savoy fouled Kulagin as he was charging to the Swiss basket. 

Six Russian players scored in double digits as Zubkov and Sokolov finished with 15 points apiece, Karasev and Semen Antonov added 14 points each, while Nikita Kurbanov collected a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebouds.

For Switzerland, Marko Mladjan finished with 16 points and seven rebounds and his brother Dusan added 12 points in losing efforts.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Russia vs. Switzerland

Eugeny Pashutin, Head Coach Russia

"Today I told to my guys to play hard and manly. I explained them that our opponent is a guest here and we need to make them play our style of basketball. We did it as well. We played both aggressive defence and offence, because we learnt from all our previous mistakes."

Arnaud Cotture, Switzerland

"It was a very difficult game, especially because we lost many players before. We were playing well, but it wasn't enough, so we struggled to compete with the Russian team."

Petar Aleksic, Head Coach Switzerland

"First of all, I'd like to congratulate the Russian team and coach Pashutin. It was very hard to manage the situation on the court, also if we played well in the first quarter. 10 days before we were leading by 20 points and tonight we lost by twice as many."

Sergey Karasev, Russia

"The fact that 5 players got more than 10 points make us sure that we're a good team. We spent more practices trying to improve 3-point scores and I may say that they were useful for us. We just worked hard all those days. Today our defence was better than in the game against Italy and we also made many free throws."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

51.6%

32/62
FG
M/A

35.7%

20/56

55.6%

20/36
FG2P
M/A

44.1%

15/34

46.2%

12/26
FG3P
M/A

22.7%

5/22

69.4%

25/36
FT
M/A

73.3%

11/15

46

17/29
RT
RO/RD

27

9/18

25

AS

10

9

TO

16

9

ST

5

3

BS

4

21

PF

25

101

Pts

56

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