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Group:  A | 07.09.2015, 15:00h
Group:  A | 07.09.2015, 15:00h
81-79
16 - 2020 - 1827 - 2618 - 15
16 - 2020 - 1827 - 2618 - 15
Venue: Montpellier (FRA) |
Referees: Matej Boltauzer (SLO), Igor Dragojevic (MNE), Jurgis Laurinavicius (LTU)

GAME REPORT


Kop That, Finland Land Late Punch

Petteri Kopponen's late score gave Finland a vital first win in Group A as they edged out Russia 81-79.

 

Turning Point: Neither team led by more than seven. The lead changed hands 20 times with 15 ties. That says it all. In the end, it came down to a jumper from the ice cool hands of Kopponen and a last-second miss from Vitaly Fridzon to separate the sides.

 

Stats Don't Lie: In the first quarter, when Russia led 20-16, they allowed the Finns just two trips to the foul line. By the end, it was 18, and although they shot only 67%, it was punishment that figured in their loss.

 

Game Hero: In the last 1:34 of the game, Kopponen missed back-to-back open jump shots from inside the top of the key before fluffing another from the corner. In big moments, big players hold their nerve. And with 2 seconds left, Finland's guard hit the mark to give his team a priceless victory.

 

Bottom Line: Russia are 0-3 now and facing elimination, just three years after picking up Olympic bronze. They've only lost those three by a combined eight points but they ended the game ranked 21 out of 24 teams at EuroBasket 2015 with an average of 79 points conceded per game. Such are the small margins.

 

They Said: "You have to play a play and today we made a play at the end and we won. The other day, we didn't make a play and we lost." - Finland coach Henrik Dettman

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

50.8%

30/59
FG
M/A

48.3%

29/60

55.3%

21/38
FG2P
M/A

50.0%

21/42

42.9%

9/21
FG3P
M/A

44.4%

8/18

66.7%

12/18
FT
M/A

72.2%

13/18

35

12/23
RT
RO/RD

29

10/19

15

AS

20

12

TO

11

4

ST

8

1

BS

1

23

PF

20

81

Pts

79

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