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Group:  C | 08.09.2015, 21:00h
Group:  C | 08.09.2015, 21:00h
73-55
15 - 1815 - 1422 - 1021 - 13
15 - 1815 - 1422 - 1021 - 13
Venue: Zagreb (CRO) |
Spectators: 9828 |
Referees: Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Gentian Cici (ALB), Petri Mäntylä (FIN)

GAME REPORT


Croatia Prevail Over Determined MKD

Croatia were given all they could handle for about 25 minutes before the EuroBasket 2015 Group C hosts pulled away to defeat The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 73-55.

 

Turning Point: The game had been tight until mid-way through the third quarter when Dario Saric started a 16-5 run over the final eight minutes of the quarter to take control of the game 52-42. Back-to-back three-pointers by Krunoslav Simon and Bojan Bogdanovic increased the gap to 59-46 with seven minutes left in the game to decide the contest.

 

Stats Don't Lie: Croatia struggled from outside, hitting 6-of-24 three-pointers (25%) but the home side scored 38 points in the paint compared to 20 for MKD. The Croatians also out-shot MKD 41% to 37% from the field and out-rebounded MKD 42-32.

 

Game Hero: Saric's all-around play led Croatia as he collected 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and five fouls drawn.

 

Bottom Line: Croatia bounced back from their loss to Greece and are now tied for second in Group C with Slovenia at 2-1. The Croatians still play Netherlands and Georgia in the group. MKD dropped to 1-2 in the Zagreb group with games remaining against Georgia and Slovenia.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

40.6%

26/64
FG
M/A

36.8%

21/57

50.0%

20/40
FG2P
M/A

38.7%

12/31

25.0%

6/24
FG3P
M/A

34.6%

9/26

75.0%

15/20
FT
M/A

66.7%

4/6

42

13/29
RT
RO/RD

33

8/25

21

AS

13

10

TO

16

7

ST

1

2

BS

5

15

PF

23

73

Pts

55

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