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Group:  C | 16.08.2013, 15:00h
Group:  C | 16.08.2013, 15:00h
97-96
15 - 1915 - 2124 - 1924 - 1919 - 18
15 - 1915 - 2124 - 1924 - 1919 - 18
Venue: Schwechat (AUT) |
Spectators: 800 |
Referees: Matej Boltauzer (SLO), Tomislav Vovk (CRO), Petr Hrusa (CZE)

GAME REPORT


Switzerland Squeeze Into Semis

Dusan Mladjan (Switzerland)
Dusan Mladjan top-scored for Switzerland with 31 points, adding a team-high eight rebounds

Switzerland are through to the semi-finals of the EuroBasket 2015 1st Qualification Round despite suffering a 97-96 overtime defeat in Austria on Friday.

Both teams finished with 5-1 records in Group C after this gripping final group game but the Swiss secured the solitary semi-final spot on the head-to-head tie-breaker - having beaten Austria by a greater margin, 69-63, in their earlier meeting.

The Swiss actually led for 38 of this game's 45 minutes but were undone by a 6-0 Austrian run early in overtime after Thomas Schreiner forced the extra period with a late three-pointer.

Switzerland jumped out to a 16-7 start, capped by Clint Capela's dunk before being pegged back to 19-15 by the end of the first quarter.

The lead was stretched to 10 at 40-30 at half-time however as Dusan Mladjan made one of his six three-pointers at the buzzer to send the Swiss into the break on a high.

Austria began to find their range in the third, hitting five of their total 15 made three-point shots before Capela closed the quarter with an alley-oop to keep the lead at five, 59-54.

The final stanza was a tense affair but Austria were unable to wrestle the lead from their opponents.

They were able to level though, thanks to the sharp shooting of Schreiner after Roberto Kovac split a pair of free throws that would have put the Swiss out of reach.

Mladjan had one more chance to snatch it for Switzerland but missed his three-point attempt as time expired.

Momentum was with the hosts now and when Thomas Klepeisz followed Jason Detrick's two made free throws with the scores level at 80, Switzerland's only choice was to foul.

As he had done all night Klepeisz kept his cool to add another two to a personal tally that would reach 21 before Rasid Mahalbasic made a lay-up to give Austria control and they held on for victory.

But it is Switzerland who progress, and they were led by Mladjan's game-high 31 points while Schreiner's incredible 7-of-8 three-point shooting may have resulted in victory, and 22 points, but not qualification.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Austria vs. Switzerland

Austria head coach Werner Sallomon
"I have to say straight that I am very disappointed. We were simply too afraid in the beginning. I am satisfied with our performance in the second half when we managed to turn the tide. However, we gave away too many easy chances and in the end it was just not enough."

Austria point guard Thomas Schreiner
"We started to play how we actually wanted to play way too late. We showed a good performance in the end when it was just all or nothing. We did everything to turn the game in the overtime but did simply not succeed in the end."

Switzerland head coach Petar Aleksic
"Congratulations to my players for a great performance today. I said after our home game that we will come to Austria to qualify for the semi-finals. It was a tough game which we managed to control for 40 minutes. Although Austria took a close win in the end, I think that we really deserve to be in the semi-finals."

Switzerland power forward Jonathan Dubas
"We knew before that it would be a tough fight, especially here in Austria. Today's game was crazy but of course I am very satisfied with how it turned out in the end."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

47.8%

33/69
FG
M/A

44.3%

31/70

45.0%

18/40
FG2P
M/A

47.7%

21/44

51.7%

15/29
FG3P
M/A

38.5%

10/26

53.3%

16/30
FT
M/A

75.0%

24/32

38

10/28
RT
RO/RD

44

13/31

15

AS

11

10

TO

12

5

ST

6

5

BS

1

29

PF

27

97

Pts

96

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