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Group:  C | 04.08.2013, 15:15h
Group:  C | 04.08.2013, 15:15h
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15 - 2415 - 2226 - 2016 - 14
15 - 2415 - 2226 - 2016 - 14
Venue: Horsens |
Spectators: 767 |
Referees: Petri Mäntylä (FIN), Ingus Baumanis (LAT), Konstantin Simonow (GER)

GAME REPORT


Austria Hold Off Denmark For Road Win

24. Rasid Mahalbasic (Austria)
Rasid Mahalbasic was Austria's top scorer with 23 points, adding 10 rebounds

Austria held on for an 80-72 win at Denmark on Sunday, their second victory in as many games in Group C of the EuroBasket 2015 1st Qualification Round.

The Austrians stunned their hosts with a particularly strong start to the encounter, as they scored 17 of the first 20 points in the game to establish a firm grip on proceedings.

Denmark seemed shell-shocked from that early declaration of intentions and struggled offensively, for Austria to extend their lead to 42-21 midway through the second frame.

The guests' advantage was reduced to 16 points at the interval but still they remained in total control and seemed well-positioned to cruise to a comfortable victory on the road, until the hosts decided to launch an assault.

Denmark went on a 19-3 run either side of the third buzzer to get back into the game and came within just one point for the first time on the night, 71-70 on an Alexander Birketoft lay-up with 5:17 left on the clock.

But that was as close as they would come as Austria, who had led uninterruptedly since tip-off, were not willing to let this one slip.

They passed the ball inside to big man Rasid Mahalbasic who gave his team some breathing space with two baskets in quick succession, and on the defensive end they did not allow their hosts to score a single point in the final three minutes.

Just like in the opening game against Luxembourg, Mahalbasic collected a double-double for Austria, this time of 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Jason Detrick finished with 18 points and Davor Lamesic had 17 points for the winners, while Denmark's Esben Reinholt led all scorers with 25 points in a losing effort.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Denmark vs. Austria

Austria Head Coach Werner Sallomon:
"We followed our game plan in the first half. In the second half we lost concentration and Denmark hit some big shots and the game got closer than we would have liked. We have two wins, I am not happy with the way we played this game, but I am happy with the win. We take this game and we move forward."

Austria Player Thomas Schreiner:
"We lost concentration, and had trouble against the pick and roll, but in the end it was a good win."

Denmark Head Coach Pieti Poikola:
"In the first half we did not follow our game plan and we were a step behind. In the second half we played zone on defense and that helped us. We were behind, but we started to attack and our young guys have to keep doing that. We had two chances to score and tie the game with a couple of minutes to go. But next time we are in this position we will do better. We take this experience and we learn from it."

Denmark Player Esben Reinholt:
"I'm happy we got back in the game, but I am still sad we lost. But it is a process for us and we have to learn and get better. We showed that even though we are a young team, we can play."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

40.9%

27/66
FG
M/A

48.4%

30/62

41.2%

21/51
FG2P
M/A

51.1%

23/45

40.0%

6/15
FG3P
M/A

41.2%

7/17

75.0%

12/16
FT
M/A

65.0%

13/20

38

13/25
RT
RO/RD

36

9/27

7

AS

18

9

TO

9

5

ST

4

3

BS

1

21

PF

20

72

Pts

80

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