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Group:  C | 07.08.2013, 19:00h
Group:  C | 07.08.2013, 19:00h
62-73
19 - 2114 - 2414 - 1315 - 15
19 - 2114 - 2414 - 1315 - 15
Venue: Luxembourg (LUX) |
Spectators: 300 |
Referees: David Chambon (FRA), Paulus Maria Van Den Heuvel (NED), Mario Majkic (SLO)

GAME REPORT


Denmark Tick Win Column At Luxembourg

12. Alexander Bak (Denmark)
Alexander Bak and Denmark ticked the win column in Luxembourg

Luxembourg are the only team in Group C of the EuroBasket 2015 1st Qualification Round with no wins to their name as of Wednesday, as Denmark prevailed 73-62 in the battle between the two sides.

The Danish managed to make some headway in the clash midway through the second quarter, when their second unit started making a contribution and fatigue began to kick in for Luxembourg - Denmark got 22 points from their bench players, the hosts just seven.

Denmark dominated the battle on the glass, out-rebounding the home side 50-31, but a mobile and aggressive Luxembourg managed to provoke 19 Danish turnovers and stay relatively close until the fourth frame of the encounter.

When Mikkel Plannthin hit a jumper though with 3:29 on the clock to give the Danes their biggest lead in the game, 70-53, any chance of a closely-contested finish to the game was eliminated and the guests simply waited for the final buzzer to celebrate their first victory in the competition.

Guard Esben Reinholt paved the way for the winners with 24 points and five rebounds, veteran center Nicolai Iversen finished with 15 points and five boards and Plannthin chipped in with 11 points;

Samy Picard, Luxembourg's 25-year-old forward, delivered another stand-out performance in this competition and finished with 26 points and five rebounds in a losing effort.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Luxembourg vs. Denmark

Luxembourg head coach Karsten SCHUL
"Compliments to my team who did a good game tonight. Three games in one week is a little bit though for amateur players. Our defence is getting better from game to game, but unfortunately tonight we didn't shoot well and that costs us a much better result."

Luxembourg player Samy PICARD
"We had a good start in the game but then we had some minutes during which nothing went in our favour. We had to chase permanently this 12 points disadvantage. We lost much energy during that. We are getting better from game to game. We still have a long way to go. Our next game against Austria on Saturday will be very tough because I think this team is the strongest in the group."

Denmark head coach Pieti POIKOLA
"We needed this victory. Luxembourg played an agressive defence and it was not so easy for us. But we maintain our concept. A game with two teams without a win is never easy and it is difficult to win."

Denmark player Mikkel PLANNTHIN
"We had the better start in the game. When we have more games at such a level we are getting better and better. Tonight we had good and bad periods. I think the good periods were the reason for our victory."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

39.4%

26/66
FG
M/A

43.1%

28/65

51.2%

22/43
FG2P
M/A

48.8%

20/41

17.4%

4/23
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

8/24

66.7%

6/9
FT
M/A

60.0%

9/15

31

8/23
RT
RO/RD

50

16/34

13

AS

11

11

TO

19

5

ST

4

2

BS

0

20

PF

17

62

Pts

73

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