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Group:  C | 10.08.2013, 19:15h
Group:  C | 10.08.2013, 19:15h
65-66
23 - 1813 - 1711 - 1318 - 18
23 - 1813 - 1711 - 1318 - 18
Venue: Horsens |
Spectators: 766 |
Referees: Arnis Ozols (LAT), Henri Hilke (FIN), Mart Uuehendrik (EST)

GAME REPORT


Switzerland Set The Pace

Dusan Mladjan (Switzerland)
Dusan Mladjan was in fine form against Denmark, striking from beyond the arc on six occasions

Switzerland stayed perfect in Group C of the EuroBasket 2015 1st Qualification Round with a 66-65 win in Denmark on Saturday behind the dead-eye distance shooting of Dusan Mladjan.

The Swiss swingman was instrumental in the victory that keeps his team in the group's top spot as he scored 26 points, 18 of them coming from three-point range, and at crucial times.

Mladjan needed to be on form too as Denmark started brilliantly. The hosts' early lead was stretched to 21-12 when Nicolai Iversen nailed a three-pointer.

Switzerland were not to be beaten that easily however and they scored the final three points of the first half to trail by just one (36-35) at the break.

The third quarter belonged to the visitors as they went on a 9-0 tear, which included four points from Oliver Vogt and one of Mladjan's triples, as they took the lead, 44-38.

This set up a tense final stanza and Denmark regained the lead at 59-56 when Esben Reinholt attacked the rim and made the lay-up.

Then came Mladjan's moment. He hit back almost instantly from beyond the arc and when Alexander Bak's retort rebounded into his hands, Mladjan sprinted up court and connected on another three to turn the game on its head.

Jonathan Kazadi followed this up with a two-point jump shot for Switzerland and despite a brave effort, Denmark could not come back as the Swiss controlled the clock.

Mladjan had nine rebounds to go with his 26 points and Reinholt racked up 16 for Denmark.

The Swiss face winless Luxembourg next on Tuesday while Denmark travel to second-placed Austria.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Denmark vs. Switzerland

Switzerland Player Dusan Mladjan
"It was a tough game, we did not start well. Denmark surprised us a little. Our coach did a good job scouting and our defence got better during the game. We made a couple of bad turnovers at the end of the game, but in the end the most important thing is a win and we got that."

Switzerland Head Coach Petar Aleksic
"Congratulations to my team on a good victory. It was a good and intense game, but we got in trouble because we did not move the ball well on offence. I expected a tough game because we know Denmark is a good team. We beat Denmark last time and have won all our games, so it is tough to stay focused, but we played tough and I am satisfied with this win. Now we have a chance to decide it ourselves and I hope Denmark will beat Austria.

Denmark Player Mikkel Plannthin

"Switzerland has some good players and they did good at the end of the game. We had a good start to the game but also a little too many down periods where we got passive on offence and stopped attacking."

Danish Head Coach Pieti Poikola
"Congratulations to Switzerland on their victory. I think this was the best game we have played so far in this tournament. We have a motivated team and dedicated players. We got good shots but did not make them, and Switzerland got good shots and Dusan Mladjan made them and that was the difference in the end. In periods during the game we did not have a natural game flow when we got too focused on attacking the match ups. We need to grow as a team and we will learn from this game and we will do better next time we are in this situation."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

36.5%

23/63
FG
M/A

40.3%

27/67

43.2%

16/37
FG2P
M/A

43.5%

20/46

26.9%

7/26
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

7/21

85.7%

12/14
FT
M/A

62.5%

5/8

35

9/26
RT
RO/RD

46

13/33

12

AS

13

12

TO

16

11

ST

5

0

BS

4

17

PF

19

65

Pts

66

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