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Group:  D | 07.06.2013, 17:45h
Group:  D | 07.06.2013, 17:45h
56-60
16 - 179 - 148 - 1323 - 16
16 - 179 - 148 - 1323 - 16
Venue: Ramla (ISR) |
Spectators: 50 |
Referees: Aleksandar Glisic (SRB), Antonis Demetriou (CYP), Özlem Yalman (TUR)

GAME REPORT


F.Y.R of Macedonia Down Portugal

8. Slavica Dimovska (F.Y.R. of Macedonia)
Slavica Dimovska played 40 minutes for F.Y.R. of Macedonia to pick up 19 points.

Using a six-person rotation, F.Y.R of Macedonia have won their opening Group D game in the EuroBasket Women 2015 First Qualification Round, going past Portugal 60-56.

Following a sluggish start that saw the eventual winners trailing by eight points (11-3), a three followed by a jump shot by Slavica Dimovska had F.Y.R of Macedonia rolling, and by the end of the opening frame, leading by a point (17-16).

Dimovska was an essential cog in F.Y.R of Macedonia's win, leading all scorers with 19 points.

Tenacious defence coupled with some wayward shooting from the Portuguese in the second frame allowed F.Y.R of Macedonia to ease away from their opponents as the lead extended to six (31-25) by the half.

Portugal was not to enjoy any more fortune at the offensive end of the court in the second frame as their offensive output dropped to eight points in the third quarter, allowing F.Y.R of Macedonia a comfortable 11-point lead going into the last period.

Portugal kept the game interesting with a three-pointer to Ana Oliveira bringing the deficit back to four with 21 seconds to play. But a pair of free throws to Elena Radenkovic steadied the ship and confirmed the victory.

Radenkovic supported Dimovska with 12 points whilst Monika Gavriloska had 14, alongside 13 rebounds.

Veteran Carla Freitas led a losing effort with 14 points.

On Saturday Portugal enter a must-win game against the other day one losers, Germany, whilst F.Y.R. of Macedonia take on Israel in a battle to go clear at the top of the table.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Portugal vs. F.Y.R. of Macedonia

Portugal Head Coach Ricardo Vasconcelos
"We are a young team and started quite good but when we are not playing our game we cannot win. We were not aggressive on defence and we didn't play as we should therefor the loss. We will continue to fight and gain wins."

Portugal player Carla Freitas
"We really wanted to win in our first game in the tournament but this is basketball and anything can happen. The F.Y.R. of Macedonia players played better than us, but still there's a chance for us, especially if we win against Germany."

 

F.Y.R of Macedonia Head Coach Goran Jovanovic
"It's an historical win for us, and we are very happy. It's our first time playing to qualify for EuroBasket Women and to win the first one is a big thing. We showed that with a fight and big heart we can do anything. We came as underdogs to this tournament and Israel and Germany are better teams than us but we want to continue what we started today."

F.Y.R. of Macedonia player Slavica Dimovska
"I am very happy for our win against Portugal, we got to this tournament without many expectations and to tell the truth not many thought that we will win, but we did. Now we want to continue winning and I think that the game against Israel will be a key game for us as well as for Israel."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

33.8%

22/65
FG
M/A

36.8%

21/57

40.5%

15/37
FG2P
M/A

40.0%

16/40

25.0%

7/28
FG3P
M/A

29.4%

5/17

83.3%

5/6
FT
M/A

81.3%

13/16

38

16/22
RT
RO/RD

43

16/27

6

AS

10

18

TO

17

4

ST

11

2

BS

0

16

PF

20

56

Pts

60

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