Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

Finland (3-1) overcame Slovenia (2-2) for the second time in this FIBA window.

This time, the hosts wasted a solid lead but managed to get over the Olympic sensation, edging out Slovenia 83-79 (26-16, 26-15, 12-18, 19-30).

Finland came out strong from the first minute, arranging a 10-2 push. Eventually, their lead reached double-digits (14-4), which remained until the first quarter-end (26-16).

Even though the visitors responded (20-26), Finland closed the first half with an 8-0 run and gained a 21-point advantage (52-31).

Seemed that Finland is in full control of the match but Slovenia managed to restore the intrigue in the mid-fourth quarter, organizing a 14-2 spurt and cutting its deficit to 7 points (65-72).

Mikael Jantunen let his squad breathe easier (76-67), however, Edo Muric made the layup, Jaka Blazic connected from deep and Slovenia was 4 points away (72-76). Nevertheless, Ilari Seppala sank a triple on the other end (79-72), laying foundations for Finland's victory with 1:14 to go.

Mikael Jantunen led the route for Finland, posting 17 points (3/3 2PT, 2/4 3PT, 5/6 FT), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 1 steal, and 20 PIR.

Mike Tobey was the most efficient player for the losing side, registering a double-double with 17 points (8/13 2PT, 0/2 3PT, 1/2 FT), 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 25 PIR.

Finland: Mikael Jantunen 17 (5 REB), Sasu Salin 13 (5 REB), Ilari Seppala 13, Elias Valtonen 11 (5 REB, 4 AST), Shawn Huff 10 (8 REB).

Slovenia: Klemen Prepelic 20 (4 REB, 4 AST, 5 TO), Mike Tobey 17 (10 REB, 5 AST), Jaka Blazic 15 (4 REB).


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