18.09.2005
In the second game of the European Championship Russian National team finally show its great potential. After not the most convincing victory over Ukrainians, there were few people who expected such confident performance from Russians in the game against silver medalists of the last Olympic Games.
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In the second game of the European Championship Russian National team finally show its great potential.

Italy - Russia: 61-87

After not the most convincing victory over Ukrainians, there were few people who expected such confident performance from Russians in the game against silver medalists of the last Olympic Games. But our guys in brilliant style disgraced skeptical thoughts. A “+20” advantage in the first quarter - it’s not a joke! It was pleasant to see that the team didn’t stop after successful beginning and continued systematically and elegantly smashing the rival.

As other members of the National team, CSKA players rose to the occasion that day. Alexey Savrasenko (6 pt + 7 reb) together with Andrei Kirilenko and Viktor Khryapa gained advantage near both baskets. John Robert Holden (15 pt + 4 as) and Zakhar Pashutin (11 pt + 3 as) were more confident with their shooting, and some of their no-look passes deserved a place in NBA highlights.

Now it will be enough for Russians not to permit a big defeat against Germans. It will give us early pass to the quarterfinal round.

At the same time mood of Theodoros Papaloukas (3 reb + 2 as) and Demos Dikoudis (3 pt) is much worse- their team lost Slovenians and now have difficulties with reaching the first place in the group.

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