SAN MARINO-AZERBAIJAN 51-68
SAN MARINO: Palmieri 1 (0/4 of three), Liberti (0/1, 0/1), Raschi 20 (2/4, 3/6), P. Ugolini 6 (0/4, 2/4), Biordi 14 ( 6/8, 0/3), Felici 5 (1/4), Moretti ne, Riccardi 3 (0/1, 1/1), G. Ugolini 2 (0/4), Borello ne, Renzi. Coach: Maghelli.
AZERBAIJA: Haciyeva 14 (3/8, 1/7), Pashayev 6 (1/2, 0/5), Davis 16 (6/12, 1/5), Poladkhanli 9 (3/5, 0/5), Hamzayev 21 (4/7, 2/4), Hajiyev 2 (0/3 from three), Mammadov, Akbarov, E. Shirzadov (0/1 from three), S. Shirzadov (0/1 from three), Taser ne, Turgut . All .: Trifunov.
Partial: 18-22, 29-34, 41-45, 51-68.
Rebounds: San Marino 32 (Raschi 9), Azerbaijan 46 (Haciyeva 13).
Assistance: San Marino 10 (Raschi 4), Azerbaijan 11 (Pashayev 5).
CHRONICLE AND COMMENT
There is balance up to seven minutes from the end, then a heavy 19-0 break launches Azerbaijan towards the semifinal with Malta. To do for San Marino, who plays a game of great energy and determination, but fails to deal with an imposing opponent and who ends up winning the rebound battle 46 to 32, as well as the game 68-51. Raschi lights up and finishes with 20 points, Biordi follows him at 14. For the Azeris 16 points from Jordan Davis, 14 from Haciyeva and above all 21 from Hamzayev, who split the game in two in the final.
The match. Debut in the match with a triple for Pietro Ugolini, with the team that takes its nourishment and flies to an auspicious 10-5. In the central phase of the first quarter, however, Azerbaijan flies and places a 13-0 break that definitely reverses the trend of the match (10-18 at 8th). A roller coaster for the biancazzurri, who however have the ability to stay in the game and close in the 10th minute by watching their opponents closely (18-22).
In the second quarter there is much less score, with the attacks losing their effectiveness. In the meantime, Raschi continues to preach basketball and on two triples of him the San Marino +3 arrives at 28-25 before the new Azerbaijani extension (29-34 at 20 ‘).
It is a great physical and mental match, with many boos, that of the Ta Qali sports hall. The two teams also exchange in the partial recovery, with Biordi on the shields for the 41-40 before the umpteenth overturning of Azerbaijan at the end of the period (41-45).
Felici and Pietro Ugolini hit the retina, Riccardi goes with a triple of equal at 49 and there are still 7 minutes and 30 seconds to play. From then on, however, everything changes: Azerbaijan places the partial, very large, of 19-0. He does it above all with Hamzayev and Haciyeva, with the scoreboard that one minute from the siren scores 49-68. It ends with Felici’s two free throws for the final 51-68.
On Sunday, with Gibraltar, challenge for 5th place.