Croatia overcame a slow start against Italy to win and ensure qualification for the quarterfinals of Eurobasket 2013 with one game remaining in the 2nd round.
Bojan Bogdanovic Fired Up
After falling behind early and only scoring eight points in the first quarter, Croatia rebounded and came storming back at the start of the 2nd half, scoring 18 in the first five minutes of the half through 3-pointers from Bojan Bogdanović and Krunoslav Šimon. After outscoring Italy 26-9 in the 3rd quarter, the game was all but wrapped up as Italy pulled back four in the 4th but fell 76-68.
Bojan Bogdanović led the team with 18 points and two steals, with Krunoslav Šimon adding 14 points, and Roko Ukić and Dontaye Draper breaking into double digits. Ante Tomić has made his last nine field goals, as he was 4/4 against Italy with a game high eight rebounds. Croatia will play Greece in their final group game on Monday, with a win likely placing them in 2nd. They can finish no worse than 3rd and a match-up in the quarterfinals against Serbia is very possible.
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