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Austria leave Manchester crowd stunned: Landesberg scores 40 in a half!
MANCHESTER (FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers) - Sylven Landesberg played one of the most impressive halves of basketball, putting up a surreal 40 points before the halftime break, leading Austria to a 96-82 win away in Great Britain.
Turning Point: The moment Austria and Sylven Landesberg got together and decided to go on this run as one.
Stats Don't Lie: With Landesberg doing his part in scoring, Austria were in safe hands, counting to 60 before the break. They finished the game with a better shooting percentage (48% - 42%), grabbing more rebounds than Team GB (43-30), dishing out more assists (19-17), and being +11 in free-throw shooting. Simply put, they were much better on the night.
Game Hero: Sylven Landesberg was in a world of his own, playing all 20 minutes of the first half, getting to the 40-point mark by making his usual shots off the dribble, long twos, threes and getting all the way to the rim and the charity stripe. He got special attention after the break, but the fact that Great Britain held him to 7 points in the second half really isn't that big of a victory for the hosts.
Landesberg finished with 47 points on 14-of-26 shooting from the field, 5-of-11 from deep, 14-of-16 from the free-throw line. The 28-year-old also had 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.
Game Notes: This was Great Britain's first game of the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers, and they will be in action again on Monday, heading to Cyprus. Austria are the surprise package of the group, climbing to 2-0.
They Said: "Well, this was my first time playing with the national team and I just want to say it's truly an honor. I'm really happy to be here and we've had preparations for about two days and I feel as soon as I came and we started our preparations and practice, everybody had a great attitude. I feel like we all had a mindset working towards the same goal, we came, we worked hard. We came to the game to compete and play, and we did, and it was a great win. Hopefully we can keep the momentum rolling from there." - Sylven Landesberg, Austria
"What do you say, what a big debut from Sylven? It’s not the first time he’s done it though, if guys know his stats he's had 48 I think in Barcelona, so he's a scorer. And it's like he said, from the first day he came in, he adapted to the culture of the team, he embraced the other guys, he's embraced me as a coach. The game today was I think… our defense also wasn't as good as we expected, I think we made a lot of unforced turnovers which led to easy baskets to Great Britain. There's a couple of things we need to clear up as well, on our defensive end, but overall, I mean it was a good win for us." - Michael Coffin, Austria head coach
"We're a team, we're always going to fight for each other. As soon as we put on this national team jersey that's all we do. Today we weren't as good as we should have been, but it's something that we can work on, and it's just going to come down to the next couple of days and we have to fight back again in Cyprus." - Myles Hesson, Great Britain
"So for a start, we are in a worse scenario than we thought. First of all, to give my congratulations to the Austrian team because they made really good job on both sides of the floor - their offense and defense. From my point of view, we were trying to work as a team and the players are the first who feel frustrated about this situation, so it's really difficult to try to keep working the right way in that situation. But I don't have any doubt about them, they are working for GB and they feel proud about that." - Alberto Lorenzo, Great Britain head coach