Mirza Teletovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Toko Shengelia (Georgia), the international Nets players, faced off against each other today in a thrilling EuroBasket game. Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated Georgia 107-103 in a game where both Nets players shined.
- Teletovic scored 25 points on 6/15 FG and 4/9 3PT. He also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He did get into some foul trouble, though.
- Shengelia scored 17 points on 8/15 FG and 0/1 3PT. He had 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Neither player recorded any blocks.
To me, Teletovic was the MVP of the game, knocking down numerous sweet, contested three pointers. He was very clutch late in the game, knocking down a key three pointer and two crucial late foul shots. Late in the game, the offense almost always ran through Teletovic. Mirza showed a tendency to receive the ball near the perimeter, coming hard off a screen, with his back to the basket. From there, Teletovic might turn around and quickly release a shot, or use his great vision to back his opponent down and make a good pass. Also, Teletovic reacted well to double and triple teams – making the right pass under pressure on a few occasions. Towards the end of the game, Mirza got excited and lightly pumped his chest with both hands. I was really impressed with him.
Shengelia did not have the ball in his hands as much as Teletovic did, but he showed a great finishing touch down low. I only watched the second half and missed a lot of Shengelia’s buckets. His Georgian teammate, Zaza Pachualia (of the Atlanta Hawks), was very active late in the game.
A couple other notes: the referees were horrible in this game and made some very ridiculous calls. Also, Georgian fans were very enthusiastic, waving their large, white Georgian flags.