Cancel
Group:  D | 04.11.2014, 17:00h
Group:  D | 04.11.2014, 17:00h
80-75
19 - 2018 - 2027 - 1016 - 25
19 - 2018 - 2027 - 1016 - 25
Venue: Saratov (RUS) |
Spectators: 2000 |
Referees: Omer Esteron (ISR), Dragan Kralj (BIH), Andrei Sharapa (BLR)

GAME REPORT


Avtodor Hold On To Top Tofas

Courtney Fortson, Avtodor Saratov, 2014-15 season (photo: VTB League)
Courtney Fortson had an outstanding game for Avtodor Saratov to start the EuroChallenge (photo: VTB League)

After waiting so long for a win to arrive, Avtodor made it two in the space of a week as they opened their Group D campaign in the EuroChallenge with an 80-75 victory over Tofas.

Avtodor got off the mark in the VTB United League by recording their first win in five attempts at the weekend, and built on that momentum by overcoming Tofas in the second half of their EuroChallenge opener.

The game had remained tight until Tofas pulled out an nine-point lead late in the second quarter when Chinemelu Elonu's free throws made it 40-31 with 1:40 left in the half.

But that brought Avtodor to life as Alexey Vzdykhalkin's three-pointer sparked a swift recovery. They tied it back up at 40-40 on Courtney Fortson's three to start the third quarter and kept the momentum going, breaking open the game with a 13-0 run that put them 55-44 up with 4:01 to go in the period.

Micah Downs' three to start the fourth quarter made it 67-50, but Tofas rallied, and a 13-2 run made it 69-63 on Andre Smith's three-point play.

Avtodor pulled 11 clear once again but Tofas were not done yet, with a 10-1 charge closing the gap to 75-73 when Lamar Patterson made a lay-up with 86 seconds left.

Dashaun Wood's free throw made it a two-point game again with 48 seconds left, but Travis Peterson's three for Avtodor proved the final word as they hung on for victory.

Fortson led Avtodor with 24 points and 11 assists while Jeremy Chappell scored 19. Wood had 20 points for Tofas.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Avtodor Saratov vs. Tofas Sports Club

Erhan Toker, Tofas Bursa Head Coach
"The first half of the game was successful for us. We succeded both in defensive and offensive plays. But at the end of the second quarter and during the third period we lost the advantage. We stopped to play good offence and played bad defence. So we allowed the opponents to steal the lead. I cannot explain the reason why we failed in the third quarter. Why could we cut the score difference from 14 points to minimum? That was because of our successful run while Avtodor made easy mistakes. The team from Saratov played as a team, like a fist. We have some injured players. Also some players like Brian Qvale were added to the squad. Avtodor has many good players and it's impossible to mark only one of them. I'd like to note Fortson, Peterson and Downs. In modern basketball it's crucial to have a good team rather than good players only. If we speak about the result of the game, we have lost it due to the perimeter play."

 

Brian Qvale, Tofas
"We started the game rather well. We were leading in the score. But after that maybe we were relaxed, we stopped to play good defence. Then we lost our lead and were forced to catch up our opponents during the whole game. We made a good run at the end of the game, but we made some mistakes and finally we lost the game. In the third period we didn't play good defence and demonstrated bad offence. Basketball is a game of runs. Finally we scored only 10 points in the third quarter. Avtodor played hard, kept fighting throughout the whole game, but we did not. The current goal for our team in EuroChallenge is to go through the first round."

 

Courtney Forston, Avtodor
"There was room for improvement for the second half for our team. We discussed the flow of the first half in the changing room during the half-time interval. Our coach adviced us to play hard. He reminded ourselves that we have no rights to lose the home game. Thereby, we started to play aggressively and finally succeded."

 

Sergei Mokin, Avtodor Head Coach
"We could break the unsuccessful flow of the game for us due to the Forston's speed qualities. He helped us to organize the fast play for our team. We were able to create the advantage because of fast breaks and quick transitions from defence to offence. We also discussed during the half-time interval that we should not lose so many rebounds allowing the opponents many second chances to score. And the guys granted my request in this relation during the second half. The perimeter players began to fight for the rebounds." 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

50.8%

31/61
FG
M/A

47.3%

26/55

58.3%

21/36
FG2P
M/A

55.6%

20/36

40.0%

10/25
FG3P
M/A

31.6%

6/19

72.7%

8/11
FT
M/A

70.8%

17/24

26

7/19
RT
RO/RD

33

12/21

22

AS

9

12

TO

17

7

ST

5

2

BS

4

22

PF

20

80

Pts

75

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