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Group:  F | 19.11.2013, 19:00h
Group:  F | 19.11.2013, 19:00h
81-72
14 - 2013 - 1624 - 1230 - 24
14 - 2013 - 1624 - 1230 - 24
Venue: Bursa (TUR) |
Spectators: 560 |
Referees: Ademir Zurapovic (BIH), Florin Grigoras (ROU), Ognjen Jokic (MNE)

GAME REPORT


Tofas Edge Clear To Top Novo Mesto

Marcus Denmon (Tofas SC Bursa)
Marcus Denmon was one of four Tofas players to score in double figures, finishing with 13 points

Tofas SC Bursa pulled away at the finish to claim a crucial 81-72 win over Krka Novo Mesto, bringing the two clubs level at 2-1 in Group F of the EuroChallenge.

A tense fight went to the final minutes, but a quick 7-0 burst in the latter half of the fourth quarter gave Tofas the advantage they needed.

Chinemelu Elonu had 19 points while Rok Stipcevic added 17 and Serhat Cetin 15 for Tofas, who bounced back from a loss at Ural Ekaterinburg last time out.

Novo Mesto made the early running, and although they surrendered one lead they built another to go up 32-23 on Zvonko Buljan's three-pointer.

Their advantage was 36-27 at half-time, but Tofas came out of the locker room on a mission and a 13-1 run quickly flipped the tables.

That set up a tense 10 minutes as the advantage flipped this way and that.

Tofas made their move with 5:35 remaining as Stipcevic sank a three-pointer, soon followed by baskets from Elonu and Evren Buker to make it 68-59 with four minutes remaining.

When Matej Rojc made a lay-up, Novo Mesto were back within four with 2:51 to go, but Cetin answered with a three.

Key free throws from Stipcevic and Marcus Denmon then held off the visitors as they tried to find a spark.

Buljan led Novo Mesto with 20 points while Edo Muric had 14.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Tofas SC Bursa vs. KRKA Novo Mesto

Tofas Head Coach Ahmet Caki:
"We know that we were going to play against an unbeaten team. It was a hard game as we expected and it's not easy to win games in the EuroChallenge. We didn't play well in the first half and were down by nine points. We played well in the second half and that's where we won the game."

Tofas Player Rok Stipcevic:
"We thought before the game that we had to win. At the beginning, we were a little nervous, but then we started to play good defence and make some good shots. Krka is a tough team and they know how to play basketball, but we played better tonight."

Krka Head Coach Aleksandar Dzikic:
"We played two different halves. We played good defence and were disciplined in the first half and lost our concentration in the second. Tofas and we are similar teams. They have three, four young guys and they will get better and better during the season."

Krka Player Matej Rojc:
"We played good in the first half, we made good shots. We did not listen to our coach and did not play good defence after that. Tofas have good shooters and we let them win the game."

Accumulated statistics

47.5%

28/59
FG
M/A

45.9%

28/61

55.3%

21/38
FG2P
M/A

51.1%

23/45

33.3%

7/21
FG3P
M/A

31.3%

5/16

85.7%

18/21
FT
M/A

64.7%

11/17

31

10/21
RT
RO/RD

33

11/22

14

AS

12

12

TO

13

4

ST

5

5

BS

0

21

PF

22

81

Pts

72

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