A huge surprise was the win of Fersped Rabotnicki against the big favorite Fenerbahce in over-time 91-87.
Skopje was able to maintain the lead almost the whole game thanks to their excellent three-point shots. After ten minutes the Macedonians had their biggest advantage (27-14).
|Victor King (Fenerbahce) is scoring to points. Nevertheless his team lost to Fersped Rabotnicki|
A three-pointer by Simik was answered by 2 points of Erkan Veyseloglu for the tie (79-79) and the game was sent to over-time.
There the home team regained a 6-point advantage in the first two minutes and kept the lead until the final whistle. With this win Fersped achieved its first triumph in this year’s FIBA Europe Cup.
Marin Dokuzovski, Head Coach, Fersped Rabotnicki:
“We have entered this game as outsiders and we have persisted without any pressure. Our fighting spirit has come to us on its own.”
Toni Simik, Fersped Rabotnicki:
“We were motivated by the good name of our opponent. We have been underestimated and this has proven to turn against them.”
Erturil Erdoan, Assistant Coach, Fenerbahce:
“The game has continued very intensively. The Macedonian players have surprised us, they had the lead all the time, and on our part, we made a lot of mistakes in the forth quarter. We would like to congratulate them for their victory.”
Victor King, Fenerbahce:
“We came to Skopje in order to win however the opponents have surprised us with their three point scores.Normally our team is better but today they won.”