|Tephen Hamilton (Azovmash) slamming on his debut for the Ukranian team |
Azovmash showed maximum concentration over the whole game and so almost every quarter was similar to the others. The home team dominated the boards, collecting 54 rebounds while Alita only had 27. With this control over the ball the Ukranian team increased their lead in every quarter steadily by 6 or 7 points.
Overall they showed a great team performance with four players scoring in double digits. Especially new team member Tephen Hamilton made an excellent debut after joining the club just three days ago. He lead all players with 16 points and 7 rebounds.
The young team from Lithuania was missing the experience to keep this game close. But not only this match showed that most players of Alita should have a bright future in Europe. For now they stay at the very bottom of Group A.
MVP: Leonid Yaylo (Azovmash), with 15 points and 6 rebounds.
Andrey Podkovyrov, Head Coach, Azovmash Mariupol:
“We are satisfied with our game. It always feels good to win a home game in the EuroLeague after several pity losses. We will try to keep up to this level the next games.”
Leonid Yaylo, Azovmash Mariupol:
“I think today we managed to meet all the directives of coach. We got motivation for more victories in the future.”
Algirdas Brazis, Head Coach, BC Alita:
“Today, we are the youngest team in the Lithuanian League and it is a great success for us, to have get experience on European level. But we must play much better to correct our position in the tournament. We still want to get to the final four in the group.”
Marco Spears, BC Alita:
“I think, today, I should have been playing more aggressive than I did. Yes, we fought, but we didn’t fight good enough.”