The 1,000 spectators who turned up to watch Czech champions Nymburk take on BC Kyiv in the FIBA Europe League were witness to one of the longest ever games in European club competition history.
After 4 overtimes, a buzzer beater, plenty of missed opportunities and some very tired legs, Kyiv finally emerged with a 122-125 away win.
"This is a great win and I am happy to be a part of it," said Kyiv guard Lamarr Greer.
"Going through this affects the entire team – the morale goes up, which leads towards new successes. We are going the right way, gaining speed from game to game."
|Maurice Whitfield (Nymburk)|
Foul trouble became a serious factor in the overtime periods. Kyiv lost Marcus Norris (25 points) while Nymburk lost Radek Necas and Ladislav Sokolovsky .
Kyiv looked the stronger team in the first 2 overtimes, but Nymburk always found their way back at exactly the right moment, including another buzzer beating 3-pointer, this time from Pavel Bennes.
In overtime number three, it was Nymburk who had the chance to seal victory, but missed a game-winning shot attempt.
Finally in the fourth overtime, Kyiv had the requisite luck needed after such a long game to hang on and win by a three-point margin.
Lamar Greer played a mammoth 58 minutes for Kyiv and finished with 32 points and 6 assists.
Nymurk’s Maurice Whitfield was not far behind and he scored a game high 33 points, to go along with 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals in his 57 minutes on court.
Renato Pasquali Head Coach, BC Kiyv:
"Very tough match and we were luckier. Someone must win and someone lose. We are very happy, because this win is for us a good recovery after the last home loss."
This result is extremely important for a team that has not played together for too long. Having learned the lesson of this game our team has become much stronger, both physically and mentally. Every time our opponents would make runs to catch up my players would never give up and would keep hustling, which matters most to me."
Kresimir Loncar, BC Kiyv:
"Very difficult match, in fourth overtime, it’s almost impossible to run, we are very happy for this win."
Michal Jezdik, Head Coach, CEZ Basketball Nymburk:
"Congratulations to Kiyv. We have played with very good team and I think we succeeded. We were not lucky at the end. This qualifying group is very strong and each match is important. What a pity!"
Maurice Whitfield, CEZ Basketball Nymburk:
"Both teams had great chances to win tonight, however Kiev got luckier. We’ve played terrific offense, and it was defense that eventually let us down. Kiev is a very strong team and this game proves it."