In the FIBA Europe Leage competition between CSKA Sofia and BC Fersped held in the Universiada Basketball Hall in Sofia, the Bulgarian home team grabbed its first win with a score of 97-84.
CSKA Sofia started out sluggish on defense, but managed to maintain a 3 point lead after the first quarter. The Bulgarian team came out much stronger in the second quarter on defense, and were able to extend their lead to 12 points at the half.
The American center Chris Garnett, sparked the offense with his 12 points and 7 rebounds in the first half. Additionally, point guard Jordan Bozov and forward Vladimir Zaric contributed strong play on both ends of the court in the first 20 minutes of play to give the home team a 47-35 lead going into the locker room.
The start of the second half was marked by several mistakes by BC Fersped, which in turn led to an 83-57 lead for CSKA Sofia after 32 minutes of play. The visiting team jumped into gear though in the fourth quarter with aggressive play, and lost by 13 points in the end.
The top players of the game for the Bulgarian team were Dimitar Angelov and Jordan Bozov, who finished with 26 points and 9 rebounds, and 18 points respectively. For the visitors, American point guard Vernard Hollins lead the team with 28 points in 22 minuntes of play.
"I am happy that we won that game, but I'm not satisfied by the way that we played tonight. We can beat Rabotnicki by 20 plus points, but we didn't play good defense in the last minutes of the game. Dimitar Angelov, Vladimir Zaric and Kris Garnett all had strong games. Our star player, Desmond Ferguson, didn t play well against Rabotnihki. The rest of the team also played below the level that they're capable of."
Iordancho Davitkov - Head Coach of Fersped Rabotnicki
"Good win for CSKA. The home team deserved the win, but I think that we'll win in Scopje. We missed two key players tonight and that was the main reason for our loss. My best player against CSKA was Vernard Hollins. I think our group is one of the strongest in the FIBA Europe League. There are three favourite teams: Kiev, Kazan and Fenerbahche, the other 4 teams will battle for one place."