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Group:  D | 18.12.2008, 19:00h
Group:  D | 18.12.2008, 19:00h
77-75
17 - 1927 - 2114 - 1819 - 17
17 - 1927 - 2114 - 1819 - 17
Venue: Siauliai (LTU) |
Spectators: 900 |
Referees: Sergey Bulanov (RUS), Mart Uuehendrik (EST), Ingus Baumanis (LAT)

GAME REPORT


Praskevicius Basket Gives Siauliai Late Win Over Proteas

Virginijus Praskevicius buried a jump shot with 13 seconds remaining to lift BC Siauliai to a 77-75 home triumph over Proteas EKA AEL in the EuroChallenge on Thursday.

The result has left both teams with 2-2 records in Group D.

Proteas' Georgios Palalas had tied the game at 75-75 with a pair of free throws with 54 seconds to play.

Andrius Slezas went to the other end for Siauliai and was off target with a three-pointer, but he made up for it on defense by stealing the ball from Michalis Kounounis.

Not long after, Gintaras Kadziulis passed to Praskevicius who made the game-winner.

Praskevicius finished with 12 points while Kadziulis had 19 along with five assists.

Haris Mujezinovic poured in a game-high 21 in defeat for Proteas.

Siauliai led by as many as seven points in the second quarter but fell behind by four in the third.

The visitors weren't able to press home that advantage, however, and instead the Lithuanians fought back to take the lead again.

All looked lost for Proteas with 3:58 to go after Siauliai opened up an 74-66 advantage on a Vaidotas Volkus jumper.

Darrel Mitchell scored and then Mujezinovic connected from long range to make it a three-point game.

A pair of Milan Dozet free throws closed the gap to just 74-73 before Palalas ended up tying the game inside the final minute at the charity stripe before Praskevicius' late winner.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes BC Siauliai vs. Proteas EKA AEL

Haris Mujezinovic, Proteas player:
"I don't remember a match in which the oponents didn't get any fouls in seven minutes  of play. On the other hand I am glad to come back to Lithuania where I spent some good seasons..."

Dragan Raca, Proteas coach:
"We lost a very important match and against a very strong opponent. I even think they are our strongest opponent in the group. Two referees did a good job, but the other one made too many mistakes."

Gintaras Kadziulis, Siauliai player:
"The beginning and the end of the game were good, but we made mistakes even when we
took a good difference in points. We weren't agressive enough so we let the opponents to score easily."

Robertas Giedraitis, Siauliai coach:
"My players executed 70 percent of our plans but the mistakes were the biggest problem in Cyprus and tonight."

Accumulated statistics

45.3%

24/53
FG
M/A

48.2%

27/56

55.6%

20/36
FG2P
M/A

53.7%

22/41

23.5%

4/17
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

5/15

71.4%

25/35
FT
M/A

80.0%

16/20

30

8/22
RT
RO/RD

32

5/27

17

AS

15

15

TO

15

10

ST

8

3

BS

1

25

PF

29

77

Pts

75

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