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Group:  G | 15.12.2009, 19:30h
Group:  G | 15.12.2009, 19:30h
70-53
17 - 1618 - 1221 - 1314 - 12
17 - 1618 - 1221 - 1314 - 12
Venue: Quakenbrück (GER) |
Spectators: 2271 |
Referees: Chantal Julien (FRA), Tomislav Vovk (CRO), Mart Uuehendrik (EST)

GAME REPORT


Artland Shut Down Antwerp To Go On Top

The Artland Dragons used some stifling defence to beat the Antwerp Giants 70-53 and move clear at the top of Group G in the EuroChallenge.

Artland outrebounded their opponents 39-29 and held them to a miserable four of 22 (18.1%) from beyond the arc.

The killer stretch began in the second quarter and continued in the third as Artland put together a 21-2 run, capped by Ronald Ross' lay-up to make it 50-30 to the hosts.

Antwerp's shooting went ice cold during that run and there was simply no way back as they failed to even make routine lay-ups.

Ross and Nathan Peavy both had 13 points to lead Artland.

Darren Fenn added 11 while Darius Hall had 10 points.

Roel Moors scored 14 points for Antwerp while Brandon Gay and Graham Brown also made it into double figures with 10 each.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Artland Dragons vs. Antwerp Giants

Thorsten Leibenath, head coach Artland Dragons:
"I'm very happy about the way we won the game. Antwerpen didn't just win the last two EuroChallenge games but also three games in a row in the Belgium league, so they were 5-0 before this game. We were well prepared and knew that we couldn't allow mental mistakes. We knew that when we play physical we can beat them. I'm extremely proud of the way we played. We just allowed 53 points against a strong team. That is a good foundation for the future games."

Ronald Ross, Artland Dragons guard:
"We knew we had to come out strong, because in the first game against Antwerpen they were strong and we knew it would have been hard to come back like that again. We knew they have a lot of good offensive weapons, that's why we focussed on our defense."

Eddy Casteels, head coach Antwerp Giants:
"It is not easy for a coach to hear a player saying that the other team wanted this game more than we did. When we play our game we can beat any team. There are no excuses. Just go out there and play your game then. When you say that, just do it."

Roel Moors, Antwerp Giants guard:
"It is simple. The Dragons showed that they are a strong team and maybe they just wanted this game more than we did. We allowed just 70 points on their home court which isn't too bad, but they played very physical. When you let them develope their game and they start hitting the shots it's hard. They wanted this game more, but that should never have happened."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

44.0%

22/50
FG
M/A

35.7%

20/56

54.8%

17/31
FG2P
M/A

47.1%

16/34

26.3%

5/19
FG3P
M/A

18.2%

4/22

75.0%

21/28
FT
M/A

56.3%

9/16

39

10/29
RT
RO/RD

29

8/21

12

AS

9

17

TO

15

5

ST

4

2

BS

2

23

PF

27

70

Pts

53

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