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06.10.2010, 19:30h
06.10.2010, 19:30h
69-66
13 - 1711 - 2529 - 1216 - 12
13 - 1711 - 2529 - 1216 - 12
Venue: Quakenbrück (GER) |
Spectators: 1442 |
Referees: Guerrino Cerebuch (ITA), Petar Obradovic (BIH), Aare Halliko (EST)

GAME REPORT


Encomi Progress After Seesaw Affair At Artland

Artland Dragons claimed a 69-66 home floor win over ETHA Encomi but it wasn't enough to progress as the team from Cyprus sneaked their way into the EuroChallenge regular season courtesy of the eight point cushion they had from their victory in the first game.

It was a close run thing but that will be of no comfort for the disappointed German supporters who will have been hoping before the tip that their side could overhaul the deficit.

By the time those same fans were partaking in half-time refreshments, it looked decidedly gloomy and not quite an impossible task, but not far from it.

They watched aghast at the first half display of their side who put in a shocking second quarter and that meant they were a massive 25 points down on aggregate as they took to the floor for the second half.

The supporters were after a response and to their credit, the Dragons got fired up and came storming back not only into the game but also back into the tie to put the outcome back in doubt.

They put in a devastating 29-12 third quarter spell which had the visitors with only their pre-game advantage left to protect heading into the last period and with the hosts on the rampage.

When Fenn opened up with a triple in the fourth and it was followed up by a score from Jones, the crowd were pinching themselves in disbelief at the dramatic turnaround - their side having made it a one shot game on aggregate with just over eight minutes remaining.

Then, when Ibekwe took the home team out to a 66-58 lead, the fans rose to their feet as the forward tied up the scores across both games.

It set up a truly nail-biting last two minutes of action but just when it looked like the Cypriot side were sunk, they regained their composure to see out their narrow win from the free-throw line.

Anthony King was the hero for the visitors with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds while Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje also finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Dragons.


COACH QUOTES


Quotes Artland Dragons vs. ETHA Encomi

Stefan Koch, Artland Dragons head coach:
"Nicosia were well prepared and I agree when the coach says that they deserved to advance. I am deeply disappointed with my team. We played four halfs in this qualification and in three of them we didn't show up. When I look at our bad free throw percentage in both games, it is true that we didn't deserve to advance. Before the season started a lot of players said that it is important for them to play in a European competition, but they didn't show it."

Ruben Boumtje Boumtje, Artland Dragons player:
"It was a tough game for us. They came here with a lot of confidence. We put ourselves in a big whole and it costs a lot of energy to come back. In the end our opponent made the big points when they had to make them. We didn't."

Antonis Constantinides, ETHA Encomi head coach:
"Today is a big day for our club. We qualified for the first time for the EuroChallenge and we are very proud about that. If we look at both games I think we deserved this success overall. The Dragons are a very experienced and very well-organized team, a fact that makes our success even bigger. Our performance was excellent. Our preparation started only four weeks ago, but when you really want to win, you can achieve a success like this. It was something very special for us to play in such a fantastic atmosphere here in Germany, because in Cyprus we don't have this kind of crowd."

Anthony King, ETHA Encomi player:
"It was a real hard fight, both teams played hard. Our target was to win the game. We didn't win, but we lost with less than eight points. We lost our lead in the second half and we weren't too happy about that. But we are happy with the outcome. We still have a lot of things to work on."

Accumulated statistics

43.5%

27/62
FG
M/A

44.0%

22/50

51.2%

21/41
FG2P
M/A

42.9%

18/42

28.6%

6/21
FG3P
M/A

50.0%

4/8

52.9%

9/17
FT
M/A

64.3%

18/28

38

15/23
RT
RO/RD

32

10/22

12

AS

15

13

TO

12

3

ST

8

0

BS

2

21

PF

23

69

Pts

66

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