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Group:  F | 04.12.2012, 20:00h
Group:  F | 04.12.2012, 20:00h
66-76
18 - 1314 - 1915 - 2319 - 21
18 - 1314 - 1915 - 2319 - 21
Venue: Timisoara (ROU) |
Spectators: 1000 |
Referees: Antonis Demetriou (CYP), Ognjen Jokic (MNE), Zdenko Zubak (SVK)

GAME REPORT


EWE Baskets Too Strong For Timisoara

12. Robin Smeulders (EWE Baskets)
Robin Smeulders had 11 points as EWE Baskets ended BC Timisoara's chances of making the Last 16

BC Timisoara's hopes of a place in the last 16 of the EuroChallenge are now slim after they ran into the EWE Baskets buzz-saw, losing 76-66 to the Group F leaders.

The Romanians now need EWE Baskets to beat Körmend next week and at the same time have to beat Szolnoki by at least 23 points in order to advance in a three-team tie.

Timisoara certainly put up a fight, holding EWE Baskets scoreless through the first five minutes as they took an 11-0 lead on Bogdan Popescu's lay-up.

But a 13-0 spurt that ran into the second quarter would bring EWE Baskets all the way back to take a 24-18 lead on Julius Jenkins' jump-shot.

However, it took a while to shake off the hosts, who used a 10-2 run to level it at 32 on Ivan Jelenic's three-pointer before half-time.

The visitors began to ease through the gears in the second half, with back-to-back baskets from Jenkins making it 47-36 late in the third quarter. 

Timisoara would come back one more time, with Zlatko Jovanovic's three-pointer making it 55-52 early in the fourth quarter, but EWE Baskets soon quelled that rebellion and saw it out to the finish. 

Paulding led the victors with 15 points while Jenkins had 14, and Robin Smeulders 11. 

Popescu had 14 points for Timisoara while Jovanovic, Jelenic, and Robert Sarovic had 11 each.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes BC Timisoara vs. EWE Baskets

BC Timisoara head coach Srdjan Jovanovic
"We have started the game very well, we played good defense, and overall we played better than the final score shows. Oldenburg is a strong team, and they managed to defeat us, but we want to send a message to the whole Europe, that we work hard to play good basketball, and nobody can come here and win easily. I thank all the fans that came to the game and supported the team."

BC Timisoara player Robert Sarovic
"After each game lost, you are very sorry and you wish you had done better. We played better than in Germany and than in the championship, we played physical basketball, and I think it was not easy for the Germans to win here."

Oldenburg head coach Sebastian Machowski
"I am very happy about this victory, I congratulate the team for its motivation, its not easy to have such an attitude when you are on the first place, and hard games are coming in the Bundesliga. We had a bad start, the opponents scored from every position, but then we managed to play our game."

Oldenburg player Jannik Freese
"We want to get as far as possible in the EuroChallenge, but we can't realize yet how far, we wait to find out our opponents from the next phase of the competition. In this moment the Bundesliga becomes a priority because hard games are coming."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

42.6%

20/47
FG
M/A

45.6%

26/57

55.2%

16/29
FG2P
M/A

52.4%

22/42

22.2%

4/18
FG3P
M/A

26.7%

4/15

78.6%

22/28
FT
M/A

71.4%

20/28

34

9/25
RT
RO/RD

28

8/20

7

AS

17

23

TO

15

4

ST

9

4

BS

1

25

PF

26

66

Pts

76

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