World Continue Unbeaten Streak

20.03.2007

The Rest of the World side notched a fourth consecutive victory in Lemesos, Cyprus to keep their winning streak alive.

Europe suffered an 84-91 defeat at the first ever EuroCup All Star Game in Kiev, Ukraine in 2004 and have yet to post a win.

After roaring away to a fast start and a lead of as many as twenty points, Europe fought back in the fourth quarter to set up a close finish.

But the comeback ran out of steam in the final minute and the World side ran out to a 105-95 win.

Erwin Dudley
All Star MVP Erwin Dudley
Turk Telekom center Erwin Dudley led the way with 23 points and his performance earned him MVP honours.

“I was surprised that I was selected. My team-mates played well and I thought one of them could have won, but I got it and it is a great accomplishment,” said Dudley.

Dudley had nine point in a first quarter which set the tone for the majority of the game.

Europe, led by Aksavayu Girona head coach Svetislav Pesic, stayed in the game for five minutes, but Rest of the World went on an 18-4 run to close the quarter and surge to a 34-19 lead.
 
It looked to be plain sailing for the rest of the game and the lead ballooned to as many as 19 points in the third quarter as Rest of the World led comfortably from the front.

But Europe gradually whittled away at the advantage and Girona center Marc Gasol cut the score to just one point with 5:44 remaining in the fourth quarter, 90-89.

Turk Telekom’s Bekir Yarangume tied up procedings with a lay-up two minutes later at 94-94, but the final three minutes of the game did not go to plan for Europe.

The Europeans missed all four of their field goal attempts and committed two turnovers. The Rest of the World took advantage and buckets by Kennedy Winston, Marque Perry and Curtis Millage saw them home.

“I was satisfied with the seriousness with which my team played this game and it was not easy against such good European players to stay ahead the whole game from plus 20, so compliments to the players who did their best,” said World coach Zare Markovski.

“The Europeans were serious too, especially in the second half when they came back from 20 points down to two, so it was really a game, not just a show, a really tough game.”

There were no sour grapes from Lemesos forward Milutin Aleksic who was playing in front of his hometown fans.

“We started pretty badly and the world team took advantage of that and deserved to win. But it’s ok because it was our first time together and nobody really knew each other,” he said.

“It was a good game, a good show and excellent for Cyprus basketball,” added Aleksic.

Six players reached double figures in scoring for the Rest of the World who shot 56% from the field.

Azovmash Mariupol center Serhiy Lishchuk led the way for Europe with 15 points.


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