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Group:  A | 15.10.2003, 18:00h
Group:  A | 15.10.2003, 18:00h
80-56
15 - 1821 - 1116 - 828 - 19
15 - 1821 - 1116 - 828 - 19
Venue: Mariupol (UKR) |
Spectators: 2150 |
Referees: Richard Stokes (ENG), Vladimir Okhrimenko (RUS)

GAME REPORT


Azovmash 80 Türk Telekom 56

At the beginning of the game both teams were nervous and played run-and-gun style basketball without control. The only one staying cool was Semsettin Bas of Türk Telekom, who scored most of the points during this periond. He finished the game with 20 points.

By the end of the first quarter it was Azovmash's 2.06m center Andriy Botichev who stepped up , scoring two unanswered baskets and fixed the final score at 15:18.

The turning point of the game came at the beginning of the second quarter. Guard Sergey Moskalenko, who was voted MVP after the game, had two steals and a coast-to-coast layup to bring his team ahead for the first time – 26:25 after 13 minutes.

By the end of the first half it was Alexandr Skutyelnik who fixed the score at 36:29.

Azovmash came out very aggressively in the second half and Türk Telekom was struggling in offence. The Turkish team was limited to just 8 third-quarter points. Türk Telekom had also a total of 20 turnovers.

After the third quarter the score was 52:37.

In the fourth quarter Azovmash increased the lead to more than 20 points (69:48) and Türk Telekom was not able to get back into the game.

Botichev was Azovmash's leading scorer with 16 points. Forward Leonid Yaylo had also a superb game with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists.

MVP of the game: Sergiy Moskalenko (Azovmash)

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Azovmash - Türk Telekom

A. Podkovyrov, Head Coach, Azovmash:

In the first quarter the players were very nervous. In the second quarter we played in the way we have planned to do and took control of the game. It was a very attractive game.

S. Moskalenko, Azovmash:

In the first quarter we were a bit over-motivated. In the second quarter we calmed down, put more pressure on the Turks and took the lead. Now our thoughts are already in Thessaloniki, where we will play our next game against PAOK.

A. Avlijas, Türk Telekom:

Even though Azovmash has some players of real European class – Bulatovic and Lokhmanchuk - we should not have lost with such a big difference tonight. We had a number of injured players and were not able to do our best. We will beat "Azovmash" in the next game in Turkey.

E. Sunter, Head Coach, Türk Telekom:

The game result speaks for itself but we are not upset about it. Our main task is to take one of the Final Four places and I think we will succeed in this.

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

48.5%

32/66
FG
M/A

32.8%

20/61

55.3%

26/47
FG2P
M/A

43.2%

19/44

31.6%

6/19
FG3P
M/A

5.9%

1/17

55.6%

10/18
FT
M/A

65.2%

15/23

41

17/24
RT
RO/RD

30

13/17

16

AS

6

16

TO

20

10

ST

11

3

BS

1

21

PF

16

80

Pts

56

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