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17.02.2004, 18:00h
17.02.2004, 18:00h
70-76
18 - 2522 - 2311 - 1619 - 12
18 - 2522 - 2311 - 1619 - 12
Venue: Mariupol (UKR) |
Spectators: 2400 |
Referees: Stelian Banica (ROU), Tomasz Kudlicki (POL)

GAME REPORT


Azovmash Mariupol 70 TIM Maroussi 76

It has been a tough week for Ukrainian league leaders Azovmash Mariupol. At the weekend they lost their first game of their domestic league to Budivelnyk and tonight they lost the opening match of their series with Greek side TIM Maroussi.

A strong start from Maroussi seemed to jangle the Azovmash players’ nerves and they remained on edge for the entire game. Good play from Maroussi put the home team under pressure and they were forced into mistake after mistake. Azovmash did draw level, but consecutive threes from Aleksandar Smiljanic gave Maroussi an 18:25 first quarter lead.

The nerves of the Azovmash players were still not settled after the first period and the game remained frenetic. While Maroussi gradually increased their lead, the Ukrainians tried to shoot their way back into contention, but could only hit 2/7 3-pointers. Maroussi, on the other hand, stayed disciplined and 10 points from Andre Hutson and 12 from Roderick Blakney saw them retain control.

After a similar 3rd quarter, Maroussi led 51:63 leaving Azovmash looking at desperation measures. It was at that point that Azovmash center Volodymyr Gurtovyy attempted to take over the game. Despite only averaging 4.3 ppg until this point in the season, Gurtovvy scored 10 points in 4 minutes and Maroussi’ lead was reduced to 5.

Unfortunately for the home team, their new-found leader suffered an injury on the next possession and the momentum was lost. Maroussi coach Yiannakis put Blakney back into the game and Azovmash’s last hopes died.

Blakney and Hutson led Maroussi with 17 points each, while Blakney was selected MVP.

Viacheslav Ievstratenko and Gurtovyy both netted 16 points for Azovmash.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Azovmash Mariupol - TIM-Maroussi Athens

A. Podkovyrov, Head Coach, Azovmash:

"Definitely, it wasn’t our day! My team played as good as the opponent let us. I’m sorry to say that, but we didn’t find into the game. Actually, Maroussi played much better tonight."

V. Ievstratenko, Azovmash:

"We will not lose our hope! We will do whatever it takes to prove our might in the eyes of our fans and to force Maroussi to come back to Ukraine on the 25th of February."

Panagiotis Yannakis, Head Coach, Maroussi:

"We didn’t expect that this game would be easy. So, we tried to focus on the game for 40 minutes. Tonight we just made the first step, but the battle isn’t over yet. Azovmash is even strong enough to beat every team on the road."

Roderick Blakney, Maroussi:

"We played against a strong opponent. So, I tried to show my skills. Tonight I did well, but on Friday  it will be someone else."

Accumulated statistics

38.0%

27/71
FG
M/A

47.5%

29/61

42.9%

21/49
FG2P
M/A

51.1%

24/47

27.3%

6/22
FG3P
M/A

35.7%

5/14

62.5%

10/16
FT
M/A

65.0%

13/20

44

18/26
RT
RO/RD

27

8/19

9

AS

11

13

TO

10

3

ST

7

1

BS

3

18

PF

15

70

Pts

76

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