Referees: Miroslav Macela (CZE), Karel Kraaijeveld (NED)
TSK Würzburg 73 BC Boncourt 77
This time, an early lead was not enough for TSK Würzburg to secure a home win in the qualification round of FIBA’s Europe Cup. In front of 800 spectators in Wuerzburg.BC Boncourt had a strong performance by Alonzo Richmond (23 points), Yuanta Holland (17) and Matthias Kauzor (19) to beat the home team 77-73.
After a ten-hour drive from Boncourt, 50 Swiss fans did not have much to cheer about in the first quarter. TSK came out strong and took an early lead, 17-7 after six minutes. Alonzo Richmond, who hit all four of his three pointers in the first half and Yuanta Holland then started a 14:4-rally for the Swiss team and closed the gap to 21:20 after ten minutes.
"Even when we had the big lead I thought we were in trouble", TSK Head Coach Aaron McCarthy commented after the game: "Boncourt played with confidence, and some of my players were not focused at all." A strong performance on the defense-end helped Würzburg to still control the score at halftime, 41-33.
But after the break Boncourt slowly started to take control. The Swiss team cut the deficit to five points after 30 minutes, 59:54. In the fourth quarter, the "big three" Richmond, Holland and Kauzor combined for 20 of Boncourt’s 23 points to secure the win in a hard fought game that was decided in the final minute. BC Boncourt took their first lead of the game, 68:67, with 4:30 to go when Kauzor hit his second three-pointer in a row.
Richmond followed with a basket, Holland hit two free throws to make it 72:69 and the Swiss team never looked back. Even after Richmond missed two free throws and the home team scored to make it 74:73 with 1:18 to go, Boncourt did not loose their confidence. Roman Imgrüth made three of his four free throws in the final 35 seconds and Holland added one more to give Boncourt the win, 77:73 and the led in group A of the Central Conference.
Quotes TSK Würzburg - BC Boncourt
Aaron McCarthy, Head Coach, TSK Würzburg:
“We had a difficult situation when we lost a close game in the German league and our key player with an injury just two days ago. It’s a psychological problem right now. But we can’t win with only three players performing. I’m very disappointed with the way Tony Kichings and Igor Perovic played tonight.”