In tonight's game between two teams in trouble in this competition, the Germans took an early lead starting with a 2-10 run. However, Coach Casteels’s players reacted to pull back and finish the first quarter ahead (28-24).
Braunschweig was in trouble, only Firic (19 points) was apparent with his shooting precision and his assists; Verviers-Pepinster pumped more tempo into the second quarter and finished the half up 56-38 with a real 3-point contest coming from both sides.
The second half started well for the home team as they took a 20 point-lead(67-47). The whole crowd thought the game was over, but the German team wouldn't accept the defeat and came back slowly thanks to a numnber of turnovers from the locals.
Pepinster suddenly couldn’t make a basket any more, so Branschweig pulled right back (73-72) 5 minutes before the end. But at that moment the home team woke up again to take a big enough advantage to win the game, the Germans taking some bad decisions in the last moments.
Ken Scalabroni (Braunschweig Coach) :
"Pepinster deserved to win. My team had two very different faces. After a good start my players lost their concentration and allowed Pepinster to come back with many 3-point shots. It’s a frustrating game for me, because I’ve seen all the qualities and all the weaknesses of my team tonight."
Eddy Casteels (Pepinster Coach) :
"In the first half we scored a lot of easy 3-pointers. During the break I told my players it was not possible to win a European Cup game by 40. Unfortunately we could not keep the same concentration during the whole game. Despite a good preparation against their zone defense, we haven’t been able to beat that defense in the third quarter. We are not physically ready at the moment. I am happy that Zecevic could play today because he was not fit yesterday."