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16.03.2005, 20:15h
16.03.2005, 20:15h
93-88
23 - 2123 - 2028 - 2719 - 20
23 - 2123 - 2028 - 2719 - 20
Venue: Nahariya (ISR) |
Spectators: 1500 |
Referees: Christos Christodoulou (GRE), Christos Christodoulou (GRE), Ivo Dolinek (CZE), Miguel Anguel Perez Niz (ESP)

GAME REPORT


Iscar Strauss 93 vs. BC Kyiv 88

Strauss Iscar Nahariya's hopes of making the 2005 FIBA Europe League Final Four improved considerably on Wednesday night as they took game one of their quarter-final play-off series against BC Kyiv.

Nahariya, who fell at the quarter-final stage of last year's competition to Ural Great, edged a close game which was only decided in the final minutes.

Amit Ben David
Amit Ben David's 20 points and 7 assists led Nahariya, who were only able to shake off a Kyiv 4th quarter rally with a 7-0 run inside the final 5 minutes.

The game always promised to be a close affair, although it was Nahariya who forged ahead, leading by as many as 11 points in the third quarter.

Kyiv closed the third with a 5-1 run of their own and trailed 68-74 going into the final quarter.

It was Kyiv who continued their good play after the break, and a pair of free throws from Kresimir Loncar gave them their first lead of the game since the 7th minute (79-81).

But Nahariya struck back immediately and Ben David was the reason. He had a hand in the next 3 baskets, dishing to Eric Campbell for an open three-pointer, then finding Adrian Pledger for an easy two before finally making a lay-up of his own.

The surge gave Nahariya a 5-point gap (86-81) and although Kyiv got to within 2 points, the home side made 5/6 free throws to seal the win.

Pledger added 18 points to Ben David's 20 and Erez Markovich and Eric Campbell added 15 apiece.

Lamarr Greer led Kyiv with 23 points.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

53.6%

37/69
FG
M/A

60.0%

30/50

61.1%

33/54
FG2P
M/A

71.1%

27/38

26.7%

4/15
FG3P
M/A

25.0%

3/12

75.0%

15/20
FT
M/A

89.3%

25/28

27

12/15
RT
RO/RD

28

7/21

19

AS

16

8

TO

18

12

ST

4

2

BS

2

24

PF

18

93

Pts

88

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