Cancel
26.02.2008, 18:00h
26.02.2008, 18:00h
76-87
12 - 3120 - 2018 - 1826 - 18
12 - 3120 - 2018 - 1826 - 18
Venue: Yuzhny (UKR) |
Spectators: 1700 |
Referees: Branislav Mrdak (SRB), Engin Kennerman (TUR), Juris Kokainis (LAT)

GAME REPORT


Proteas Pound Khimik To Reach Landmark

Proteas EKA AEL completed a two-game sweep of Khimik on Tuesday to book their place in the EuroCup Final Four.

The Limassol outfit, making it to the competition's showpiece event for the first time in club history, won 87-76 after one of the most dominating displays by any team in the 2007-08 campaign.

Charles Barton's team only won the first leg back in Cyprus 70-65, so few would have expected them to take a stranglehold on Game Two by the end of the first quarter.

But that's what happened after the visitors went on a 15-1 run in the opening frame for a 20-5 lead.

The advantage ballooned to 31-11 near the end of the period and Khimik got no closer than 13 points for the rest of the first half.

The visitors kept the pressure on and went in front by as many as 23 in the third quarter, but Khimik refused to give in.

They managed to cut the deficit to 71-58 with just under eight minutes to go after a three-ball from Martynas Mazeika.

The same player then sank a lay-up to make it 71-60, only for Proteas to reply with a three-pointer from Karim Souchu.

Still, Khimik persevered and with 2:36 left, two Mazeika free throws trimmed the Proteas lead to 77-67.

Maxime Zianveni, who finished with 19 points, made a jumper for a 79-67 lead to end the Khimik resistance.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Khimik vs. Proteas EKA AEL

Dmitry Bazelevskiy, coach Khimik:

"In the games at this level the good players had to show not only the desire but also the high level of basketball. Before this match the team was given a task not to give the guests the feel  of the game, not to give them easy shots. But it was not executed for some reason. We have to understand why."

Goran Cakic, player Khimik:

"I can not say what happened with the team. We showed nothing today. Thank you to our fans for the great support, it is pleasant to play when the hall is full. Now we have to forget this bad game and to concentrate on the Ukraine league."

Charles Barton, coach Proteas EKA AEL:

"We made every preparation possible to win this game, we watched the first game and analyzed it. I warned our players that Khimik didn’t show their real potential in the first game. For me there was a surprise that the home team failed completely in the first half. I got the impression that their players lost their head."

Vasily Zavoruev, player Proteas EKA AEL:

"It was unexpected for us that Khimik faulted in the first quarter. We certainly believed in victory, but nobody expected to be so easy the first half. Then we just led the game to a logical conclusion, simply controlling the events on the court."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

45.6%

26/57
FG
M/A

52.7%

29/55

55.3%

21/38
FG2P
M/A

63.6%

21/33

26.3%

5/19
FG3P
M/A

36.4%

8/22

67.9%

19/28
FT
M/A

80.8%

21/26

35

9/26
RT
RO/RD

24

3/21

11

AS

10

17

TO

11

5

ST

12

2

BS

1

23

PF

22

76

Pts

87

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