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Group:  E | 15.12.2009, 19:00h
Group:  E | 15.12.2009, 19:00h
81-89
26 - 2319 - 1617 - 2619 - 24
26 - 2319 - 1617 - 2619 - 24
Venue: Donetsk (UKR) |
Spectators: 3684 |
Referees: Aleksander Gorshkov (RUS), Andres Tobi (EST), Dariusz Lenczowski (POL)

GAME REPORT


Liege Strike Back To Take Top Spot

Adrian Banks poured in 29 points and Michael Green filled up the box score with 18 points, six rebounds and 11 assists as Belgacom Liege came from behind to defeat BC Donetsk 81-89 in the battle for first place in Group E of the EuroChallenge.

Liege had trailed for much of the first half, with hosts Donetsk twice moving nine points clear, but after pulling back level in the third quarter, Liege dominated the fourth to take control.

The decisive run actually began in the final seconds of the third quarter, Green's three-pointer breaking a 62-62 tie, and sparking an 11-2 run that gave Liege a lead they would never surrender.

Donetsk did their best to respond, with back-to-back baskets from Haywood Owens slicing the lead to five, 73-68.

But Banks responded with a lay-up and a three-pointer to put the cushion back to 10, 78-68, and this time Donetsk had no response.

Will Thomas also reached double figures for Liege with 14, while Andrija Stipanovic had 12.

Anthony Tucker let Donetsk with 19 points, while Marque Perry and Artur Drozdov had 13 each.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes BC Donetsk vs. Belgacom Liège

Alex Ruoff (Belgacom Liege player):
"Donetsk is a good team. They showeded the same game they we were playing in Liege. We played good in defense today"

 Dario Gjerjia (Belgacom Liege coach):
"I am very proud of my team today. We are the youngest team in our group and I think in EuroChallenge. But we showed our character and quality. We were smart on offense, but we could win because really good play in defense."

Artur Drozdov (BC Donetsk player):
"I just don't understand what happened in the second half. We played without character, we were not agressive."

Ramunas Butautas (BC Donetsk coach):
"First half we played bad, but at least we could make something on offense. In the second half we failed to do anything both on defense and on offense." 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

54.5%

30/55
FG
M/A

63.2%

36/57

61.5%

24/39
FG2P
M/A

66.7%

26/39

37.5%

6/16
FG3P
M/A

55.6%

10/18

75.0%

15/20
FT
M/A

77.8%

7/9

26

10/16
RT
RO/RD

23

5/18

13

AS

17

14

TO

12

8

ST

8

2

BS

0

16

PF

18

81

Pts

89

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