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Group:  G | 01.12.2009, 20:00h
Group:  G | 01.12.2009, 20:00h
82-90
21 - 2321 - 3218 - 1422 - 21
21 - 2321 - 3218 - 1422 - 21
Venue: Wels (AUT) |
Spectators: 1200 |
Referees: Vaclav Lukes (CZE), Igor Poljansek (SLO), Haris Bijedic (BIH)

GAME REPORT


Antwerp Hold Off Late Rally By Wels

Bryan Hopkins scored 24 points to help fire the Antwerp Giants to a 90-82 victory at WBC Raiffeisen Wels in the EuroChallenge.

Hopkins poured in 21 points in the first half, but saved his biggest basket for the end when his three-pointer with just 20 seconds left staved off a furious rally from the home team.

Jason Conley led WBC with a very impressive 19 points and 15 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Austrian club dropped to 0-2 to begin the season.

Antwerp took a 13-point lead into the break and seemed to be cruising to victory but WBC refused to give up.

Conley's three-pointer with 1:41 to go trimmed the Giants' lead, which had been 18, down to just four points.

It seemed an incredible comeback might be on the cards, but Hopkins' shot iced the game for Antwerp.

The Giants also got 18 points from Graham Brown and 15 apiece from Belgium international Christophe Beghin and Brandon Gay.

They will look to move to 2-1 on the young season next week when they host Tartu Rock, while WBC will look for its first victory as it hosts the Artland Dragons.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes WBC Raiffeisen Wels vs. Antwerp Giants

Antwerp head coach Eddy Casteels:
"We had a perfect start in the match. But WBC had a good answer. At the end Wels came closer and closer. I am very happy to win this match."

WBC head coach Raoul Korner:
"Under the basket we were to harmless. Antwerp did good shots. Our concentration was not always the best. The second reason of our loss was, that the Giants hit a lot of 3-point-shots."

WBC player Ricky Moore:
"We did a good job, we fought until the end. We didn´t give up, but at the end we missed some important shots."

Antwerp player Bryan Hopkins:
"This victory was very important for us. We did good shots, but Wels also played very well. I am very happy about our performance."

 

Accumulated statistics

48.1%

25/52
FG
M/A

52.3%

34/65

48.6%

17/35
FG2P
M/A

55.6%

20/36

47.1%

8/17
FG3P
M/A

48.3%

14/29

68.6%

24/35
FT
M/A

53.3%

8/15

33

10/23
RT
RO/RD

30

9/21

17

AS

16

11

TO

9

6

ST

5

3

BS

0

17

PF

27

82

Pts

90

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