New FMP coach Bosko Djokic watched his team fight hard in Göttingen but it was the German hosts who made home advantage count with a hard fought 75-69 quarter final win.
|Jason Boone weighed in with 10 boards, 5 of them on the offensive glass|
There was little to separate the teams in a tight first quarter until Gottingen exploded to break the game open in the middle of the second quarter with a 13-5 run helping to establish a double digit advantage at 35-25.
However the visitors dug deep with a 13-2 run and a bucket by Branko Lazic handed them a 38-37 lead before a tip-in by Taylor Rochestie gave Gottingen a 41-40 advantage heading into the second half.
There was little to separate the teams in the penultimate quarter and it was FMP who led by a solitary point heading into the last ten minutes of the game at 56-55.
A dunk by Jason Boone started off the scoring for the visitors in the final quarter and it proved a good omen. A triple by Michael Meeks with just over six minutes to go made it 66-60.
The visitors weren't finished and a three-pointer by Nemanja Protic with just over 2 minutes remaining narrowed the scores at 68-67.
Four free-throws by the ice cool Rochestie steadied home nerves and a big dagger score from downtown by Robert Kulawick finally killed off FMP.
Predrag Samardziski claimed an impressive double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds for FMP but it was a game high 24 points from Rochestie and 10 rebounds from Boone that made the difference for the home team.