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Group:  B | 15.11.2011, 19:30h
Group:  B | 15.11.2011, 19:30h
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10 - 2021 - 2018 - 1822 - 22
Venue: Göttingen (GER) |
Spectators: 1264 |
Referees: Sreten Radovic (CRO), Francisco Araña (ESP), Ingus Baumanis (LAT)

GAME REPORT


Leiden Hold Their Nerve In Win At Göttingen

ZZ Leiden got on top of BG Göttingen early and clinched an 80-71 win on Tuesday.

In a EuroChallenge Group B battle of 0-1 sides, the visitors from the Netherlands got 22 points from Gabriel Kennedy.

Leiden, who fell at home to Besiktas last week, led from start to finish.

Toon Van Helfteren's men scored the game's first five points and a Kennedy lay-up stretched the advantage to 9-1 with 6:32 to go in the first quarter.

A Jevohn Shepherd basket gave Leiden their biggest lead of the second quarter at 39-23.

The Violets have shown a battling spirit in Europe the past few years so it was no surprise when they pulled to within 50-45 after two free-throws by Raymond Sykes.

But Leiden's Sean Cunningham went to the other end and nailed a three-ball.

Two minutes into the fourth quarter and Sykes hit a jump shot to bring the hosts even closer at 59-55.

Kennedy replied with two free-throws and another basket to calm Leiden's nerves and they kept their noses in front the rest of the way for a nine-point victory.

Shepherd finished with 16 points for Leiden, who were 25 of 32 at the charity stripe compared to 13 of 21 for the home side.

Sykes led Göttingen with 18 points and eight rebounds.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes BG Göttingen vs. ZZ Leiden

ZZ Leiden Head Coach Toon Van Helfteren
"We were aggressive from the start. We could make a difference in the first quarter. That is something we have not been able to do recently. As everybody knows that can't go on for all the 40 minutes, that we play on the level that we played in the first ten minutes. We had some lapses. Göttingen did a great effort to come back into the game. But at the right time we were able to make defensive stops and scored three times in a row. By doing that we were able to hold Göttingen back."

BG Göttingen Head Coach Stefan Mienack
"Honestly, we played a disastrous first quarter. The intensity level wasn't good. We played better in the second half. Our inside defense was not able to stop Gabriel Kennedy. But that is not to blame on our big men. That is an issue concerning our team defense. We need to play better team defense. This was a game we should have won out of two considerations: a) to keep our chances alive to qualify for the Last 16 and b) to get back on the winning track after all. It isn't sufficient enough to play one good half of basketball."

ZZ Leiden player JeVohn Shepherd
"Tonight we definitely came out aggressive. That worked to our favour to start out the game. In the second and third quarter we had some lapses. We picked it up. Göttingen is a great team. Fortunately, we came away with the victory tonight."

BG Göttingen player Raymond Sykes
"We played hard but we could have done better on defense. We have to improve our communication and rotations. That is something we have to work on."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

44.8%

26/58
FG
M/A

52.1%

25/48

51.3%

20/39
FG2P
M/A

54.1%

20/37

31.6%

6/19
FG3P
M/A

45.5%

5/11

61.9%

13/21
FT
M/A

78.1%

25/32

30

11/19
RT
RO/RD

31

7/24

12

AS

16

17

TO

16

1

ST

6

2

BS

2

24

PF

22

71

Pts

80

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