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Group:  F | 22.11.2011, 19:30h
Group:  F | 22.11.2011, 19:30h
61-80
13 - 1714 - 1516 - 2518 - 23
13 - 1714 - 1516 - 2518 - 23
Venue: Nicosia (CYP) |
Spectators: 100 |
Referees: Gentian Cici (ALB), Petar Denkovski (MKD), Damir Kunosic (BIH)

GAME REPORT


Aalstar Out-Fox ETHA In 4th Quarter

Okapi Aalstar enjoyed a big second half at ETHA in Cyprus and cruised to a second straight victory in the EuroChallenge.

The Belgian club won the Group F clash, 80-61, with Christopher Copeland's 18 points leading a balanced attack.

The Aalst outfit were in front 37-33 early in the second half when it started landing blows that ETHA would not recover from.

Jorn Steinbach connected from the arc before Justin Holiday and Christopher Young added dunks.

Steinbach followed with another three-pointer for a 47-33 lead.

Bradley Dean's team outscored the hosts 25-16 in the frame.

ETHA didn't give up gave their fans hope at the beginning of the fourth quarter when lay-ups by Shawn Ray, Dejan Cup and Darryl Jackson and a jumper by Cup closed the gap to 57-51.

After each side scored, Nate Fox hit a three-pointer and made two free-throws for Aalstar to settle their nerves.

They finished strong, pouring in 23 points in the quarter to pull away for a decisive victory.

Fox finished with 13 points and Holiday had 15.

Jackson and Cup had 12 points apiece in defeat.

ETHA are now 1-2.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Etha Engomi vs. Okapi Aalstar

Okapi Aalstar coach, Bradley Dean:
"It is our first away win in Europe. We have not been playing for that long in Europe. We are in a very good possition. Etha is a very agrresive team and is good for us to play agaist agressive teams. We know that they are the champions of the Cyprus league."

Okapi Aalstar player, Justin Holiday:
"We were struggling for the game today. The main reason for the win today was our defence. It is a very important win."

Etha Engomi coach, Antonis Constantinides:
"First of all I have to give congratulations to Aalstar for their win.  They deserved  the success today.  They played better than us, for most of the game, except for those 5-6 minutes were we came back into the game.  Personally as a coach I am very disappointed with my players, but not because we lost - there are many ways to lose a game - but because of thekind of performance, especially from a team that have won the championship.  Offencively we were terrible and for the third game in a row we had very bad options.  We have to start being worried about that. We need to find a solution to resolve the problem."

Etha Engomi player, Nicolas Constantinou:
"Congratulatioons to Aalstar. We did not follow the plan our coach prepared for us and after that everything went wrong."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

36.8%

25/68
FG
M/A

50.8%

31/61

39.6%

21/53
FG2P
M/A

55.9%

19/34

26.7%

4/15
FG3P
M/A

44.4%

12/27

70.0%

7/10
FT
M/A

75.0%

6/8

30

10/20
RT
RO/RD

41

11/30

11

AS

20

11

TO

19

10

ST

6

4

BS

3

16

PF

15

61

Pts

80

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