|Anthony King and the Artland Dragons closed out a perfect month of November with a home win over Keravnos|
Artland Dragons finished the month of November without losing a game and punched their ticket to the Last 16 in the EuroChallenge by trouncing Keravnos on Tuesday.
Anthony King and Anthony Hilliard scored 17 points apiece for the Dragons as they won the Group H game, 93-75.
Leading 45-42 at half-time, the German outfit outscored the visitors from Cyprus 27-19 in the third quarter to seize control for good.
Early in the quarter, it was nip-and-tuck.
Keravnos only trailed 49-48 with 7:41 to go in the frame after a three-pointer by their sharpshooter, Winsome Frazier.
Nathan Peavy went to the line and made two free-throws for the Dragons, only for William Hatcher to again reduce the arrears to 51-50.
Artland's Johannes Strasser replied with a jumper and Darren Fenn followed with a three-point play.
Frazier again drilled a three-ball to cut the deficit to three points, but David Holston answered with a trey for the hosts and they went on to finish the quarter strong, with Hilliard's lay-up making it 72-61.
Keravnos pulled to within 10 at the beginning of the fourth quarter but got no closer.
Artland's Hilliard had nine rebounds and Holston finished with 12 points and nine assists.
Ales Chan had 19 points in defeat.
Keravnos fell to 2-2 with the defeat and will compete with Szolnoki Olaj for the second spot in the pool that ensures a place in the Last 16.
Stefan Koch, head coach Artland Dragons:
"We had a lot of respect of Keravnos. They are a well-prepared and well-coached team and they deserve to advance with us to the next round. A lot has been said about stats today. What I didn't like about the stats are the 15 offensive rebounds we gave away. We started the game well offensively, but tried to force things in the second quarter which affected our defense. In the third and fourth quarter we picked it up. We are happy to advance to the next round after four games only."
Anthony Hilliard, player Artland Dragons:
"We came out very well and played good as a team, because we wanted to advance. In the second half we picked up our defense and as the stats show we were better."
Panagiotis Yiannaras, head coach Keravnos Strovolou:
"There is not much to say about the game. We knew it would be a hard game, but we tried to do, what we always do and play a good defense. We did that in the second quarter, but ten minutes are not enough to win the game. We didn't step up as we should, but sometimes you learn more from a game like this."
Ales Chan, player Kervanos Strovolou_
"The Dragons wanted to win this game more than we wanted it today. They had more assists, less turnover and shot a higher percentage. The stats say everything about this game."