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04.10.2011, 19:00h
04.10.2011, 19:00h
94-78
28 - 2426 - 1617 - 2123 - 17
28 - 2426 - 1617 - 2123 - 17
Venue: Tbilisi (GEO) |
Spectators: 3400 |
Referees: Spyridon Gontas (GRE), Gil Oved (ISR), Sergii Tyslenko (UKR)

GAME REPORT


Sokhumi Clinch Big First Leg Win

Sokhumi gave 4,000 fans at the Sports Palace in Tbilisi a night to remember with a 94-78 victory over BC "Minsk-2006" in the first leg of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round tie.

Franklin Robinson had 27 points on Tuesday evening and Marc Salyers poured in 19 while corralling nine rebounds and handing out five assists for the winners who were playing their first ever game in Europe.

The country of Georgia, on a high after watching its national side reach the Second Round of the EuroBasket in its first appearance at the event, is hoping Sokhumi will now travel north to Belarus and complete the overall victory next week.

Leading 28-24 after the first quarter, Sokhumi seized the upper hand in the last 5:35 of the second when they outscored the visitors 15-6 for a 54-40 lead.

Robinson had two three-pointers in that span.

BC "Minsk-2006" tried to battle back.

An Aliaksandr Kudrautsau three-ball with 6:25 to play in the third quarter reduced the arrears to 56-51, but Sokhumi had too much firepower.

Brandon Gay answered immediately with a basket to spark a 9-0 run that left the hosts in command.

The lead ballooned to 20 in the fourth quarter before Sokhumi walked off the court with a 16-point lead heading into next week's second leg in Minsk.

Justin Hawkins finished with 18 points for the visitors.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Sokhumi vs. BC "Minsk-2006"

BC "Minsk-2006" coach Andrey Krivonos:
"In the beginning our players were nervous, but soon they were able to follow the rhythm of the game. Our team played well in offense ,but made unforgivable mistakes in defense. But everything is not lost,as we are looking forward to the return leg.

BC "Minsk-2006" Julius Hodge:
"The important game is in a week and we will make sure to improve in defense. We will start the next game more aggressively and try to beat the 16 point difference."

BC Sokhumi head coach Ainars Bagatskis:
"I am content with the result of the game,however we have a lot to improve. I want to thank the players for their effort, but the most important game is yet to come. The fact that we won the game by 16 points does not guarantee qualifyingfor EuroChallenge."

BC Sokhumi Franklin Robinson:
"I am thankful to my teammates, as they were the ones which helped me in scoring. If we continue to play team basketball we will have a very good season."

Accumulated statistics

47.4%

36/76
FG
M/A

45.2%

28/62

49.1%

26/53
FG2P
M/A

46.8%

22/47

43.5%

10/23
FG3P
M/A

40.0%

6/15

60.0%

12/20
FT
M/A

59.3%

16/27

46

15/31
RT
RO/RD

36

7/29

27

AS

17

5

TO

8

4

ST

2

6

BS

7

22

PF

19

94

Pts

78

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