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Group:  C | 15.08.2012, 19:00h
Group:  C | 15.08.2012, 19:00h
86-89
17 - 2212 - 2122 - 1318 - 1317 - 20
17 - 2212 - 2122 - 1318 - 1317 - 20
Venue: Nicosia (CYP) |
Spectators: 500 |
Referees: Ioannis Foufis (GRE), Igor Mitrovski (MKD), Florin Grigoras (ROU)

GAME REPORT


Austria Edge Cyprus In OT Drama

Austria came through in overtime to open their EuroBasket qualifying campaign with an 89-86 win over Cyprus.

The hosts enjoyed a huge second half to come from 43-29 down at half-time to force the extra period, but Austria finished on an 11-5 run to take the win.

It was hard luck on Cyprus, who wiped out a 10-point deficit in the final three minutes of regulation to take it to overtime.

Austria led 69-59 when Anton Maresch split a pair of freet throws with 3:17 to go, but Christopher Razis hit back with a three-pointer for Cyprus to start a 10-0 run to the finish.

Panagiotis Trisokkas split a pair of free throws and Anthony King then scored six straight, including the tying lay-up 17 seconds from time.

The teams traded blows to start the extra period but Cyprus were up 81-78 when Razis hit a three-pointer with 98 seconds to go.

Davor Lamesic replied with a jump-shot and after Razis missed another three, Jason Detrick took the lead back for Austria.

An Aristides Koronides turnover led to a Moritz Laneggar dunk to make it 84-81 and Lamesic sank two free throws to stretch the lead further.

Trisokkas made a pair for Cyprus, but Laneggar held his nerve to sink two more and make it 88-83 with 15 seconds left, and Cyprus could not find a way back.

Detrick led Austria with 20 points while Lamesic poured in 18 and Rasid Mahalbasic 17.

King had 23 points for Cyprus and Andreas Pilavas 21.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Cyprus vs. Austria

Neno Ascerics, head coach of Austria:
"I think  that we deserved  to win. We were in the lead, from the beginning. We should not have got to the extra time. We were leading by ten points before the end but due to luck of concentration and experience we made a lot of mistakes. We have done a great job. We have a team spirit."

Jason Detrick, Austria:
"Both teams fought hard. We were very good in the first half. Cyprus showed character in the second half, and they were better than us. It was a very good game and I am glad that we won. Some of our players have been playing in the team for a long time, and this is very helpful for us."

Antonis  Konstantinides, head coach of Cyprus:
"We did not play up to our standard and our expectations, in the first half. The opponents controlled the game. In the second half we played better, we improved our game and tried very hard. We had the lead in the extra time, but we did not manage to keep it."

Iraklis Pittakas, Cyprus:
"
We wasted the first half, because we were very nervous. In the second half we made a great effort and tried to win the match, but we did not manage to do it. We are not disappointed  because of the result and we are looking forward to our next matches."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

48.3%

28/58
FG
M/A

44.6%

33/74

51.4%

19/37
FG2P
M/A

51.9%

28/54

42.9%

9/21
FG3P
M/A

25.0%

5/20

58.3%

21/36
FT
M/A

78.3%

18/23

34

6/28
RT
RO/RD

41

13/28

13

AS

11

16

TO

12

4

ST

9

2

BS

2

25

PF

30

86

Pts

89

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