Cancel
02.10.2012, 19:30h
02.10.2012, 19:30h
96-90
31 - 2019 - 2928 - 2418 - 17
31 - 2019 - 2928 - 2418 - 17
Venue: Limassol (CYP) |
Spectators: 100 |
Referees: Sérgio Silva (POR), Sergiy Zashchuk (UKR), David Romano (ISR)

GAME REPORT


Apollon Punch Regular Season Ticket

Pizza Express Apollon turned back a late comeback attempt by Xion Dukes and won their clash on Tuesday evening to seal a place in the EuroChallenge Regular Season.

The Cypriots carried an eight-point lead into the second leg of their Qualifying Round tie and won, 96-90.

The visitors from Austria, who prevailed in their domestic Supercup over the weekend, led Apollon by seven early on Tuesday.

With three and a half minutes remaining, they went in front 87-84 to trail by just five on aggregate.

Daryl Dorsey poured in eight points over the last three minutes to secure victory for Apollon.

The hosts would have been more convincing winners had they made free-throws but instead, they missed 11 of their 26 attempts.

Power forward Brandon Brown was the biggest culprit, missing seven of 15 at the stripe for Apollon.

The home side nevertheless won with Dorsey scoring 24 points and Marvin Jefferson adding 19 along with 13 rebounds.

Christoph Nagler led a balanced Xion Dukes attack with 17 points.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Pizza Express Apollon vs. Xion Dukes

Xion Dukes head coach Werner Sallomon
"Congratulations to Apollon and all the best for the next round. The key to this couple of games was the first one in Austria. We did not play well there, and since we dropped the game at home, we had to come to Cyprus and try to turn things around. This was very difficult, but we gave it a shot. At the end we weren't concentrated enough to win."

Apollon head coach Akis Konstantinou
"The team is not 100% ready yet. We still have a long way to go in order to reach the level we would like to be. We are entering a very difficult group, and we will do as much as we can in order to succeed."

Xion Dukes player Matthew Rachar
"It was very difficult for us to cover the gap from the first match. We tried our best but we didn't manage to do it. We are looking forward to the future."

Apollon player Grigoris Pantouris
"Our goal was to enter the Regular Season, something that we managed to succeed following two very difficult games. Now we will focus and try to fins the way to do well in the Regular Season."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

52.8%

38/72
FG
M/A

44.9%

35/78

62.3%

33/53
FG2P
M/A

48.2%

27/56

26.3%

5/19
FG3P
M/A

36.4%

8/22

57.7%

15/26
FT
M/A

85.7%

12/14

42

13/29
RT
RO/RD

39

15/24

11

AS

21

15

TO

13

7

ST

7

3

BS

3

19

PF

21

96

Pts

90

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