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Group:  A | 04.12.2012, 20:00h
Group:  A | 04.12.2012, 20:00h
87-54
22 - 912 - 2231 - 1222 - 11
22 - 912 - 2231 - 1222 - 11
Venue: Bursa (TUR) |
Spectators: 650 |
Referees: Ademir Zurapovic (BIH), Uros Obrknezevic (SRB), Andrei Sharapa (BLR)

GAME REPORT


Tofas Rout ETHA Ahead Of Crunch Game

Chinemelu Elonu (Tofas SC)
Chinemelu Elonu had five points and nine boards in a simple Tofas SC victory

Tofas beat up Group A strugglers ETHA 87-54 as they warmed up for their decisive EuroChallenge showdown with KRKA Novo Mesto next week.

The two will go head-to-head for second spot in the group and a place in the last 16, and in this the penultimate round, Tofas laid down a marker with a dominant performance.

Austin Nichols scored 21 points to lead Tofas, with Joshua Heytvelt and Steven Burtt adding 15 each, whilst Can Altintig had 12.

They came tearing out of the blocks and an 8-0 run to close the first quarter put them 22-9 up.

ETHA rallied in the second quarter and courtesy of a 17-3 run snatched an unlikely lead, 26-25, on Pavel Englicky's free throws.

But Tofas soon restored order and they took a 34-31 lead into the break.

The third quarter then ended all resistance from ETHA as Tofas outscored them 31-12. 

It began with back-to-back threes from Nichols and Heytvelt's dunk made it 50-33 just three minutes after the restart. 

There would be no let up, either, with their biggest lead the winning margin - one that came on the back of a 14-2 charge to the finish in the final five minutes.

Donte Poole led ETHA with 17 points while Ogo Adegboye had 10.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Tofas SC vs. ETHA

Tofas head coach Ahmet ÇAKI
"The team didn't have any problem in the third quarter, the problem was when we were up by ten, we lost control. I think we progress slowly. We have to win against KRKA. we played well today except the second quarter."

Tofas player Kerem GÜLMEZ
"We had to win this game, although we were down by one, we won the game. We got one more game in our group and we have to win that game. We must think about the game in the national league against Hacettepe. Thanks to the coach for giving me time."

ETHA player Taron DOWNEY
"At the beginning Tofas played well. They moved the ball and they shared the ball of offense, they played like a team and they are more physical than us."

ETHA head coach Kyriakos ADAMOU
"Every away team has a chance to win the game before the game started. We tried to win this game also we thought that but we couldn't. In the first quarter Tofas played well then in the second we played good. We knew that Tofas are stronger than us. We tried to stop them but we allowed the opponent easy scores and we lost the game."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

53.6%

30/56
FG
M/A

31.6%

18/57

59.5%

22/37
FG2P
M/A

31.7%

13/41

42.1%

8/19
FG3P
M/A

31.3%

5/16

70.4%

19/27
FT
M/A

56.5%

13/23

46

9/37
RT
RO/RD

28

7/21

16

AS

9

16

TO

13

6

ST

4

3

BS

0

20

PF

25

87

Pts

54

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