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Group:  B | 11.12.2012, 19:00h
Group:  B | 11.12.2012, 19:00h
90-87
22 - 2715 - 2127 - 1826 - 21
22 - 2715 - 2127 - 1826 - 21
Venue: Ploiesti (ROU) |
Spectators: 800 |
Referees: Georgios Tanatzis (GRE), Tonci Anzulovic (CRO), David Romano (ISR)

GAME REPORT


Defeat Kills Off Keravnos’ Last Hope

Vukasin Mandic (CSU Asesoft Ploiesti)
Vukasin Mandic and CSU Asesoft Ploiesti signed off their EuroChallenge campaign with a win over Keravnos

Keravnos' slim hopes of reaching the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge ended in a 90-87 defeat to CSU Asesoft Ploiesti in their final Group B game.

Although Joensuun Kataja lost, as Keravnos required to have any chance, they still needed victory and a 55-point swing to sneak into the Last 16.

As it was, neither came close to happening as Ploiesti came back in the fourth quarter to record their first win in the group.

Keravnos looked like at least finishing with a win as they went in with a 48-37 lead at half-time and then went 56-43 up on Julian Vaughn's dunk early in the third period.

But Ploiesti finished the period on a 12-4 that saw them close the gap to just 66-64 on Catalin Burlacu's three-pointer.

Vladimir Tica then tied it to start the fourth and Ivars Timermanis' three gave them the lead.

That set up a tense fourth quarter as Keravnos held on to Ploiesti's coattails to prevent a breakaway.

The teams were tied at 79-79 with 3:38 to go before Burlacu's three highlighted a 7-0 Ploiesti spurt.

Antonio Crocker responded with a three to make it 86-82 with 23 seconds left but Burlacu and Robert Nyakundi hit key free throws down the stretch, and Lawrence Kinnard missed a desperate late heave for Keravnos.

Tica poured in 30 points to lead Ploiesti, with Burlacu adding 25.

Crocker had 19 points to lead Keravnos while Bobby Maze had 18, Vaughn 13 and Panagiotis Trisokkas 10.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes CSU Asesoft Ploiesti vs. Keravnos

Keravnos Nicosia head coach Panagiotis Yiannaras
"
It was a good game, an intense battle in which each team wanted to win. Unfortunately, none of the teams had a chance of qualifyingfor the Last 16, but we tried to do our job till the end. I want to congratulate CSU Asesoft for the victory and wish them good luck in the Romanian championship."

Keravnos Nicosia guard Bobby Maze
"
We had a good first half, we managed to have control and score many throws behind the semicircle. In the second part, Asesoft defended much better and charged us for mistakes. Altogether, it was a very good match in terms of offense for both teams.

CSU Asesoft head coach Vladimir Arnautovic
"
We had some problems in defense in the first half, when we had to run continuously after Keravnos. At the break, I asked the boys to be more aggressive and try to take advantage of guests errors, which happened. Even if the game does not present any stake, we tried to achieve victory for our morale and I'm glad we did. Keravnos was a strong team in this group and I think it would be worth it to go ahead."

CSU Asesoft player Robert Nyakundi
"We started the game worse, but we went along. I'm glad that coach and teammates  trusted me and I managed to score when it was most important. It was a good game for us, even if we had no chances of qualification. It certainly will help us in domestic competition, where we want to reach the top and have a good lane into the playoffs."

Accumulated statistics

50.9%

28/55
FG
M/A

54.0%

34/63

48.7%

19/39
FG2P
M/A

66.7%

24/36

56.3%

9/16
FG3P
M/A

37.0%

10/27

83.3%

25/30
FT
M/A

60.0%

9/15

29

6/23
RT
RO/RD

35

11/24

19

AS

19

13

TO

17

12

ST

6

1

BS

2

22

PF

25

90

Pts

87

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