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Group:  G | 04.12.2012, 19:00h
Group:  G | 04.12.2012, 19:00h
72-81
14 - 1419 - 2220 - 2319 - 22
14 - 1419 - 2220 - 2319 - 22
Venue: Limassol (CYP) |
Spectators: 150 |
Referees: Yaari Rainisch (ISR), Georgios Tanatzis (GRE), Bernard Vassallo (MLT)

GAME REPORT


Minsk Storm Back To Take Victory

41. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (Tsmoki-Minsk)
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau led Tsmoki-Minsk with 19 points

Tsmoki-Minsk came through at the finish, 81-72, to boost their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the EuroChallenge and end those of Apollon.

Having led a close game for most of the second half, Minsk looked to have blown it when Apollon - needing a win to stay alive - went on a 14-0 tear that spanned the third and fourth quarters and put them up 65-59.

But Minsk responded with an 11-0 spurt of their own to re-establish control and see it through to the close.

Minsk appeared in control when they went 50-40 up on Dzianis Korshuk's jump-shot. 

Apollon would come storming back, and Diego Kapelan's three-pointer made it 65-59 with 6:49 to go.
But from there to the finish, Minsk outscored them 22-7 to take the win.

The 11-0 run was capped by three-point plays from Kudrautsau, the first a lay-up and free throw, the second a shot drilled from long-range. 

That put them up 70-65, and they held Apollon at arm's length the rest of the way, helped by key three-pointers from Aliaksei Trastsinetski and Jajuan Smith

Kudrautsau led Minsk with 19 points while Korshuk had 16 and Smith 15. Trastsinetski and Aliaksei Laskevich collected 11 points each, with Laskevich adding 11 rebounds. 

Brandon Brown led Apollon with 17 points, with Dorde Lelic and Gerald Robinson adding 13 apiece.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Apollon vs. Tsmoki-Minsk

Apollon head coach Chris Chougaz

"We only had three days of rest since our last game for the local league, and I would like to congratulate my players for the effort. I am proud that I work for this team, as I see that everybody is working real hard. Congratulations to Minsk for the win."

Apollon player Gerald Robinson 

"Today the team tried really hard. We fought until the end, but we did not have a clear mind during the last minutes, and that is why we dropped the game."

Minsk head coach Andrei Krivonos 

"It was a tiring trip and just for this, I am very happy for managing to beat a very strong team. I would also like to congratulate my players for the effort."

Minsk player Ja Juan Smith 

"It was the first of two games that we must win. We did it and we will do our best to qualify to the next round by winning our last game. I must congratulate Apollon as they fought really hard and that they have a very good team."

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

42.0%

21/50
FG
M/A

47.0%

31/66

45.5%

15/33
FG2P
M/A

53.8%

21/39

35.3%

6/17
FG3P
M/A

37.0%

10/27

75.0%

24/32
FT
M/A

75.0%

9/12

28

4/24
RT
RO/RD

41

12/29

8

AS

16

16

TO

13

8

ST

11

1

BS

3

18

PF

24

72

Pts

81

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