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Group:  I | 26.02.2013, 18:30h
Group:  I | 26.02.2013, 18:30h
87-79
27 - 1925 - 1819 - 2116 - 21
27 - 1925 - 1819 - 2116 - 21
Venue: Joensuu (FIN) |
Spectators: 2221 |
Referees: Carlos Cortes (ESP), Nick Van den Broeck (BEL), Sebastien Clivaz (SUI)

GAME REPORT


Kataja Down Karsiyaka To Advance

5. Jermaine Flowers (Joensuun Kataja)
Jermaine Flowers  was clinical for Joensuun Kataja, scoring a game-high 26 points

Joensuun Kataja snuck into the quarter-finals of the EuroChallenge with an 87-79 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka.

Kataja, perhaps getting group leaders Karsiyaka at the right time with the visitors' qualification already assured, needed victory combined with a Gaz Metan Medias victory over BK Ventspils and all the chips fell their way.

They did the hard work themselves, though, slowly building a lead that reached as many as 19 early in the second half.

They made their first break midway through the opening quarter with a 9-0 run that turned a deficit into a 19-11 lead, and Johnell Smith's lay-up saw them end the opening 10 minutes with a 27-19 advantage.

It moved into double figures early in the second quarter and big threes from Jermaine Flowers and Petri Virtanen pushed them to a 37-23 advantage.

Virtanen hit more big shots late in the first half to make it 52-34 and it was the Finn again from deep to make it 61-42 midway through the third period.

Karsiyaka took offence to that and quickly reeled off nine straight, Robert Dixon's three making it 61-51, but they could not get the deficit into single figures as Kataja eased away once more.

When Vesa Makalainen made it 85-69 with 4:35 it should have been all over, but Karsiyaka provided a late scare with a 10-1 run to close to 86-79 with 61 seconds left.

They might have got closer but for a Dixon turnover which afforded Antti Kanervo the opportunity to pad the lead from the line before Evren Buker missed a late three.

Flowers poured in 26 points for Kataja while Virtanen had 19, Daniel Coleman 17 and Smith 11.

Dixon had 18 points for Karsiyaka while William Thomas added 14, Buker and Abdul Aminu 11 each and Soner Senturk 10.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Joensuun Kataja vs. Pinar Karsiyaka

Karsiyaka head coach Ufuk Sarica:
"We missed three players from our normal rotation. Kataja wanted to win this game more than we did today. They were better and we wish them all the best."

Karsiyaka player Robert Dixon:
"We always play for the win, even with our way to the next round being secured. We just didn't play as hard as our opponent today."

Kataja head coach Jukka Toijala:
"It's hard to say anything and describe our feelings. This whole journey in the EuroChallenge has been great and still keeps going on. Today we played just how we had planned. So tactically we executed on both ends of the floor."

Kataja player Petri Virtanen:
"We had good energy throughout the game. We played really bad on our last domestic league game, so everybody wanted to improve in this game. Our performance was pretty solid for the whole 40 minutes."

Accumulated statistics

53.8%

35/65
FG
M/A

54.2%

32/59

61.5%

24/39
FG2P
M/A

62.5%

25/40

42.3%

11/26
FG3P
M/A

36.8%

7/19

66.7%

6/9
FT
M/A

53.3%

8/15

26

11/15
RT
RO/RD

36

15/21

12

AS

14

11

TO

16

10

ST

6

2

BS

3

22

PF

15

87

Pts

79

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