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Group:  L | 26.02.2013, 20:00h
Group:  L | 26.02.2013, 20:00h
82-74
16 - 1816 - 1325 - 1725 - 26
16 - 1816 - 1325 - 1725 - 26
Venue: Oldenburg (GER) |
Spectators: 1751 |
Referees: Vicente Bulto (ESP), Marek Maliszewski (POL), Andris Aunkrogers (LAT)

GAME REPORT


Oldenburg Hold Off Okapi

23. Rickey Paulding (EWE Baskets)
Rickey Paulding chipped in with 11 points on a night when all players contributed to the scoreboard for EWE Baskets

EWE Baskets Oldenburg warmed up for the quarter-finals of the EuroChallenge by dispatching Okapi Aalstar 82-74 in their final Group L game.

With the final standings already set - EWE Baskets sure of first and Okapi of third - there was nothing but pride riding on this game.

But Oldenburg might have had theirs hurt as Okapi led throughout the first quarter and well into the second before the hosts came alive to win it in the second half.

The visitors began brightly with Noah Hartsock's three putting them up 8-2, and then two more shots from range from Derek Raivio and Hans Van Langenhove making it 16-8 with 3:49 left in the first period.

An 8-2 response from Oldenburg sent them into the second quarter down 18-16 after Adam Chubb's jump-shot, but it was not until Konrad Wysocki's three-point play at the 6:32 mark in the second period that they took a lead.

Nor did they hold it long as the teams traded blows until the half-time buzzer sounded with EWE Baskets up 32-31.

They started the third period in more determined fashion, with big threes from Julius Jenkins and Rickey Paudling part of an 8-0 run that made it 40-31, but Okapi turned around and scored seven without reply to close it back up again.

The hosts needed some separation and finally got it when back-to-back three-pointers from Dominik Bahiense de Mello and Wysocki made it 57-46 with 1:20 in the period.

This time Okapi did not have a response as Oldenburg went on to make it five wins out of six in the group.

Wysocki led EWE Baskets with 12 points while Paulding had 11 and Ronald Burrell 10.

Ioana Tofi's 15 points led Okapi while Raivio added 14, Arne Steinbach and Hartsock 11 each and Christopher Young 10.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: EWE Baskets - Okapi Aalstar

Okapi Aalstar coach Brad Dean

"Congratulations to EWE Baskets. They deserve to go through to the Quarter-finals as they have been the dominant team in our group. We came into the game with a lot of issues and basically just wanted to stay healthy and give a lot of guys playing time. Unfortunately our EuroChallenge adventure has come to an end, but we will learn from it and use the experience next season."

Okapi Aalstar player Derek Raivio

"It was a close game against a veteran team. EWE Baskets has a very deep team and we are down a couple of men due to injuries. Because we could not advance to the next stage, we only played for our pride tonight."

EWE Baskets coach Sebastian Machowski

"The game didn't have huge meaning, so I am proud of my team that they still showed some fight and played for the win. We wanted to end the round of 16 on a high note and we did. Despite their injuries Aalstar showed that they are a capable team and they stayed in the game longer than we liked. When we found our defensive intensity we managed to build a lead and substitute freely."

EWE Baskets player Kevin Smit

"This was not an easy game for us because we already had the first place in our group secured before this game even started. That made for a rather bad first quarter, which we consequently lost. But we had a couple of good runs in the second and third quarter and that is how we won this game."

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

42.4%

28/66
FG
M/A

49.1%

28/57

46.8%

22/47
FG2P
M/A

47.5%

19/40

31.6%

6/19
FG3P
M/A

52.9%

9/17

87.0%

20/23
FT
M/A

64.3%

9/14

36

15/21
RT
RO/RD

31

9/22

7

AS

18

7

TO

15

7

ST

2

1

BS

0

20

PF

21

82

Pts

74

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