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Group:  A | 20.11.2012, 20:00h
Group:  A | 20.11.2012, 20:00h
82-79
12 - 1124 - 148 - 1718 - 2020 - 17
12 - 1124 - 148 - 1718 - 2020 - 17
Venue: Bursa (TUR) |
Spectators: 550 |
Referees: Tonci Anzulovic (CRO), Johann Jeanneau (FRA), Ciprian Stoica (ROU)

GAME REPORT


Tofas Triumphant In Overtime Classic

Steven Burtt (Tofas SC)
Icied the win from the foul line: Tofas guard Steven Burtt

On a night of drama in the EuroChallenge, Tofas Bursa continued the exciting trend with a riveting 82-79 overtime success against a crestfallen KRKA Novo Mesto in Group A.

In a game which will be remembered by those who witnessed it for quite some time, both teams went for the jugular during the extra period and amassed a mind-boggling 37 points during the last five minutes in a bid to come out on top.

It were the Turkish hosts who prevailed - although they will be wondering why they allowed themselves to be put through such an ordeal having been soundly in control earlier in the game at 40-27.

Nevertheless, a 17-4 run by the Slovenians tied the scores up, and matters were still level at 59-59 with just under ninety seconds of regulation remaining.

Domen Lorbek looked to have landed the killer blow for KRKA Novo Mesto with a three-pointer with 38 seconds left, but Steven Burtt replied in kind to ensure both teams were locked again - and he even had the chance of winning the game with another triple attempt.

But, overtime was required and after a strong opening burst, Tofas managed to take the win, with Burtt going on to show his cool and ice the decisive free-throws.

He finished with 19 points and seven assists whilst Lorbek had 18 points and five assists for the losing team.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Tofas SC vs. KRKA

Tofas player Austin Nichols
"It wasn't my night at the begining. I tried to do better after that I regained my confidence and I made the shots. We are happy to win the game."

Tofas head coach Ahmet Cakı
"We usually play bad third quarters like today. We lost our ryhtm when we play with more rotation. We got a lot of faul trouble. We must to learn play better at third quarter. After the down by one, it was important to regain our position and win the game.

KRKA head coach Aleksander Sekulic
"In the first half we played worse than we thought. We fought in the second half and had a chance to win. We made bad mistakes. We expected a tough game, Tofas is a good team."

KRKA player Jakov Vladovic
"In the first half we played a little soft. We let Tofas up by ten. In the second half we played though defence. We played faster and harder and because of that we caught up to Tofas."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

43.8%

28/64
FG
M/A

38.5%

25/65

53.3%

24/45
FG2P
M/A

40.5%

17/42

21.1%

4/19
FG3P
M/A

34.8%

8/23

66.7%

22/33
FT
M/A

63.6%

21/33

46

16/30
RT
RO/RD

43

17/26

16

AS

18

16

TO

14

9

ST

10

4

BS

2

29

PF

32

82

Pts

79

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