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Group:  A | 13.11.2012, 19:30h
Group:  A | 13.11.2012, 19:30h
57-78
15 - 2814 - 1419 - 139 - 23
15 - 2814 - 1419 - 139 - 23
Venue: Nicosia (CYP) |
Spectators: 100 |
Referees: Ivo Dolinek (CZE), Tomislav Hordov (CRO), Petar Denkovski (MKD)

GAME REPORT


Tofas Enjoy Big Win In Cyprus

11. Steven Burtt (Tofas SC)
Led Tofas in scoring with 23 points against Etha: Steven Burtt

Tofas Bursa started and finished strong to cruise to victory over Michelin ETHA Engomi for their first win in Group A of the EuroChallenge.

The visitors took control in the first quarter, with a late 12-4 run putting them 28-15 up on Chinemelu Elonu's lay-up.

ETHA improved in the second quarter and by the third period they were coming back at Tofas.

Donte Poole's three-pointer highlighted an 11-2 run that made it 50-44 to Tofas with 3:04 left in the third period.

Kenan Sipahi replied with a three-pointer but the gap was still just seven, 55-48, going into the final stanza.

However, Tofas had heeded the warning as they quickly began to pull clear once more.

Austin Nichols' three made it 64-51 and another from Steven Burtt had them up 69-53 with 4:49 to go.

When Samet Geyik made a lay-up with 2:09 to go, the lead had hit 20, 75-55, and the contest was over.

Burtt led Tofas with 23 points while Nichols added 15 and Elonu had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Dejan Cup had 17 points for ETHA and Poole added 10.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Michelin Etha vs. Tofas Bursa

Tofas head coach Ahmet Caki
"First of all we thank Etha for the hospitality and the interest that they showed to us since we arrived on Sunday at Larnaca Airport until the Hotel and then to the gym.  In the first and second quarter we played better than Etha, but in the third quarter Etha played better than us. Finally, in the fourth quarter we started again playing better and we scored until the end when we won the game.  Our players fought and ran and that was good for us because we lost the previous game to Karsiyaka by one point.  I would like to congratulate Etha's coach because he studied our team, he has a very good team and he is a very good coach."

Tofas Player Ugur Dokuyan
"We had a good game and also Etha played well. Congratulations to both teams."

Michelin Etha Engomi head coach Kyriakos Adamou
"I would like to thank the Tofas coach for his good words for the team but when you lose you cannot be happy. We are coming from two lost games, one in the Cypriot league and one in the EuroChallenge.  We were not concentrated on the game especially in the first half. In the second half we played better, we are in better condition now than we used to be.  Congratulations to my players and good luck to Tofas."

Michelin Etha Engomi player Alexandros Georgiades
"Congratulations to Tofas. We played well for 25 minutes, a little in the first half and little at the end. Tofas played better, had more rebounds. We are trying to get a higher level for the next games. We hope next tuesday with Karsiyaka to have a better performance and win the game."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

32.8%

22/67
FG
M/A

50.0%

31/62

35.2%

19/54
FG2P
M/A

56.8%

25/44

23.1%

3/13
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

6/18

71.4%

10/14
FT
M/A

62.5%

10/16

39

22/17
RT
RO/RD

42

16/26

7

AS

16

12

TO

12

6

ST

4

1

BS

3

20

PF

16

57

Pts

78

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