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Group:  A | 04.12.2012, 19:00h
Group:  A | 04.12.2012, 19:00h
80-74
20 - 1720 - 2019 - 1921 - 18
20 - 1720 - 2019 - 1921 - 18
Venue: Novo Mesto (SLO) |
Spectators: 800 |
Referees: Alexandru Olaru (ROU), Petr Hrusa (CZE), Nikolaos Somos (GRE)

GAME REPORT


KRKA Hand Karsiyaka First Defeat

Jure Lalic (KRKA)
Jure Lalic, alongside teammate Edo Muric, led KRKA with 21 points

KRKA Novo Mesto kept themselves firmly in the hunt for a place in the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge with an 80-74 victory over Group A leaders Pinar Karsiyaka.

After making a fast start and jumping out to a 14-2 lead, KRKA found themselves narrowly ahead for most of a tight battle, but they finally found some separation to start the fourth quarter and they did enough to take the win.

With the visitors already through, perhaps they were not taking it as seriously as they might with KRKA racing to a big early advantage, as Jure Lalic's free throws put them up by 12. 

But Karsiyaka would be level at 20 by the start of the second quarter thanks to William Thomas' tip-in.

And so began a tight tussle as the lead changed hands numerous times.

They were locked together at 56 when Robert Dixon hit a three for Karsiyaka.

But Edo Muric ended the third quarter with a three-point play and Marko Pajic started the fourth with a long ball as KRKA began to edge away. 

A dunk from Muric made it 75-67 with 2:23 to go, and Matej Rojc and Murica again hit key shots in the final minute to hold off the visitors' challenge. 

Muric and Lalic led KRKA with 21 points each, Muric adding eight rebounds and five assists.
Thomas collected 24 points for Karsiyaka with Dixon adding 16.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: KRKA vs. Pinar Karsiyaka

KRKA coach Aleksander Sekulic

"I think that we played quite a good match from the beginning. We were aware of our mistakes from the first game and their advantages and we tried to prepare a game according to that. Pinar is a very strong team so we must be proud that we managed to win."

KRKA player Jure Lalic

"We played a good match against a very good team. Karsiyaka plays very good in the Turkish League and in Europe. This win was important for our confidence before the game against Igokea, who are first in the ABA league, and then our decisive game against Tofas. If we will play like this we'll have chances to win both games."

Pinar Karsiyaka coach Ufuk Sarica

"It was hard game for us. We played good, but KRKA was even better. They deserve to win and I congratulate them. The win was more important for them."

Pinar Karsiyaka player Ayhan Kentli

"Congratulations to KRKA on the win. We expected the game to be hard and they played better than in the first game. So they deserved to win."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

53.6%

30/56
FG
M/A

46.6%

27/58

59.5%

22/37
FG2P
M/A

56.1%

23/41

42.1%

8/19
FG3P
M/A

23.5%

4/17

66.7%

12/18
FT
M/A

59.3%

16/27

34

8/26
RT
RO/RD

31

11/20

19

AS

15

16

TO

10

4

ST

11

2

BS

1

25

PF

20

80

Pts

74

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