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Group:  L | 18.02.2014, 18:30h
Group:  L | 18.02.2014, 18:30h
82-79
21 - 1526 - 2317 - 1618 - 25
21 - 1526 - 2317 - 1618 - 25
Venue: Kotka (FIN) |
Spectators: 634 |
Referees: Janusz Calik (POL), Torkild Rodsand (NOR), Pavel Fuska (SVK)

GAME REPORT


Kotka Survive Bears Fightback

5. Sharaud Curry (Team TEHO Sport Kotka)
Sharaud Curry has scored in double figures in each EuroChallenge game this season

Team TEHO Sport Kotka held off a spirited fourth-quarter comeback from Bakken Bears Aarhus to take an 82-79 win, but both teams are eliminated from play-off contention.

The victory of Ural Ekaterinburg over Tsmoki Minsk earlier in the day had eliminated Kotka before tip-off, but the Bears still had a shot at qualification if they could claim consecutive road victories.

The hosts were in no mood to be generous though, and romped to a 47-point first half behind 14 points from the competition's leading scorer, Sharaud Curry.

The lead swelled to 16 in the third period before the Bears launched one last desperate attempt to stay alive in the race for a quarter-final spot.

Brandon Penn scored the first eight points of the final period himself, before Chris Christoffersen's tip-in brought the teams level.

Young Finnish guard Joonas Lehtoranta made clutch shots down the stretch and, despite Penn's late basket, Ryan Ayers hit the clinching free throws to secure the home team's victory.

Curry led all scorers with 21 points and added eight assists, while Chris Owens had 14 points and Lehtoranta finished with 13.

Penn ended with a team-high 19 for the Bears.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Team TEHO Sport Kotka vs. Bakken Bears Aarhus

Bakken Bears Head Coach Ville Tuominen
"The first half was terrible, maybe our players though that the game would be an easy one to win because Kotka was already out. In the end we made a mistake; we left Jukka Matinen open for a three pointer. The whole arena knew he'll make it and that killed us."

Bakken Bears Player Nicolai Iversen
"We wanted to win here for the coach, it didn't happen. We were too much down to win the game. Your own performance doesn't matter if you lose the game."

Kotka Head Coach Sami Toiviainen
"We played the first 18 minutes very well. The third quarter was ok, but in the fourth quarter we stopped our movement. Bakken Bears played very well in the fourth quarter. Our young gun Joonas Lehtoranta played an excellent game on both ends."

Kotka Player Sharaud Curry
"Bakken Bears are a tough team and they are well coached. We handled the pressure well and we had only 10 turnovers. It has been a great experience to play EuroChallenge and I'm very proud of my team."

Accumulated statistics

46.2%

30/65
FG
M/A

39.0%

30/77

48.8%

21/43
FG2P
M/A

44.2%

23/52

40.9%

9/22
FG3P
M/A

28.0%

7/25

61.9%

13/21
FT
M/A

66.7%

12/18

39

9/30
RT
RO/RD

47

20/27

18

AS

10

10

TO

12

7

ST

3

5

BS

2

22

PF

20

82

Pts

79

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