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Group:  G | 20.11.2012, 19:00h
Group:  G | 20.11.2012, 19:00h
89-88
20 - 2428 - 2325 - 1616 - 25
20 - 2428 - 2325 - 1616 - 25
Venue: Limassol (CYP) |
Spectators: 100 |
Referees: Miodrag Licina (SRB), Janusz Calik (POL), Josip Radojkovic (CRO)

GAME REPORT


Apollon Dodge Bullet In Dramatic Win

4. Daryl Dorsey (Apollon)
Daryl Dorsey sparked Apollon with his 8 assists

It couldn't have been any closer but Pizza Express Apollon are finally off the mark in EuroChallenge Group G after surviving a missed three-point attempt from Dwight Buycks to claim a pulsating 89-88 win against BCM Gravelines.

As the relieved home team celebrated a first success of the new season, the emotion could have been so very different had Buycks converted, since he was certainly the man in-form for the French club having already dropped 22 points in the contest.

But, it wasn't to be for the visitors and Apolllon had their own hero in the shape of 28 point Brandon Brown who was ably supported by the hot-hand of Diego Kapelan who sunk five triples in the game and also Daryl Dorsey who had eight assists.

It was a true run-and-gun contest with both teams happy to unload merrily from distance, sharing 46 three-point attempts.

The hosts shaded an entertaining first-half 48-47 and by the end of the third period had a double-digit advantage at 73-63, but then allowed Gravelines back into the game.

Cyril Akpomedah looked like he may have delivered a dagger when he scored from downtown with 26 seconds left to put the visitors in front by a point, but two free-throws from Dave Noel swung the pendulum back to Apollon just when it mattered.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Pizza Express vs. Gravelines Dunkerque

Apollon head coach Chris Chougaz
"It was a very important win for Apollon. This win should boost our psychology for the upcoming games in the EuroChallenge, and most importantly for the Local Championship games. Our players played with passion and were concentrated during the entire game. This is my third day as Apollon coach and I can see that the players are enthusiastic, but we will have to keep working hard."

Dunkerque head coach Christian Monschau
"Congratulations to Apollon for the win. I honestly was not expecting what I saw today, Apollon showed a completely different face, than in the first two games of the season. We will continue our effort, in our attempt to win the Group."

Apollon player Brandon Brown
"Today we played as a team. The new coach had a plan and showed that he believes in us, and we responded. If we continue this way, I am sure that we will do well in the local championship."

Accumulated statistics

50.8%

33/65
FG
M/A

58.0%

29/50

54.5%

24/44
FG2P
M/A

72.0%

18/25

42.9%

9/21
FG3P
M/A

44.0%

11/25

100.0%

14/14
FT
M/A

86.4%

19/22

28

9/19
RT
RO/RD

24

3/21

16

AS

14

9

TO

15

6

ST

4

0

BS

2

20

PF

22

89

Pts

88

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