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Group:  C | 11.12.2012, 19:00h
Group:  C | 11.12.2012, 19:00h
84-80
25 - 2722 - 1014 - 2423 - 19
25 - 2722 - 1014 - 2423 - 19
Venue: Tampere (FIN) |
Spectators: 994 |
Referees: Keith Williams (ENG), Ilya Putenko (RUS), Dariusz Zapolski (POL)

GAME REPORT


Dolphins Defeated But Sneak Into Last 16

9. Anton Saks (Norrköping Dolphins)
Anton Saks led Norrköping Dolphins with 18 points, making sure they stayed within the magical 11-points margin in the loss

The Norrkoping Dolphins suffered a narrow 84-80 loss to Tampereen Pyrinto but snatched a Last 16 berth in the EuroChallenge regardless in a tense finish to Group C action.

With BK Ventspils crushing the Sodertajle Kings 90-56, three teams finished with 2-3 records behind all-conquering Ventspils, and it was the Dolphins who stole second place.

With the Kings' defeat leaving the door open, Tampereen needed victory by 11 points to take second themselves and a strong second quarter saw them threatening to pull it off.

They set the tone by scoring the first eight points to take the lead and they finished the period on a 9-0 run to go 47-37 up on a three-pointer from Antero Lehto.

But the urgency of the situation was not lost on the Dolphins, who emerged from the locker room much improved, and back-to-back three-pointers from Oladapo Ayuba and Keith Gabriel cut the gap to one before Anton Saks gave them a 50-49 edge with a jump-shot.

The teams traded baskets and the lead the rest of the way until Tampereen began to edge clear late in the fourth quarter.

Four straight free throws from Kenneth Lowe were followed by a Lamonte Ulmer lay-up as they ended 77-70 in front with 3:08 to go, and it was Lowe again at the charity stripe as they went 83-76 up with 64 seconds left, enough to get them home.

Lowe led Tampereen with 18 points while Lehto had 17, Reginald Bratton 15 and Ulmer 12.

Saks led the Dolphins with 18 points while Ayuba had 15, Mikael Lindqvist 11 and Martin Ringstrom 10.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Tampereen Pyrintö vs. Norrköping Dolphins

Dolphins center James Hughes
"We came in the game wanting to advance to the Last 16. Our defense started to work in the third quarter and although we didn't get the win tonight we still reached our goal and advanced to the second round."

Pyrintö guard Antero Lehto
"We got our momentum in the second quarter. We had a bunch of fast breaks, our defense was great and we were aggressive. From time to time the third quarter has been difficult for us and this is exactly what happened today as the Dolphins went to zone and our game became too passive."

Dolphins head coach Paul Burke
"They dominated the first half. Their match-up zone was really frustrating us and I think the only reason we were in the game in the first half is because we shot the ball very well. We came from the half time and started defending better and I think defensively we shut them down in the third quarter. We made good shots and executed our offense very well, but Pyrintö didn't go away. They came right back in the fourth quarter and played very good basketball. It came down to the final moments and Anton Saks came up with a really big rebound which pretty much took us to the Last 16."

Pyrintö head coach Ville Tuominen
"The third quarter was once again pretty tough for us. I think we defended the first 20 minutes extremely well, but in the third our intensity dropped and we became too passive. In the final moments we were up by 8 and we missed a good 3-point shot, which would have given us a needed 11 point lead. Next thing that happens is we fail to get the rebound after they missed both free throws on the other end. So even though we won the game it's frustrating because a place in the Last 16 was so close for us. "

 

Accumulated statistics

49.2%

29/59
FG
M/A

47.6%

30/63

57.1%

24/42
FG2P
M/A

48.7%

19/39

29.4%

5/17
FG3P
M/A

45.8%

11/24

84.0%

21/25
FT
M/A

45.0%

9/20

33

8/25
RT
RO/RD

37

13/24

14

AS

13

16

TO

14

7

ST

10

5

BS

4

21

PF

23

84

Pts

80

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