|02 December 2008|
Base Oostende lost coach Sharon Drucker following his decision to leave and assist Maccabi Tel Aviv boss Pini Gershon, but his departure didn't stop the Belgians from blowing out CSK-VVS Samara in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday.
Oostende stormed to a 98-75 victory to even their record 1-1 in Group G while dropping Samara to 0-2.
Umberto Badioli, who took the Oostende reins after Drucker's departure and coached in what the club's board described as "very difficult circumstances" could hardly have been more pleased with the victory.
"We did a good job from the beginning," he said.
"We played good defense, even if they did make some three-point shots.
"I told my players if they continued to play aggressively, we would get results from it.
"Playing aggressive defense allowed us to get steals and make some runs."
The Oostende defense forced CSK-VVS to turn the ball over 18 times, while they had just six turnovers themselves.
The home fans were bracing for what looked to be a nail-biting final quarter with their team leading only 68-65, but Oostende instead blew the game wide open, outscoring Valeriy Tikhonenko's team 30-10 over the last 10 minutes.
When it was over, Devin Green had 23 points and Rashid Atkins 21 for Oostende, who suffered a one-point defeat in their opener at Virtus Bologna last week.
Atkins scored the first eight points, including hitting a couple of shots from behind the arc, to begin the final period.
"The fourth quarter we lost control," Tikhonenko said.
"Oostende made us make nine turnovers and that allowed them to open the game up.
"We knew that Atkins could be dangerous and unfortunately he had a great fourth quarter."
Judging from Badioli's remarks, one of Oostende's most valuable players was Lionel Bosco.
The 1.75m Belgian point guard finished with a game-high five steals.