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Group:  H | 10.12.2013, 18:00h
Group:  H | 10.12.2013, 18:00h
68-76
17 - 1517 - 2719 - 2015 - 14
17 - 1517 - 2719 - 2015 - 14
Venue: Szolnok (HUN) |
Spectators: 1500 |
Referees: Sergey Krug (RUS), Bojan Jovanic (BIH), Henri Hilke (FIN)

GAME REPORT


Szolnok Advance Despite Loss

9. Aleksandar Mladenovic (Gaz Metan Medias)
Aleksandar Mladenovic was Mures' top scorer with 26 points, adding 11 rebounds

Szolnoki Olaj booked their ticket to the EuroChallenge Last 16 despite falling to BC Mures, 76-68, in Group H action on Tuesday night.

The Hungarian side have won the head-to-head thanks to an 85-72 win in the reverse fixture, having a top-two finish guaranteed regardless of the outcome of next week's final group games.

Aleksandar Mladenovic collected 26 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks for the winning side, while Goran Martinic added 16 points.

Szolnoki were led by Akos Keller, who got 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Justin Holiday who contributed 14 points.

Mures jumped ahead early 7-0 and were still up 15-8 when Szolnoki finished the first quarter on a 9-0 run for a 17-15 lead after one quarter.

The hosts led 23-22 until Mures used a 12-2 surge for a 34-25 lead. The gap was cut to 39-34 before Mures went into the break ahead 42-34.

Szolnoki got to within 44-43 early in the second half but Mures pulled ahead 62-53 at the end of the third quarter.

The hosts got the gap down to 64-57 but Mures took control with a 10-2 run for a 74-59 advantage with less than four minutes left.

Szolnoki held the guests scoreless for more than three minutes but could not get closer than six points the rest of the game.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Szolnoki vs. BC Mures

Szolnoki Head Coach Nedeljko Asceric
"First of all, congratulations to Mures. They played well tonight and deserved the win. Tonight we could not use our power, focus as we wanted. We have a tough schedule, we played on Sunday a hard game and tonight again. It is not an excuse but tonight this was the biggest problem for us. I will not kill my players or criticise. No problem, tragedy did not happen tonight. I believe and am always behind my players, so I think we are going in the right direction..."


Szolnoki Player Péter Lóránt
"We were tired tonight. I can say this based on my feelings and experience. It is not an excuse but that's the truth. We could not focus or fight or play as hard as we needed."


Mures Head Coach Srecko Sekulovic
"Congratulations to my team, they played well and fought for this win. I'm really happy to come back to Hungary. I knew here in Szolnok that the atmosphere is good and the home team is a different team here as it is away."

Mures Player Teodor Jucan
"We knew it would be a tough game. We were tired as a home team because we played at the weekend a really hard game with another Romanian team at home. We could control the rebounds and I think that was the key to win tonight."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

39.2%

29/74
FG
M/A

43.5%

30/69

43.4%

23/53
FG2P
M/A

48.0%

24/50

28.6%

6/21
FG3P
M/A

31.6%

6/19

50.0%

4/8
FT
M/A

76.9%

10/13

41

15/26
RT
RO/RD

45

14/31

18

AS

19

9

TO

12

5

ST

2

4

BS

4

18

PF

16

68

Pts

76

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