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Group:  H | 17.12.2013, 18:00h
Group:  H | 17.12.2013, 18:00h
69-68
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19 - 1912 - 1624 - 2214 - 11
Venue: Szolnok (HUN) |
Spectators: 1250 |
Referees: Engin Kennerman (TUR), Boris Gabara (SVK), Branislav Mrdak (SRB)

GAME REPORT


Szolnoki Win Not Enough For Group Win

13. Willie Warren (Szolnoki Olaj)
Willie Warren boosted Szolnoki Olaj with a game-high 18 points

Willie Warren scored nine of his game-high 18 points in the last quarter, including a lay-up that put Szolnoki Olaj ahead for good in a 69-68 win over Tsmoki Minsk in Group H on Tuesday.

In a nervous finish, Parrish Petty had a chance to send the game into overtime or even win it, being rewarded with three free-throws after a foul by David Vojvoda, his team down 69-67.

The guard missed his first foul shot, made the second, but was off target again with his third attempt.

Vincent Hunter secured the offensive rebound but failed to convert as Szolnoki hung on to the tightest of wins.

The narrow victory means Szolnoki stay in second spot, tied at 4-2 with Minsk, the head-to-head favouring the Belarussians.

It was a close encounter from the start with neither team being able to open a bigger lead.

The biggest difference in the first half was a 19-13 lead for the home side after Justin Holiday threw down a dunk after a dish from Chris Oliver.

Minsk were not impressed and immediately struck back, taking their first proper lead of the game just before the end of the first half, a triple by Petty making it 35-31.

Both teams kept the intensity up after the break and went into the final frame with Tsmoki slightly ahead, 57-55.

Neither team was able to open a significant lead, setting up the stage for the close finish.

Szolnoki were led by Warren's 18 points, with Holiday adding 14 and Vojvoda 13, nine of them in the first frame.

Minsk wasted 16 points by Branko Mirkovic and a massive 12-points, 12 rebounds double-double by Hunter.

 

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Szolnoki Olaj vs. Tsmoki Minsk

Szolnok head coach Dragan Aleksic
"Congratulation to my players, because they fought for this win and showed when we missed someone from our starting five and we need to change our rotation, they can solve it and play well. We were lucky tonight to win but we will work on our mistakes in the future and improve ourselves."

Szolnok player Willie Warren
"I'm happy that we could win tonight. It was a tough game. We are in the second round so we need to continue our hard work and get better and better as a team in the future. The EuroChallenge is a good cup, it is always good to play here and meet storng teams from different championships. We can get a lot of experince during this time."

Minsk head coach Donaldas Kairys
"First of all, congratulations to the home team. It was a good game. The little bit annoying thing is my players played well tonight, they were fighting on the court but at the end of the game, they made some mental mistakes. Good luck for them in the future."

Minsk player Petty Parrish
"It was a hard game, we were fighting but we could not win. We already knew that we are in the next round but me and my teammates still wanted to win this game tonight. We will work hard, play hard in the future and try to do our best."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

41.8%

28/67
FG
M/A

35.7%

25/70

48.9%

23/47
FG2P
M/A

37.5%

15/40

25.0%

5/20
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

10/30

61.5%

8/13
FT
M/A

57.1%

8/14

42

13/29
RT
RO/RD

48

19/29

19

AS

13

10

TO

13

5

ST

7

6

BS

3

19

PF

19

69

Pts

68

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