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Group:  B | 02.12.2014, 18:00h
Group:  B | 02.12.2014, 18:00h
63-76
11 - 1716 - 2423 - 1913 - 16
11 - 1716 - 2423 - 1913 - 16
Venue: Körmend (HUN) |
Spectators: 1100 |
Referees: Anton Makhlin (RUS), Petr Hrusa (CZE), Sergii Tyslenko (UKR)

GAME REPORT


Academic Off The Mark

6. Terry Smith (Lukoil Academic), 5. Darrin Govens (Körmend)
Terry Smith and Lukoil Academic recorded their first win this season

Lukoil Academic will live to fight another day in Group B of the EuroChallenge as they finally recorded a first win, beating Körmend 76-63 on the road.

A fourth straight defeat would have eliminated the Bulgarians but they got the message and used a big first half to take the win.

Terry Smith's lay-up gave them a 15-7 lead with 3:01 left in the first quarter and when Bruno Sundov nailed a three-pointer with 71 seconds left in the first half their lead was 39-25.

Körmend kept scrapping, and back-to-back threes from Csaba Ferencz and Norbert Toth cut the deficit to 47-40 midway through the third period.

The Hungarian hosts had to make do without head coach Ante Perica in the final twelve minutes after a disqualifying foul at the third quarter.

They were still in touch at the start of the fourth quarter as the pace of scoring dropped dramatically, with the two teams combining for a total of just for points in the opening 5:35 of the period.

But when the pace did pick up, it was Academic doing most of the damage, and they led 67-53 when Kris Minkov threw down a dunk with 3:41 to go, with Körmend having no answer this time.

Charles Thomas had 20 points for Academic with Smith adding 18.

Marko Popadic collected 16 points with Ryan Richards adding 14 and eight rebounds for Körmend.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Körmend vs. Lukoil Academic

Ante Perica, Head Coach Körmend
"Congratulations to Lukoil. We met a very strong defence and our attack had no rhythm as it should have had. Many players today did not find themselves. I mean, I think there was a small problem with the attitude of my team today. In the second half we were better but it was not enough to win this game tonight. I apologize for my suspension but in a very difficult situation we did not get the foul call and I could not stand more."

 

Jovica Arsic, Head Coach Lukoil Academic
"I am happy with the win. We played much much better than in the first game in our home. In addition we had more information about the other team, so we could take away the dominant players of the opponent. We were stronger as well with the arrival of Sundov so it was easier to do. I think Körmend showed harder form than before. In the first half we worked out our advantage and it was enough until the end of the game. I am satisfied."

 

Norbert Toth, Körmend
"Congratulations to the opponent. They were much better than us. I am very sorry that we were not able to win this game in front of our fantastic fans. But we have to go forward and learn the lesson that can lead us to much better results."

 

Charles Thomas, Lukoil Academic
"It was a great win for us. In the beginning we were able to build up a quite comfortable advantage and in the second half we were able to control the game until the end."

 

 

Accumulated statistics

35.1%

20/57
FG
M/A

46.2%

30/65

37.8%

14/37
FG2P
M/A

50.0%

19/38

30.0%

6/20
FG3P
M/A

40.7%

11/27

63.0%

17/27
FT
M/A

62.5%

5/8

33

9/24
RT
RO/RD

42

11/31

8

AS

18

11

TO

16

10

ST

4

5

BS

6

19

PF

24

63

Pts

76

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