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Group:  H | 26.11.2014, 19:00h
Group:  H | 26.11.2014, 19:00h
85-73
23 - 1527 - 2222 - 1713 - 19
23 - 1527 - 2222 - 1713 - 19
Venue: Minsk (BLR) |
Spectators: 1500 |
Referees: Andris Aunkrogers (LAT), Gellert Kapitany (HUN), Dariusz Zapolski (POL)

GAME REPORT


Tsmoki-Minsk Remain In The Hunt

10. Branko Mirkovic (Tsmoki-Minsk)
Branko Mirkovic was the best scorer for Tsmoki-Minsk against Usak Sportif

Tsmoki-Minsk are off the mark in EuroChallenge Group H, defeating Usak Sportif 85-73 for their maiden win of the season.

On the back of 22 points and six assists from Branko Mirkovic, the Belarusian side were able to keep alive their hopes of advancing beyond the First Round.

Ivan Maras, who went on to support Mirkovic with 14 points and seven rebounds, began the evening's proceedings from downtown after 18 seconds and Tsmoki-Minsk would not relinquish the lead in the offensive-minded encounter again.

There was a slight scent of a comeback midway through the final frame for the visitors when they cut an 16-point deficit to seven with slightly under seven minutes to play, but the tactic of sending their hosts to the charity stripe to remain in touch proved fruitless, with Tsmoki-Minsk showing composure on the line.

The all-round shooting was impressive with both teams going for over 40% from the field, but the telling stat for Igor Grichuk's men was their ability to share the ball around, dishing out 23 assists compared to 11 from Usak Sportif.

Eric Buckner was the most impressive player in defeat, finishing with 16 points and six rebounds.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Tsmoki-Minsk vs. Usak Sportif

Ulug Kacaniku, Usak Sportif
"Tsmoki is a different team from what it was in the beginning of the season. They changed the head coach and some players - and became much more competitive. Today they forced us to make a lot of bad decisions and stopped the idea of a comeback in the last quarter."

 

Ozan Bulkaz, Usak Sportif Head Coach
"We missed two key players - Carter and Hazieva. Besides Tsmoki played good defence and stopped some of our promising initiatives. It's a shame that the Belarusian arena lacked spectators - Tsmoki deserve much better from the fans."

 

Dzianis Pastukhou, Tsmoki-Minsk
"We are happy with the win. This result helped us coming back in the fight for promotion. I hope we'll continue in the same way in the next matches."

 

Igor Grichuk, Tsmoki-Minsk Head Coach
"I'm proud of my guys and the whole team. We changed defence - and it worked very well. We won the rebound and shot well from behind the arc. So this game was a pleasure to watch. But we need to continue our work in order to get better."

Accumulated statistics

43.8%

28/64
FG
M/A

42.4%

25/59

50.0%

16/32
FG2P
M/A

48.6%

17/35

37.5%

12/32
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

8/24

81.0%

17/21
FT
M/A

60.0%

15/25

38

15/23
RT
RO/RD

37

16/21

23

AS

11

11

TO

17

9

ST

5

3

BS

1

26

PF

25

85

Pts

73

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