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Group:  B | 09.12.2014, 17:45h
Group:  B | 09.12.2014, 17:45h
73-75
18 - 1716 - 1520 - 2119 - 22
18 - 1716 - 1520 - 2119 - 22
Venue: Samokov (BUL) |
Spectators: 300 |
Referees: Emin Mogulkoc (TUR), Alfred Jovovic (CRO), Alija Ferevski (MKD)

GAME REPORT


Tartu Leave It Late To Advance

8. Janar Talts (Tartu Rock)
Janar Talts was the topscorer for Tartu Rock with 17 points

Tartu Rock snatched a dramatic late 75-73 win over Lukoil Academic Sofia to secure their place in the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge and eliminate the Bulgarians.

Tartu rallied from 11 points down in the final seven minutes and the game went to the wire, with the visitors prevailing as Academic's shooting touch deserted them when they needed it most.

When Sharaud Curry hit a three-pointer with 6:32 to go, Academic led 66-55. Janar Talts and Gert Dorbek kick-started the Tartu recovery with back-to-back three-pointers, and it was another Dorbek shot from deep that tied it at 70-70 with 2:34 to go.

Terry Smith nosed Academic back in front with a lay-up with 2:12 to go, but that would prove Academic's final field goal of the game.

Tanel Sokk tied it back up from the free throw line and after Charles Thomas split a pair for the hosts, Valmo Kriisa sank a pair of free throws for Tartu to give them a 74-73 edge with 27 seconds left.

Smith's jumper came up empty for Academic and Augustas Peciukevicius split a pair to make it a two-point game with five seconds left.

Academic had one more shot but Curry turned it over and was forced to foul.

Although Talts missed both ends for Tartu, time ran out on Academic's EuroChallenge campaign.

Talts led Tartu with 17 points while Dorbek added 15.

Thomas had 20 points for Academic with Bruno Sundov adding 19 and Smith 18.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Lukoil Academic vs. Tartu Rock

Jovica Arsic, Head Coach Lukoil Academic
"We lost the most important game for us in Europe this season, because we didn't succeed to do our best in defence, especially at the end of the game, when we were able to score couple of threes and took a good rhythm in offence. After it, we just forgot to play defence. We have a lot of problems, not all of our players can play at the same high level in defence. We failed in making better decisions in crucial moments of the game."

 

 

Bruno Sundov, Lukoil Academic
"At the end of the game we lost concentration. We gave to our opponent some easy rebounds, we made some small mistakes, but these small things stopped us from winning and from keeping our dream in the tournament alive. Basketball is a team sport, everybody can do something good for the team. The fault is all ours. We all have responsibility for this loss."

 

Gerd Kullamae, Head Coach Tartu Rock
"We are very, very happy and satisfied, because we fulfilled our goal to qualify for the next stage of the tournament. In a game like this you must use every single chance you have to fight for the win. This is exactly what we did tonight. Of course, now it's easy to talk when all is over and the joy is ours. Lukoil played very well, but we were better in the last minutes."

 

Janar Talts, Tartu Rock
"Great victory for our team tonight, with a great team spirit. We never stopped believing we can win  and qualify. We kept our concentration at the end, when it was hard to predict who can take this game. Our defence did a wonderful job, also we made great efforts in attack, so congratulations to all my teammates and staff."

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

42.6%

23/54
FG
M/A

39.1%

25/64

43.8%

14/32
FG2P
M/A

38.9%

14/36

40.9%

9/22
FG3P
M/A

39.3%

11/28

81.8%

18/22
FT
M/A

66.7%

14/21

39

10/29
RT
RO/RD

34

12/22

12

AS

19

10

TO

7

5

ST

5

0

BS

4

21

PF

22

73

Pts

75

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