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Group:  B | 16.12.2014, 19:00h
Group:  B | 16.12.2014, 19:00h
81-83
21 - 1324 - 3417 - 1819 - 18
21 - 1324 - 3417 - 1819 - 18
Venue: Tartu (EST) |
Spectators: 1600 |
Referees: Chris Dodds (SCO), Dariusz Zapolski (POL), Stanislav Kucera (CZE)

GAME REPORT


Körmend Get The Job Done On The Road

15. Csaba Ferencz (Körmend)
Csaba Ferencz found the hot hand from downtown for Körmend on Tuesday night

Körmend extended their stay in the EuroChallenge for at least a few more hours on Tuesday night, defeating Tartu Rock 83-81.

Despite needing to win to have any chance of making it to the Last 16, it was the Group B guaranteed winners Tartu Rock beginning the stronger of the two teams, running out to 21-13 lead by the end of the opening frame.

However, with their early nerves in check in the second frame, Körmend turned up the heat offensively, storming back to take an unexpected 47-45 half-time lead on a Csaba Ferencz three-pointer 24 seconds out from the buzzer.

Ferencz was responsible for assuring Körmend maintained their lead in the third quarter, striking three times from downtown in little over a minute as he would go on to finish with 15 points on four-of-five perimeter shooting.

But in front of a raucous home crowd, Tartu Rock were not about to lie down, tying the game up twice in the final frame, including on a pair of Gert Dorbek free-throws to make it 80-80 with 58 seconds to play.

However it was, quite fittingly, Ferencz sealing the game, sinking one-of-two from the free-throw line with two seconds to play pushing the gap back out to two.

Ryan Richards was the biggest contributor on the night, leading Körmend's offence with 20 points. Rolland Török also finished with 15.

Veteran Janar Talts had 17 points and nine rebounds for the losing side.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Tartu University Rock vs. Egis Körmend

Gert Kullamäe, Tartu Rock Head Coach
"It was a tough game. In the second quarter, we had some problems both offensively and defensively. Körmend's offence became better, they started scoring really well and all night they continued shooting well. Körmend's Béla Sonyák and Rolland Török really surprised us with that, but that's how basketball is. Two minutes before the end, we were behind by seven, but still came out of a tough situation. The last seconds of the game were completely my fault, I make no excuses; I couldn't communicate the offence I wanted to see from the team. We're just happy to go into the next round and see from there."

 

Augustas, Peciukevicius, Tartu Rock
"Right now, it's hard to say how disappointed I feel. We could have taken the first place in the group easily. The beginning of the game was really good, but later our defence wasn't as good anymore, some of their guys surprised us too. It was a tough game. My last shot at the end of the game was a normal shot, I just missed."

 

Ante Perica, Körmend Head Coach
"A very important win for us in terms of self-confidence to finish this EuroChallenge season in a very good way. Big congratulations for the Tartu team, they played really well this whole round and deserve going forward, especially defensively. Every team has trouble matching up against their shooting ability, as did we, but luckily for us, we were a little bit better today."

 

Rolland Török, Körmend
"We're very happy for the win. We come here without any pressure on us, just to play and develop ourselves in offence and defence. Some things we did well, some things we didn't. But in the end we won the game and that's the most important thing."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

50.8%

32/63
FG
M/A

43.9%

29/66

57.5%

23/40
FG2P
M/A

41.5%

17/41

39.1%

9/23
FG3P
M/A

48.0%

12/25

57.1%

8/14
FT
M/A

76.5%

13/17

39

13/26
RT
RO/RD

31

11/20

15

AS

17

12

TO

7

3

ST

3

2

BS

1

19

PF

18

81

Pts

83

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