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Group:  B | 18.11.2014, 18:00h
Group:  B | 18.11.2014, 18:00h
72-79
13 - 1925 - 1117 - 2317 - 26
13 - 1925 - 1117 - 2317 - 26
Venue: Körmend (HUN) |
Spectators: 1100 |
Referees: Zoran Sutulovic (MNE), Vladyslav Isachenko (UKR), Ernad Karovic (BIH)

GAME REPORT


Tartu Hang On For Crucial Win

Timo Eichfuss (Tartu Rock)
Timo Eichfuss collected 16 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season

Tartu Rock held off a late rally to preserve a key win in Group B of the EuroChallenge, beating Körmend 79-72 on the road.

Tartu saw a 10-point lead shrink to three inside the final minute but then pulled clear once more to move level with Körmend at 2-1 in the group.

It completed a second-half comeback for the visitors, who had trailed 36-27 shortly before half-time, and were down by eight at the break.

Tartu had looked to be cruising to victory when Timo Eichfuss' three-pointer made it 73-63 with 2:32 remaining.

The advantage was in double-digits once more as Janar Talts' jump-shot made it 75-65 with 51 seconds left, but Körmend were not done yet.

Marko Popadic sank a three and Ryan Richards' jumper with 10 ticks left cut the gap further.

Valmo Kriisa missed two free throws for Tartu, and Walter Lemon made him pay with a lay-up that made it a one-possession game, 75-72 with five second left.

Körmend fouled again, but this time Tanel Sokk made no mistake from the line, and when Lemon turned the ball over, Tanel Kurbas underlined the win with a lay-up on the buzzer.

Talts had 18 points for Tartu with Eichfuss adding 16 and 12 boards.

Lemon led Körmend with 29 points while Richards added 19.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: EGIS Körmend vs. Tartu University Rock

Ante Perica, Körmend Head Coach
"Congratulations to Tartu on the victory. I have to say that, despite the fact we lost, we had good periods during the game. The defence pretty much worked well in the first period but in the second half our opponent made the three-pointers with a very high accuracy. This is not the first game when we really had no luck. We practiced hard and prepared well for the game so there is no reason to complain about the guys. Tartu simply threw everything at us in the second half of the game and our shots went off. We continue to be diligent and humble, and we will have the luck which will take us to a win."

 

Gert Kullamäe, Tartu Rock Head Coach
"We started the game pretty good, but in the second period we were at the bottom. However the next periods favoured us. If the three-point shots go in like today, then it is really easy to play this game. The key fact were the three-point shots we made. I am very happy with the win."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

38.5%

25/65
FG
M/A

50.9%

29/57

39.5%

17/43
FG2P
M/A

59.4%

19/32

36.4%

8/22
FG3P
M/A

40.0%

10/25

77.8%

14/18
FT
M/A

64.7%

11/17

33

11/22
RT
RO/RD

37

8/29

10

AS

20

8

TO

15

6

ST

4

2

BS

5

19

PF

19

72

Pts

79

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