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Group:  K | 03.02.2015, 20:00h
Group:  K | 03.02.2015, 20:00h
107-108
22 - 2316 - 1424 - 1919 - 2516 - 1610 - 11
22 - 2316 - 1424 - 1919 - 2516 - 1610 - 11
Venue: Den Bosch (NED) |
Spectators: 2200 |
Referees: Ognjen Jokic (MNE), Christoph Rohacky (AUT), Wojciech Liszka (POL)

GAME REPORT


Avtodor Topple Den Bosch In Double OT

Travis Peterson, Avtodor Saratov, 2014-15 VTB League
Travis Peterson had the hot hand from outside, making 21 of his 25 points from three-point range

Avtodor Saratov climbed back from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit on Tuesday to edge out SPM Shoeters Den Bosch 108-107 in an epic double overtime clash in Group K of the EuroChallenge Last 16.

Courtney Fortson with 26 points, nine assists, five rebounds and Travis Peterson with 25 points on 7-for-13 from three-point range, led no less than six Avtodor players in double digits.

Avtodor have now improved to 2-1 in the standings and share first place in the group with Fraport Skyliners, while Den Bosch dropped to 1-2.

Den Bosch reached the half-time buzzer holding a fragile 38-37 lead but after Kees Akerboom sunk his fifth three-pointer on the night, big man Marcel Aarts stepped to the foul line and made both his free-throws to give the Dutch side their first significant advantage, 52-44, with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Avtodor reacted immediately and Fortson, with a lay-up fifty seconds from the third buzzer, reduced to gap to 58-56.

Den Bosch however used a 7-0 mini-burst which Chris Denson capped off by splitting two free throws 7:14 from the fourth buzzer to go ahead by 11 points, 69-58.

Avtodor found the mental strength to slowly chip away at the gap and 16 seconds from the end of regulation Alexey Vzdykhalkin reduced to 81-78 with a lay-up.

Den Bosch misfired and on the last possession, the cool-as-ice Peterson sunk the triple to send the encounter into the first extra period.

With 11 seconds left in first overtime, Brandyn Curry blocked a shot by Fortson and charged in the open court to lift Den Bosch to a 97-94 lead with a dunk.

The home fans erupted in celebration thinking that this spectacular play had sealed their team's win, but Fortson redeemed himself by drilling a huge triple almost as the buzzer was sounding off to tie the scores at 97 and send the game into second overtime.

True to form in a clash that featured 19 lead changes and saw the scores tied on 12 occasion, the two sides continued to exchange blows but Avtodor finally made some head way when, after Peterson hit a three to put them in the lead, Fortson made three free-throws in two trips to the stripe to make it 108-104 for the visitors.

With four seconds left Den Bosch called a time-out and after play resumed Arvin Slagter drilled a triple to reduce to 108-107, but that was all the hosts had time to do before the final buzzer.

Akerboom finished with 27 points on 5-for-7 from three and added four rebounds for Den Bosch, who suffered their first loss in five games at home in this EuroChallenge campaign.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: SPM Shoeters vs. Avtodor

Sergei Mokin, Avtodor Head Coach
"We had many troubles before this game. We travelled from Saratov to Moscow with delays and arrived only this afternoon. This team has the best organisation of the teams we have played so far and they are the best we have met in the entire EuroChallenge so far."

 

Courtney Fortson, Avtodor
"Den Bosch are an extremely well-coached team. I had a lot of fun playing this game. I have to thank my team for believing in me. This was the first time I played 50 minutes in a game, but I still feel okay. It was tough for us, but there were no excuses for us."

 

Sam Jones, SPM Shoeters Head Coach
"To be honest, we lost this game to ourselves. We had the game in regulation, where we were up by three. We had the game in overtime, where we were up by three. And they tied the game both times because of our own faults. We lost because of a lot of details. You could say that Brandyn (Curry) made a mistake in overtime. Normally you dribble it out. But he went for the dunk and we went up by three points. At that moment you think it's enough to win the game, but Courtney (Fortson) made an incredible three-pointer. But in the end this loss will help us getting better."

 

Kees Akerboom, SPM Shoeters
"We were leading by ten points three minutes before the end and we made some childish mistakes. Courtney (Fortson) made an incredible shot which was the dagger. They made tough shots the whole night, we couldn't stop them."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

45.3%

39/86
FG
M/A

43.9%

36/82

44.1%

30/68
FG2P
M/A

43.5%

20/46

50.0%

9/18
FG3P
M/A

44.4%

16/36

83.3%

20/24
FT
M/A

74.1%

20/27

45

11/34
RT
RO/RD

51

15/36

23

AS

19

13

TO

15

8

ST

8

2

BS

0

25

PF

22

107

Pts

108

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