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Group:  K | 18.02.2015, 19:00h
Group:  K | 18.02.2015, 19:00h
68-91
23 - 1811 - 2620 - 2414 - 23
23 - 1811 - 2620 - 2414 - 23
Venue: Tartu (EST) |
Spectators: 1800 |
Referees: Janusz Calik (POL), Andris Aunkrogers (LAT), Henri Hilke (FIN)

GAME REPORT


Fortson Leads Avtodor Into Last Eight

4. Courtney Fortson (Avtodor)
Courtney Fortson led Avtodor into the quarter-finals with a huge triple-double

Courtney Fortson's triple-double led Avtodor into the quarter-finals of EuroChallenge at the expense of Tartu Rock with a 91-68 win in Group K of the Last Sixteen.

Fortson collected 30 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds as Avtodor booked their ticket by improving to 4-1, knocking Tartu (1-4) out of the competition at the same time.

Although Tartu had the better of the first quarter, Avtodor began the second on an 8-0 charge and never looked back.

Tanel Kurbas' dunk had given Tartu a 23-18 lead at the end of the first period, but Artem Klimenko began the second quarter with a dunk of his own and the tide turned.

Fortson's three-pointer made it 33-24 to Avtodor at the mid-point of the period, and he hit another three with 76 seconds left in the half to make it 40-28.

Their lead continued to grow throughout the second half, with Travis Peterson's three-pointer making it 65-44 with 2:57 left in the third period.

There was no let up as Avtodor finished the game on an 8-0 charge, a fine night capped by Fortson's three-pointer.

Peterson finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Kyrylo Fesenko had 14 points and nine boards.

Kurbas and Joosep Toome led Tartu with 12 points apiece.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Tartu University Rock vs. Avtodor Saratov

Sergei Mokin, Avtodor Saratov Head Coach
"Today we played much better on defence, made more passes and made our shots. Although we have some players missing with injuries, we had some good practices here in Tartu and played a good game today - not perfect, but quite good."

 

Courtney Fortson, Avtodor Saratov
"We advanced to the next round and that's always good. I´m proud of the way my team-mates played and I´m glad they trusted me with the ball today. I felt really good and was confident in my shot. Today I tried to shoot and stay aggressive no matter what. It felt really good today."

 

Gert Kullamäe, Tartu Rock Head Coach
"In the second quarter they grabbed many offensive rebounds, that helped them erase our good start. Today we didn't have nearly the same accuracy as in Russia. I don't remember this team losing the rebounding duel so heavily or letting one player put on that kind of show. (Courtney) Fortson played really confidently and passed the ball well. If we want to beat that kind of team, we have to shoot really well, because we cannot overplay them in the post. Today was not that day and it's a real pity to lose at home."

 

Gert Dorbek, Tartu Rock
"They controlled the boards and had too many easy shots. Once they had their confidence high, it was tough for us. And of course what (Courtney) Fortson did was remarkable. And we didn't have a good day in offence - the percentages were not something to beat a team like Saratov."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

36.8%

25/68
FG
M/A

54.7%

35/64

41.5%

17/41
FG2P
M/A

61.4%

27/44

29.6%

8/27
FG3P
M/A

40.0%

8/20

90.9%

10/11
FT
M/A

81.3%

13/16

22

7/15
RT
RO/RD

52

15/37

14

AS

22

10

TO

20

4

ST

3

3

BS

3

23

PF

20

68

Pts

91

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