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Group:  K | 13.01.2015, 19:00h
Group:  K | 13.01.2015, 19:00h
62-71
28 - 168 - 1810 - 1516 - 22
28 - 168 - 1810 - 1516 - 22
Venue: Tartu (EST) |
Spectators: 1800 |
Referees: Henri Hilke (FIN), Gellert Kapitany (HUN), Dariusz Zapolski (POL)

GAME REPORT


Skyliners Rally To Beat Tartu

30. Justin Cobbs (Fraport Skyliners)
Justin Cobbs fell one assist short of a double-double, finishing with 15 points and nine assists

Fraport Skyliners overcame an early double-digit deficit to race clear to victory in the final five minutes, opening their Group K campaign with a 71-62 over Tartu Rock in the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge.

Tartu had led 23-8 in the first quarter but the Skyliners rallied to close that gap to two before half-time and were on level terms soon after.

The teams approached the final stretch locked together but the Skyliners would outscore their hosts 18-7 over the final six-plus minutes.

Tartu dominated the early going, leading 17-4 on Joosep Toome's jump-shot before Tanel Sokk's three-pointer made it 23-8 with 3:57 to go in the first.

But a 9-0 Skyliners run made it a one-possession game as Aaron Doornekamp's lay-up made it 28-25 and it remained tight for the rest of the half.

The Skyliners nosed in front by scoring the first six points of the second but little would separate the teams.

Augustas Peciukevicius' three had Tartu 55-53 up with 6:21 to go, but it was almost all Skyliners after that as Johannes Voigtmann's jump-shot tied the game and sparked the run which won it.

Voigtmann essentially sealed it with six unanswered points of his own, making it 69-60 with 55 seconds to play.

The 22-year-old big man finished with 17 points for the Skyliners while Justin Cobbs scored 15 while dishing out nine assists.

Janar Talts and Toome had 17 points each for Tartu.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Tartu University Rock vs. Fraport Skyliners

Klaus Perwas, Fraport Skyliners Assistant Coach
"I´m very happy that we won because Tartu Rock are a tough team to play, especially at home. They play simple, together and move the ball well. So to compete with them here and come out with a win - I think we can be very happy. I think the most important thing was our defence. Joosep Toome was a surprise for us and he scored 17 points, but I think we made a good job on the other shooters and they did not get open shots. It's good that we kept our cool and made a good job coming back into the game in the second quarter and second half to finish the game."

 

Johannes Voigtmann, Fraport Skyliners
"We played against a tough and skilled team in a loud arena. We started the game way too sloppy, but we got it together in the second quarter and played more as a team. We struggled with defensive rebounds in the beginning, but got it sorted out in the second half."

 

Gert Kullamäe, Tartu Rock Head Coach
"In the first quarter we made all of our shots and it's clear that it could not last till the end. Two top defensive teams in the league were playing each other and we knew the score was going to be low. The fact that we got a good start was a good surprise. But in the second half they pressured us with their defence. We stayed in the game as long as our three-pointers fell in, but in the low post it was really hard against them. The turnovers in the second quarter were the key to the game - they got easy baskets off those turnovers and came back into the game. The first game at home was a good chance for us to start well, but now we have to keep our heads up and think about the next games."

 

Joosep Toome, Tartu Rock
"It's a pity that we lost at home. Personally, coming back from a long injury break, I was exhausted after four, five minutes - it didn't matter so much for the shots, but playing defence was hard. But we will now focus on the next opponents and nothing is lost."

Accumulated statistics

40.7%

22/54
FG
M/A

50.0%

31/62

42.9%

12/28
FG2P
M/A

52.1%

25/48

38.5%

10/26
FG3P
M/A

42.9%

6/14

80.0%

8/10
FT
M/A

50.0%

3/6

33

7/26
RT
RO/RD

31

8/23

18

AS

15

18

TO

14

5

ST

11

7

BS

5

16

PF

12

62

Pts

71

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