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Group:  K | 20.01.2015, 19:00h
Group:  K | 20.01.2015, 19:00h
105-106
18 - 1933 - 3016 - 2027 - 2511 - 12
18 - 1933 - 3016 - 2027 - 2511 - 12
Venue: Saratov (RUS) |
Spectators: 2500 |
Referees: Gili Cohen (ISR), Konstantin Simonow (GER), Zafer Yilmaz (TUR)

GAME REPORT


Tartu Edge Avtodor In Overtime

8. Janar Talts (Tartu Rock)
Janar Talts recorded a double-double for Tartu Rock

Tartu snatched a thrilling 106-105 overtime victory over Avtodor Saratov to kick-start their EuroChallenge Last 16 campaign in Group K.

No more than four points separated the teams at any stage after half-time in regulation, but 25 minutes of gut-wrenching tension was finally settled after Avtodor's Travis Peterson missed with a late three-point attempt in overtime and Tartu took the win.

It is their first in Group K after an opening loss to Fraport Skyliners, while Avtodor were playing their first game in the Last 16.

Both teams came into the game in hot form domestically, and an outstanding contest duly followed.

Avtodor led by 11 points at one point in the second quarter, with Kyrylo Fesenko's free throw making it 39-28, but the default position of the contest was to have the two teams locked together - the scores were tied 18 times in regulation.

Joosep Toome put Tartu up 94-91 34 seconds from time but Micah Downs replied with 18 ticks left and, after Janar Talts missed a three on the buzzer, the teams went to overtime.

The close battle continued - neither team led by more than two in the extra period.

With 65 seconds left, Talts answered Downs' three-pointer with a long ball of his own to make it 106-105.

Aleksandr Gudumak's turnover gave Valmo Kriisa a chance to kill it but his three-point attempt bounced clear before Peterson missed at the other end.

Toome had another chance to ice it but missed both free throws with six seconds left, a sign of the growing tension, but Tartu hung on all the same.

Gert Dorbek led Tartu with 24 points, with Talts collecting 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Peterson and Downs finished with 22 points each for Avtodor.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Avtodor Saratov vs. Tartu Rock

Sergey Mokin, Head Coach Avtodor
"We can say we didn’t estimate our opponents properly. But first of all, we were very mentally and physically tired after our previous game against Unics Kazan. It’s very difficult to recover after such a tough game. It was initially clear Tartu Rock didn’t have any dominate post player and based their play using two power forwards who were moving to the perimeter. Unfortunately, the big players of the Estonian team made a lot of unnecessary field goals tonight."
 

Anton Glazunov, Avtodor
"I think we didn’t estimate our opponents appropriately. We knew they will keep their focus on three-point shots but we couldn’t suppose they will show such unbelievable percent from the arc. This allowed them to win the game."
 

Gert Dorbek, Tartu Rock
“It was a tough game. We tried to keep the score as low as possible. We shot well tonight. Of course, we were lucky at the end. We are really happy that we won the game."
 

Gert Kullamae, Head Coach Tartu Rock
“Of course, we knew Avtodor is a very strong team. We needed to play good defence. Both teams demonstrated very high percent of field goal shots. I couldn’t tell we or our opponents played bad in defence, but both teams were very successful with their shots. Avtodor is well known because of their aggressive offensive play. At the end of the game the chances were fifty-fifty to win the game. I’m very glad we were able to win. For sure, it’s impossible to anticipate such high percent of successful three-point shots. It would be very easy to be a head coach if your players constantly show such perfect percent of three-pointers. However, it doesn’t happen very often. Tonight this was the case and this helped us a lot to win.”

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

48.6%

34/70
FG
M/A

51.5%

34/66

50.0%

23/46
FG2P
M/A

45.5%

15/33

45.8%

11/24
FG3P
M/A

57.6%

19/33

89.7%

26/29
FT
M/A

73.1%

19/26

37

12/25
RT
RO/RD

33

9/24

22

AS

23

11

TO

11

5

ST

5

1

BS

1

19

PF

26

105

Pts

106

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