Cancel
Group:  B | 04.11.2014, 17:45h
Group:  B | 04.11.2014, 17:45h
75-80
24 - 1414 - 2916 - 1721 - 20
24 - 1414 - 2916 - 1721 - 20
Venue: Samokov (BUL) |
Spectators: 1100 |
Referees: Marek Maliszewski (POL), Johann Jeanneau (FRA), Milan Nedovic (SLO)

GAME REPORT


Körmend Win Wild One In Sofia

8. Ryan Richards (Great Britain)
British big man Ryan Richards paced Körmend with a game-high 28 points

The first night of the EuroChallenge season doubled as Lukoil Academic's first loss of the season as they went down 80-75 to Körmend in a wild contest in Sofia.

Both teams blew double-digit leads before a fourth-quarter shoot-out ended with Körmend scoring the final nine points of the game to snatch the win in Group B.

In a game that swung wildly, it was Lukoil Academic who made the first big move, reeling off an 18-2 run to take a 24-11 lead when Terry Smith sank a pair of free throws late in the first quarter.

But Ryan Richards scored eight in an 11-0 reply from Körmend and the teams were within touching distance until a 15-0 burst from the visitors that spanned the half-time interval powered them into a 53-48 lead on Csaba Ferencz's three-point shot.

That lead appeared to be holding with Darrin Govens making it 60-48 late in the third, but then began another rally by the hosts with Charles Thomas to the fore, and his three-pointer two minutes into the fourth quarter sliced the deficit to 62-60.

The teams began to trade blows and Lukoil Academic took their first lead since the second quarter when a pair of free throws from Thomas edged them ahead 70-69.

Three free throws from Sharaud Curry made it 75-71 to Academic, but their offence then went silent - with Curry missing two three-point attempts late on - and Körmend blew by.

Richards had 28 points for Körmend with Ferencz and Walter Lemon adding 20 apiece.

Sofia wasted 33 points from Thomas.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Lukoil Academic vs. Körmend

Jovica Arsic, Lukoil Academic Head Coach
"We weren't focused at all. The problems for us started early in the first half. We lost the battle under the boards and that hit our confidence. At the same time, the Hungarian team took some offensive rebounds and started to play with more faith, started to score easy baskets. We tried to answer with more aggressive defence in the last quarter, we were close even to win, but we made huge mistakes in crucial moments."

 

Ante Perica, Körmend Head Coach
"We were lucky tonight. In basketball luck is such an important thing. Lukoil Academic had two open shots from the three point range in the last seconds of the game, but they didn't score and we won. I want to congratulate my players for their attitude. They didn't give up and I am impressed by their strong aim and character. Our goal is the EuroChallenge Top 16."

 

Walter Lemon, Körmend
"Great evening for us. We knew it will be tough to win away, but we didn't stop believing we can make it. We just stepped on the court like a team, helped each other, supported each other no matter what was the result and found patience to stay calm at the end, when Lukoil came back and even had a chance to win, or to move the game in overtime."

 

Kris Minkov, Lukoil Academic
"This was our first game for the season in EuroChallenge and we wanted more than anything to start with a nice, home victory. It didn't work out for us. The reason? We were nervous and we couldn't fight the pressure. We had problems in some key moments on offence, which decided the match for us."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

44.4%

24/54
FG
M/A

47.5%

28/59

47.1%

16/34
FG2P
M/A

55.6%

20/36

40.0%

8/20
FG3P
M/A

34.8%

8/23

67.9%

19/28
FT
M/A

80.0%

16/20

34

9/25
RT
RO/RD

33

9/24

12

AS

11

9

TO

10

6

ST

4

1

BS

0

22

PF

25

75

Pts

80

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