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Group:  D | 05.11.2014, 19:00h
Group:  D | 05.11.2014, 19:00h
80-64
22 - 1415 - 1329 - 1214 - 25
22 - 1415 - 1329 - 1214 - 25
Venue: Astana (KAZ) |
Spectators: 800 |
Referees: Zoran Sutulovic (MNE), Zafer Yilmaz (TUR), Sergii Tyslenko (UKR)

GAME REPORT


Astana Win European Debut

5. Jerry Johnson (BC Astana)
Jerry Johnson chipped in with 13 points for Astana

BC Astana made a winning debut in the EuroChallenge with an 80-64 victory over CSM Oradea in Group D.

The Kazakhstan team, making their first ever appearance in European competition, led virtually from start to finish, and although Oradea briefly worried them with a late rally, Astana held the visitors scoreless over the final 3:19 to put the game to bed.

J'Covan Brown had 15 points to lead five Astana players in double figures, with Jerry Johnson adding 13.

After Anatoliy Kolesnikov broke an early 4-4 tie, Astana took control and never looked back.

They all-but put the result beyond doubt in the third quarter, with Dmitriy Klimov's lay-up capping an 11-0 run that made it 59-34.

When Brown made a lay-up moments later, they led 63-36 and were cruising, but Oradea came back in the fourth, scoring seven straight to make it 76-64 at the 3:19 mark on Ante Krapic's three.

But that proved their final basket of the game as Astana wrapped up the win.

Luksa Andric had 12 points, Patrick Calathes 11 and Kolesnikov 10.

Krapic led Oradea with 23 points while Daniel Popescu added 17.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: BC Astana vs. CSM Oradea

Aleksandar Trifunovic, BC Astana Head Coach
"I am happy with our debut in the EuroChallenge, but not really happy with our performance. I think we let Oradea play much better than they should on our home court. Now we have to go on and prepare for the upcoming games."

 

Cristian Achim, CSM Oradea Head Coach
"I think it was a very good game for the fans. We expected such a performance because we came to Astana with a really short roster. I can highlight today our guard Popescu and Astana bug guy Luksa Andric. We really enjoyed playing in Astana and we want to wish Astana a full gym at all their games."

 

Daniel Popescu, CSM Oradea Player
"First of all, I want to congratulate Astana for the win - they are a very good team with a lot of talent. For us, it was a difficult game: we only had eight players on the roster for this game. I'm proud of my team and of the way we fought and I think we showed a lot of heart and spirit. The main goal is to stay healthy, constantly improve our game and to became better from one game to another."

 

Jerry Johnson, BC Astana
"Today was a new beginning for Kazakhstan basketball. Astana was ready from the beginning with our full roster, whereas "Oradea" suffered from a lot of injuries. But I don't think a healthy "Oradea" would make such a huge difference. Astana with high ambitions can't afford to take any team lightly."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

48.4%

31/64
FG
M/A

39.3%

24/61

62.9%

22/35
FG2P
M/A

44.4%

12/27

31.0%

9/29
FG3P
M/A

35.3%

12/34

69.2%

9/13
FT
M/A

57.1%

4/7

43

15/28
RT
RO/RD

29

10/19

21

AS

17

14

TO

13

7

ST

8

5

BS

0

17

PF

18

80

Pts

64

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