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Group:  F | 05.11.2014, 19:00h
Group:  F | 05.11.2014, 19:00h
84-77
18 - 1219 - 2323 - 2224 - 20
18 - 1219 - 2323 - 2224 - 20
Venue: Güssing (AUT) |
Spectators: 800 |
Referees: Milan Mazic (SRB), Gintaras Vitkauskas (LTU), Milan Nedovic (SLO)

GAME REPORT


Gussing Pull Clear To Top Cluj

15. Chavdar Kostov (Bulgaria)
Bulgarian international Chavdar Kostov came up big for Gussing, scoring 24 points

Austrian champions Magnofit Gussing Knights pulled away down the stretch to top U-Banca Transilvania Cluj-Napoca 84-77 in their EuroChallenge Group F opener.

Gussing had been ahead most of the way but let slip a 13-point third-quarter lead as Cluj came back to tie it up 62-62 with a little over six minutes to go.

However, the hosts dug deep to pull clear again and second time around Cluj had no answer.

Although they had their noses in front throughout the second half, Gussing led only narrowly, 37-35, at half-time before a 13-2 tear put them up 50-37 on Chavdar Kostov's lay-up.

But Cluj soon fought back and eight unanswered points, capped by Sean Barnette's three-pointer, levelled it at 60-60 with 6:54 to go.

The teams traded baskets but a three from Marcus Heard helped Gussing gain some separation once again.

When Travis Taylor followed up Thomas Klepeisz's three with a lay-up, they led 76-66 and Cluj were done for.

Kostov finished with 24 points for Gussing while Taylor and Heard added 16 each.

Barnette led Cluj with 18.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Magnofit Güssing Knights vs. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj-Napoca

Matthias Zollner, Güssing Knights Head Coach
"We are very satisfied with our performance, as we won all crucial categories like offensive rebounds and loose balls. I'm very proud of my players."

 

Chavdar Kostov, Güssing Knights
"Coach told us before the game to play very fast and fight for rebounds and that's exactly what we did."

 

Dorin Pintea, Cluj-Napoca Head Coach
"Congratulations to Güssing! They deserved the win. We knew that Güssing plays very aggressive but we couldn't control them on the offensive rebounding. That was the reason why we lost the game."

 

Sean Barnette, Cluj-Napoca
"Güssing played more aggressive, especially on the rebound. They had a lot of second chances that they used."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

46.5%

33/71
FG
M/A

46.9%

30/64

51.0%

25/49
FG2P
M/A

59.0%

23/39

36.4%

8/22
FG3P
M/A

28.0%

7/25

100.0%

10/10
FT
M/A

71.4%

10/14

38

17/21
RT
RO/RD

34

15/19

17

AS

9

17

TO

18

12

ST

8

2

BS

1

17

PF

20

84

Pts

77

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