Cancel
22.08.2013, 19:00h
22.08.2013, 19:00h
76-70
21 - 2519 - 1211 - 625 - 27
21 - 2519 - 1211 - 625 - 27
Venue: Mogilev (BLR) |
Spectators: 800 |
Referees: Sasa Maricic (SRB), Sergiy Zashchuk (UKR), Sergey Mikhaylov (RUS)

GAME REPORT


Belarus Take Slim Lead To Tallinn

14. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (Belarus)
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau once again scored the clutch ponits for Belarus

Aliaksandr Kudrautsau of Belarus scored the last four points on the game and his team clinched a 76-70 victory over Estonia in the first leg of their semi-final tie in the EuroBasket 2015 1st Qualification Round on Thursday.

Belarus led their guests for most of the encounter, went ahead 40-37 at the half-time interval and put in an enormous defensive effort during the third quarter to give up only six points and take a 51-43 lead at the end of the period.

The Thursday clash in Mogilev however could hardly have been more balanced and that eight-point lead was the biggest either side would take on the night.

It is indicative that both opponents took the exact same number of shots from the floor, with Belarus converting just one more than their guests (28 to 27).

Consequently, Estonia came back in the final frame and Kristian Kangur drilled a three-pointer with 1:37 left on the clock to reduce the gap to just one point, 69-68.

But on the crucial next possession and despite the fact there were still 10 seconds remaining on the shot-clock, Pavel Ulyanko took the responsibility and fired a triple to restore a four-point lead for Belarus, 72-68.

Tanel Sokk replied swiftly by driving to the Belarusian basket and reducing to 72-70 with a lay-up, but Kudrautsau kept his calm from the free-throw line to increase the gap to four points after Estonia wasted back-to-back shots.

The veteran shooting guard then sunk a jumper just three seconds from the final buzzer to give his team a six-point advantage for the second leg.

Kudrautsau paced the winners with 21 points, eight rebounds and two assists, Mikita Meshcharakou had 15 points and six boards and center Artsiom Parakhouski chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds.

For Estonia, Reinar Hallik finished with 21 points and Rain Veideman added 12 points in a  losing effort.

The return leg of the tie takes place on Sunday 25 August in Estonian capital Tallinn.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Belarus vs. Estonia

Tiit Sokk, head coach of Estonia:

"It was a heavy, tense struggle. There are a lot of hard plays from all players, from both teams. We could tie the game in the 4th quarter , but luck was on their side."

Reinar Hallik, Estonia:

"Of course, six points it is a normal margin before our home game. But we aren't satisfied today, because it should be a better score line for us."

Ruslan Baydakov, head coach of Belarus:

"Two equal rivals faced each other today. There was a little bit of luck for us at the clutch moment and we have a small advantage. But our team will play for the victory in the second game."

Aliaksandr Kudrautsau, Belarus:

"Congratulations to our opponents for that entertaining game. We won by six, but it will be very hard in Estonia."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

43.1%

28/65
FG
M/A

41.5%

27/65

44.7%

21/47
FG2P
M/A

44.4%

20/45

38.9%

7/18
FG3P
M/A

35.0%

7/20

81.3%

13/16
FT
M/A

75.0%

9/12

39

15/24
RT
RO/RD

36

15/21

9

AS

9

10

TO

11

6

ST

6

2

BS

6

15

PF

24

76

Pts

70

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