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01.09.2013, 20:00h
01.09.2013, 20:00h
61-49
25 - 1014 - 1411 - 1311 - 12
25 - 1014 - 1411 - 1311 - 12
Venue: Tallinn (EST) |
Spectators: 7500 |
Referees: Emilio Perez (ESP), Moritz Reiter (GER), Ingus Baumanis (LAT)

GAME REPORT


Estonia Book Flight To Ukraine

14. Kristjan Kangur (Estonia)
Kristjan Kangur had eight points and six rebounds for Estonia in a victorious Sunday evening display

Estonia will join host nation Ukraine at EuroBasket 2015, comprehensively defeating Bulgaria 61-49 in the second leg of the EuroBasket 2015 1st Qualification Round final.

Taking to their home court on Sunday with a three-point deficit to overcome following a first leg loss on Thursday, Estonia set about making light work of it, running out to a 15-point lead by the end of the opening frame (25-10), then going on to conserve it over the remaining 30 minutes.

It was the sheer size of the artillery that Estonia brought which overwhelmed the Bulgarians, with no one individual standing out in the first quarter, rather six players chalking their name up on the scoreboard.

It was all the more impressive given the shallowness of Tiit Sokk's bench with the Estonian head coach relying on a nine-player rotation.

Bulgaria overcame the shock of the opening 10 minutes to show bigger fight in the second quarter, but the best they could achieve was splitting the frame 14-14.

It was a similar scenario following the change of ends as the shooting intensity dried up with the best Bulgaria was able to achieve was bring the deficit back by two, leaving them trailing 50-37 heading into the last 10 minutes of the competition.

Estonia then proceeded to start the final quarter like they had started the game as Gregor Arbet contributed four points on an 8-2 run to further stretch the divide.

To the credit of Bulgaria the fight remained up until the final buzzer as the guests set about undoing the damage from earlier in the period but they were left pondering the disappearance of their game 30 minutes earlier.

Rain Veidemann and Gert Dorbek led Estonian scoring with 10 points apiece whilst Kristjan Kangur chipped in with eight points and six rebounds.

The best of the Bulgarians with 13 points and seven rebounds was Kaloyan Ivanov.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Estonia vs. Bulgaria

Bulgaria player Bozidar Avramov
"We don't feel good. They played better and congratulations to the Estonian players, coaches and staff."

Bulgaria Head Coach Konstantin Papazov
"Congratulations to Estonia for qualifing. The crowd was unbelievable. It was a very good game from them and they used maximum power. At first we had a shock and afterwards it was hard to recover. We are not happy, but we had some good moments during this stage." 

Estonia Head Coach Tiit Sokk 
"A big thanks to our players and staff. The players have worked hard for this and now it payed off. We will go to Ukraine in two years."

Estonia Player Tanel Sokk
"We won the tournament and the prize is great - we qualified to EuroBasket. And of course the fans were our 6th, 7th and 8th man on the court!"

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

36.2%

21/58
FG
M/A

29.6%

16/54

37.1%

13/35
FG2P
M/A

36.7%

11/30

34.8%

8/23
FG3P
M/A

20.8%

5/24

64.7%

11/17
FT
M/A

70.6%

12/17

35

10/25
RT
RO/RD

45

16/29

13

AS

8

6

TO

18

12

ST

5

4

BS

3

23

PF

19

61

Pts

49

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