BK DUKES KLOSTERNEUBURG VS. KK Osijek 87:78 (26:17, 50:37, 67:59)
Referees: Lucaciu, Radonjic, Rainer (AUT).
Venue: Dukes Castle/FZZ Happyland, Klosterneuburg (AUT).
Dukes: Bavcic 25, Blazevic 16, Vay 12, Greimeister 10, Burgemeister 8, Bas 6, Pettinger 6, Bauer 4
Osijek: Dosen 16, Vrkic 15, Lindbom 9, Mazidic 9, Krolo 8, Mirkulin 8, Boban 7, Levinson 4, Turalija 2
Due to injuries, Dukes had to play without two important players, Miletic and Leydolf. In the beginning Klosterneuburg-Headcoach Ante Perica wanted to give his young players the chance to gain some experience. The starting five players Bavcic, Vay and Blazevic came from the bench. The youngsters did a good job and the first quarter was balanced. Two minutes before the end of the quarter, the Dukes were able to extend their lead to nine points (24:15) and lead 26:17 after ten minutes. Osijek started with a very strong 9:0-run into the second quarter and tied the game. With a 13:0-run Klosterneuburg had the right answer. The first half ended 50:37.
In the third quarter, the Dukes managed to keep their lead and the game pace decreased. In the last minutes of this quarter Osijek increased pressure and came closer, but the home-team still had a comfortable 67:59-lead after thirty minutes. In the last quarter, the guest-team from Croatia tried everything to avoid the loss, but Klosterneuburg finished strong and won the game.
Paolo Pettinger, player of Klostereuburg: “We played with a lot more energy than in the last games and it was fun to play today.”
Valentin Bauer, player of Klosterneuburg: “We started with a lot of energy and played really well. All of our players were on the field today, which is a good thing, especially in front of our home crowd.”
Vladimir Krstic, Headcoach of Osijek: “Congratulations to the Dukes, they deserved to win. Especially their big guys were shooting better, that’s why they won.”
Tomer Levinson, player of Osijek: “The problem was, that we didn’t defend good enough and they had too many offensive rebounds.”