Klosterneuburg had to play without Juri Blazevic, who got sick, on their last appearance in this year’s Alpe Adria Cup season. They started well with a 7-0 run and set on a high rotation early. The guests from Croatia then found themselves getting better and better and got the lead with a 11:0 run. At the end of the quarter they led by 25:17.
In the second quarter, the Dukes did a good job on defense, only allowing two points in the first five minutes. Nonetheless, they failed to take the lead. Skrljevo then became stronger again and restored the old gap.
After the break Klosterneuburg had an 8:0 run and were able to equalize the game. After just five minutes, the Dukes took the lead for the first time since the first quarter. From then on it was a very balanced game and the home team was four points ahead before the final quarter.
The Dukes increased their lead quickly to nine points and the guests had a lot of problems on their offensive efforts. The hosts had the game under control and took revenge for the loss in Croatia.
Werner Sallomon, head coach of Dukes: “A good end for us of the Alpe Adria cup, we wanted the revenge. Both teams used many young players and we have achieved our goal.”
Max Hopfgartner, player of Dukes: “I think we played well. We made a lot of substitutions, defended well and also played very physically.”
Damir Rajkovic, head coach of Skrljevo: “We came here without five players and tried to give the younger players a chance. I think we played very well at the first half. In the second half we had problems in offense with our shooting. Congratulations to the Dukes for the win.”
Stipe Krstanovic, player of Skrljevo: “We played with a few young guys and this was not a very important game for us, but we tried to win. Unfortunately we didn’t.”