UNGER STEEL Gunners Oberwart – BK Pardubice 76:85 (22:24, 20:23, 26:19, 8:19)
Referees: Rogić, Galić, Šverko
Venue: Sporthalle Oberwart
Scorers – Oberwart: Poljak 21, Knessl and Howard each 12, Hanes 10, Patekar 9, Käferl 8, Rauch 4
Scorers – Pardubice: Rikić and Pekárek 19, Šafarčík and Švrdlík each 10, Čolak and Štěrba each 8, Svoboda 7, Otoček 4
The guests are usually just ahead. The hosts showed more initiative in the second quarter. They’re pushing hard and the gap is getting smaller. After 5 minutes it is 29:31. After a timeout, the guests control the game again and they extend their lead again. It will continue to be fought hard for every ball. In the closing stages, the Gunners are close again. Three points from Pardubice ensured the halftime score.
The Gunners start with two baskets, but Pardubice controls the game. Pardubice’s lead increases to 47:57. Both coaches push their teams. After 7 minutes, the Gunners reduced the lead to 61:62. Three points from the Gunners brought the lead (64:63). The Gunners are now the more effective team. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Pardubice takes the lead again. The game remains exciting. The Gunners won’t give up. Not enough baskets succeeded in putting Pardubice under pressure. So Pardubice wins.
Horst Leitner, coach of Oberwart: “Congratulations to my team. We delivered a great performance in many phases. In the end, it didn’t work out anymore.”
Jonathan Knessl, player of Oberwart: “We had the chance to win the game today. In the end, offensive rebounds cost us the game.”
Dino Repeša, coach of Pardubice: “Oberwart has shown that they are a strong team. We’re happy to have won here. We scored very well today and the game was only decided in the last quarter.”
Michal Svoboda, player of Pardubice: “We are happy that we won here, it was a tough game as we expected.”