Spišskí Rytieri managed to erase 14-point deficit and advance

Spišskí Rytieri managed to erase 14-point deficit and advance

Spišskí Rytieri – BK KVIS Pardubice 97:80 (26:30, 24:7, 21:24, 26:19)

Referees: Paul Trmal, Tiberiu Lucaciu, Miloš Štokič (all Austria)

Attendance: 800

Venue: Mestská Športová Hala Spišská Nová Ves

Scorers – Spišskí Rytieri: McGlynn 45, Lopez 29, Fusek 12, Juriček 4, Mrviš 3, Granič and Antoni each 2, Hlivák and Thomas 0

Scorers – Pardubice: Potoček 17, Štěrba 16, Švrdlík 13, Šafarčík 11, Rikič 9, Neal 5, Čolak 5, Vyoral 4

Pardubice started the game with the high energy and won the 1st quarter with the perfect 3pt shooting. Spišskí Rytieri improved the defense in the 2nd quarter and allowed Pardubice to score only 7 points and won the 1st half by 13 points. Second half was a real fight for every ball, but Spišskí Rytieri made a bit better decisions at the end of the game and especially because of Patrick McGlynn who scored 45 points, won this quarterfinal and reached the FINAL4 of AAC.

Post-game quotes: 

Teo Hojč, coach of Spišskí Rytieri: “I am very very happy what we did today. It was amazing to see how the energy traveled from the court to the fans and back. My players did the maximum. We showed the excellent team performance and i dont like to speak about individuals but Patrick was awesome today. Guys trusted him and gave him the ball and he scored. We reached another of our season’s goals, but we still need to work hard and go step by step.”

Patrick McGlynn, player of Spišskí Rytieri: “It was a bit different match, like to win for a few points, which we would be satisfied normally, but we had to win more than 14 points. We had a great 1st half but Pardubice had a strong team and they made a lot of hard shots so it was a nervous game. Thanks god we were a bit better and took the victory and FINAL 4.”

Tomáš Vyoral, player of Pardubice: “For sure we wanted to win and go to the Final 4, but Rytieri wer better today and deserve to win. If we wanted to think about Final 4 we could not concede almost 100 points. Our problem was defense and there we lost everything.”