Inter Bratislava – KK Šenčur GGD 101:105 OT (19:24, 25:16, 24:25, 21:24 – 12:16)
Venue: ŠH SOŠ (Pezinok, SVK)
Scorers – Inter: Slavinskas 33, Zubac 21, Gandia-Rosa 17, Blondin 16, Orihel 8, T. Malovec 6, M. Malovec 0
Scorers – Šenčur: Rebec 30, Rizvić 21, Ahmedović 20, Martinčić 12, Ozegović and Rojc each 9, Malovčić 4, Daneu and Tešič 0
Both opponents played well, fought hard during the entire 45 minutes. Šenčur won the first quarter, but Inter won the first half. Slovaks were 68:65 ahead before the fourth period, which turned into a genuine drama.
Younger Malovec scored 18 sec. before the end of regulation, giving Inter a 89:86 lead. But after the timeout yellow-and-black made a horrific mistake in defending the perimeter. Rebec shot form the arc and he sent the game into overtime in which Šenčur played slightly more concentrated and clinched the victory.
Oleg Meleshchenko, coach of Inter:“Bench players made the difference. Yesterday, they let the game slip, because today it was a crucial game. Looking onto the stats, we were worse on rebounding, but overall, we played well, having many assists and just nine turnovers. But we were lacking more aggressive players. Anyway, I am thankful, because my guys were fighting until the end.”
Trevor Blondin, player of Inter:“It was a fine game. Both teams fought back and forth. Two good teams… Obviously they´ve got a little size on us, so they killed us inside a little bit. We´ve got tired at the end and we did not execute enough to win the game.”
Miljan Pavkovič, coach of Šenčur:“Very important game for both teams. At the end players from the bench decided the game. Our opponents fought very well and they also deserved to win and they had a chance, but we had luck and also we´ve shown our experience and won the game.”
Ramo Rizvič, player of Šenčur:“Big game for us. We needed victory and we won. That’s it. We are in the final eight.”