Traiskirchen Lions – Zlatorog Lasko 73:67 (18:13, 36:32, 51:48)
Referees: Lucaciu, Brandstätter (all AUT).
Venue: Lions Dome (Traiskirchen, AUT).
Traiskirchen Lions: Vay 20, Draskovic 18, Güttl, Danek & Trmal F. 8, Memcic 7, Trmal M. & Detrick 2.
Zlatorog Lasko: Rizvic 15, Krusic & Span 12, Baric & Tratnik 11, Miljkovic 6.
The home team from Traiskirchen starts well into the game and leads early with 17-5. After that Zlatorog is able to fight back into the game with an 8-2 run before the first break. In the second quarter the austrian team manages to keep their lead but Lasko starts to hit their shots and is only down by 4 at halftime.
After the break the game still seems hot, Traiskirchen maintains the lead but the Slovenian contender stays very close to the LIONS mainly because of Krusic who did not score in the first half and now finds his rhythm with 8 points. The LIONS still have a lead of three points before the start of the last quarter, however the Slovenians take their only lead of the game with 56-57 at the scoreboard now. After a timeout by Traiskirchen Coach Gresta his team takes back at the and keep it till the end, Zlatorog stays close but cannot turn the game around again. Traiskirchen wins in the end with 73-67.
Stefan Grassegger, assistant coach Traiskirchen: “We played a very good game on both end of the floor. And that’s why we decerved to win against a high-calibre team like Lasko. We are happy about that win, but we have to look forward to our game on sunday in our domestic league.
Helmut Niederhofer, sports-manager Traiskirchen: “It was a game on a very high level. We managed to keep our intensity in defense high over 40 minutes, which was the key to this success.”