by: Björn-Lars Blank
Göttingen beats BC Lokomotiv Kuban for a second timeIt didn’t take MEG Göttingen long to climb back on the track to success. After dropping their away game in Podgorica last week, the Violets rebounded with an outstanding win over BC Lokomotiv Kuban. With a 92-71 victory, Göttingen once again managed to upset the favored Russian club. Good defense along with an excellent rebounding performance paved the way for the home team en route to win No. 3 this season. In front of a partisan crowd (attendance 2,507) Göttingen had a dream start into the game. After five minutes into the first quarter, the home team was up 16-5. Lokomotiv’s coach Filipovski tried to stop the run and took a time-out. But Göttingen’s offense worked too well, going for 30 points in the first quarter. The first ten minutes were a confidence booster for the Violets who remained hot on the offensive end throughout the game. Combined with a good defensive effort, head coach John Patrick and his team managed to stay in front of the visitors all game long. Göttingen outrebounded Kuban 52-27.
Former NBA-player Gerald Green scored 11 points in his highly anticipated EuroChallenge debut. It wasn't enough to stop the Violets however. For Göttingen, Dwayne Anderson led all scorers with 21 points. He collected 10 boards as well. Jason Boone added 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Taylor Rochestie and Chris McNaughton contributed 14 points each. For the Russian side, Jakov Vladovic and Nebojsa Joksimovic led all scorers with 15 points each. Floor general Aleksandar Capin struggled in this contest, shooting only 1 of 9 from the field.
Sasho Filipovski (Head coach BC Lokomotiv Kuban)
Congratulations to Göttingen. Bravo for a very good game. Göttingen plays very quick and very aggressive. They play also with heart and they are very tough. On our side it’s difficult to win if you get 92 points and lose the rebounds. We gave up 22 offensive rebounds tonight. We missed some easy outside shots, but you can’t win a game from the outside anyway. Basically, rebounds and defense are the keys to win a game.
Gerald Green (Player BC Lokomotiv Kuban)
Congratulations to the german team. They played really good. They played defense, we didn’'t. You can’t win a game if you give up 52 rebounds. You can’t win a game at any level with that. We have to work hard in practice and focus on what we did wrong in this game. We have listen to what coach says. He is a great coach.
John Patrick (Head coach MEG Göttingen)
I am very proud of the team. They played really hard. It was difficult for the team from Krasnodar to travel across Russia and Central Europe and come here to play a game. We were lucky they did not make some of their outside shots. It is not normal for Capin to miss all of his outside shots. We, on the other hand, had some hot hands in Robert Kulawick and Taylor Rochestie. Our rebounding was the key to success.
Robert Kulawick (Player MEG Göttingen)
First of all, thanks for the respect of the Kuban team. They never gave up in this game. We had to stay focused. We controlled the boards, played good defense and just played our kind of game. That have been the keys tonight.
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