Nymburk achieved its first victory of the Last 32 by defeating Strasbourg 72:66 on Wednesday in Tipsport arena, Prague. We improved to 1-3 in group G, while Strasbourg fell to 2-2. Tre Simmons scored 16 points and Christian Burns posted 15 points, 11 rebounds (7 offensive) and 2 blocks to lead us to important victory after a long loss streak.
Strasbourg took the lead early and
led 9:23 late in the first quarter. Then Tomas Pomikalek scored a big three
with clock violation and started up his team. With the start of the second
quarter Nymburk significantly improved its defense. A 10:0 Nymbur run helped
the hosts even the score at 32-32 at halftime. It was tied 40:40 midway through
the third too before a 9:0 Nymburk charge separated the sides. Strasbourg
rallied to within 4 in the closing minutes, but the home side held on. Darius
Washington added 13 points for Nymburk, while Louis Campbell paced Strasbourg
with 17 and Bangaly Fofana produced 7 points and 7 rebounds.
Kestutis Kemzura (Nymburk)
We did not have a good start to the
game. Our idea was to have some power on the bench and give some minutes to
other players. But our plan wasn’t to let them run. With the changes, the
intensity of our game increased. We pushed more in defense and tied the game by
halftime. The third quarter was very good from us. We took the lead, knocked
down some big threes, which helped us gain the winning margin. We had to win by
more points, at least by 8, but still it´s a good victory for us.
Vincent Collet (Strasbourg)
Congratulations to Nymburk for their win. They
deserve it, despite the fact that we started the game very well today. In the
first quarter we had good aggressiveness and we had a good rhythm in offense
too. But in the next quarter we unfortunately lost this rhythm and they tied
the game. The third quarter was about the same. They took a good lead.
Obviously we were in trouble at this moment. The zone defense helped us to come
back, but we missed some open shots and didn´t make the game closer and finally
lost by 6.