Defeat by Nizhny, but not… condemnation for Lavrio


Lavrio missed the opportunity to get the “double” that would qualify him for the next phase of the Basketball Champions League, but the 74-62 defeat in Novgorod by Nizhny is not condemnable. A victory in the last two games, with Dijon out or Malaga inside or if the Russians do not make it 2/2, will bring the qualification to the team of Christos Serelis, which is 2-2.

Leading for the Greek team, which returned from -15 to -2, was Jerry Smith with 23 points, but they cost the 19 offensive rebounds of the hosts who got their first victory in the tournament (1-3). Ivan Strebkov with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists made the difference for Nizhny.

The match

Lavrio made a dynamic start in the match and with their drivers Kaklamanakis and Carter led by five (7-12). Strebkov and Jovanovic led Nizhny Novgorod 14-4, leading 21-16. The hosts with a three-pointer by Astapkovic escaped with +11 (33-22) in the middle of the second period. With Smith entering the equation, Christos Serelis’ team came close to six, 35-29, but the Russians with 11 offensive rebounds closed the half with 40-31.

Nizhny was further detached in the third quarter, 49-34, taking advantage of Lavrio’s failure in the three-pointers (3/16). But a terrible outburst by Smith allowed the visitors to cut the difference to five, 53-48, at the end of the season. The visitors were within shooting distance, 60-58, six and a half minutes before the end, but Zoran Lukic’s players reacted and with a partial 10-2 they broke away 70-60 and “cleared” the game.

Ten minutes: 21-20, 40-31, 53-48, 74-62

See here the statistics of the match

Nizni-Lavrio 74-62
Nizni-Lavrio 74-62
Referees: Luchis (Latvia), Aungrogers (Latvia), Zapolski (Poland).

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