Telenet Oostende downed Stelemet Zielona Gora 80-74 to raise its record to 2-1 and stay in second place in Group F. Matt Lojeski paced Oostende with 21 points on a perfect 3 for 3 from downtown, 6 for 6 from the foul line and 8 rebounds. Brent Wright added 10 points, while Dusan Djordjevic and Dragisa Drobjak netted 9 apiece. Oliver Stevic posted a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds and Walter Hodge drilled 24 points in defeat.
Brent Wright and Mario Stojic scored the first points of the game for the Belgian champs, which were answered by Hodge and Stevic to tie things at 4-4. After the scoring was again tied at 6-6, Oostende went on a 6-0 run capped by a Wes Wilkinson dunk. Stevic layup made it 12-10 before Lojeski found easy points on the break, Hodge dunked and Stevic from the foul line tied it at 14-14. Wilkinson fixed the final 16-14 for the hosts after 10 minutes. Hodge from downtown gave the first advantage to Zielona Gora, 16-17, at the opening of the second quarter. Jean Salumu answered with another three, but a Stevic put-back put the visitors in front 19-21. Rob Jones fueled the visitors, then Dragisa Drobnjak and Milos Lopicic exchanged layups for 21-25, but Wright in the paint and Salumu with another three put Oostende ahead. Lopcic and Marcin Sroka gave another 26-29 margin to the visitors, then Lojeski and Mantas Cesnauksis were perfect from long distance, while Dusan Djordjevic with a three-point-play tied it again, 32-32. Quinton Hosley and Wright posted all their free throws, Jamel McLean and Stevic two-pointers maintained the tie until Hosley with a free throw made it 36-37 for Stelemet Zielona Gora at halftime.
A McLean three-point-play opened the third quarter, and Lojeski completed an 8-0 run from downtown for a 44-37 Oostende lead. Hodge from long distance scored the first basket for the guests, Djordjevic hit a jumper, and after a basket underneath by Stevic, it was again Lojeski with a rocket from the arc to restore a 49-43 margin. Stevic put kept Zielona Gora in charge, but Wright fueled Lojeski for an easy layup, and his 2 free throws gave the home team a 53-45 advantage. Wright and Stevic in the paint made it 55-49, Stojic extended the difference to 58-50 from the foul line, then 4 consecutive free throws by Lojeski gave the first double digit cushion, 62-50, to Oostende. Hodge from the line and Katnic driving to the rim fixed things at 64-52 at the end of the third quarter. A three by Katnic a minute after the beginning of the last quarter raised the difference to 67-52. Hodge cut the margin to 69-56, then back-to-back layups by Drobnjak gave a 73-56 advantage to Oostende. Stevic and Hodge did not give up and 6 unanswered points allowed to the guests to climb within 73-62. Drobnjak and Djordjevic scored to ice the game at 78-62 with two minutes left in the game. Jones and Hodge scored all the points of a final 12-2 run for the visitors to finish at 80-74.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012