Unfortunately, we could not to close the calendar year successfull. In the first match of the second stage of the FIBA Cup "Tsmoki" did not beat the Danish "Bakken Bears".
Despite the fact that Filip Adamovic came back to the team after the injury, Devon Saddler became the point guard in the starting lineup . The first quarter was remembered by David Kravish's two steep block shots and excellent defense against the leaders of the Devon Purcell and Doga Wiggins.
Christopher Cherapovich realized 4 shots out of 5 and completed a quarter with 10 points. But "Tsmoki"were behind after 10 minutes of the game - 22:24.
"Bakken Bears" were stronger on the boards, taking immediately to 6 rebounds more. By the middle of the second quarter, "Tsmoki" lost "-7", and the Danes closed the opportunity for long shots. At the same time, the "Bears" were often thrown out of a comfortable position and, thanks to this, led after two quarters - 41:46.
However, after a long break the Minskers corrected the situation. After a long shot by Aliaxandar Kudrautsau "Dragons" came forward - 57:55 for the first time in a long time. Started a nervous game with changes of leaders, a three-pointer shootout and a pretty tough fight in the "paint."
"Tsmokі" led "+3" in the last minute of the match, but missed a long throw from Doga Wiggins. Our team could not come forward, and the leader of the opponents - Devon Purcell - was on the foul line, having scored one goal - 86:85 not in favor of the "Dragons".
Tsmoki-Minsk-Bakken Bears - 85:86 (22-24, 19-22, 23-17, 21-23)
Tsmokі-Мinsк: Cherapovich (25), Sadler (19 + 5 rebounds), Kudrautsau (12 + 5 assists), Meshcharyakov (6), Kravish (2); Adamovic (9), Semianiuk (5), Trastinetsky (4), Salash (3), Poliashchuk (0).