Back to Back for Etha and the second consecutive champion goes to Engomi! - Apr 7, 2012
Intercollege Etha Engomis beat Keravnos Strovolou 67-63 and succeeded a perfect back to back after winning 3-1 in the finals the team of Kearvnos who was in theory the favorite team to win the champion this season. With an amazing fourth quarter (29-16) where the team of Coach Yiannaras collapsed totally and with fatal players being Marcus Moore and Kojiadinovic who ended the game with 12 turnovers together! The team of Keravnos proved to be too weak in the most crucial period of the season as the 29 points in the defense and the 16 in the offence really says a lot to the people that do understand basketball. Intercollege Etha simply took the full advantage of its home court and the experienced gained the last three years for similar sphere and criticism games. On the other hand, Keravnos had the Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde syndrome, the same team 2 days ago was totally different, full of passion and thirst for the victory, the same goes for the first 30 minutes of the last and most crucial game of the season for them, the last period though, they showed their Mr. Hyde face...
About the activity in the court now, the two teams started this 4th in-between game in a big mess with a lot of turnovers, missing shots and many nervous. Keravnos was leading 8-11. 1.47' before the end but couldn't keep up with this deficit so the first period ended with the childish 13-13!
The 2nd period Keravnos was more aggressive and with Moore in the leading role (he was scoring but he was missing even more) Keravnos took a lead of +6, 20-26, 4.50' before the end. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) and Tutt though were there to cut the deficit to just 2 before the one and only 3pointer by Mandache takes the score to 24-29 which was the final for the first half. The team of Intercollege Etha scored just 9 points in this period.
The 3rd period was even more aggressive for Keravnos and with TRisokkas and Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84, college: Miami, OH) the score went for the first time to +9 (28-37) with 6 minutes to go, and +11 with Wiliam Hatcher's new basket 3.20' to the end (31-42) Etha reacted a bit and with King and Tutt cut the deficit to 35-42. Keravnos had the upper hand but was missing many free shots, the same for Etha though so with Kojadinovic's three pointer the score went to 36-47 with 1 minute to go, Chan's bad defense initially and the missing jumper after a while brought the score to its end with Keravnos being in front with a +9 and with Etha scoring just 38 points after 30 minutes in a truly ban night (till then) for Etha, not that the 48 points by Keravnos was something but in any case the Strovolos team was showing a bit more character in the court but in any case the score could have been even bigger for the visiting site of Yiannaras.
And we come to the 4th and most crucial period, the period which will remain in history as the Waterloo for Keravnos. 7.51' to the end of the game everything was showing that Keravnos would have taken the series back to his place as with Moore in a new three pointer the score went up to the skies with 40-54 and Coach Konstantinidis called for a time -out (most probably the most crucial timeout of his career) against all odds and with Keravnos seem to be in the winning mood, Etha went to the game with nothing to lose and with the experience had in the previous three games with Keravnos. Keravnos was able to score another basket with 2 free throws by Moore, to bring the score in even greater difference to +16, with just 7.23' to go. That was it for Keravnos! The lights went off for the Strovolos team, Etha with an amazing comeback outscored the team of Coach Yiannaras in the last 7.23' with 27-7 as Keravnos couldn't score at all with Frazier missing 3 shots, and having 2 turnovers, Moore having 2 missing shots, 2 turnovers and 2 fouls, Wiliam Hatcher having 1 turnover and 1 missing shot, and Kojadinovic having 1 foul and 1 technical foul together with 2 turnovers and 2 missed free throws, while on the other hand, Massamba had 3 steals and 3 winning fouls while he added for his team 6 points, while Tutt who was the MVP of the game scored 10 points in these 7 minutes followed by Cup who scored 5 points and stole the ball twice, these where the main differences from the key players from each site and that was the reason why Etha and won the champion for a second consecutive season. Keravnos could shout due to the technical fouls received at the end of the game and in more details during these endless 7 minutes, Keravnos was called DRAGICEVIC - unsportsmanlike foul over Cup and KOJADINOVIC - technical foul over Massamba in less than 2 minutes, and a couple of offensive fouls over Massamba but still these calls were not the judge of the game, especially when a team can't hold of a deficit of 16 points for 7 endless minutes!!
MVP of the game was the 'veteran' with Etha, American guard, Ken Tutt (185-PG-84, college: ORU) with his 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals in one of his best performances this season with Etha's jersey!
Some evidences for the above mentioned details of the game are presened as follows:
Keravnos scored 4 points from turnovers of Etha while home team scored 23 points from the turnovers of Keravnos. Etha players finished their most crucial game of the season with 14 turnovers while Keravnos in his do or die game finished the game with 23! Intercollege Etha outscored Keravnos STrovolou 27-7 in the last 7.32' of the game!! The steals were 7 for Keravnos and 10 for Etha, last but not least, in the free throws Etha had a 71% with 17/24 while Keravnos had the poor 52% with 10/19 (9 missed free throws in the season's most crucial game, says a lot)
Cyprus Cup Final: And the winner is.....Keravnos Strovolou - Feb 24, 2012
The First Trophy found its owner tonight as at this time the two finalist teams teams of Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios and Keravnos Strovolou Strovolou fought for a place in the Cyprus Basketball History. The team of Keravnos finally and after a tough and a difficult game won the Cup with 62-67!
The amazing veteran Aleksandar Damjanovic was the 100% dominator in the game as he scored the 18 out of the 27 points of his team; in fact he scored just a basket less than the team of Keravnos Strovolou all together!! The special hymn for the Serb is due to his passion and even though he is 39 years old he is still showing his gats! The Serb not only is the top performer and the top scorer of the game but he is also the top rebounder with 6 while he has also one block shot, and all these in 15 minutes! On the other hand, the American point guard of Keravnos Strovolou Marcus Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) tonight and up until this minute is simply tragic! With 0/4 two pointers and 0/1 three pointers remained to the total zero and that was one of the reasons why the favorite team to win the cup (at least in papers) of Keravnos Strovolou was behind the score. During the last 2.31' though, and right after the time out called on behalf of Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras , Keravnos Strovolou got serious and with a solid 0-8 ended the first half with 27-28 on his behalf while Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios missed the last eight concecutive three point shots made!! The third period started with a three pointer headed by Aleksandar Matic (203-F-76) who was pointelss for the first half and gave a new lead for his team with 30-28. But two three pointers by Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84, college: Miami, OH) and Marcus Moore gave the biggest deficit for Keravnos team with 30-34 with 8.10' to the end while Feliks Kojadinovic (197-G-79) missed teh chance to increase teh deficit as his three pointer missed the target and Aleksandar Damjanovic added another rebound to his series making them 7 and was heading all the way to another (of the many) double-double figures this season. The next 8 minutes the basketball fans whitnessed a real derby with the two teams not being able to increase their deficit as the bigger one was at one stage five points for Keravnos and that was it, basket by basket with Tyler Laser (185-PG-88, college: E.Illinois) on the one hand and Wiliam Hatcher on the other the score and game was totally balanced! The end of the third quarter found the two teams in total balance of 47-47 and the two teams ready to give it all in the last and final period!
One thing was for sure, there was not any real favorite team as ENAD was equally
(if not better in the psychological sector) good with the favorite team in papers Keravnos Strovolou. The 'tragic' figures for the two teams the first three periods were on behalf of ENAD Dewayne Reed (185-G-87, college: Auburn) with 3/13 shots and a 23% and Aleksandar Matic with 1/6 and 17% while from Keravnos Marcus Moore with 3/11 and 27% and Strahinja Dragicevic (203-F-86) qwith 1/5 and 20%. These four players in previous games were either the top performers for their teams or among the top performers but the importance of this game made them in the first 30 minutes to remain in 'shallow waters'.
The 4th and most crucial period started with the two teams doing what they were doing in the previous period traveling basket by basket. Aleksandar Damjanovic scored his 22nd point to balance the game to 49-49. Ales Chan (216-C-80, college: Seton Hill) scored four concecutive points to give a small lead for Keravnos 51-55 with 3.56' to the end of the game before Tyler Laser succeeds in both his free throws for the 53-55. Trisokas with 1/2 free throws, Frazier with 2/2 free throws and Marcus Moore with a basket in the fast break gave a winning breath to the team of Keravnos as the 53-60with 2.42' to the end was kind of changing the momentum of the game, but Tyler Laser and Dewayne Reed had a different view and with 5 unanswered points cut the deficit to 'its normal' and with 1.44' to the end the game became once more a derby with the score being 58-60. Marcus Moore became fatal as he missed his second free throw and gave the chance to the amazing Aleksandar Damjanovic to dash down his 11th rebound and with the score being 58-61, ENAD's turnover (according to our opinion was teh turning point of the game) gave the chance to Wiliam Hatcher to increase the score with 1/2 free throws to the 'safe' 58-62 with 40 seconds to the end of the game. The time out from Coach Argyrou followed by another turnover by Yiannas on behalf of ENAD and Marcus Moore with two free throws made the score 58-64 with 17 seconds to go. But, still Tyler Laser had a different opinion and with a fast break and in just 4 seconds he scored to cut the deficit to 60-64. Frazier's one of two free throws shaped the score to 60-65 with just 8 seconds to the end but Dewayne Reed missed the chance to cut the deficit and ............... Keravnos won the title with 62-67 Top scorers: ENAD: Aleksandar Damjanovic 22 points and 11 rebounds, Tyler Laser 17 points, Dewayne Reed 12 points Keravnos: Wiliam Hatcher 16 points and 6 rebounds, Marcus Moore 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, Ales Chan 12 points and 7 rebounds
Eurobasket.com is nominating the MVP award to the heroic veteran Aleksandar Damjanovic as he was simply fantastic at all levels in this Cup's final even though he belongs to the losers side!!
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