KORISLIIGA: It's Bisons second time - May 17, 2013
Korisliiga, Finals, Game # 5: The very last game of the season 2012-13. Bisons (Loimaa) vs KTP (Kotka) and mentally stronger team won. Bisons winning last season Finnish Championship first time ever and now, when playing the second season in Top League, winning the second Finnish Championship. Bisons beat KTP 85-67 (37-32). Quarters: 13-15, 24-17, 21-21, 27-14. Victories then 3-2 for the Bisons. The beginning of this important contest was so nervous. After 16 minutes 10 points had been done. Bisons was leading 6-4! But during the second and last quarter the hosts were so much better in shooting, in rebounds, in everything. The primus motor was Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech), whose energy is almost unbounded. Zeno led Bisons with 23pts/12rbs/6a! Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) was 5/9 from down town, but he missed FT # 52 and the new record is then 51 FTs made in a row. Ivey has also made at least one 3-pointer in 159 consecutive games starting in September 2010, when playing on KTP roster. Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) grabbed 15 rebounds and Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) surprised with 15 pts. KTP's Finnish players combined tiny two (2) points in this game! Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, college: Cent.Michigan) led the visitors with 23 pts. Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) added 18 pts. KTP Head Coach Sami Toiviainen was disappointed - of course. "The better team won. My players hardly made any big shot in this fifth final". Bisons Head Coach Greg Gibson was a happy man. "My players were mentally tough, unbelievable tough!" Also game MVP Zeno was smiling, when the fight was over: "We are playing as a family. Fantastic Finals, fantastic season!" Bisons - KTP 85-67 (37-32). (Martin Zeno 23/12/6a, Jeb Ivey 22, Ville Makalainen 15, Ryan McDade 4/15. 1 - 67% (14/21), 2 - 68% (19/28), 3 - 35% (11/31). R: 27+12=39. TO: 13. - Sefton Barrett 23, Devonne Giles 18/6, Bojan Sarcevic 14, Antwine Williams 10. 1 - 65% (11/17), 2 - 54% (19/35), 3 - 25% (6/24). R: 19+8=27. TO: 12. A: 1256).
Finnish Cup, Final in Tampere: Two teams in the Final knowing eachother so well. Pyrinto playing at home court and last season Finnish Champion Bisons from Loimaa. Bisons had beaten recently Pyrinto by ten points on the same court, but today Pyrinto seemed to be more hungry. Where was Bisons' energy? Blocking outs? Pyrinto was tipping in very important buckets and turned the game for themselves. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) (Bisons) made both FTs and it was a two-point-game (75-73) with 2:07 to go. When the last minute got started, it was still 75-73 for Pyrinto. Veteran Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) made his lay-up with 27 seconds to go and Pyrinto was ahead by four (77-73). Then Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) blocked Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) on his lay-up, D.Williams missed both FTs, Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) gave a bad pass and Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) made the final digits 78-73 from the charity stripe six seconds on the clock. Martin Zeno's missed 3-pointer could not help anymore even that shot would have been made. Pyrinto - Bisons 78-73 (41-37). Q: 18-15, 23-22 21-20, 16-16. (Lamonte Ulmer 21/14, Damon Williams 16/10, Antero Lehto 14, Kenneth Lowe 13. 1 - 71,4% (10/14), 2 - 48,0% (25/52), 3 - 28,5% (6/21). R: 26+14=40. TO: 10. - Matti Nuutinen 20, Jeb Ivey 16, Martin Zeno 16. 1 - 91,3% (21/23), 2 - 38,8% (14/36), 3 - 40,0% (8/20). R: 27+8=35. TO: 13. A: 901).
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