Wels – Gmunden 76-80
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Raiffeisen Flyers Wels won fourth quarter 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Raiffeisen Flyers Wels’ 34. They outrebounded Raiffeisen Flyers Wels 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Raiffeisen Flyers Wels helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Daniel Friedrich (181-1992) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 assists. American forward Stephon Jelks (198-1996, college: Mercer) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Five Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. The former international center Davor Lamesic (205-1983, agency: Interperformances) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Tylan Birts (195-1996, college: Barry) added 16 points in the effort for Raiffeisen Flyers Wels.
Wels: D.Lamesic 26+5reb+2ast, T.Birts 16+4reb+2ast, C.DeLaney 16+2reb+2ast, C.von Fintel 8+7reb+3ast, J.Ledoux 8+2reb+7ast, J.Razdevsek 2+4reb
Gmunden: D.Friedrich 19+3reb+7ast, B.Aughburns 14+5reb, B.Guettl 14+2reb+2ast, C.Mateo 11+5reb, S.Jelks 10+13reb+1ast, D.Koeppel 9+5reb
Kapfenberg – Oberwart 49-79
The game without a history. Gunners Oberwart led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Gunners Oberwart shot 21 for 29 from the free-throw line, while Kapfenberg Bulls only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Kapfenberg Bulls 45-22 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kapfenberg Bulls were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Greek guard Ioannis Chatzinikolas (196-1995) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds and American center Tyler Creammer (208-1997, college: VMI) who added 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Chatzinikolas is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian forward Nemanja Krstic (205-1993) responded with 14 points and American guard Joshua Scott (185-1998, college: Thomas Univ.) scored 9 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Kapfenberg: N.Krstic 14+3reb, J.Scott 9+2reb+4ast, P.Elias 6, D.Cigoja 6+2reb, M.Grubor 5+4reb+3ast, T.Schrittwieser 3+4reb
Oberwart: C.Cashaw 15+3reb+2ast, I.Chatzinikolas 14+6reb+3ast, J.Knessl 12+2reb+3ast, T.Creammer 10+9reb+2ast, R.Howard 9+9reb, S.Kaeferle 9+2reb+4ast
St.Poelten – UBSC Graz 69-86
The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-69. The winners were led by American guard Randy Haynes (193-1995, college: ODU) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Damani Applewhite (203-1998, college: SC State) supported him with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks by American forward Chris Ferguson (206-1989, college: Mid-Continent) did not help to save the game for UBC St. Poelten. Croatian forward Mate Mandic (197-1998, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for lost side. Four UBC St. Poelten players scored in double figures. UBC St. Poelten’s coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
St.Poelten: C.Ferguson 19+10reb+1ast, M.Mandic 14+3reb+2ast, A.Alanen 11+6reb, K.Lewis 10+2reb+1ast, M.Guylain 6+3reb+2ast, A.Felix 6+1ast
UBSC Graz: D.Applewhite 26+7reb+3ast, R.Haynes 24+10reb+5ast, L.Simoner 14+5reb+1ast, L.Varner Jr 8+4reb+2ast, P.Isbetcherian 7+2reb+1ast, A.Donda 4+8reb+2ast