05 October, 2021
15 May, 2022
14 Gyorgy Goloman (SZOM), 19 Giorgi Shermadini (TENE), 6 Akos Keller (SZOM)
25/01/2022
Game Report
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Shermadini's best game of the season wins the black-and-yellow derby

 SZOMBATHELY (Hungary) - Falco Szombathely were without arguably their two best players in Zoltan Perl and Benedek Varadi, but still put up a fight against Lenovo Tenerife. The 2017 champs won it 79-73 thanks to some late game Giorgi Shermadini heroics.

Shermadini praised the Hungarian fans afterwards, enjoying the atmosphere that saw some Argentine vibes at the tip-off.


Turning point: Tenerife kept their noses in front for most of the game, and as it went down the wire, they needed the good old Marcelinho Huertas ft. Giorgi Shermadini cooperation. Up four, Huertas found a slipping Shermadini for an and-one play to make it +7 with just over three minutes to play.

Even when Falco bounced back and made it a one-possession game, it was Huertas feeding Shermadini again, ending with a couple of free throws to make it +5 with 80 seconds left on the game clock.

Shermadini made another big play down the other end, stealing the ball from Boris Barac to put the game out of Hungarian champions' reach.

 

Game hero: Sherminator, obviously. The Georgian big guy had 19 points and 13 rebounds, with 2 steals and 2 blocks posting his best game of the BCL season, while going 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. After missing the start of the season with a back injury, Shermadini is now averaging 15.1 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 67 percent from the field and 89.5 percent from the line.

 

Stats don't lie: Falco Szombathely hit only five three-pointers on the night. Lenovo Tenerife had five three-pointers in the first quarter alone, and beating a heavyweight fighter like Txus Vidorreta's team requires you to hit more shots from deep and do it at a better clip than 36 percent.

Bottom line: Lenovo Tenerife are having a nightmare of a schedule, but escaping Hungary with a win will certainly help heal the wounds. Falco Szombathely can be proud of this one, especially since youngster Adam Somogyi showed he can play big minutes, contributing with 11 points and 8 assists.

They said:

"We were missing a couple of guys, but we tried to do our best. It was a tough game, but the team showed character. We had a bit of struggle with defensive rebounds and box outs, they had a lot of second chances and scored. In the end we were close, but unfortunately missed our shots. We're looking forward to the next game, we will be fine." - Szilard Benke, Falco Szombathely

"Very satisfied and very proud of the people who were on the court, the people on my team. It's not easy to play with totally different system to what you practiced. One part of me is a little bit sad, because we were so close. We tried to change the rhythm of the game with a lot of types of defense, but they punished us with their inside game." - Falco Szombathely head coach Milos Konakov

"Overall it was a solid game, good job on defense mostly, even though there was a time when they had too many easy layups and scored basket after basket after basket. This kind of game, to come in and play away the first game of the round, and be able to win it, that gives us a good feeling for the future games." - Tobias Borg, Lenovo Tenerife

"Both teams gave a great effort in difficult situations, both teams missing a couple of players, but of course, our roster is deeper than their roster. But they changed their usual game and they played with big guys and did a great job during the second quarter, but in the third and final quarter we increased our level in defense. We controlled the defensive rebounds, didn't allow them points in the paint and scored 100 percent of our free throws, so we won the game." - Lenovo Tenerife head coach Txus Vidorreta