RECAP: Bakken Bears v Hibernia
November 18, 2015
Bakken Bears needed a late surge to pull clear of Hibernia and
qualify for the last 32 of the FIBA Europe Cup at the National
Basketball Arena. The Danish champions beat the home side 90-67 but
there were just 10 points between the sides with 3:30 left to go.
âWe had a shot to make it a seven point game and couldnât call the time out quick enough,â said Player Coach Colin OâReilly. âIt didnât cost us the game but it did put out the margin to where it was.â Bakken replied with a pair of three-pointers in just 10 seconds to retake control.
Their Spanish point guard was the man at the tiller. âWe had to work hard,â said Carles Bivia, âespecially in the second half. We had the belief, and worked hard to find the solution.â Bivia was the solution himself more often than not. He hit six three-pointers off eight attempts including three buzzer-beaters and the final nail in Hiberniaâs coffin.
It was still a rousing effort from Hibernia to come back into contention in the fourth quarter. Bivia interrupted a 13 point run which included 11 points from a fist pumping Lehmon Colbert. His captain was impressed.
âThis was the first time in this tournament we could run our own sets and really feel like a team and thatâs the difference when youâre playing on your home court,â said Conor Grace. âNow we can look forward to next weekâs game and believe itâs a game we can win.â
Hibernia have two games left in Group F of the FIBA Europe Cup against Tajfun of Slovenia and Czech side CEZ Nymburk.
Hibernia Basketball: Kyle Hosford 8, Shawn Vanzant 11, Colin OâReilly 1, Conor Grace 7, Lehmon Colbert 20. Substitutes: Roy Downey 6, Kevin Lacey 4, Keelan Cairns 10.
Bakken Bears: Carles Bivia 24, Mikkel Plannthin, Nicolai Iversen 2, Darko Jukic 11, Michel Diouf 23. Subsitutes: Sebastian Petersen 3, Aladdin Barakeh, Jacon Nielsen, Thomas Laerke 16, Morten Sahlertz 3, Chris Christoffersen 8, Keane Thomann