European Competitions

Donar closes out European season victorious

The last game in European competition this season for Donar. A game for only the honour as both Donar and Kapfenberg Bulls had no chance of reaching the next round of the FIBA Europe Cup. Donar will play without Austin Luke again tonight and also Thomas Koenis will not be there. The new players Gavin and Thomas will not appear on the court either.

By: Mannus Etten
Photo: Gerrie van der Boom

In Austria it was a very exciting game especially at the end, but in MartiniPlaza Donar is in control the entire game. In the first half Kapfenberg Bulls remain within stricking distance, but after halftime Donar takes a decisive lead. “The fact that we were always in control was mainly due to our defensive effort,” said coach Matthew Otten.

In the first half it is Donte Ingram in particular who is on a roll. The American will eventually also become Donar’s top scorer. But the difference in the first half is also because Donar is very careful with the ball with 4 turnovers.

The difference of 44-37 at halftime quickly becomes bigger after the break. The pace slows down and the players of Kapfenberg Bulls have more trouble hitting shots. Certainly one of their key players, Dejan Cigoja, can no longer drop the ball through the net. That is of course to Donar’s advantage that keeps playing reasonably organized. This allows Donar to increase the margin to 68-55 in that third quarter.

The last quarter is then won 17-4 by Donar and with 85-59 they are third in the group.

Now comes a small break and the team can recover a bit from the injuries. “Because of the new guys, we can continue to practice at high intensity in the coming period. Furthermore, the break is now a good opportunity to recover a little. That we are not through in Europe is obviously very unfortunate,” said Otten.

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