Apollo Amsterdam settled with Den Helder Suns in-house this afternoon. The North Holland derby in the Apollohal ended in 87-76. For Apollo it is the second victory in five matches, Den Helder has lost everything.
The initiative lay directly with Apollo. Within a minute, the team from Amsterdam took a 5-0. And in fact Den Helder only ran after the facts from that moment on. After the first quarter, the gap was four points: 21-17. At Apollo, Justin Mitchell returned to the starting lineup after an ankle injury. “The boys immediately have much more confidence because the game will simply be different,” said Apollo coach Wierd Goedee.
Decision at the end of the second quarter
In the second quarter, the home team started strong again, but the visitors came back and narrowed the gap to one run. From then on, Dexter Hope took his squad by the hand. The Apollo basketball player made a three-pointer and used three penalty throws. Halfway through there was a 46-36 score on the scoreboard.
From that moment on, Den Helder faced a minimum deficit of eight points. At the end of the third it was 68-51, later Apollo made the job easy in the last ten minutes. “We are still very immature and we still have to make steps in that direction. This shows how young this team is,” said Den Helder coach Peter van Noord.
Apollo’s Tibor Taras became the top scorer of the match with 20 points. Ben Kovac made 19 points on behalf of Den Helder.
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