Phillips and co. in play-off showdown
Sullivan Phillips and his BC Prievidza team have endured Jekyll and Hyde performances in the opening two games of their best-of-five series against Nitra in the second round of the Slovakian Men’s National Basketball League play-offs.
Having only beaten three seeded Nitra once in their four regular season meetings, second-seeded Prievidza took Game One comfortably, 90-70, thanks to the Bermudian who poured in 20 points, seven assists and four steals.
Game Two, however, was a totally different story with Prievidza losing on the road 79-72 to leave the series level heading into the crucial Game Three.
Phillips was subdued with nine points and seven rebounds in the loss with the side holding a six-point lead after the first quarter.
Nitra point guard Denis Clemente scored 22 points and had four assists.
“So far we’ve been a tale of two teams,” said Phillips. “Game One we totally took away everything they wanted to do, and won by 20.
“Game Two we took away what they wanted to do in the last five minutes and were down by 18 with five minutes to go. We closed in and were 30 seconds away from another victory if we would have made shots down the stretch, but now we have to refocus.
“For us to win we have to play good defence, play fast on offence and we will be fine.
“Game Two we deviated from that plan and we lost, but I’m confident we will get it right.”
Game Three is scheduled for tomorrow night at Prievidza