2012-13Regular SeasonRound 1
November 07, 2012 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 KAUNAS SPORTS HALL
Gediminas Orelik - BC Prienai (photo BC Prienai)BC Prienai opened its second Eurocup campaign with an important 85-72 win over Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in Kaunas Sports Hall on Wednesday. After 25 minutes of a seesaw battle, Prienai used a 13-1 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to build a 68-54 advantage and secure the win. Gediminas Orelik led the victors with 26 points on 4-for-7 three-point shooting. Arturas Milaknis also shot 4 for 7 from downtown and scored 14, while Arminas Urbutis amassed 12 points plus 11 rebounds and Gintaras Kadzulis finished with 10 points. Craig Smith had 15 points for Hapoel, Jacob Pullen finished with 13 and Raviv Limonad and Uri Kokia each scored 10 in defeat.

A triple from Pullen and Limonad's layup gave Hapoel a 0-5 start, but Kadzulis and Orelik each hit a three-pointer that opened Prienai's account and Siim-Sander Vene's layup gave the hosts their first lead, 10-9. Limonad and Pullen were creators of a 0-7 run, with Pullen hitting a jumper and a triple to reach double figures after less than eight minutes of play, however Urbutis answered with a couple of baskets that made it 16-16 after the first quarter. Elishay Kadir and Smith opened the scoring for Hapoel in the second quarter, but what followed was an 8-2 run that included three-pointers from Milaknis and Orelik for a 24-21 Prienai advantage. The lead exchanged hands four times in the following three minutes, with Kadziulis and Orelik briefly restoring a 3-point advantage for hosts while Kadir and Limonad combined for 6 points in a span of 90 seconds to tie the score at 33-33. Prienai took a slim 35-33 halftime advantage after Milaknis scored a fastbreak layup in the final second of the second quarter.

Meir Tapiro - Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (photo BC Prienai)Smith hit a pair of free throws at the beginning of the third quarter and Kadir made a layup to tie the game at 37-37, but Milaknis answered with a three-pointer and Urbutis netted a shot to give Prienai a 5-point advantage. Jerusalem answered again through Craig and Courtney Fells hit a jumper and made a dunk that put Hapoel up 44-45, however Orelik came right back with a layup that sparked an 11-2 run. With Kadziulis made 3 of 3 from the line, Vene added a layup-plus-foul and Orelik hit from downtown as the score quickly reached 55-47. Jerusalem used a technical foul and Meir Tapiro’s 4 points to crawl back to 55-53, but Urbutis, Vene and Arturas Valeika gave the hosts a 61-54 advantage to take into the final 10 minutes. Back-to-back triples from Milaknis and Orelik extended the lead to 14 and another Milaknis triple made it 71-56 with seven minutes to go. Hapoel relied on scoring from Smith and Limonad, and a triple from the latter cut the deficit to 73-63, but with Zygimantas Janavicius going 4 for 4 from the foul line and with Orelik hitting twice from inside, Hapoel did not manage to bring the margin into single digits until Craig and Tapiro made it 81-72 with 2 minutes remaining. A window of opportunity opened for Hapoel with Orelik’s unsportsmanlike foul, but Craig missed 2 free throws and Tapiro committed a turnover and missed a triple for the visitors that allowed Prienai to extend the lead in the final seconds and finish the game with a 13-point margin.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), SHARRO, LAHDO (SWE), LUCIS, OSKARS (LAT)
Attendance: 2000 (Tentative)
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BC Prienai16192624
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem16172118
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BC Prienai16356185
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem16335472
BC Prienai
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 JANAVICIUS, ZYGIMANTAS 21:52 7 1/3 0/2 5/6   5 5 4 1 3   1 1 3 10
6 SESKUS, DOMANTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 LABUCKAS, ARNAS 6:08     0/1                       -1
8 ALDAKAUSKAS, KAROLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SLEZAS, TAUTVYDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 IVANAUSKAS, PAULIUS 9:37 1     1/2   2 2 1 1       1 1 4
11 VALEIKA, ARTURAS 13:47 6 2/2   2/4 1 2 3 2 1 1     3 4 10
12 ORELIK, GEDIMINAS 35:13 26 7/10 4/7   1 2 3 4   4 1   2 4 26
13 KADZIULIS, GINTARAS 28:01 10 1/4 1/4 5/5   1 1 4         4 3 8
15 VENE, SIIM-SANDER 27:55 9 3/6 0/4 3/3 3 4 7   1 1     1 2 10
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 31:14 14 1/3 4/7   1   1 1 1 1     2 1 10
23 URBUTIS, ARMINAS 26:13 12 5/8   2/2 3 8 11 1 2 4 1 1 3 3 19
Team             3 3     1     1   1
Totals 200:00 85 20/36 9/25 18/22 9 27 36 17 7 15 2 2 18 21 97
        55.6% 36% 81.8%
Head coach: SESKUS, VIRGINIJUS
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ARIEL, ADAM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 LIMONAD, RAVIV 29:58 10 3/3 1/2 1/2   5 5 2 1 2     2 4 16
6 KOKIA, URI 21:57 10 5/7       1 1   1   1 1 3 1 8
7 FELLS, COURTNEY 32:20 9 4/8 0/2 1/1 1 6 7 4 1 1     4 2 12
8 SMITH, CRAIG 23:06 15 5/8   5/8   3 3 1   6 1   4 5 9
10 PULLEN, JACOB 32:33 13 3/7 2/5 1/4   2 2 1 1 1   1 3 3 5
11 KADIR, ELISHAY 26:38 7 2/6   3/4 1 2 3           2 2 5
12 TAPIRO, MEIR 21:05 8 3/5 0/2 2/2   3 3 3 1 4     1   6
14 ELIAS-POUR, RAM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 DUNCAN, JOSH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GRUNFELD, DAN 12:23           1 1           2   -1
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 72 25/44 3/11 13/21 2 25 27 11 5 14 2 2 21 17 62
        56.8% 27.3% 61.9%
Head coach: DRUCKER, SHARON

Head Coaches

SESKUS, VIRGINIJUS
BC Prienai
"This game was very important. We were a bit shocked when we saw videos of our opponents. We soon realized we could compete against Hapoel. It is a shame we couldn't relax and play the way we are used to. During the first half, we didn't play defense as hard as we would have liked, but they only scored 33 points, which is not bad. We improved our defense in the second half and our opponents started to pick up a lot of fouls. We are happy we took advantage of that to win the game. All the teams in our group are almost at the same level. It is very difficult to figure out how we will do in Jerusalem, but we proved that it will not be easy for Hapoel to win this group."
DRUCKER, SHARON
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem
"We controlled the game, but made some mistakes in the second half. We missed a lot of free throws and that led us to lose the game. Congratulations to our opponents."

Players

SLEZAS, TAUTVYDAS
BC Prienai
"Our team has quite a lot of players that are not used to this level of competition – so we were a little bit nervous at the beginning of the game. We have won all of our games until now, so it was nice to carry on winning."
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