2008-09Last 16Round 1
January 27, 2009 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 LA CASILLA
Renaldas Seibutis - iurbentia BilbaoIurbentia Bilbao led from start to finish but needed a 16-4 fourth quarter run to put away Artland Dragons 71-62 in the Group L opener for both teams on Tuesday in Spain. Bilbao led by 17 points in the first half but saw Artland pull within two points after a 2-11 surge spanning the final two quarters. Bilbao, however, scored 16 of the next 20 points, including a 10-0 run, to put the game out of reach. Drago Pasalic collected 16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks to lead Bilbao, which has not lost yet in the Eurocup, its first-ever European competition. Renaldas Seibutis added 13 points for the winners. Javi Salgado scored all 7 of his points in the fourth quarter. The German side Artland was paced by Lamont McIntosh with 15 points and Will Blalock scored 10. Darren Fenn and Adam Hess combined for 13 points as they made just 4 of 24 shots total. Artland worked hard in the second half to get back in the game by focusing on rebounding. Early in the second half, Bilbao had already grabbed 12 offensive rebounds and was out-rebounding Dragons 30-13. But the difference was just 42-34 in the end.

Pasalic started in superb form, scoring the first 6 points for Bilbao and again as the hosts surged ahead 12-2. Seibutis's third basket made it 16-6 but McIntosh hit a lay-up and three-pointer to trim the margin to 17-11. Pasalic connected again and Damir Markota's foul shot gave Bilbao a 22-12 lead after one period. Dirk Madrich's free throw started the second quarter and McIntosh cut the deficit to 24-15. But Predrag Savovic and Paco Vazquez connected on back-to-back three-pointers to force an Artland timeout at 30-15. Markota's offensive rebound and put-back gave Bilbao its biggest lead of the game at 32-15 after the timeout. Drew Neitzel's three-point shot trimmed the gap to 32-21 only to see Seibutis push it back to 36-22. McIntosh drained another long ball and Neitzel scored the final four points of the half as Artland was within 40-31 at the break.

Chad Prewitt opened the third period with a triple and Hess's three-point shot made it 42-39. But Janis Blums converted a lay-up and, after a McIntosh turnover, also nailed a three-pointer. Pasalic hit another basket and it was 50-39 after Seibutis's free throw. Artland had a run left, however, as Tyray Pearson scored two baskets down the stretch, including a put-back of an offensive rebound to make it 50-45 after three periods. Artland started the fourth quarter with 2 turnovers but did not get punished as Bilbao missed 2 three-pointers. Madrich hit the first basket of the period and McIntosh's triple brought Artland within 52-50, completing a 2-11 run spanning the third and fourth quarters. Dragons had a chance to tie the game but McIntosh turned the ball over and Luke Recker nailed a three-pointer. Fenn answered with an offensive rebound put-back. And after Salgado knocked down a triple, Madrich made it 58-54. Luke Recker scored again and following an Artland timeout Neitzel turned the ball over and Quincy Lewis and Salgado combined for 6 foul shots and Markota's dunk finished off the 10-0 run for a 68-54 advantage. Blalock hit two baskets to cut the margin to nine points but Artland would not get closer the rest of the way.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO (ITA), VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE), RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO (MNE)
Attendance: 5000
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iurbentia Bilbao
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 HAMPL, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 GUARDIA, SALVA 13:37 2 1/1 0/1         1   1     1 1 1
9 RECKER, LUKE 17:27 5 1/1 1/2         2   1     2   3
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 18:34 13 4/4 0/3 5/6   3 3   1         3 16
11 SAVOVIC, PREDRAG 4:37 3   1/2     2 2     1     3    
13 BANIC, MARKO 23:55 2 1/2 0/2   2 4 6           2 1 4
14 SALGADO, JAVI 20:38 7 0/1 1/3 4/4   2 2 2 1 3     3 5 8
19 VAZQUEZ, PACO 11:37 3   1/2     2 2 1   2     2 1 2
20 LEWIS, QUINCY 29:31 6 1/3 0/3 4/4   1 1 1 1 4 2   2 4 4
24 PASALIC, DRAGO 23:28 16 7/14   2/3 5 6 11   2   2   1 2 24
25 MARKOTA, DAMIR 15:37 7 3/5 0/3 1/4 4 5 9           1 2 9
45 BLUMS, JANIS 20:59 7 1/5 1/1 2/6 1 5 6 1 1 3   1 1 5 7
Team                                
Totals 200:00 71 19/36 5/22 18/27 12 30 42 8 6 15 4 1 18 24 78
        52.8% 22.7% 66.7%
Head coach: VIDORRETA, TXUS
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
Artland Dragons
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 STUCKEMANN, FLAVIO 4:32     0/1                       -1
6 PEARSON, TYRAY 16:41 8 3/8   2/2 3 2 5     2     3 2 5
8 MCINTOSH, LAMONT 29:46 15 3/5 3/5     3 3 1 1 2     3 2 13
9 JOHNSON, PAUL 11:59   0/2 0/1     1 1       1   2   -3
10 ROHDEWALD, JAN 5:29     0/1                     1  
12 NEITZEL, DREW 21:24 7 1/1 1/3 2/2   2 2 1 1 3     2 2 6
13 PREWITT, CHAD 17:16 3   1/2     3 3   1 1     3   2
16 HESS, ADAM 28:14 6 1/6 1/4 1/2   2 2   3 2   3 5 2 -6
20 MADRICH, DIRK 13:34 6 2/3 0/1 2/4 1 2 3   1       2 2 6
21 BLALOCK, WILL 18:36 10 5/8     1 1 2     1     2 1 7
24 FENN, DARREN 32:29 7 2/12 0/2 3/4 3 6 9 2   1   1 3 5 5
25 WHITING, ZACK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 62 17/45 6/20 10/14 11 23 34 4 7 12 1 4 25 17 38
        37.8% 30% 71.4%
Head coach: LEIBENATH, THORSTEN

Head Coaches

VIDORRETA, TXUS
iurbentia Bilbao
“Our strong start was very important for us, because we were tired after playing three games in five days. Artland Dragons played tough and we allowed them to get back in the game. We felt tired because of the number of games we had to play in the last days. We got a valuable win and the 9-point margin is important. I have to give my team the highest marks because we are still undefeated in Europe. We managed to win a difficult game against an opponent that made the most out of its options. Artland had faith and confidence tonight."
LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
Artland Dragons
"We knew we had to face a team like Bilbao Basket, a tough opponents in its home court. We had a 10-point deficit very early in the game and had trouble against their frontcourt, especially with Damir Markota and Drago Pasalic together on court. Their offensive rebounds gave them too many second chances, while our team only had 2 offensive boards tonight. My team put out a great effort to return to the game in the second half. We fought for every rebound and in every action tried to reduce our deficit again."
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