2017-18Regular SeasonRound 9
December 20, 2017 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALATRENTO

Trento edges Gran Canaria, both qualify to Top 16

Dolomiti Energia Trento held off visiting Herbalife Gran Canaria 79-76 on Wednesday night, an outcome that qualified both teams into the Top 16 from Group D. Trento needed a victory to move to the next stage, and Gran Canaria could afford a loss by fewer than 25 points to qualify, too. Both teams now own 5-4 records with a game to play and qualified alongside group leader ASVEL Villeurbanne to the Top 16. Jorge Gutierrez led Trento with 18 points, 4 assists and 4 steals, Dominique Sutton collected 15 points plus 10 rebounds, and Shavon Shields also had 15 points. Dustin Hogue was also in double digits with 10 points for Trento. Anzejs Pasecniks scored 12 and Gal Mekel dished 7 assists to lead the visitors, who had eight players finish with at least 7 points in defeat.

Toto Forray opened the game with a three-pointer and Shields scored inside, before Gran Canaria opened its tally with fastbreak points from Oriol Pauli and Eulis Baez. But those were only baskets in the first six minutes. Shields also hit from downtown, and so did Gutierrez to make it 11-9. Trento extended the lead from the free throw line before Diego Flaccadori made a runner and Ojars Silins hit a long jumper for an 18-11 lead after 10 minutes. Albert Oliver had a three and an easy two early in the second quarter, but Gutierrez and Hogue, the latter with a three-point play, extended it to 25-18. Lucas Fischer had two close-range baskets for the visitors, but Beto Gomes and Yannick Franke nailed back-to-back three-pointers that gave Trento a 33-24 advantage. Triples from Mekel and Marcus Eriksson helped Gran Canaria cut into the deficit, but a pair of put-backs from Sutton kept Trento in front, 43-37 at halftime.

Shields scored 6 straight points to help open a 50-40 cushion in the third quarter, but a dunk by Balvin and a transition triple from Eriksson boosted the visitors. Both offenses struggled to find their rhythms and Trento went into the fourth quarter up by 9 points after Hogue scored from close range and Gutierrez from long range. Silins hit from downtown to make it 60-48 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, however, Gran Canaria answered with a 0-11 run during which D.J. Seeley hit a triple and Xavi Rabaseda raced for a fastbreak dunk. Rabaseda’s triple tied it at 64-64, but Gomes and Gutierrez each hit a three-pointer to give the hosts a 72-66 lead. Pasecniks and Baez gave the visitors some hope, but Sutton came up with two dunks that kept Trento up 78-71. Gran Canaria forced 3 turnovers in the final minute to get within 78-75 with 5 seconds remaining with possession. Mekel made the first and intentionally missed his second free throw, but Sutton grabbed a defensive rebound and Trento held on.

Jorge Gutierrez - Dolomiti Energia Trento (photo Trento) - EC17
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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Referees: GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), PANTHER, ANNE (GER), OVINOV, SEMEN (RUS)
Attendance: 1997
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Dolomiti Energia Trento18251422
Herbalife Gran Canaria11251228
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Dolomiti Energia Trento18435779
Herbalife Gran Canaria11364876
Dolomiti Energia Trento
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 FRANKE, YANNICK 2:11 3   1/1                   1   2
2 SUTTON, DOMINIQUE 33:06 15 5/9 0/2 5/7 4 6 10 2 1 6     2 7 19
4 SILINS, OJARS 12:07 5 1/2 1/2     1 1           2   2
10 FORRAY, TOTO 22:45 4 0/1 1/2 1/2       1 3 4     5 1 -3
12 FLACCADORI, DIEGO 19:21 3 1/6 0/2 1/2       3 1 1   1 2 2 -3
13 GUTIERREZ, JORGE 22:54 18 4/8 2/3 4/8 1 1 2 4 4 1     4 5 19
15 GOMES, BETO 27:56 6 0/1 2/5 0/2 1 4 5   1 2     5 2 1
22 HOGUE, DUSTIN 19:45 10 3/5   4/5 2 3 5 2 1       3 5 17
25 LECHTHALER, LUCA 10:26   0/1       3 3     1         1
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON 29:29 15 6/7 1/1 0/2   3 3 2 2 1     1 1 18
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 79 20/40 8/18 15/28 8 24 32 14 13 16 0 1 25 23 76
        50% 44.4% 53.6%
Head coach: BUSCAGLIA, MAURIZIO
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
Herbalife Gran Canaria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 11:28 9 2/2 1/2 2/2   1 1 1   2     2 3 9
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS 17:25 8 1/3 2/7   2 3 5     1     1 1 5
9 MEKEL, GAL 28:32 9 1/4 1/2 4/6   2 2 7 3 3     3 6 15
11 SEELEY, DENNIS 25:01 9 1/5 1/4 4/4 1 1 2 4   2     4 3 5
12 BALVIN, ONDREJ 18:01 8 4/7   0/2 3 3 6 2 2 3     2 1 9
13 BAEZ, EULIS 22:42 7 2/4 1/4     6 6 1   3     3 3 6
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 17:28 12 5/6   2/2   3 3     1 1   5 4 13
21 PAULI, ORIOL 12:46 3 1/2   1/2   1 1   1         1 4
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER 24:48 7 1/2 1/3 2/2   1 1 1 3 1     2 1 7
34 AGUILAR, PABLO 17:20   0/4 0/2   3 4 7             2 3
40 FISCHER, LUCAS 4:29 4 2/2     1   1           1   4
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 76 20/41 7/24 15/20 13 27 40 16 9 16 1 0 23 25 85
        48.8% 29.2% 75%
Head coach: CASIMIRO, LUIS

Head Coaches

BUSCAGLIA, MAURIZIO
Dolomiti Energia Trento
"We are happy for being in the Top 16. It looked impossible a couple of games ago, but wins against Zenit and Tofas Bursa let us be here. Gran Canaria is a very good team and they played good defense, we had control and they did a rush at the end which we managed to stop to get the win."
CASIMIRO, LUIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"Trento is a physical team and in the first half we didn't play with the necessary intensity. After that we improved, and we did a good job in rebounds, but we had a bad night from the three-point line."

Players

GUTIERREZ, JORGE
Dolomiti Energia Trento
"We kept the score low and we kept Gran Canaria under 80 points because we had a great team defense."
RABASEDA, XAVIER
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"A very tough game from the beginning. We didn’t feel comfortable at any moment with too many turnovers. They felt good at their home and played very tough, but we tried to always be close on the scoreboard and in the last minutes we got some open shots that we didn’t score to win."
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