2018-19Regular SeasonRound 10
December 18, 2018 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 POLIESPORTIU D'ANDORRA

MoraBanc outlasts Monaco, takes second place

MoraBanc Andorra assured itself of a second place in Group A with an 87-80 victory over visiting AS Monaco on Tuesday. MoraBanc finished the regular season with a 6-4 record while Monaco, which had already won the group, had a 7-3 record. Both teams had previously qualified to the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16. John Shurna's free throws and David Jelinek's triple broke a 77-77 tie with 3 minutes left to send MoraBanc forward to the win. Shurna led the victors with 17 points, while Andrew Albicy added 15 and Dylan Ennis 12. Monaco got 16 points from Jarrod Jones, 15 from Sergii Gladyr, and 14 from Elmedin Kikanovic.

Monaco took the initiative with a triple by newly-added Sergii Gladyr providing an early 5-10 advantage. Ennis turned things around before Michele Vitali's assist, steal and triple let MoraBanc lead 18-14 after one quarter. Vitali kept it going for a 23-16 advantage before Kikanovic made back-to-back baskets. He continued scoring until giving Monaco a new lead, 25-26. Ennis and Albicy, with back-to-back threes, restored a MoraBanc advantage of 39-34 at the half. Gladyr and Lazeric Jones helped Monaco go in front again but Shurna took over for the hosts as their lead reached 58-52. Jarrod Jones took up the cause for Monaco, pulling the visitors as close as 63-62 after 30 minutes. Ennis, Oliver Stevic and Reggie Upshaw kept Monaco at bay as MoraBanc opened a 77-68 lead with 4:20 to play. Kevin Cham and Jarrod Jones mounted Monaco's last stand with 3 triples in little more than a minute to forge a 77-77 tie. Shurna and Jelinek split all the points in MoraBanc's 10-3 finishing run to seize second place and head into the Top 16 with a big win.

No principality sweep

MoraBanc avenged its eight-point defeat in Monaco from earlier in the regular season. It will take them reuniting later in the playoffs for the first principality series in Euroleague Basketball history to be decided one way or the other.

Record man

Monaco big man Elmedin Kikanovic will have to wait until the Top 16 to become a 7DAYS EuroCup record-breaker. With 7 of 9 two-pointers made in Andorra, he has 388 in his career, tying Chuck Davis for first place all-time. His next basket will give him the record.

Gladyr's return

Veteran shooter Sergii Gladyr returned in style for Monaco, which left six players home to rest up from injuries for the Top 16. Gladyr needed only two games to get his EuroCup scoring average to double digits, which was his norm when playing for French teams Nanterre and Nancy between 2013 and 2015 .

Next round

With the victory, MoraBanc joins Top 16 Group H, which already has UNICS Kazan and Cedevita Zagreb. Monaco was already slotted into Top 16 Group E, where the other known opponents are Rytas Vilnius and Zenit St Petersburg. A draw will determine the Top 16 calendar, the first round of which will begin on January 2.

John Shurna - MoraBanc Andorra (photo Marti Imatge - Andorra) - EC18
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: MOGULKOC, EMIN; GKONTAS, SPIROS; SHEMMESH, SEFFI
Attendance: 2509 (Tentative)
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MoraBanc Andorra18212424
AS Monaco14202818
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MoraBanc Andorra18396387
AS Monaco14346280
MoraBanc Andorra
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 LUZ, RAFA 14:02 2   0/1 2/2   4 4 3   1       1 8
14 STEVIC, OLIVER 23:55 9 4/8   1/1 2 6 8     2     4 2 9
16 ALBICY, ANDREW 25:58 15 1/1 4/7 1/2 1   1 4 4 3     2 3 18
21 DIAGNE, MOUSSA 11:04 2 1/5     1 1 2 1     1   2    
22 SHURNA, JOHN 17:00 17 3/4 2/4 5/6 1 3 4 1       1 2 5 20
23 WALKER, DAVID 22:50 5 1/6 1/1     1 1 3 1       2 2 5
24 COLOM, GUILLEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 JELINEK, DAVID 16:30 5 1/5 1/5   1 4 5   1     2   2 3
30 UPSHAW, REGGIE 23:00 7 3/4 0/2 1/2 2 3 5   1   1   3 3 10
31 ENNIS, DYLAN 22:16 12 3/9 1/4 3/3   1 1 4 2       1 1 10
32 WHITTINGTON , SHAYNE 5:01 4 0/1   4/4   1 1           1 2 5
33 VITALI, MICHELE 18:24 9 3/3 1/3 0/1   2 2 5 1 1     2 1 12
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 87 20/46 10/27 17/21 11 27 38 21 10 7 2 3 19 22 104
        43.5% 37% 81%
Head coach: NAVARRO, IBON
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
AS Monaco
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 JONES, LAZERIC 20:27 5 1/2 1/2     2 2 6   3     3 2 7
3 BARRY, REMI 23:02 7 1/1 1/3 2/2 1 2 3 1   2 1   4 1 5
6 LACOMBE, PAUL 17:51 5 1/4 1/2   2 4 6 5   2       1 11
7 CHAM, KEVIN 19:33 6 0/2 2/3 0/2   1 1 2   3     3 2  
8 GLADYR, SERGII 22:30 15 0/1 5/6     5 5 1   2     1   16
9 KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN 17:51 14 7/9   0/3   2 2 2     1     5 19
20 LOUBAKI, LUC 23:39 3 1/2 0/1 1/2   1 1 2 1 3     3 3 1
21 JONES, JARROD 30:48 16 3/5 3/8 1/2 1 8 9 2 1 2   2 4 3 15
34 HUMMER, IAN 24:19 9 4/9   1/2 2 3 5   2 1 1   4 2 8
50 JOSEPH, GEORGI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             5 5               5
Totals 200:00 80 18/35 13/25 5/13 6 33 39 21 4 18 3 2 22 19 87
        51.4% 52% 38.5%
Head coach: FILIPOVSKI, SASO

Head Coaches

NAVARRO, IBON
MoraBanc Andorra
"I think we approved a lot our defense, still with many mistakes, but I think we had a good attitude. It was a game with a lot of tension, but in the last part of the game, when they were close, we kept our minds fresh and were able to win at the end."

Players

STEVIC, OLIVER
MoraBanc Andorra
"For sure, it was not our best game. We had a lot of ups and downs tonight. But in the end, I think, we had focus in the key moments and we put a little bit more energy out there than they did. I think those are two important reasons that we had the win tonight."
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