2016-17Regular SeasonRound 10
December 14, 2016 CET: 17:30
Local time: 19:30 CEC NAGORNY
Marko Tomas - Cedevita Zagreb - EC16 (photo Nizhny Novgorod)

Cedevita holds off Nizhny for sixth straight win, second place in Group A

Cedevita never trailed, but had to hold off Nizhny Novgorod in a dramatic finish for an 82-84 victory on the road on Wednesday. Cedevita notched its sixth consecutive win and clinched second place in Group A with a 6-2 record. Nizhny finishes the regular season third with a 4-4 record. Cedevita built a big early lead as Miro Bilan dominated inside and Marko Tomas hit from long range. The visitors led by 17 points multiple times in the third and fourth quarters. But in the final eight minutes, Kenny Boynton hit 5 three-pointers for the hosts and his last triple with 1:11 to go tied the game for the first time at 82-82. But Cedevita prevailed and carries its winning streak into the Top 16. Tomas hit 4 of 7 from long range for 20 points and also had 6 rebounds. Bilan added 19 points on 9-for-10 two point shooting. Ra’Shad James scored 15 and Ryan Boatright had 11 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in victory. Boynton shot 7 of 11 from three-point land and scored 31 points along with 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Deandre Kane had 14 and Maxim Grigoryev 10 points in defeat.

Bilan scored the first 6 points of the game, and with help from Karlo Zganec and Tomas, the visitors opened a 7-20 lead after only eight minutes. Petr Gubanov hit a three and Boynton had 9 first-quarter points, but Nizhny only managed to cut it to 12-24 at the end of the opening quarter. Cedevita kept the margin with back-to-back threes from Tomas, and after Kane and Ilya Popov got Nizhny within 7 points, the visitors stepped up defensively and restored a 13-point margin. After going into halftime up 31-42, a three from Boatright and fastbreak basket from Wright opened a 37-51 margin in the third. Kane fought for the hosts to cut the deficit, but a pair of three-pointers from Tomas, and a corner three from John Shurna made it 47-64 late in the third. Shurna's second triple had Cedevita up 56-73 with eight minutes to go, but Boynton sparked things with 3 triples that cut the deficit to 71-77. Boynton hit again from downtown and Siim-Sander Vene's dunk got Nizhny within 79-80 with two minutes to go before Boynton's seventh three tied it at 82-82 with 71 seconds left. But the hosts did not score again and Cedevita saw Bilan and James secure the win from the free throw line.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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Referees: PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE), PEERANDI, RAIN (EST)
Attendance: 1296
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 BOYNTON, KENNETH 38:22 31 4/7 7/11 2/3 1 5 6 6   4   1 2 3 31
2 KANE, DEANDRE 33:18 15 7/14 0/3 1/2 3   3 3 4 3   4 1 3 9
3 GRIGORYEV, MAXIM 28:44 10 1/1 2/7 2/2   2 2 5 3 1   1 5 3 11
5 MARIKHIN, SERGEI 15:15 3   1/2         2 1 2     3    
7 VIKTOROV, IVAN 0:05                              
9 VENE, SIIM-SANDER 22:23 8 4/9     2 1 3 2 1       1   8
11 ZUBCIC, TOMISLAV 22:35 5 1/2 0/4 3/5   3 3 5 2     1 3 4 8
12 ZHBANOV, GEORGY 0:05                              
15 GUBANOV, PETR 21:53 3 0/2 1/5   1 3 4     2     1   -2
20 POPOV, ILYA 17:20 7 2/5   3/4 4 2 6 1   1 1   2 3 11
27 ZVEREV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 82 19/40 11/32 11/16 15 17 32 24 11 13 1 7 18 16 81
        47.5% 34.4% 68.8%
Head coach: STALBERGS, ARTURS
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
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 JAMES, RASHAD 31:55 15 4/5 0/5 7/8   6 6 3 2 2     4 6 19
2 KRUSLIN, FILIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 BOATRIGHT, RYAN 35:14 11 3/8 1/4 2/2 1 4 5 7   7 3   1 3 13
6 KATIC, TONI 17:23 2 1/1 0/2     3 3 2 1 2     2   2
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 19:55 8 2/2   4/4 2 1 3 1     1   3 4 14
15 BILAN, MIRO 26:00 19 9/10   1/2 2 4 6 3 1         2 29
24 SHURNA, JOHN 23:20 8 1/1 2/3   2 3 5 1   4     1   8
25 BEGIC, MIRZA 14:00 1     1/2 1 1 2 1   3 3   1 2 4
33 TOMAS, MARKO 32:13 20 4/8 4/7   1 5 6 2 1 4   1 4 1 14
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 84 24/35 7/21 15/18 10 28 38 20 5 22 7 1 16 18 105
        68.6% 33.3% 83.3%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO

Head Coaches

STALBERGS, ARTURS
Nizhny Novgorod
"We came out as if we had already won the game; that’s why Cedevita showed us our place right from the first minutes. We tortured ourselves for 30 minutes and only at the end of the game we found the players who were ready to fight. We almost won, but it didn’t count. "
MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"It was an interesting game in which the result was not so important. Our team played a very smart basketball both in offense and defense, which helped to spend almost all the game with a good advantage of 10-15 points. But in the last quarter we gave Nizhny an opportunity to win the game because of our turnovers. Fortunately, we made some better moves in the last seconds and got a win."

Players

BOYNTON, KENNETH
Nizhny Novgorod
"We weren’t focused enough in the first half like we should be, especially at home as we gave up a lot of rebounds. Everything changed in the second half when we could fix our defense. That helped us to get back in the game. Unfortunately, in the last seconds we made a turnover and couldn’t foul early, that’s why we lost our chance to win."
BILAN, MIRO
Cedevita Zagreb
"As you see, we played only with eight players on the court because we have a lot of injured guys in the team now. So it was a very hard trip for us. Today we had 35 minutes of good basketball, but at the end we really got tired and relaxed a bit. Still it was a well-deserved win for us."
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