2017-18Regular SeasonRound 10
December 27, 2017 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 MORACA

Gibson fuels Buducnost over Lietkabelis, and into Top 16

In a crucial Group D clash on the final night of the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season, Buducnost VOLI Podgorica booked its place in the Top 16 by downing visiting Liektabelis Panavezys 76-62 in the Montenegrin capital. Buducnost finished the regular season with a 5-5 record, while Lietkabelis was eliminated with the loss. The hosts took control in the second quarter and held a 10-point margin on a couple occasions, but Lietkabelis closed within a single point in the fourth quarter. However, Kyle Gibson and Kyle Landry scored all the points in an 11-1 run that restored the double-digit margin and secured Buducnost a celebration. Gibson had 17 points and 5 assists to lead the way, Nikola Ivanovic scored 12, while Suad Sehovic and Zoran Nikolic netted 10 apiece for Buducnost. Zanis Peiners was the only Lietkabelis player in double figures with 12 points.

Lietkabelis was first to get on a run with 8 consecutive points, capped by a three-point play from Pienars who made it 6-9. Aleksa Ilic scored 5 points inside for the hosts, but a wild three from Simas Jasaitis and another from Darjus Lavrinovic kept the visitors in front 14-17 after 10 minutes. However, Gibson hit Buducnost's first triple early in the second as the hosts went on a 12-1 run. Zoran Nikolic had an alley-oop dunk and Suad Sehovic also hit from downtown to help make it 26-18. Lietkabelis needed more than five minutes to score its first field goal of the second quarter before Jasaitis hit a corner three, and Adas Juskevicius also hit one to close the visitors within 28-26. But Nikola Ivanovic made a runner, and Danilo Nikolic a tip-in, as Buducnost took a 35-29 lead into halftime.

Dunks from Zoran Nikolic and Petar Popovic, the latter on a fast break, opened a 39-29 margin. Lietkabelis, however, found its offensive rhythm, going inside often. Ksistof Lavrinovic made foul shots, Adas Juskevicius, Donatas Tarolis, Peinars and Lorenzo Williams all scored from close range, as the gap closed to 45-40. Buducnost kept the breathing room with a jumper from Gibson and a triple from Ivanovic, which helped restore a double-digit lead, 56-46 late in the third. The hosts went into the fourth quarter up by 8, and Lietkabelis needed only two minutes to catch up, as Zygmantas Skucas and Lavrinovic scored inside. Skucas hit from the outside to make it 57-56. With Buducnost badly needing offense, Landry hit a baseline jumper, thus ending a five-minute scoreless drought for Buducnost. Gibson followed it with a jumper and then made a steal and served Landry for a fastbreak dunk, before capping a 9-0 run with a triple that opened 66-56 with 3 minutes to go. A three-pointer from Sehovic with 70 seconds left, sealed the outcome.

Kyle Gibson - Buducnost VOLI Podgorica ( photo Lietkabelis - Karolis Kavolelis) - EC17
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
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Referees: VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE), KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL), FRITZ, CLEMENS (GER)
Attendance: 3179
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Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 IVANOVIC, NIKOLA 28:00 12 1/4 1/6 7/8   3 3 3         1 9 17
4 SEHOVIC, SUAD 23:51 10 0/1 3/5 1/2   4 4 1 2       5 1 9
8 SEHOVIC, SEAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 STAROVLAH, MILIC 0:11                              
10 GORDIC, NEMANJA 16:44 8 3/7 0/2 2/2 1 1 2 3 1 1     3 1 5
12 BOJIC, BOGDAN 0:11                              
13 ILIC, ALEKSA 27:55 7 3/5   1/2 4 4 8   1 2 1   3 2 11
19 NIKOLIC, ZORAN 19:08 10 5/5   0/1 1 3 4       1   2 3 15
22 GIBSON, KYLE 32:55 17 4/10 2/5 3/4   2 2 5 2       1 3 18
30 POPOVIC, PETAR 18:08 2 1/5 0/2                       -4
33 LANDRY, KYLE 22:23 8 2/5 0/1 4/4 1 8 9 1 1 1     4 5 15
34 NIKOLIC, DANILO 10:34 2 1/2     1 2 3     1     3    
Team           2 4 6               6
Totals 200:00 76 20/44 6/21 18/23 10 31 41 13 7 5 2 0 22 24 92
        45.5% 28.6% 78.3%
Head coach: DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
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
Lietkabelis Panevezys
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 TAROLIS, DONATAS 8:59 2 1/1       3 3 2   1         6
3 WILLIAMS, LORENZO 35:58 4 1/3 0/7 2/4   1 1 8 1 2   1 4 3 -1
5 JUSKEVICIUS, ADAS 30:59 7 1/2 1/2 2/4   8 8     3     2 2 8
6 AUKSTIKALNIS, LUKAS 8:30 2 1/1     1 1 2   1       3 1 3
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 13:27 7 2/6 1/2     2 2 2   2       2 6
8 LEONAVICIUS, GINTARAS 11:07   0/1 0/2     3 3             1 1
11 TALTON, GARY 3:06   0/1       1 1           1   -1
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 21:36 7 1/5 0/1 5/8   1 1 1   3     2 4  
13 JASAITIS, SIMAS 10:11 6 0/1 2/3   1 2 3 1         2 2 8
14 CEPUKAITIS, VAIDAS 11:51 7 3/4   1/2 1 2 3 1         5 1 5
31 PEINERS, ZANIS 28:43 13 4/7 0/2 5/5   4 4 2   1   1 3 5 14
50 SKUCAS, ZYGIMANTAS 15:33 7 1/3 1/2 2/2 1 1 2     1     2 1 4
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 62 15/35 5/21 17/25 6 30 36 17 2 13 0 2 24 22 56
        42.9% 23.8% 68%
Head coach: CHERNII, VITALII

Head Coaches

DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"I want to thank the fans. The game was as we thought it would be. We had several good practices, and you can see improvements in our performance. And I believe it will last for some time. We had focus in practices, which was important because this was a do-or-die game, so they got prepared for the stress of the knockout type of game which this was. Lietkabelis is an offensive team, and we held it to 12 and 13 points in second and fourth quarters. It is hard to play against them. This was a tough group, and it is good we went through. It is good for this young team to play against good teams, you learn by playing against those better than you. We have accomplished all the goals we had so far this season."

Players

LANDRY, KYLE
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"We had a slow start. Our guys were a little bit nervous. We made some bad mistakes, we took bad shots, but we kept it close. But it was a lot better than our first quarter against them in Lithuania, which was a big help. As we got comfortable, we played our game. We made shots, we made stops, and we managed to take advantage. Not many people outside of our team believed we would make the Top 16. We played tough against every team, we took Bayern to the wire in the last game, and we beat everybody else. We played very well, we worked really hard, and I think we are going to be a tough team to play in the next round."
WILLIAMS, LORENZO
Lietkabelis Panevezys
" I think we showed a good effort tonight, but we did not make any shots. Starting with myself, I did not shoot the ball really well. We had turnovers in the key moments, and you can’t do that on the road if you want to win against a good quality team. That was the difference tonight."
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