2017-18Top 16Round 1
January 02, 2018 CET: 21:00
Local time: 20:00 GRAN CANARIA ARENA

Gran Canaria cruises past ALBA

Herbalife Gran Canaria reasserted its home-court dominance with a 100-81 pounding of ALBA Berlin in the teams’ Group F opener on Tuesday at Gran Canaria Arena. The hosts showed no sentiments for former Coach Aito Garcia Reneses’s squad in scoring a 100 for the first time all season. Gran Canaria outshot ALBA from every range, with Marcus Eriksson’s perfect shooting on 4 three-point attempts highlight an 11-for-20 shooting effort from downtown (55%). Gal Mekel led the winners with 19 points plus 6 assists, Eriksson finished with 13 points as did Anzejs Pasecniks, Oriol Pauli added 12 and Eulis Baez 11. Luke Sikma set a career-high with 27 points for ALBA, Peyton Siva posted 16 points and 5 assists and Marius Grigonus added 11 points.

Mekel and Eriksson each hit from downtown as the hosts jumped out to a 10-4 start. Grigonus answered with a three and Tim Schneider’s tip-in made it a 1-point game. Siva came off the bench and drilled a triple to give ALBA its first lead, 11-12. Gran Canaria regained control with an 8-0 run in which Eriksson hit another three. Pasecniks hit a jumper and Eriksson another triple to extend the margin to 8, but Niels Giffey’s put-back beat the first-quarter buzzer and closed the gap to 26-20. D.J. Seeley hit from deep and then added free throws as Gran Canaria went up by double figures, 37-25. Sikma and Grigonus kept ALBA in the game temporarily, but the hosts’ big guys, Ondrej Balvins and Pasecniks kept Gran Canaria rolling at 48-34. Albert Oliver free throws left Gran Canaria with a 53-38 halftime advantage.

It was all Gran Canaria to start the second half; Mekel had 4 points and Eriksson added a triple in a 13-0 run. Siva ended the ALBA drought and Akeem Vargas had an assist and a three in a 0-10 run, but even after that, a Pasecniks layup made it 68-48 midway through the third quarter. Sikma buried a pair of threes, but Gran Canaria regrouped through Oliver and Pablo Aguilar. Pauli’s floater to end the third quarter made it 84-59. Siva and Sikma led a 0-9 ALBA run to get within 87-70, after which the hosts called timeout. Baez connected from downtown to restore a 20-point margin and though the visitors worked hard to minimize their deficit in the remaining time, the outcome was already clear.

Gal Mekel - Herbalife Gran Canaria (photo Gran Canaria) - EC17
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
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Referees: VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE), SILVA, SERGIO (POR), DIFALLAH, MEHDI (FRA)
Attendance: 4343
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Herbalife Gran Canaria26273116
ALBA Berlin20182122
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Herbalife Gran Canaria265384100
ALBA Berlin20385981
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 14:04 8 1/1 0/1 6/6       7         1 2 15
6 LOPEZ, JAVI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS 28:23 13 0/3 4/4 1/2   2 2 2 1 2 2   2 1 13
9 MEKEL, GAL 22:32 19 4/6 2/3 5/5   1 1 6 1 4 1   1 5 25
11 SEELEY, DENNIS 17:33 7 1/3 1/2 2/2         2 1 1   1 1 6
12 BALVIN, ONDREJ 15:54 4 2/3       4 4 1         3 1 6
13 BAEZ, EULIS 21:43 11 2/3 2/2 1/2 1 3 4 3   3     1 3 15
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 24:06 13 5/7   3/6 3 1 4   2   1   2 3 16
21 PAULI, ORIOL 21:02 12 5/6 0/3 2/2 1 2 3 4   1 1   1 3 17
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER 16:26 5 1/1 1/2     2 2   1 1     2 1 5
34 AGUILAR, PABLO 18:17 8 1/2 1/3 3/5   6 6   1         3 13
40 FISCHER, LUCAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 100 22/35 11/20 23/30 5 23 28 23 8 12 6 0 14 23 133
        62.9% 55% 76.7%
Head coach: CASIMIRO, LUIS
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
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SAIBOU, JOSHIKO 10:38   0/1 0/2             1   2   1 -5
3 SIVA, PEYTON 26:31 16 5/9 2/6   2 1 3 5 1 3   2 4 1 9
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 17:44 7 2/4 1/4   4 1 5           4   3
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM 14:40 4 2/3 0/1   1 2 3           3   2
11 VARGAS, AKEEM 27:56 7 1/3 1/3 2/2 3   3 4 2       2 2 12
13 GRIGONIS, MARIUS 27:58 11 0/4 3/7 2/2 1 6 7 3 1 3   1 3 3 10
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR 5:54 2 1/2       1 1 1   1         2
42 CLIFFORD, DENNIS 22:18 5 2/7   1/3 2 5 7 2 1 1   1 3 2 5
43 SIKMA, LUKE 26:41 27 9/10 2/2 3/4 5 2 7 2 2 3     3 5 35
44 PENO, STEFAN 19:40 2 1/4 0/2         4 1 1     1    
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 81 23/47 9/27 8/11 19 18 37 21 8 13 0 6 23 14 74
        48.9% 33.3% 72.7%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO

Head Coaches

CASIMIRO, LUIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria
“We did a great job in defense with great energy and intensity. We had only problems when ALBA Berlin played small ball. In offense we played good and with accuracy. I am very happy for the players."

Players

MEKEL, GAL
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"I am very happy after several losses, it was important for us to win and do it with energy. It is a tough group, but I think we can do well and I am happy for this first win. This game is important for our confidence and the coaches did a great job this week cheering us up and we answered with this win."