|Hemofarm Stada got the Final Eight started with a bang and major upset by downing Dynamo Moscow 85-93 in the first Quarterfinals game at Palasport Olimpico in Turin, Italy, on Thursday night. Hemofarm advanced to the semifinals for the third time in competition history and knocked out Dynamo for the second time. Bojan Krstovic led a well-balanced Hemofarm attack with 16 points, while Stefan Markovic delivers 10 assists. All told Hemofarm had five scorers in double figures and three more with at least 7 points. After a close opening quarter, three-pointers by Nebojsa Joksimovic, Milivoje Bozovic and Miljan Pavkovic helped Hemofarm take a 27-36 lead. Travis Hansen and Darjus Lavrinovic brought Dynamo within 41-45 at halftime. Dynamo managed to tie the game at 51-51, but Milan Macvan led a 2-13 run as Hemofarm built a 60-70 lead after 30 minutes. A big basket by Macvan gave Hemofarm its biggest lead, 60-72. Robertas Javtokas, Bostjan Nachbar and Hansen led Dynamo's comeback in the fourth quarter and a triple by Brian Chase got his team within 79-81, but a clutch three by Pavkovic and a layup-plus-foul by Krstovic sealed the outcome down the stretch. Joksimovic added 15 points off the bench for the winners, Pavkovic and Boban Marjanovic scored 12 each and Marton Bader 10. Hansena nd Chase scored 19 apiece to pace Dynamo, Nachbar had 15 and Javtokas and Sergey Bykov 12 each.
Hansen needed just 13 seconds to get Dynamo going with a mid-range jumper, which Boban Marjanovic matched with a power dunk. Javtokas took over with a reverse layup, but a driving basket by Joksimovic tied it at 4-4. Dynamo lacked ball circulation early in the game. Free throws by Bozovic gave Hemofarm its first lead, 4-6. Javtokas scored around the basket but a backdoor layup by Joksimovic put Hemofarm back ahead, 6-8. Nachbar came off the bench and immediately struck from downtown as Dynamo tried to power the offensive boards. Javtokas had a big block on Joksimovic and a long jumper by Bykov gave his team an 11-8 lead. Marjanovic provided a highlight with a dunk-and-foul, but a jumper by Hansen restored a 13-11 Dynamo edge. Bojan Krstovic and Chase traded triples , however Marjanovic dunked it again to tie the score at 16-16. Krstovic added another jumper for Hemofarm and Markovic scored in penetration for a 18-20 Hemofarm edge after 10 minutes.
Dynamo improved its defense early in the second quarter and a driving basket by Bykov tied the game again. Joksimovic nailed one from downtown before Hansen blocked Bader's fast break dunk attempt. Bozovic joined the three-point shootout to boost his team's lead to 20-26 after a 0-6 run. Nachbar stepped up with a power layup, which Bader bested with a three-point play. Bader returned the favor and blocked Hansen's layup attempt. At the other end, Milos Borisov nailed a six-meter shot for a 22-31 Hemofarm advantage. Javtokas scored inside, but Pavkovic took over with a floating layup. Nachbar tried to change things with a dunk, however Pavkovic answered from downtown. Nachbar made free throws and fed Lavrinovic for an easy dunk, causing Hemofarm to call timeout at 31-36. Markovic came out and nailed a seven-meter bomb, but Lavrinovic and Hansen got Dynamo even closer, 35-39. Boris Savovic beat the 24-second buzzer with a tip-in, which Bykov matched with foul shots. Hansen remained hot with another jumper while a tip-in by Javtokas got Dynamo even closer, 41-42. Another triple by Pavkovic fixed the halftime score at 41-45.
Krstovic nailed a jumper immediately after the break, but Nachbar copied him at the other end for a 43-47 score. Marjanovic scored inside before Chase followed a layup with a second-chance three-pointer to bring Dynamo as chose as 48-49. Joksimovic made free throws, but an outstanding layup-plus-foul by Hansen completed Dynamo's comeback, 51-51. Krstovic took over with a fast break dunk and soon added a driving layup to give Hemofarm some fresh air, 51-55. Markovic fed Joksimovic behind the back for an easy layup. Dynamo tried to power the offensive boards with Nachbar, Lavrinovic and Javtokas together on the court as Marjanovic picked up his fourth foul. Macvan stepped up with free throws and a big three-pointer that boosted his team's lead to 53-62 as Dynamo called timeout. Free throws by Bader soon gave Hemofarm its first double-digit lead, 53-64, after a 2-13 run. Hansen made a close jumper and Nachbar added free throws to give Dynamo some hope at 57-65. Bader scored from the line and even though Chase hit a triple, Markovic beat the buzzer with a running shot from downtown for a 60-70 Hemofarm margin after three quarters.
Macvan scored inside early in the fourth quarter as Dynamo tried to improve its defense to keep its hopes alive. Hansen buried a four-meter jumper. Hemofarm tried to run the game clock down with long possessions. Chase buried a stop-and-pop triple, but Joksimovic answered in the same way for a 65-75 Hemofarm lead. Sergey Monya sank free throws, however Macvan took over with an off-balance layup. Javtokas shined with a put-back layup, but Hemofarm quickly called timeout at 69-77. Hemofarm decided to attack the basket once Dynamo entered the foul bonus midway through the final period. Krstovic went 1-for-6 from the foul line, however, while an alley-oop dunk by Javtokas gave Dynamo some hope at 71-79. Hansen buried a triple from the right wing and Nachbar made free throws for a 76-80 Dynamo deficit with 3:25 remaining. Pavkovic made free throws on Nachbar's fifth foul, but a triple by Chase made it 79-81. Pavkovic beat the shot clock with a critical three-pointer while a layup-plus-foul by Krstovic practically sealed the outcome, 79-87, with two minutes to go. Bykov sank 4 free throws to give Dynamo some hope, 83-87, with 49.4 seconds remaining. However Krstovic shined with a reverse layup and Bozovic sank a pair free throws to ice the historic win.
Thursday, April 02, 2009