2016-17Top 16Round 5
January 31, 2017 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO MARTIN
Pako Cruz - Montakit Fuenlabrada - EC16 (photo Emilio Cobos - Fuenlabrada)

Montakit Fuenlabrada KO’s Murcia

Montakit Fuenlabrada kept its quarterfinals chances alive with an 85-69 victory over UCAM Murcia on Tuesday. Fuenlabrada improved to 2-3 and will advance if it defeats Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas on the road next week in Round 6. Murcia fell to 1-4 and lost its chances to advance. Pako Cruz paced the winners with 16 points and Marko Popovic added 13 for the winners, who made 14 of 31 three-pointers (45.2%). Nemanja Radovic scored a Murcia record 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting, Vitor Benite added 11 points and 5 assists and Marcos Delia had 10 points in defeat. Radovic scored 20 first-half points to help the visitors lead 44-47 at the break, but Fuenlabrada used a 10-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to take control for good.

After Rolands Smits opened the scoring for Fuenlabrada, Radovic scored three times in a 0-9 run to give Murcia control. Radovic scored twice more to extend the margin to 5-13, but soon back-to-back threes by Luka Rupnik and Smits drained back-to-back threes to cap a 10-0 run that put the hosts on top. And Cruz gave Fuenlabrada a 22-19 edge after 10 minutes. Ian O’Leary and Cruz connected on threes to boost the lead to 31-23. Radovic scored 6 in a 0-9 Murcia run that helped Murcia regain the lead at 33-34. Billy Baron scored 4 points and Facundo Campazzo took a steal in for a layup to put the visitors up by 6, but a Popovic triple made it 44-47 at the break. Rupnik tied the game with a three to start the second half and his next triple gave Fuenlabrada a 54-53 edge. After a Benite three for Murcia, the hosts scored 6 straight points to lead by 4. Radovic followed with a basket-plus-foul, but Cruz gave Fuenlabrada a 62-59 edge through three quarters. Rafael Hettsheimeir scored half the points in an 8-0 run to open the fourth quarter that gave Fuenlabrada a double-digit advantage. Back-to-back threes by David Wear and Hettsheimeir extended the lead to 76-61 and the hosts cruised the rest of the way.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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Referees: MOGULKOC, EMIN (TUR), REITER, MORITZ (GER), PEERANDI, RAIN (EST)
Attendance: 2108
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Montakit Fuenlabrada22221823
UCAM Murcia19281210
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UCAM Murcia19475969
Montakit Fuenlabrada
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 POPOVIC, MARKO 22:32 13 1/1 3/6 2/2   3 3 2   2     2 1 12
4 O'LEARY, IAN 17:20 7 1/2 1/1 2/2   1 1 1 1 2 1   1 1 8
5 RUPNIK, LUKA 16:44 9   3/4   1 4 5 4 1       2 6 22
6 HAKANSON, LUDDE 21:26 3   1/3     2 2 2   4     3 1 -1
9 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 24:28 9 3/5   3/4 1 5 6 1   2     1 4 14
11 CRUZ, PAKO 25:09 16 5/7 2/3   2   2 4   4   1 2 1 13
12 WEAR, DAVID 20:09 7 2/2 1/4     2 2 2 1       2   7
13 SMITS, ROLANDS 16:20 5 1/1 1/2     1 1     1     3 2 3
15 GONZALEZ, CHEMA 1:31                         3   -3
30 HETTSHEIMEIR, RAFAEL 13:13 9 2/3 1/4 2/2   3 3     2     4 2 4
31 PAUNIC, IVAN 21:08 7 1/2 1/4 2/5   1 1 1   1     1 4 4
51 MORENO, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 85 16/23 14/31 11/15 5 22 27 17 3 19 1 1 24 22 83
        69.6% 45.2% 73.3%
Head coach: CUSPINERA, JOTA
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
UCAM Murcia
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 ORTEGA, CHUMI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ANTELO, JOSE ANGEL 17:03 2 0/3 0/1 2/2 2 1 3   2 1     1 3 4
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO 30:30 8 3/6 0/2 2/2   1 1 6 2 5       3 10
8 BENITE, VITOR 32:50 11 2/2 2/9 1/1   4 4 5 2 5     5 2 7
9 LLOMPART, PEDRO 18:18 2 0/2 0/1 2/2 1   1 3   1     3 4 3
11 RADOVIC, NEMANJA 31:53 26 9/11 1/1 5/7 2 4 6   1 1     2 5 31
12 BARON, BILLY 25:25 9 2/4 1/3 2/3   2 2 1   2     2 1 4
14 OLAIZOLA, JULEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 DELIA, MARCOS 23:07 10 5/9     2 1 3     2 1 1 3 1 5
24 TUMBA, KEVIN 7:46                   1     3 1 -3
27 ROJAS, SADIEL 13:08 1   0/1 1/2   2 2     1     3 4 1
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 69 21/37 4/18 15/19 7 17 24 15 7 19 1 1 22 24 64
        56.8% 22.2% 78.9%
Head coach: KATSIKARIS, FOTIS

Head Coaches

CUSPINERA, JOTA
Montakit Fuenlabrada
"The game was weird if you ask me. In the first quarter we had really bad defense. They were scoring alone and had great ease doing it. Once we changed baskets, that change came along with it. I believe we shot over 30 three pointers, and in the timeout I called I had only asked them to add pressure to the game, and they delivered. We needed more ease scoring and we got it. I am leaving happy today and we will play a very important game against Herbalife Gran Canaria."
KATSIKARIS, FOTIS
UCAM Murcia
"The game started off well. I had talked to the team about defense and we were doing a good job and then all of a sudden, I’m not entirely sure why, we started to struggle and it went downhill from there quickly. We started to have turnovers and had difficulties scoring. Fuenlabrada obviously used their defense there to their advantage and killed us in the last quarter. We need to improve. "
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