2016-17Top 16Round 6
February 08, 2017 CET: 21:00
Local time: 20:00 GRAN CANARIA ARENA
Royce ONeale - Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas - EC16 (photo Gran Canaria)

Gran Canaria advances, Popovic breaks scoring record

In a do-or-die battle to stay alive in the competition, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas made it to the 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinals by downing Montakit Fuenlabrada 100-76 at home in Group E on Wednesday. Gran Canaria finished the Top 16 with a 4-2 record, second overall, and is set to face Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem in the best-of-three quarterfinal playoffs series. Fuenlabrada was third in the group with a 2-4 record. It was a special night for Fuenlabrada combo guard Marko Popovic, who become the EuroCup's all-time leading scorer with 1,188 points. He needed 15 points to overcome Mire Chatman for first place, and did it with a free throw with 7:37 left. Sasu Salin and Royce O'Neale led the winners with 19 points apiece. Bo McCalebb added 15 and Richard Hendrix had 10 for Gran Canaria. Popovic led Fuenlabrada with 15 points and Luka Rupnik, Ludde Hakanson and Ivan Paunic each scored 10 for the guests. Gran Canaria outrebounded the visitors 31-22 and shot the ball with excellent shooting percentages (68.9% 2FG, 45% 3FG, 91.7% FT).

Bo McCalebb got Gran Canaria going with a circus shot from way downtown and a put-back layup. Salin soon added back-to-back three-pointers to give the hosts a quick double-digit lead, 13-3. Fuenlabrada found a go-to guy in Paunic, who followed a triple with a coast-to-coast layup in a 0-7 run that caused Gran Canaria to call timeout at 13-10. Hendrix and Pablo Aguilar each dunked in a 9-0 run that made it a double-digit game, 24-12. Rupnik, Roland Smits and Popovic brought Fuenlabrada a bit closer, 26-19, after 10 minutes. Popovic scored again and an unstoppable Rupnik kept the visitors within 30-26. O'Neale followed a dunk with a layup, but Rafa Hettsheimeir found a couple of three-point plays and added a jump hook to put Fuenlabrada ahead 34-36. Salin rescued Gran Canaria with a jumper and consecutive three-pointers, but Rolands Smits dunked, Hakanson added a floater and Paunic struck from downtown to tie the game at 47-47 at halftime. McCalebb took over after the break and got help from O'Neale and Salin to give Gran Canaria a 58-49 lead. Fuenlabrada called timeout, but an alley-oop dunk by Anzejs Pasecniks capped a 12-0 run that gave Gran Canaria a 63-49 margin. Popovic struck from downtown, but a 9-0 run that Kyle Kuric capped with a triple broke the game open at 72-52. Popovic followed a layup with a bomb from downtown, which David Wear followed with a jumper to make it 74-61 after 30 minutes. Wear and Smits nailed consecutive triples to bring Fuenlabrada within 76-69 early in the fourth quarter. O'Neale answered from downtown and got help from Hendrix to restore a 85-70 Gran Canaria lead with six minutes left. A three-pointer by a red-hot O'Neale and a layup by Hendrix sealed the outcome, 90-74, as Fuenlabrada did not recover.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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Referees: PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL), FRITZ, CLEMENS (GER), OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS (SRB)
Attendance: 5190
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Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 HOLLINS, RYAN 5:03 2 1/1                     1   1
2 HENDRIX, RICHARD 19:32 10 5/8     1   1           2 2 8
4 OLIVER, ALBERTO 17:35 6 2/2 0/1 2/2   1 1 2   1     1 3 9
7 MCCALEBB, BO 22:25 15 6/9 1/1   1   1 4             17
9 SALIN, SASU 21:49 19 2/3 5/9     3 3   1 1     2 2 17
13 BAEZ, EULIS 21:01 7 2/3   3/4 2 1 3 1 1 1   1 1 3 10
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 15:25 4 2/4 0/1   2 3 5 1     1   3   5
15 O'NEALE, ROYCE 24:17 19 5/7 2/2 3/3   7 7 6 3 1     1 3 34
21 PAULI, ORIOL 13:56 4 2/4       4 4 2 1 2     2 1 6
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KURIC, KYLE 19:58 8 1/1 1/4 3/3 1 4 5 1 1       2 3 13
34 AGUILAR, PABLO 18:59 6 3/3 0/2     1 1 2 1 2         6
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 100 31/45 9/20 11/12 7 25 32 19 8 8 1 1 15 17 127
        68.9% 45% 91.7%
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
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 21:26 15 4/6 2/3 1/2   2 2     2     3 2 10
4 O'LEARY, IAN 20:55 3 1/2 0/2 1/2 1 4 5     1 1   3 1 2
5 RUPNIK, LUKA 14:38 10 2/3 2/3   1 2 3 1   1     2   9
6 HAKANSON, LUDDE 25:22 10 4/6 0/1 2/2   1 1 4 1 1     2 1 11
9 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 22:41 2 1/4       3 3 2   1   1 1 4 5
11 CRUZ, PAKO 22:44 6 2/5 0/1 2/2       1   2     4 1 -2
12 WEAR, DAVID 19:05 5 1/3 1/3     1 1 2   2     1   1
13 SMITS, ROLANDS 21:29 7 2/2 1/2   2 1 3     2       3 10
15 GONZALEZ, CHEMA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 HETTSHEIMEIR, RAFAEL 17:59 8 3/6 0/3 2/2 1 2 3 1 1 1       2 8
31 PAUNIC, IVAN 13:51 10 2/3 2/3     1 1           1 1 9
51 MORENO, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:10 76 22/40 8/21 8/10 7 18 25 11 2 13 1 1 17 15 66
        55% 38.1% 80%
Head coach: CUSPINERA, JOTA

Head Coaches

CASIMIRO, LUIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"I believe we played really well on offense, hitting shots with good percentages all game long. We had trouble on defense in the first half. Fuenlabrada plays well, everyone shoots from three-point range, and we fixed our defense in the second half, playing much better. That turned the game into a different one, as our defense allowed us to get a good lead in the third quarter to break the game open. It all started with our good defense: blocking shots, changing shots, rebounding and running the floor. We also shot well from three-point range, also found easy baskets and stopped their offensive production. That allowed us to get a safe lead and be more calm. Sasu (Salin) played impressive defense on Pako Cruz. He has been playing great defense and I never doubted his talent. Shooters have streaks and now he is back."

Players

O'NEALE, ROYCE
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"We knew it was going to be a tough game, but we all took a step forward to play together as a team and get the victory. You never know who will have a good game before it starts. We all can do well in crunch time. Sasu and I did well today but at the end of the day, it was a team effort. Luis (Casimiro) told us at halftime that it was going to be a long game, so we should stay positive and be ready to play in the second half. We don't know much about Hapoel right now. When the time comes, we will watch video and be ready for the challenge."