2016-17Top 16Round 6
February 08, 2017 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA
Viacheslav Kravtsov - Valencia Basket - EC16 (photo ALBA Berlin -  Jan Buchholz)

Valencia beats ALBA, marches on to playoffs

Valencia Basket completed a perfect 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 by downing ALBA Berlin 73-99 in Group G in the German capital on Wednesday. Valencia finished Group G with a 6-0 record and by having the best record overall in the Top 16 earned home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, starting with the best-of-three quarterfinals against Khimki Moscow Region. ALBA finished fourth in the group with a 1-5 record. Slava Kravtsov led six Valencia scorers in double digits with 18 points on 8-of-8 two-point shooting. Sam Van Rossom added 17 points, Bojan Dubljevic posted 16 points and 8 rebounds, Joan Sastre netted 11 points, while Rafa Martinez and Pierre Oriola each contributed 10 for Valencia. Eldemin Kikanovic and Carl English led ALBA with 18 points apiece. Valencia outrebounded ALBA 15-34, dished 26 points and hit 14 of 26 three-pointers (53.9%) to get a well-deserved road win.

A three-pointer by Malcolm Miller and a dunk by Kikanovic gave ALBA an early 5-4 lead. Van Rossom and Will Thomas tried to change things for Valencia, but back-to-back triples by Dragan Milosavljevic and a jumper by English boosted the hosts' margin to 16-10. A put-back basket by Kravtsov ignited a 0-9 Valencia run, which he capped with a layup-plus-foul. English kept pushing ALBA, but an unstoppable Kravtsov kept Valencia in charge, 21-23, after 10 minutes. A three-pointer by Engin Atsur restored a 26-23 ALBA lead early in the second quarter. Sastre struck twice from downtown in a 0-8 run that put Valencia in charge, 26-31. Dubljevic followed a triple with a layup, Oriola added a fast break basket and Guillem Vives hit from beyond the arc to make it a double-digit game, 30-41. Dubljevic nailed a jumper and Martinez added 4 of 5 free throws, but Kikanovic kept ALBA within 37-47 at halftime. Sastre and Van Rossom combined for 12 points in a 0-14 run, which Kravtsov capped with a layup to break the game open at 37-61, soon after the break. English and Miller tried to ignite an ALBA comeback, but the hosts only managed to trade baskets and three-pointers by Dubljevic and Martinez kept Valencia way ahead, 47-69, after 30 minutes. Nothing changed in the fourth quarter and Valencia kept a big margin until the final buzzer.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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Referees: PAPAPETROU, PETROS (GRE), OVINOV, SEMEN (RUS), RODSAND, TORKILD (NOR)
Attendance: 5429
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ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 23:15 6 3/3       1 1 3 1       1 1 11
6 MALU, JONATHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 AKPINAR, ISMET 23:07 7 2/2 1/3     1 1 3   2     4 1 4
9 KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN 23:28 18 7/12   4/4 2 1 3   1 3     3 5 16
11 VARGAS, AKEEM 4:18                           1 1
13 MILLER, MALCOLM 26:45 8 2/2 1/3 1/2 1 2 3 1 1       4 2 8
14 ATSUR, ENGIN 16:53 3   1/6   1   1 2   2       2 1
15 RADOSAVLJEVIC, BOGDAN 7:44 2 1/4               2     4 1 -6
21 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 27:57 6 0/3 1/2 3/4       3   2     2 3 3
22 ENGLISH, CARL 21:00 18 4/7 3/6 1/1   3 3 1     1   2 1 16
25 ZYLKA, FERDINAND DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 GAFFNEY, TONY 25:33 5 1/3 1/1 0/1   3 3 6 5       1 2 17
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 73 20/36 8/21 9/12 5 13 18 19 8 12 1 0 21 19 73
        55.6% 38.1% 75%
Head coach: CAKI, AHMET
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
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 THOMAS, WILL 20:01 2 1/1 0/3   1 2 3 2         2 1 3
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 15:47 8 1/3 2/4     1 1 5 1 1     2 1 9
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 18:57 17 4/4 3/3     3 3 4 1         2 27
10 SATO, ROMAIN 19:59 4 0/1 1/3 1/2 1 5 6   2       2 3 9
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 21:12 16 4/7 2/2 2/2 2 6 8 1   5   1 1 4 19
16 VIVES, GUILLEM 12:12 3   1/2     2 2 4         1 2 9
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 15:36 10 0/2 2/2 4/5 1   1 2   2     3 3 8
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE 22:10 10 5/7     2 1 3 1         3   9
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 20:01   0/1 0/2     2 2 3   2     2   -2
30 SASTRE, JOAN 17:48 11 0/1 3/5 2/2       3 1 1       2 13
43 SIKMA, LUKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 KRAVTSOV, VIACHESLAV 16:17 18 8/8   2/3 3 2 5 1   2     3 3 21
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 99 23/35 14/26 11/14 13 24 37 26 5 14 0 1 19 21 127
        65.7% 53.8% 78.6%
Head coach: MARTINEZ, PEDRO

Head Coaches

CAKI, AHMET
ALBA Berlin
"Unfortunately we had no chance to advance today because we lost last week in Malaga. But of course we still wanted to end the EuroCup season with a good game. We started well in the first quarter, but in the second and third we played really bad. We became frustrated and lost our concentration and desire. Valencia is a very good team and they played excellent today. Our road game in Valencia, where we lost in the final minute, was much better than the one today."
MARTINEZ, PEDRO
Valencia Basket
"It may look like an easy win because of the big point difference, but we had to fight hard for it and I am very happy about it. We did a great job in moving the ball to the right positions and shot very well from the three-point line. We got everybody involved and found good solutions against ALBA’s very aggressive defense."