2016-17Regular SeasonRound 1
October 12, 2016 CET: 21:00
Local time: 20:00 GRAN CANARIA ARENA
Kyle Kuric - Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas - EC16 (photo Gran Canaria)

Kuric leads Gran Canaria in easy opening win

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas opened its new 7DAYS EuroCup campaign in style, crusing past Cedevita Zagreb 101-76 in Group A clash on Wednesday. Gran Canaria took control from the start and never looked back, as the hosts broke the 20-point barrier before halftime. Kyle Kuric paced the winners with 25 points on 5 of 9 three-point shooting. Pablo Aguilar scored 13, and Darko Planinc had 12 points in comfortable victory. Depleted Cedevita, which was without Ra’shad Wright, Karlo Zganec and Marko Arapovic, had Scotty Hopson lead the way with 23 points. Miro Bilan had 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Mirza Begic scored 12 in defeat.

Cedevita had a strong start and consecutive baskets by Bilan gave his team a 4-6 lead. A three-pointer by Kuric sparked a 9-0 run which Eulis Baez finished with a basket that made Cedevita call timeout at 17-8. Three-pointers by Luka Babic and Toni Katic brought the guests a bit closer, 22-16, after 10 minutes. Bo McCalebb and Sasu Salin stepped up for Gran Canaria in the second quarter, giving the hosts a double-digit lead, 33-18. Gran Canaria found a new go-to guy in Aguilar and a red hot Kuric hit three shots from downtown in the final 64 seconds of the first half to make it a 20-point game, 54-34, at halftime. Hopson tried to change things after the break but Cedevita only managed to trade baskets now. Albert Oliver and Baez took over to boost Gran Canaria's lead to 70-45. Gran Canaria kept a 77-61 lead after 30 minutes and another triple by an unstoppable Kuric sealed the outcome long before the final buzzer.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
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Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), SILVA, SERGIO (POR)
Attendance: 3932
By Quarter1234
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas22322324
Cedevita Zagreb16182715
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Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas225477101
Cedevita Zagreb16346176
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
2 HENDRIX, RICHARD 17:30 4 2/4           1 2   1   3 2 5
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 23:52 6 1/2 0/3 4/4 1 1 2 6 5 3     2 3 13
6 PLANINIC, DARKO 20:42 12 5/8   2/2   2 2 1 1 1   1 4 2 9
7 MCCALEBB, BO 16:17 5 2/7   1/2       3 2     1 2 1 2
9 SALIN, SASU 17:27 6 0/1 2/3         2 1 1     3   3
13 BAEZ, EULIS 18:29 7 3/3 0/1 1/2 1   1 3         1 2 10
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 8:15 4 2/3       1 1     2   1     1
15 O'NEALE, ROYCE 21:30 7 3/4 0/2 1/2 4 1 5     1     2 2 7
21 PAULI, ORIOL 6:18 4 2/4       2 2 3 1         1 9
22 RABASEDA, XAVI 13:42 8 4/5 0/1     3 3   1 1         9
24 KURIC, KYLE 22:42 25 3/4 5/9 4/5   4 4 1 1 1   1 2 4 25
34 AGUILAR, PABLO 13:16 13 5/6 1/3   1   1 2 3           16
Team           4 2 6               6
Totals 200:00 101 32/51 8/22 13/17 11 16 27 22 17 10 1 4 19 17 115
        62.7% 36.4% 76.5%
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
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 KRUSLIN, FILIP 17:57 6 1/2 1/2 1/3   2 2 2 2 3     1 2 6
6 KATIC, TONI 10:25 3   1/1         2         2 1 4
9 BABIC, LUKA 31:43 6 0/1 2/4 0/2 1 6 7 5   5 1     2 11
13 MUSA, DZANAN 18:18   0/3           1   2     2   -6
15 BILAN, MIRO 28:14 16 7/9   2/2 5 3 8 2 1 5     3 1 18
22 STOCKTON, DAVID 22:27 8 4/7 0/2     1 1 2 1 3     3 2 3
23 BULJEVIC, LOVRO 7:29           3 3   1   1       5
24 HOPSON, SCOTTY 27:32 23 7/10 1/2 6/8 1 3 4 3 1 3   1 3 6 24
25 BEGIC, MIRZA 17:14 12 5/5   2/5   3 3     1 2     5 18
32 ROGIC, ROKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 DUKAN, DUJE 18:41 2 1/2 0/3   1 1 2 1   1     3   -3
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 76 25/39 5/14 11/20 9 23 32 18 6 24 4 1 17 19 81
        64.1% 35.7% 55%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO

Head Coaches

CASIMIRO, LUIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"We played a great defense during most of the game. We had a good rhythm in our offense because of this and we gained confidence to continue playing good. They scored too many points between the second and third quarter, where Begic caused us a lot of damage. We lost our rhythm and we had difficulties. In the last quarter we defended well again, pressing the lines."
MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"We played a very bas game. We once again displayed that when we play a quality, aggressive team, it presents a problem for us. We got to keep on working and play better. This is good to see who is capable of doing what."

Players

KURIC, KYLE
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"For sure I think everybody needed this win, to get back on the right track the way we played in preseason. It was a tough game against a great team and we are happy with the win."
BILAN, MIRO
Cedevita Zagreb
"It ended up as a tough loss for us. We lost the game in the first half, when we had a few turnovers that can't be explained. We let them play in transition, and look for their shooters. We left some of them open, and they punished us. It was hard to play after we were down by 20 at halftime, and had 14 or 15 turnovers. We tried to come back, but Gran Canaria is too experienced and it controlled the game until the end."
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