2014-15Last 32Round 4
January 28, 2015 CET: 21:00
Local time: 20:00 GRAN CANARIA ARENA

Gran Canaria hits from long range, rallies to beat Banvit

Eulis Baez - Herbalife Gran Canaria - EC14 (photo Gran Canaria)

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas got back to the winning ways, hitting 13 triples and rallying late to beat Banvit Bandirma 91-80 and grab sole possession of the first place in Group H. Gran Canaria holds 3-1 record, and a tie-break advantage over 2-2 Banvit, and needs one win to secure a place in the eighthfinals. Banvit held the lead, never bigger than 8 points, for majority of the first three quarters before opening fourth period with four three-pointers and taking the lead for good. A triple from Eulis Baez in the dying seconds gave Gran Canaria an 11-point win, overcoming a 10-point Banvit victory last week. Albert Oliver netted 21 points on 5 of 8 from three-point range. Baez and Kyle Kuric both scored 18, while Levon Kendall had 13 points in victory. Earl Rowland had 21 for the visitors, Chuck Davis scored 17, Vladimir Veremeenko 14, while Vladimir Dragicevic added 10 in defeat.

Rowland scored 8 of Banvit’s opening 10 points for 7-12 lead, but Kuric strung together 8 points, including back-to-back threes, to put the hosts in front. Kuric scored 13 in the first 8 minutes of the contest, but Veremeenko and Davis with a triple fueled a 0-10 run, capped by a three-pointer from Can Maxim Mutaf on the opening possession of the second for 24-29. Canaria regained the lead through Oliver and Kendall, and DaJuan Summers buried a three-pointer for 37-35. However, Berkay Candan answered right back from downtown, and Banvit used more baskets from Rowland, Veremeenko and Davis to take 45-51 halftime lead.

Dragicevic, Rowland, and Keith Simmons with a put-back kept Banvit in front, 49-57, but Oliver and Baez hit back-to-back threes to keep Canaria close. Safak Edge naile one from downtown for Banvit and 55-62, and the visitors entered the fourth quarter with 59-64 advantage. However, Oliver opened the final quarter with back-to-back-to-back threes, and Thomas Bellas hit one of his for 71-67. A triple from Simmons got Banvit within 71-70, but Kuric and Baez fueled a 7-0 run for the hosts to pull away. After Dragicevic cut it to 78-74, Bellas hit another three, and Oliver secured victory with his fourth three-pointer of the quarter with 35 seconds to go. But battle was not over, free throws from Bellas made it a 10-point game, and after Davis made a pair of free throws for Banvit, Baez hit a three-pointer that gave Gran Canaria tiebreak advantage.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Referees: CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), SILVA, SERGIO (POR), OZOLS, ARNIS (LAT)
Attendance: 3080 (Tentative)
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Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas24211432
Banvit Bandirma26251316
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Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas24455991
Banvit Bandirma26516480
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
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 23:36 21 3/4 5/8   1 1 2 2   1   1 4 3 18
5 BARRO, MOUHAMED DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 BELLAS, TOMAS 27:50 9 0/2 2/4 3/4   3 3 6 1 2   1 4 5 12
13 BAEZ, EULIS 23:18 18 5/7 2/4 2/4 2 1 3 2   2 1 1 1 6 20
14 KENDALL, LEVON 19:39 13 4/6   5/6 1   1   1 2     3 5 12
15 PORTUGUES, JOAQUIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 ALVARADO, OSCAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 PAULI, ORIOL 18:04 2 1/2     1 2 3   1 2   1     2
22 TAVARES, WALTER 23:45 1     1/2 2 8 10     1 2   1 3 13
24 KURIC, KYLE 30:28 18 4/6 3/6 1/2   5 5 2   1     1 1 18
25 O'LEARY, IAN 20:02 6 1/2   4/4   2 2 1         1 3 10
35 SUMMERS, DAJUAN 13:18 3 0/2 1/3     2 2 1     3     1 6
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 91 18/31 13/25 16/22 8 25 33 14 3 11 6 4 15 27 113
        58.1% 52% 72.7%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO
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
Banvit Bandirma
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 ULUSOY, ISMAIL CEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 ROWLAND, EARL 27:34 21 5/7 2/4 5/5   4 4 5 1 1     2 9 33
5 GECIM, TOLGA 1:57           1 1     1          
6 CANDAN, BERKAY 10:36 3 0/1 1/1     1 1       2   3   2
7 EDGE, SAFAK 19:59 5   1/4 2/2 1   1 2   2     4 2 1
8 DAVIS, CHUCK 29:24 17 4/14 2/2 3/4 2 3 5 1       2 2 3 11
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 18:49 14 7/9     2 2 4 1   1   1 4 1 12
13 SIMMONS, KEITH 29:29 7 2/3 1/5   1 4 5 2     1   3   7
15 BARON, JIMMY 21:50   0/1 0/2     1 1 5 1 1     3    
18 DRAGICEVIC, VLADIMIR 20:57 10 5/8     5   5     1 1 2 3   7
20 ALTUNBEY, TALAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 MUTAF, MAXIM 19:25 3 0/4 1/4   1 1 2 2 1 1   1 3   -4
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 80 23/47 8/22 10/11 12 18 30 18 3 8 4 6 27 15 70
        48.9% 36.4% 90.9%
Head coach: LUKIC, ZORAN

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"It was a heroic game. We had the injuries of Urtasun and Newley and winning without them it is almost a miracle. This team has many values and they are all very united. They made a great effort. We know that to be on the top of the Eurocup it is so difficult, but we have to do the best we can like today. We finished with the final prize of the basket-average, but we know that the next games will be difficult."
LUKIC, ZORAN
Banvit Bandirma
"Congratulations to Herbalife Gran Canaria for the win. We controlled the game until the third quarter and in the fourth quarter we had a big problem, especially with the discipline on one player. I need him in the rotation, but unfortunately he played by himself, like he was not part of the team. I don't want to say that in this part of the game, Herbalife Gran Canaria with a great game, didn't deserve to outscore us, but one of my players totally destroyed the system that we play. It was too difficult for us to control the offense and also defensively. He arrived late and gave up some open shots."
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