2014-15Last 32Round 5
February 04, 2015 CET: 21:00
Local time: 20:00 GRAN CANARIA ARENA

Gran Canaria downs Sassari, gets first place

Kyle Kuric - Herbalife Gran Canaria - EC14 (photo Gran Canaria)

Herbalife Gran Canaria locked first place in Last 32 Group H by downing Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 90-74 at home on Wednesday. Gran Canaria improved to 4-1 - and to 14-1 in the entire Euroleague season - and clinched first place due to its tie-break advantage against Banvit Bandirma, second at 3-2. Sassari dropped to 2-3 and will qualify if it beats Banvit at home next week. Kyle Kuric led the winners with 21 points. Albert Oliver added 15, Walter Tavares had 14, Eulis Baez got 12 while Levon Kendall contributed 11 for Gran Canaria. David Logan led Sassari with 16 points. Shane Lawal and Jerome Dyson each added 12 while Rakim Sanders had 10 for the guests, which led 17-18 after 10 minutes and improved their margin to 36-38 at halftime. Baez, Kuric and Tavares combined for all points in a 13-0 run which broke the game open, 54-41. Gran Canaria improved its margin to 66-50 at the end of the third quarter and kept full control of the game until the final buzzer.

Lawal and Daniel Vanuzzo gave Sassari an early 1-4 lead. It didn't last long, as a 9-0 run highlight by Kyle Kuric's three-pointer allowed Gran Canaria to get a 10-4 edge. Lawal dunked and Rakim Sanders struck from downtown but DaJuan Summers and Albert Oliver gave the hosts fresh air at 15-11. Brian Sacchetti and Sanders scored around the baskets and a three-pointer by Massimo Chessa put the guests back ahead, 17-18, after 10 minutes. Jerome Dyson and Ian O'Leary exchanged baskets early in the second quarter and a layup by Eulis Baez put Gran Canaria back ahead, 21-20. Dyson scored again but a 7-0 run which Baez capped with free throws gave the hosts a 28-22 margin. David Logan struck from downtown and Lawal followed a layup with a dunk in a 2-12 run which gave Sassari a 30-34 lead. Oriol Pauli and Oliver stepped up for Gran Canaria but a layup by Matteo Formenti fixed the halftime score at 36-38. Kuric followed a three-pointer with a jumper right after the break but Sacchetti answered from downtown tied it at 41-41. Tavares and Baez combined for 10 points in a game-breaking 13-0 run which Kuric capped with a three-pointer for a 54-41 margin. Logan tried to change things with a layup but Oliver and Tavares kept Gran Canaria way ahead, 60-45. A layup by Levon Kendall made it a 16-point game, 66-50, after 30 minutes. Dyson shined early in the fourth quarter and a dunk by Lawal gave Sassari hope at 73-60. Tavares and Kuric stayed unstoppable, however, and a layup by Oriol Pauli sealed the outcome, 82-64, as the guests never recovered.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), RADOJKOVIC, JOSIP (CRO), COLLIN, JEAN-CHARLES (FRA)
Attendance: 3382 (Tentative)
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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
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 20:31 15 3/5 3/4   1 2 3 8 1     1 3 2 22
5 BARRO, MOUHAMED 2:14   0/2     1   1               -1
11 BELLAS, TOMAS 25:57 3 0/2 1/2     4 4 7 1 2     2 4 12
13 BAEZ, EULIS 25:15 12 5/6 0/3 2/2 2 6 8 2   3 1     4 20
14 KENDALL, LEVON 16:33 11 5/7   1/3 1 4 5 1   1     1 2 13
15 PORTUGUES, JOAQUIN 1:28                   1         -1
19 ALVARADO, OSCAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 PAULI, ORIOL 24:40 8 3/5 0/2 2/4   1 1 3           4 10
22 TAVARES, WALTER 23:27 14 6/6   2/3 2 6 8       2   1 2 24
24 KURIC, KYLE 33:32 21 3/4 5/10   1 2 3 2 1       3 1 19
25 O'LEARY, IAN 19:06 4 2/8   0/1 3 2 5     2 1 1 4 1 -3
35 SUMMERS, DAJUAN 7:17 2 1/3               1     1   -2
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 90 28/48 9/21 7/13 12 28 40 23 3 10 4 2 15 20 115
        58.3% 42.9% 53.8%
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
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 LOGAN, DAVID 24:48 16 4/8 2/9 2/3 3   3 5 1 2     1 5 15
4 SOSA, EDGAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 FORMENTI, MATTEO 17:08 4 2/2 0/1     2 2     1     3   1
7 SANDERS, RAKIM 29:11 10 2/7 2/4   1 4 5 2       1 2 1 8
8 DEVECCHI, GIACOMO 13:44     0/1   1   1           1 1  
9 LAWAL, SHANE 26:15 12 6/12     3 5 8   1 1 2 2 3 1 12
10 CHESSA, MASSIMO 17:01 3   1/3     3 3 2   1     4   1
11 DYSON, JEROME 18:14 12 4/7 0/2 4/4   1 1 3       1 3 4 11
14 SACCHETTI, BRIAN 20:53 9 2/4 1/1 2/2 1   1     3       1 6
16 MBODJ, CHEIKH 11:50 1     1/2   3 3           2 2 3
18 VANUZZO, MANUEL 20:56 7 2/2 1/4   1 3 4     1     1   6
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 74 22/42 7/25 9/11 10 23 33 12 2 9 2 4 20 15 65
        52.4% 28% 81.8%
Head coach: SACCHETTI, ROMEO

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"We must give importance to the fact that we advanced to the eighthfinals with one game left. Sassari has not played at their best level, probably because they were thinking that in the next week they have a life or death game versus Banvit. Despite of our problems and injuries, we achieved another good win and I am happy for that."

Players

KURIC, KYLE
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"We are happy and the best thing is that with one game left in Eurocup we have our pass in our pocket, and we can focus in ACB. It’s easier when you score, you play better on defense. But despite of the threes, we missed a lot of layups and we must focus for next games."
TAVARES, WALTER
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"Going into the game, reach the next round tonight was our motivation. In the second half we began with a lot of energy and playing really well. I tried to do my job and the things the coaches tell me, and my teammates little by little are finding me better."
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