2017-18Regular SeasonRound 3
October 25, 2017 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 RATIOPHARM ARENA

Guenther explodes in fourth to boost Ulm

ratiopharm Ulm got its second win of the 7DAYS EuroCup season thanks to a tough job at home against Herbalife Gran Canaria, 97-87. Neither team managed to take full control of the game until local hero Per Guenther exploded in the last quarter with threes that put the hosts out of reach. Ulm is now 2-1 in Group D while Gran Canaria drops to 1-2. Guenther led the winners with 21 points, including five threes. Ryan Thompson added 18, Luke Harangody 16 and Ismet Akpinar 14. For Gran Canaria, Marcus Eriksson had 24 points, and DJ Seeley and Albert Oliver had 10 apiece.

Eulius Baez and Ondrej Balvin quickly made up for Ryan Thompson's starting basket, and DJ Seeley's five straight points made it 8-13 for the guests. Ulm was staying alive thanks to individual bursts by Trey Lewis and Thompson, but it was not enough to stop the fast pace of Gran Canaria and Seeley's hot hand. Da Sean Butler's acrobatic basket was followed by Luke Harangody's three to suddenly make it a one-point game, 20-21, after having trailed by 8. Lewis stepped up again and his three made it 23-26 after 10 minutes. Murry finally put Ulm ahead again from the line, 30-28, at the same time as the hosts' defense started to take a solid shape. Ulm made the slim advantage count until Oriol Pauli turned the game upside down again for Gran Canaria, very solid from the free-throw line, but no team managed to get ahold of the control of the score nor the tempo and Ismet Akpinar hit a clean jumper to make it 43-44 at the break.

Seeley stayed busy from downtown to start the second half and then Baez hit a three and then had a steal with dunk to make it 45-53 in the blink of an eye. Gran Canaria's defense made the hosts struggle in offense, and only Akpinar could stop the bleeding with foul shots. Per Guenther's jump shot ignited the stands again, as Ulm made anything it could to stay in the game. Back-to-back threes in straight plays by Lewis kept the momentum at the top making it 58-53 for Ulm. Anzejs Pasecniks almost single-handedly made the guests gain a slim lead once more, and then Pauli had the steal and dunk to make it 69-74. Ulm's focus had somewhat vanished in offense, and it was only through bursts like Murry's three for 75-74 that the hosts stayed in the race. However, Ulm's defense started forcing Gran Canaria mistakes, and Butler finally scored again to get the momentum going to which Guenther joined soon with a three and free throws for 82-75 and three minutes to go. Marcus Eriksson appeared again for the guests with a new three that was fresh air, but Guenther replied the same way to send the fans to a frenzy. Eriksson and Guenther decided to keep trading threes as the clock ticked away, 90-85. Eriksson still had time for a one handed slam, but Guenther sealed the win from the line and even a last three for 97-87.

Per Guenther - ratiopharm Ulm (photo Ulm) - EC17
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: PETEK, SASO (SLO), ROSSI, MICHELE (ITA), RODSAND, TORKILD (NOR)
Attendance: 2778
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ratiopharm Ulm23202529
Herbalife Gran Canaria26182122
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ratiopharm Ulm23436897
Herbalife Gran Canaria26446587
ratiopharm Ulm
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 THOMPSON, RYAN 30:04 18 6/9 0/1 6/8 2 2 4 3   4     2 7 20
6 GUENTHER, PER 28:02 21 1/2 5/9 4/4   1 1 5 1 3     3 4 21
7 FERNER, JOSCHKA 4:39                 1       1    
8 AKPINAR, ISMET 21:54 14 3/5 2/3 2/2   4 4         1 2 1 13
11 PAPE, TILL 1:42                              
12 LEWIS, TREY 15:04 10 1/2 1/3 5/6   1 1 5 1       4 3 12
17 BUTLER, DA SEAN 28:59 5 2/5 0/2 1/3   6 6 2 1 2     3 3 5
22 ROHWER, BJOERN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 MURRY, TOURE 20:17 10 0/1 2/2 4/4   3 3 3 3   1   4 2 17
40 HARANGODY, LUKE 21:11 16 3/4 2/3 4/4   4 4     2     3 2 15
42 FOTU, ISAAC 28:08 3 1/4   1/2 1 2 3   2 1 1   2 1 3
44 KRAEMER, DAVID DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 97 17/32 12/23 27/33 5 23 28 18 9 13 2 1 24 23 107
        53.1% 52.2% 81.8%
Head coach: LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
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
Herbalife Gran Canaria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 23:25 10 1/2 2/5 2/2   2 2 4 2 4   1 2 3 10
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS 22:10 24 3/5 5/7 3/4       3 1 1     3 5 24
9 MEKEL, GAL 16:35 5 2/4 0/1 1/2 1 2 3 4 1 2       3 10
11 SEELEY, DENNIS 22:36 10 1/6 2/4 2/2 3 1 4 4   3     3 2 7
12 BALVIN, ONDREJ 18:10 5 2/4   1/2   6 6     1 1   4 3 7
13 BAEZ, EULIS 24:49 9 3/4 1/2     2 2 1 3         1 14
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 20:53 8 2/4   4/6 2 3 5     1     3 3 8
21 PAULI, ORIOL 16:57 6 3/5 0/1   3 3 6   1 1     2   7
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER 14:32 6 0/1 0/1 6/6   2 2   1       1 3 9
27 MCKISSIC, SHAQUIELLE 3:45   0/1               1   1 2   -5
34 AGUILAR, PABLO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 FISCHER, LUCAS 16:08 4 2/3   0/2   1 1     1     3 1 -1
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 87 19/39 10/21 19/26 12 22 34 16 9 16 1 2 23 24 92
        48.7% 47.6% 73.1%
Head coach: CASIMIRO, LUIS

Head Coaches

LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
ratiopharm Ulm
"I saw a better defense and better rebounding of my team tonight. We couldn’t win the rebounding, but at least we won the battle in the second half. We played as a team which is proven by 18 assists and made less mistakes. Per Guenther’s three-pointers in the last quarter were incredible."
CASIMIRO, LUIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"That was an average game of my team. We did a good job concerning the rebounding but we had too many turnovers and allowed too many points in the last quarter. It was difficult for us to defend Guenther’s three-point shots."

Players

BUTLER, DA SEAN
ratiopharm Ulm
"It was a team win tonight. We made some extra passes and we hustled in defense. We communicated well in defense – which helped us in offense to. And finally we made some shots."
BAEZ, EULIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"Our defense was too soft at the end of the game. We couldn’t make stops. Guenther didn’t surprise us. We tried to guard him but he made his shots. That‘s basketball."