2012-13Regular SeasonRound 3
November 21, 2012 CET: 17:00
Local time: 18:00 ARENA SAMOKOV
Lamont Hamilton - Gescrap Bilbao Basket - EC (photo Lukoil Academic)Gescrap Bilbao Basket ended the first leg of the Regular Season on a high note on Wednesday night thanks to a 64-85 road win at Lukoil Academic Sofia. The win leaves Gescrap undefeated with a 3-0 record for sole possession of Group B leadership, while Lukoil drops to 1-2. A solid defense in the third and fourth periods allowed the guests to keep building a strong lead that was unsurmountable for Lukoil in the end, despite its good start to the game. Lamont Hamilton led the winners with his 19 points, Kostas Vasileiadis added 15, Alex Mumbru had 13 points and 8 assists and FRan Pilepic posted 10. For Lukoil, Devin Green had 13 points plus 11 rebounds, Mohamed Abukar added 11 and Darryl Watkins contributed 10.

Two straight threes by Alex Mumbru and Axel Hervelle put Gescrap Bilbao Basket soon up by 0-6. However, Lukoil Academic Sofia didn't panic and, little by little, regrouped until two free throws by Devin Green managed to tie the game at 10-10 in minute 5 and then make it 11-10 for the hosts. A slam also by Green even made it 15-10 to complete a 10-0 run for Lukoil. Mumbru and Hervelle were the most active players for the guests, and between them, Bilbao was back to the fight for 19-21 after Mumbru's layup. Mohamed Abukar, the other offensive force in Lukoil during the first quarter, was the one to put the final touch to the score after 10 minutes, 25-23 for the hosts. Tencho Banev's three-point play helped neutralize the first bucket by Mumbru in the second quarter. Neither team managed to have a solid margin during the rest of the second period, and there were several lead changes. With both teams tied in turnovers (6-6) and assists (10-10) after 20 minutes, it would come to the better performance from the arc by Bilbao to give them the slim edge at the break, 42-43, as Lamont Hamilton was up to 13 points already.

The third period saw Gescrap start with a 0-7 including a three by Kostas Vasileiadis that made it 42-50. Hamilton soon joined the party to slam the ball and Green stopped the bleeding from the arc with a three for the 45-52. However, Bilbao tightened its defense on the hosts and soon was increasing the gap with Mumbru, Hervelle and Vasileiadis still adding points and Milovan Rakovic slamming for the 47-57. Lukoil was simply stopped as Nikos Zisis hit a layup for the 51-64 after 30 minutes. The last period also started with a 1-5 Bilbao run capped by Roger Grimau's free throw for 52-69. Banev was trying to keep Lukoil in the game, but Zisis and Hamilton blasted straight threes for the guests for a 57-75 with five minutes to go. Fran Pilepic kept the fire alive for Bilbao while Abukar and Green desperately tried to maintain Lukoil's hopes. However, the clock was ticking away and when Vasileiadis blasted a new three for 61-81 150 seconds to go, the guests started celebrating the third win of the season.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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Referees: DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO), CIULIN, MARIUS (ROM)
Attendance: 1300 (Tentative)
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Lukoil Academic Sofia
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HEATH, BRANDON 35:29 5 1/2 1/6     2 2 7 1 8   1 2 1 -1
5 VALCHEV, ILKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 KOLEV, NIKOLAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MASSAMBA, THOMAS 11:01 4 1/1   2/2   2 2 1   2     2 1 4
10 AVRAMOV, BOZHIDAR 29:38 6 1/2 1/3 1/2   1 1     1     3 2 1
11 GREEN, DEVIN 32:07 13 4/7 1/2 2/2 2 9 11 3 1 2 1   5 4 22
12 MARINOV, PAVEL 4:23                         2   -2
14 BANEV, TENCHO 12:20 8 3/7   2/2   2 2           2 3 7
15 STOYKOV, TODOR 7:22 2   0/1 2/2       1   1     2 2 1
22 WATKINS, DARRYL 27:40 10 5/12     3 2 5 1 1 1     1 1 9
24 VESELINOV, VESELIN 12:03 5 1/3 1/2   3 4 7   1 2     1 1 8
34 ABUKAR, MOHAMED 27:57 11 5/9 0/4 1/2   1 1 1 1 1     2 2 4
Team             4 4               4
Totals 200:00 64 21/43 4/18 10/12 8 27 35 14 5 18 1 1 22 17 57
        48.8% 22.2% 83.3%
Head coach: DOKUZOVSKI, MARIN
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
Uxue Bilbao Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 28:38 7 2/2 1/3         7 1 4     1 2 10
7 RAKOVIC, MILOVAN 21:31 6 3/4 0/1   4 6 10   2       3 3 16
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 21:48 10 4/5 0/4 2/3       2 1         3 10
11 HAMILTON, LAMONT 22:10 19 6/8 2/3 1/2 1 7 8   1   1   1 2 26
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 24:02 13 5/8 1/3 0/2   2 2 8 2 3   1 2 4 16
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 23:23 9 1/3 2/4 1/2 2 3 5 2 1 1     2 1 10
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 9:03           2 2   1 1     1   1
24 SANCHEZ PEREZ, SERGIO 2:06 1   0/1 1/2 1   1             1 1
33 SAMB, MAMADOU 3:53                         1   -1
34 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 23:51 15   4/11 3/4   5 5 3 2 2     2 2 15
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 19:35 5 1/5   3/5   2 2 1         4 4 2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 85 22/35 10/30 11/20 8 27 35 23 11 11 1 1 17 22 106
        62.9% 33.3% 55%
Head coach: KATSIKARIS, FOTIS

Head Coaches

DOKUZOVSKI, MARIN
Lukoil Academic Sofia
"A team plays as much as it is being allowed to, by its opposing team. Bilbao played high quality basketball for 40 minutes and they played even better as we went further into the game. On the other hand, our team went down physically and psychologically in the second half. Our concentration also went down following halftime. Bilbao has 10 good players and they play in a much stronger domestic league. In the second half, they played significantly more aggressive defense. They also changed their defense and our players were unable to adapt to it. We don’t have these kinds of games with such aggressive defense in our local championship."
KATSIKARIS, FOTIS
Uxue Bilbao Basket
"We were ready for a tough game; Lukoil is a very good team. We didn’t play that well on defense in the first half. We didn’t play hard on the defensive side and we were unable to fill in the gaps in their defense. We allowed them to score 42 points by halftime, which is a lot for our team. In the second half we were more focused. We did our best to play as good as possible on defense and we were in control of the rebounding. We made fewer mistakes and we won the game. I don’t want my players to think that we’ll have an easy game playing at home. I want to keep the same concentration level."