2015-16Regular SeasonRound 1
October 14, 2015 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MHP ARENA
Rocky Trice - MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg - EC15 (photo MHP RIESEN)

Ludwigsburg wins big over ALBA

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg made a memorable return to Eurocup, downing fellow German side ALBA Berlin 79-60 on Wednesday. The all-German showdown of Group B also marked Ludwigsburg’s return to the competition after 8 years. The hosts took control with an 8-0 run in the second quarter, helping it build 36-24 halftime lead, then used a 13-4 spurt in the third to help them increase the advantage to 22 points. Margin was never below 11 points the rest of the way as Mustafa Shakur paced Ludwigsburg in victory with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Rocky Trice had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals, while Royce O’Neale netted 12 on 4-for-8 three-point shooting. Dragan Milosavljevic had 14 points and 5 rebounds for ALBA, Elmedin Kikanovic scored 13, and Mitchell Watt 10 points in defeat.

O’Neale hit a three-pointer to open the account for the hosts who grabbed 7-2 lead, but Watt and Will Cherry got ALBA going, and with a triple from Ismet Akpinar a 0-9 run made it 7-11. But Trice hit a fastbreak three for the hosts, that helped them grab 14-13 edge after 10 minutes, before Shawn Huff and O’Neale hit triples early in the second for Ludwigsburg. O’Neale’s dagger was also a start of an 8-0 run for 25-15. Trice, Shakur and Huff helped keep the lead in double figures, as ALBA was held without a field goal for more than 5 minutes to end the second quarter, and Ludwigsburg held 36-24 at the break.

Milosavljevic for ALBA, and O’Neale for Ludwigsburg started the fireworks in the third period. Shakur strung together 7 points, including a triple, and despite baskets from Milosavljevic and Kreso Loncar, three-pointer from O’Neale made it 49-30. Milosavljevic nailed a three for the Berliners, but Brad Loesing and Jason Boone scored for the hosts to break a 20-point barrier. Adam Waleskowski made it 56-34, and Loesing scored for 60-38 with 3:30 left in the third quarter. ALBA had an answer with a three-point play from Loncar, a put-back from Kikanovic and a triple from Milosavljevic. That 0-8 run helped cut the deficit to 64-48 at the end of the third quarter, before both teams failed to score a single points for almost 3 minutes of the fourth. Akpinar hit a three to end the drought, and Taylor Jordan and Milosavljevic added baskets for the visitors. However, back-to-back threes from Shakur pushed the margin back to 70-55 with 5:47 to go. Baskets were few and far between in the finish of the game, as Ludwigsburg eased to a 19-point win.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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Referees: BULTO, VICENTE; DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR; RODSAND, TORKILD
Attendance: 2735 (Tentative)
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MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 McCRAY, DAVID 1:57   0/1             1            
6 MUNOZ-BORCHERS, ALVARO 6:27 2   0/1 2/2           1     1   -1
7 HUFF, SHAWN 11:40 8 1/1 2/2     1 1   1         1 11
10 TRICE, ROCKY 33:45 16 6/7 1/3 1/2   6 6 2 4   1   2 2 25
13 McNAUGHTON, CHRIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 O'NEALE, ROYCE 16:01 12 0/2 4/8     3 3     1     3 1 6
19 WALESKOWSKI, ADAM 13:13 4 2/4 0/1     2 2     1     3 2 1
21 BOONE, JASON 18:33 2 1/1   0/3 1   1 1     2   4 3 2
22 SHAKUR, MUSTAFA 30:21 22 2/5 3/7 9/9 1 6 7 4 2 1     2 7 32
32 COTTON, TEKELE 26:29 2 1/4 0/2   1 2 3 1   2 1   4 3 -1
35 LOESING, BRAD 20:14 7 2/4 0/3 3/3   1 1 3         2 5 9
40 BROCKMAN, JON 21:20 4 1/3   2/4 3 2 5   1 3     3 3 3
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 79 16/32 10/27 17/23 6 24 30 11 9 10 4 0 24 27 87
        50% 37% 73.9%
Head coach: PATRICK, JOHN
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
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 19:31 2 0/3   2/2   2 2 1   1     1 2 2
8 AKPINAR, ISMET 10:14 6   2/2             2     2   2
9 KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN 25:49 13 4/9   5/10 2 2 4     2 1   2 7 11
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 22:09 7 3/6 0/1 1/1   3 3 1   2     3 4 6
11 VARGAS, AKEEM 17:47 1     1/2   4 4 1   1     4 1 1
15 LIYANAGE, MARC 0:07                              
18 WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN, JONAS 8:25                         1 1  
21 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 25:12 14 4/6 2/3     5 5 1 2 2     4 2 15
22 CHERRY, WILL 21:13 5 0/2 1/5 2/2 2 4 6 3 2 1     4 3 8
23 TAYLOR, JORDAN 26:09 2 1/3 0/2     2 2 2   1     4 1 -2
44 TURUDIC, BENEDIKT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
50 WATT, MITCHELL 24:24 10 4/5   2/2 3 2 5     3     2 3 12
Team           1   1     2         -1
Totals 201:00 60 16/34 5/13 13/19 8 24 32 9 4 17 1 0 27 24 54
        47.1% 38.5% 68.4%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

PATRICK, JOHN
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg
I want to congratulate my players on this win. We played very intense and concentrated and were able to win this very physical game. That’s a great start for us in the Eurocup, but we still have a very long and exciting season in front of us, so we have to keep our feet on the ground and stay focused.“
OBRADOVIC, SASA
ALBA Berlin
"Congratulations to Ludwigsburg on this deserving win. They were without any doubt the better team today. We couldn’t get control of this game at any time and we didn’t respond well to the pressure Ludwigsburg put on us. There were a lot of missunderstandings in our game today; that’s where you see the lack of being and playing together due to our very short preseason.“
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