| In arguably one of the best games in the 2012-13 Eurocup, BC Donetsk registered its first win in difficult Group E by edging Trefl Sopot 92-87 in overtime on Wednesday. Donetsk improved to 1-2 and Sopot dropped to 0-3. Both teams meet again in Poland next week, in what promises to be another intense battle for survival. Darius Songaila led the winners with 24 points on 10-of-15 two-point shots. Vojdan Stojanovski added 18, D'or Fischer had 17, Doron Perkins got 15, 6 rebounds and 7 assists while Ramel Curry contributed 11 for Donetsk. Filip Dylewicz led Sopot with 21 points. Frank Turner added 20, Adam Waczynski had 14 while Przemyslaw Zamojski and Junior Harrington each got 10 for the guests. Sopot had a strong start and an outstanding Turner allowed the guests to get a 8-20 lead late in the first quarter. A layup by Sime Spralja soon made it a double-digit game, 14-24. Songaila took over with 12 points late in the first half to give Donetsk a 34-30 lead at the break. Sopot did not give up and led 67-70 with 3 minutes left but a 7-0 run gave Donetsk a 74-70 edge with 29 seconds left in regularion. Dylewicz followed a basket with a big triple to force overtime, 75-75. Both teams were tied at 85-85 with 45 seconds left but
Stojanovski hit a critical three-pointer and free throws by Songaila and Perkins sealed the outcome down the stretch.
Turner got Sopot going with a layup and soon scored again to cap a 0-6 opening run. Fischer stepped up with a jumper and Curry found his first points but a three-pointer by Waczynski kept Sopot ahead, 4-9. Kaloyan Ivanov made free throws but Dylewicz quickly bettered that with a triple. Fischer and Zamojski traded layups and Turner scored again to boost Sopot's lead to 8-16. Ivanov and Fischer kept trying to change things for Donetsk but Dylewicz and Harrington allowed the guests to keep a 12-20 lead. A put-back basket by Stojanovski fixed the score at 14-20 after 10 minutes. Back-to-back layups by Michal Michalak and Spralja made it a double-digit game, 14-24, early in the second quarter. Donetsk found a go-to guy in Songaila, who had 8 unanswered points to make Sopot call timeout at 22-24. Marcin Stefanski sank a jumper and Waczynski added a layup to give Sopot some fresh air at 24-28. It didn't last long, however, as Songaila and Stojanovski fueled a 10-0 run that put Donetsk ahead for the first time, 34-28. Free throws by Turner brought Sopot within 34-30 at halftime.
Fischer shined with a three-point play right after the break and an unstoppable Songaila followed free throws with a layup to make it a nine-point game, 41-32. Perkins hit a jumper but consecutive three-pointers by Turner and Dylewicz brought Sopot back to life, 43-38. Perkins kept pacing Donetsk with another basket, Fischer scored around the basket and Songaila copied him soon after that but Zamojski nailed a triple and Dylewicz added two more from beyond the arc to bring Sopot within 49-47. Fischer fed Perkins for a layup and scored down low but a layup by Dylewicz and a three-pointer by Harrington made it a one-point game, 53-52. Oleksandar Lypovyy joined the three-point shootout but Harrington singlehandedly put Sopot back ahead, 56-57, after 30 minutes. Stefanski and Stojanovski traded baskets early in the fourth quarter but free throws by Waczynski and a put-back basket by Michalak allowed Sopot to get a 58-63 lead. Curry struck from downtown and Songaila added a put-back basket but Waczynski scored again for a 63-65 Sopot edge. An outstanding Zamojski get the guests ahead, 67-70, with 3 minutes to go. Perkins scored around the basket, Stojanovski added a triple and a layup by Songaila seemed to seal the outcome, 74-70, with 29 seconds left. Dylewicz scored down low, Curry went 1-of-2 from the line and Sopot called timeout with 9 seconds to go. Dylewicz buried a critical three-pointer and a block by Turner sent the game to overtime, 75-75.
Fischer hit a jumper early in the extra period but back-to-back baskets by Turner gave Sopot a 77-79 edge. Stojanovski stepped up with a jumper and Curry struck from downtown but Turner answered with his own three-pointer to tie the game again, 82-82. Stojanovski missed from three-point territory but collected the offensive board to score. Perkins split foul shots and Waczynski hit a triple that tied it again, 85-85, with 45 seconds left. Stojanovski buried Donetsk's go-ahead three-pointer but Turner and Songaila traded free throws for a 90-87 score. Turner missed a shot and Perkins sealed the hosts' win from the foul line.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012