2014-15Regular SeasonRound 1
October 14, 2014 CET: 21:30
Local time: 20:30 GRAN CANARIA ARENA
Gran Canaria rolls past Cantu on opening night

Brad Newley - Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas (photo Gran Canaria)

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas impressed in its Eurocup season-opener on Tuesday by rolling past Foxtown Cantu 101-81 in Group B. Gran Canaria matched ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne for first place in the group at 1-0. Cantu jumped out to an early lead, but the hosts pieced together a 14-0 run that bridged halftime to take a 16-point lead and cruised the rest of the way. Kyle Kuric marked his Eurocup debut with 21 points, while Tomas Bella netted 14, Dajuan Summers scored 13 and Walter Tavares dominated the paint with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. The hosts outrebounded Cantu 46-32. James Feldeine starred for the visitors with 25 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting. Darius Johnson-Odom tallied 14 points and 7 assists in defeat and Eric Williams scored 12.

Damian Hollis started things for the visitors with a three-pointer. Eulis Baez got Gran Canaria on the scoreboard with a three-point play. Feldeine scored twice, including a steal and slam, as Cantu soared to a 3-11 start. Bellas connected from behind the arc, but a Feldeine triple left Cantu with twice as many points as the hosts, 8-16, midway through the quarter. The hosts responded with 12 straight points to take their first lead. Bellas added an assist and another bucket to push Gran Canaria in front 24-20 after 10 minutes. Awudu Abass sniped a three for Cantu, but four Gran Canaria players scored in an 8-0 spurt to take a 9-point lead. Feldeine ended the Cantu drought and cut the difference to 34-30. Brad Newley nailed a three and Kuric collected a steal and slam to give the hosts a comfortable advantage. A red-hot Feldeine made his fourth triple and Johnson-Odom came through with a steal and latup to trim the gap to 42-40. Gran Canaria finished the half with 9 unanswered points, the last three coming from a Kuric triple, to take a 51-40 halftime lead.

Tavares’s tip-in and Bellas’s second three gave the hosts a 16-point lead. Williams settled Cantu with a basket-plus-foul and Johnson-Odom also got points from the line. DeQuan Jones and Feldeine scored as Cantu chipped away at its deficit, eventually drawing within 59-51. Baez restored a double-digit difference for Gran Canaria. It ballooned to 15 before Stafano Gentile capped the third quarter at 70-57. Kuric nailed a three, Summers scored inside and Tavares scored on the offensive glass as the hosts looked to end the game early with a 21-point lead. Johnson-Odom and Ivan Buva cut into the deficit, but the outcome seems certain. Tavares threw down a few more slams in the closing minutes as Gran Canaria marched to an impressive season-opening victory.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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Referees: ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ (POL), SILVA, SERGIO (POR), RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO (MNE)
Attendance: 3659 (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 15:43 3 1/5   1/1   2 2 3   1     1 1 3
8 NEWLEY, BRAD 23:28 9 3/7 1/2     3 3         2 1 2 6
10 URTASUN, TXEMI 17:08 3 1/3 0/2 1/2 1   1 2   1     2 1 -1
11 BELLAS, TOMAS 20:07 14 3/5 2/2 2/2   2 2 5   1     4 3 17
13 BAEZ, EULIS 17:41 9 4/8 0/1 1/1 5 1 6 3   2     2 1 10
14 KENDALL, LEVON 15:49 6 2/4   2/2   5 5 3 1       1 2 14
17 SANTANA, FABIO 4:09 3 1/1 0/1 1/2           2     1 1 -1
21 PAULI, ORIOL 4:28 6 3/3     1 3 4       1       11
22 TAVARES, WALTER 21:01 12 6/10     8 5 13     1 3   3   20
24 KURIC, KYLE 24:55 19 5/7 3/5   1 2 3   2 2     2 1 17
25 O'LEARY, IAN 12:19 4 1/3   2/2       1   1       2 4
35 SUMMERS, DAJUAN 23:12 13 5/10   3/3 1 5 6 3 1 1 2 1 1 2 19
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 101 35/66 6/13 13/15 18 28 46 20 4 12 6 3 18 16 120
        53% 46.2% 86.7%
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
FoxTown Cantu
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JOHNSON-ODOM, DARIUS 29:46 14 4/8 0/3 6/6   4 4 7   5   1 2 8 18
4 FELDEINE, JAMES 36:55 25 4/12 5/7 2/2   3 3 2 4 2     1 1 22
5 ABASS, AWUDU 7:42 3   1/1             3     1 1  
8 BLOISE, GIACOMO 0:32 1     1/2                      
16 MBODJ, CHEIKH 16:08 6 3/6     1 1 2           2 1 4
18 JONES, DeQUAN 26:28 5 2/3   1/2 1 3 4 2   1 1   4 2 7
22 HOLLIS, DAMIAN 22:59 4 0/2 1/3 1/1 1   1         1 3 1 -2
25 BUVA, IVAN 17:15 2 1/4 0/1   4 3 7 1 1   2 2   1 8
30 GENTILE, STEFANO 21:48 9 3/3 1/4         1   2     1   4
31 WILLIAMS, ERIC 20:27 12 4/7   4/6 1 4 5         2 3 3 10
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 81 21/45 8/19 15/19 10 21 31 13 5 13 3 6 17 18 76
        46.7% 42.1% 78.9%
Head coach: SACRIPANTI, PINO

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
“The team started a little bit distracted and they played with great intensity, but then the players found a way to lead the game. They couldn’t mantain their defense and we were more consistent. I’m happy that players like Kyle Kuric and DaJuan Summers played well.

“I have to demand from my players focus from minute one, we cannot begin games like we did it today. After a few minutes we played very well but we have to improve that."
SACRIPANTI, PINO
FoxTown Cantu
“We didn’t play a good game. We were very soft in defense. My congratulations to Gran Canaria because they played very well on offense and defense. They found solutions when they were in trouble. My congratulation to Aito because we saw a team that is very well coached out there today.

"For us it’s a new experience, we are a new team. In this moment we have no defense and it’s important to improve day by day to gain confidence. I think we could have lost by 8, 10 points and we are sorry for the last plays when we didn’t score. It’s a great lesson for us and we’ll try to improve."

Players

PAULI, ORIOL
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"We are really happy because it was a very important win to begin the Eurocup. We did not have too many practices to prepare for the games, so we have to improve on the court. I think we are playing better game by game, today was a small step and we have too many things to improve, but we are really happy because home wins are very important in this competition. At the beginning they played well and we have to focus more in these minutes, because today we did well from the second quarter, but in some games we may have bigger problems."
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