2014-15Regular SeasonRound 4
November 05, 2014 CET: 21:00
Local time: 20:00 GRAN CANARIA ARENA
Gran Canaria rallies to improve to 4-0

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas rallied behind its defense in the second half to down the visiting Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck 74-63 on Wednesday night. Victory improved Gran Canaria to 4-0 in the first place of Group B standings, while the Dragons dropped to 1-3 record in the fifth place. Artland hit 5 of its first 6 three-point attempts to open 16-28 lead, and held 33-40 at halftime. But after the break, the hosts took control of their defensive glass, and used their transition game for easy points. An 11-2 run mid way through the fourth quarter opened 66-57 lead, and the hosts closed it out for their fourth win in as many games. Kyle Kuric paced Gran Canaria with 16 points, Brad Newly netted 12, while DaJuan Summers pulled down 11 rebounds along with 8 points in victory. Antonio Graves had 11 for the Dragons, while Lawrence Hill and Andreas Seiferth had 10 apiece in the losing effort.

Kuric and Brandon Thomas opened the game trading triples, before Anthony King scored 6 points for the Dragons and 5-9 lead. Kuric made couple more buckets for Gran Canaria, but the visitors forced turnovers, while Bastian Doreth, Hill and Chad Toppert each hit a triple to end the first quarter 16-25, and Toppert opened the second with another three for 16-28. Gran Canaria answered with a 10-2 run with Eulis Baez fueling it, but Graves and Hill hit back-to-back from downtown for 26-36. The hosts answered with 7 consecutive points, as Summers had a put-back, and Newley a triple, but Dragons finished the half with Seiferth and Thomas scoring from close range for 33-40.

The hosts came out more aggressive on defense after the break, not allowing a single point for 4 minutes. Ian O’Leary had a big fastbreak dunk to get the crowd excited, but the visitors used a timeout to regain control, and Hill’s three-pointer made it 37-45. However, Baez finished a fastbreak with another dunk, Kuric sank a three-pointer and a jumper, before baskets from close range by Baez and Summers made it 50-48. The visitors kept it close, keeping the score at 55-55 early in the fourth, but Gran Canaria allowed only one field goal in more than 6 minutes to start the final quarter. Meanwhile, Summers controlled the boards, and Baez hit a triple, before baskets from Txemi Urtasun opened 66-57 lead. Dragons never came closer than 6 points the rest of the way, as Newley grabbed couple offensive rebounds to help close the game out.
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Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN; VOJINOVIC, RADOMIR; VAN DEN BROECK, NICK
Attendance: 3932 (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 13:53 7 2/2 1/1     1 1 2 1 1     2 2 10
8 NEWLEY, BRAD 24:19 12 3/4 1/3 3/4 3 2 5     2     1 2 12
10 URTASUN, TXEMI 16:51 8 1/4   6/6   2 2 1   3     2 5 8
11 BELLAS, TOMAS 26:07 6 3/5 0/1     1 1 1 2 2     3 3 5
13 BAEZ, EULIS 23:23 9 3/7 1/2 0/1 3 3 6 3   1 1     2 14
14 KENDALL, LEVON 23:53 2 1/7     5 3 8   1 3     4 1 -1
17 SANTANA, FABIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 PAULI, ORIOL 4:50 2 1/1                         2
22 TAVARES, WALTER 9:47   0/1       2 2     1          
24 KURIC, KYLE 26:13 16 4/4 2/5 2/2   1 1   1         2 17
25 O'LEARY, IAN 11:52 4 2/5 0/1     4 4 2         1   5
35 SUMMERS, DAJUAN 18:52 8 3/8 0/1 2/2 4 7 11     4   1 3 2 7
Team           1 5 6           1   5
Totals 200:00 74 23/48 5/14 13/15 16 31 47 9 5 17 1 1 17 19 84
        47.9% 35.7% 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
Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 McCRAY, DAVID 15:48   0/1 0/1         1 1 2     4 1 -5
6 KING, ANTHONY 20:23 8 4/7     1 2 3 1 1 2       2 10
9 SCHWARTZ, TIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 DORETH, BASTIAN 17:58 3   1/5     2 2           2 1  
11 HOLSTON, DAVID 22:02 2 1/5 0/3         2 2 1     1 2 -1
12 SEIFERTH, ANDREAS 19:04 10 5/7   0/2   5 5 1   3     2 3 10
13 GRUNHEID, GUIDO 16:43 5 1/2 1/4     1 1 1       1 3 1  
14 THOMAS, BRANDON 22:59 6 1/2 1/3 1/2   2 2   1         3 8
22 GRAVES, ANTONIO 24:12 11 2/5 2/3 1/2       4 1 5     2 1 5
24 HILL, LAWRENCE 23:50 10 0/1 3/6 1/2 1 4 5 1 1   1   2 1 12
33 TOPPERT, CHAD 17:01 8   2/3 2/2   3 3           3 1 8
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 63 14/30 10/28 5/10 3 19 22 11 7 13 1 1 19 16 48
        46.7% 35.7% 50%
Head coach: McCOY, TYRON

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
“It was a very difficult game. In the first half they made a lot of three-point shots as we were not at our regular level in defense. Their top scorer, point guard David Holston, scored just 2 points because of our good defense. Then in the second half we did a better job defending the perimeter and they could not maintain their incredible three-point percentage. We had good spirits in a hard game. We made a lot of turnovers, but in other aspects of the game we were better than Artland Dragons. We had some silly turnovers, which was our bad, but also because of their good defense. Artland Dragons has a roster in which almost every player can shoot from three, and they also have good defenders.”
McCOY, TYRON
Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck
"Congrats to coach Garcia and his team. I thought it was a tough way to lose the game as we did. I thought we competed, I thought we played very good in the first half, especially in the first quarter. But as the game went on, their intensity started to raise, and they started to play better defense and forced us into making some pour decision. In the fourth quarter they were more dominant on the defensive side, that was the biggest thing that helped them get out and get some easier looks."

Players

BELLAS, TOMAS
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"We received 40 points in the first half and we were not happy about that, because with our fans we must play harder like in the second half. The defense is the key; we changed the rhythm of the game. In previous games we began really good and today was different. The team was strong in defense and rebounding."
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