2018-19Regular SeasonRound 7
November 14, 2018 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALALEONESSA

MoraBanc leaves Brescia with its first EuroCup road win

MoraBanc Andorra collected its first-ever EuroCup road victory, triumphing 73-79 at Germani Brescia Leonessa on Wednesday. David Jelinek and Oliver Stevic scored 16 points apiece for MoraBanc and Michele Vitali added 12 against his former team. The victory gave MoraBanc a share of second place in Group A, while Brescia slipped to 2-5. The game was all but decided by a 0-17 MoraBanc run to open the second half and though Brescia rallied late, the 19-point deficit would be too high a hurdle to overcome. Jordan Hamilton led Brescia with 13 points and Awudu Abass posted 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The teams traded shots in the opening minutes, but Brescia surged ahead on an Abass-led 7-0 spurt for a 17-10 lead. Reggie Upshaw got MoraBanc rolling again with a pair of dunks to help close the gap to 19-16 after one quarter. Dylan Ennis and Upshaw scored all the points in a 0-7 second-quarter push that sent MoraBanc into the lead, 24-28. Hamilton evened the score at 29-29. A triple from John Shurna and a pair of buckets inside from Stevic kept the visitors ahead. Luca Vitali's three-pointer drew Brescia within 38-40 at halftime. MoraBanc came out for the second half in a higher gear; Jelinek and Vitali connected on back-to-back three-pointers that ignited a 0-17 run. Jelinek added 5 more points in the run and Moussa Diagne scored twice as the visitors took control. Marco Ceron and Brian Sacchetti scored late in the third quarter to trim the Brescia deficit to 45-62. David Moss gave the fans something to cheer about when his jumper got the hosts within 11, but MoraBanc weathered the storm and after a series of free throws led by 16. There was no quit in Brescia and a throwdown by Abass made it 66-74 with two and a half minutes to play, but MoraBanc regrouped and held on down the stretch.

Decisive run

When MoraBanc opened the second quarter with 17 unanswered points, the outcome of the game was all but decided. Even if Brescia would be able to erase that deficit, it would spend so much energy doing so that it would be tough to hang on. In the end, Brescia rallied late, but never got closer than 4. David Jelinek started the run with a three and added a second triple and a fast-break layup for 8 of the points. Moussa Diagne added 4 points and Andrew Albicy assisted on 11 of the points and scored 2 more.

Stevic is Mr. Efficency

Oliver Stevic knew what to do with the ball whenever he got it near the basket. He just went up strong. The result was 16 points on 7-of-8 two-point shooting. But he hasn't only been finishing strong recently, Stevic has been doing it all season. He is now 23 for 26 on two-pointers this season. His 88.5% conversion rate, which is higher than his free throw success rate (73.3%) is better than the competition's single-season record! That belongs Primoz Brezec at 85.5% in the 2011-12 campaign for Krasnye Krylia, at least for now. If Stevic continues like this, the record will be his soon.

Michele Vitali's happy homecoming

This game featured the Vitali brothers squaring off against one another. While it is only natural for one brother to be disappointed in such situations, this time Luca of losing Brescia was not even on the floor at the end; he was ejected earlier in the fourth quarter. Michele, himself a former Brescia player, came up big in his homecoming.

Next game

MoraBanc faces a pivotal clash against Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade on Tuesday. The two teams enter the game tied for second in Group A at 4-3. Brescia remains at home to take on Galatasaray Istanbul in a game that is vital to its Top 16 chances.

Michele Vitali - MoraBanc Andorra (photo Brescia) - EC18
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: MANTYLA, PETRI; HALLIKO, AARE; UDYANSKYY, EDUARD
Attendance: 2608 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Germani Brescia Leonessa1919926
MoraBanc Andorra16242217
End of Quarter1234
Germani Brescia Leonessa19384773
MoraBanc Andorra16406279
Germani Brescia Leonessa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 ALLEN, BRYON 26:34 7 2/5 1/4 0/2   1 1 3   3   2 2 2 -2
1 HAMILTON, JORDAN 30:07 13 2/6 2/6 3/3 2 5 7 2 1 1     2 3 15
4 CERON, MARCO 9:26 8 2/2 1/2 1/1   1 1           2 2 8
5 ABASS, AWUDU 30:58 11 5/11 0/3 1/3 4 8 12 3 1 1     3 3 15
7 VITALI, LUCA 22:54 9 3/5 1/4         1 1 3     5 1 -1
8 LAQUINTANA, TOMMASO 3:59 2 1/2 0/1   2   2     2     3   -3
10 CAROLI, MATTEO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 BEVERLY, GERALD 14:48 6 1/3   4/4 1 1 2       1   1 2 8
29 ZERINI, ANDREA 10:59         2   2 1   1 1   2 1 2
34 MOSS, DAVID 26:09 9 3/6 1/3   1 4 5 2 3 3   1 2 1 9
41 SACCHETTI, BRIAN 24:06 8 1/1 1/3 3/4 1 7 8 4   1 3   3 2 18
Team                                
Totals 200:00 73 20/41 7/26 12/17 13 27 40 16 6 15 5 3 25 17 69
        48.8% 26.9% 70.6%
Head coach: DIANA, ANDREA
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
MoraBanc Andorra
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 LUZ, RAFA 15:48 2 0/2 0/4 2/3   3 3 2   1     2 2 -1
14 STEVIC, OLIVER 20:51 16 7/8   2/3 2 1 3         1 2 2 16
16 ALBICY, ANDREW 24:12 6 0/1 0/6 6/8       5   3     1 5 3
19 HENTON, LADONTAE 6:52     0/3                       -3
21 DIAGNE, MOUSSA 11:27 4 1/1   2/2 1 4 5   3       1 3 14
22 SHURNA, JOHN 19:10 6 0/2 2/4 0/1 1 4 5 3     1 1 1   8
24 COLOM, GUILLEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 JELINEK, DAVID 21:30 16 3/4 3/5 1/2   1 1 1 1       1 2 16
30 UPSHAW, REGGIE 20:50 8 3/5 0/2 2/3 3 3 6           2 2 9
31 ENNIS, DYLAN 27:48 9 3/8 0/2 3/4 3 4 7 3     2 1 3 3 12
32 WHITTINGTON , SHAYNE 7:42   0/3     1   1 1   2   2 3 1 -7
33 VITALI, MICHELE 23:50 12 2/4 2/2 2/3   4 4 2 2 3     1 3 16
Team                                
Totals 200:00 79 19/38 7/28 20/29 11 24 35 17 6 9 3 5 17 23 83
        50% 25% 69%
Head coach: NAVARRO, IBON

Head Coaches

DIANA, ANDREA
Germani Brescia Leonessa
"Above all I want to apologize to our fans. Tonight we didn't approach the game with the right spirit to win an important game like this one. We must play another kind of basketball. Our basketball quality was too low to compete at this level. I'm not satisfied."
NAVARRO, IBON
MoraBanc Andorra
"We were close to winning in Monaco, we were close in Belgrade and now we have the first [road win]. Our goal is to be able to play strong at home and on the road."

Players

ALLEN, BRYON
Germani Brescia Leonessa
"I'm frustrated. We tried to fight, but we need to be ready for the next game. We need to play better and be focused for 40 minutes."
CERON, MARCO
Germani Brescia Leonessa
"We had a blackout in the third quarter. We tried to come back, but it was too late. We need to play with more team spirit."
JELINEK, DAVID
MoraBanc Andorra
"I just tried to help the team. I feel good right now playing. So whatever I have, I try to attack. For now it's going well. So I'm happy."
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