2017-18Regular SeasonRound 7
December 06, 2017 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 POLIESPORTIU D'ANDORRA

Fernandez leads Andorra past Fiat

Morabanc Andorra stayed in the race to reach the EuroCup Top 16 from Group A by downing Fiat Turin 83-77 at home on Wednesday. Andorra improved to 2-5 in the standings while Fiat dropped to 3-4. Fiat beat Andorra by exactly 6 points, 92-86, in regular season Round 2. Jaime Fernandez led the winners with a EuroCup career-high 19 points. Oliver Stevic added 16, while Jaka Blazic had 12 for Andorra. Diante Garrett led Fiat with 17 points and Sasha Vujacic and Lamar Patterson each had 16 for the visitors, who had 23 turnovers and were outrebounded 34-25 in this game. Fernandez stepped up with 11 points in the final four minutes of the first half as Andorra improved its defense to get a double-digit margin, 42-31, at the break. A triple by Jelinek made it a 15-point game, but Deron Washington, Patterson and Garrett brought Fiat within 62-59 after 30 minutes. Przemek Karnowski took over early in the fourth quarter and got help from David Walker to seal the outcome, 76-66, with two minutes left. Vujacic tried to solve the tie-break advantage in Fiat's favor, but Fernandez hit free throws to give Andorra the win by 6.

Vujacic got Fiat going with a three-pointer in transition and Garrett added a layup for a 0-5 lead. Blazic rescued Andorra with a driving layup and a fast break dunk. A layup by Stevic soon gave the hosts their first lead, 6-5. Washington and Garrett fueled a 0-7 run that Vujacic capped with a jumper, but Jelinek struck from downtown and Diagne added free throws and a jump hook to put Andorra ahead, 15-14, after 10 minutes. A driving layup by Jelinek and a three-point play by Blazic boosted Andorra's lead to 21-16 early in the second quarter. Washington and Antonio Iannuzzi rescued Fiat and a layup by David Okeke caused the hosts call timeout at 23-24. Okeke scored again, but Andorra found a go-to guy in Fernandez, who had 6 points in a 10-0 run that he capped with free throws for a 35-26 score. Quinton Stephens struck from beyond the arc, but Chris Copeland and an unstoppable Fernandez made it a double-digit game, 42-31, at halftime.

Trevor Mbakwe and Garrett stepped up for Fiat after the break and a layup by Patterson gave the guests hope at 44-37. Walker took over with an alley-oop slam and Andrew Albicy struck twice from downtown to keep Andorra out of trouble, 54-41. Fiat kept going, however, as Vujacic hit free throws, Washington added a floater, Patterson scored in penetration and Garrett followed a triple with a layup to make it 59-54. Fernandez took over with a three-point play, but Garrett and Patterson brought Fiat even closer, 62-59, after 30 minutes. Przemek Karnowski rescued Andorra with a put-back slam and a jump hook early in the fourth quarter. Walker nailed a triple and Karnowski scored again, but Mbakwe and Patterson kept Fiat within 72-66 with three minutes left. Free throws by Stevic and Walker sealed the outcome, 76-66, but both teams kept fighting for point difference. Vujacic and Patterson stepped up, but free throws by Fernandez allowed Andorra to win by 6 points, which may prove critical in the long run.

Jaime Fernandez - Morabanc Andorra (photo Andorra - Albert Martin Imatge) - EC17
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), BISSANG, JOSEPH (FRA), OVINOV, SEMEN (RUS)
Attendance: 3143 (Tentative)
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Fiat Turin14315977
MoraBanc Andorra
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 FERNANDEZ, JAIME 26:54 19 3/6 1/3 10/12   3 3 4 1 3     3 8 22
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 25:56 12 3/10 1/5 3/3 1 1 2   1 2   1   4 5
12 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 STEVIC, OLIVER 26:46 16 5/9   6/8 5 3 8 1 5 4     4 10 26
15 KARNOWSKI, PRZEMEK 22:20 8 4/6     4 4 8 1   2     3 2 12
16 ALBICY, ANDREW 24:17 6 0/3 2/3         5 1 6   1 3   -2
21 DIAGNE, MOUSSA 14:06 6 2/2   2/2   2 2     1     2 3 8
22 SHURNA, JOHN 3:59           2 2     1         1
23 WALKER, DAVID 26:54 6 1/3 1/7 1/2 1 3 4 2 2 2       1 4
24 COLOM, GUILLEM 5:08     0/1     1 1                
25 JELINEK, DAVID 10:56 8 1/1 2/4     2 2           5   3
34 COPELAND, CHRIS 12:44 2 0/3 0/2 2/2   2 2   1       1 1  
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 83 19/43 7/25 24/29 13 25 38 13 11 21 0 2 21 29 83
        44.2% 28% 82.8%
Head coach: PENARROYA, JOAN
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
Fiat Turin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 GARRETT, DIANTE 38:14 17 6/8 1/2 2/2   2 2 5 2 4     4 1 16
4 PARENTE, DAVIDE 0:05                              
6 VUJACIC, SASHA 30:27 16 2/4 3/9 3/6   4 4 2 5 2     2 5 17
8 POETA, GIUSEPPE 12:33           1 1   1 1     2 2 1
12 STEPHENS, QUINTON 3:18 3 0/2 1/1     1 1     1     2   -1
13 PATTERSON, LAMAR 32:24 16 5/9 0/2 6/10 2 2 4 1 1 5     5 6 8
17 WASHINGTON, DERON 20:42 8 2/2 1/4 1/2   5 5 2 2 1     5 1 8
18 OKEKE, DAVID 5:23 4 2/2                     2   2
21 JONES, ANDRE 5:00   0/1           1   1         -1
22 MAZZOLA, VALERIO 11:59 5 1/1 1/2 0/1 1 2 3 2 1 1     2   6
32 MBAKWE, TREVOR 25:55 4 0/2   4/4   4 4 1 2 4     4 5 6
77 IANNUZZI, ANTONIO 14:00 4 1/6   2/2   1 1 1   3 2   3 1 -2
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 77 19/37 7/20 18/27 4 23 27 15 14 23 2 0 31 21 62
        51.4% 35% 66.7%
Head coach: BANCHI, LUCA

Head Coaches

PENARROYA, JOAN
MoraBanc Andorra
"It was an important win, and it was important to win by 6 points, which matches the head-to-head points difference and, in case of a tie between both teams, would make us look at the global difference. We started the game well on defense, forcing Fiat into many turnovers, but we were not bright enough on offense. We didn't take advantage of those turnovers in the first quarter. We got confidence and got a bigger lead in the second quarter, making the most out of our fast break situations and their turnovers. We allowed 28 points in the third quarter; we started to think about the win and the tiebreaker. We had the game in our hands and this is a game we should have won easier."

Players

KARNOWSKI, PRZEMEK
MoraBanc Andorra
"It is a really important win. I think we did a good job, even when we were up and they started coming back. I think we kind of stuck together; we needed to win by 6 points and I am very happy with the result and with our second win in the EuroCup."
FERNANDEZ, JAIME
MoraBanc Andorra
"It was a tough game and I think we made a lot of mistakes, but finally, we got the win, so we have to be happy for that. We are still improving some things as a team and we hope we will keep improving."
VUJACIC, SASHA
Fiat Turin
“A very tough loss. We played as a team on both sides of the court and unfortunately it wasn't our day. We have to focus on our next games at our home and protect everything we have in hand. Teamwork makes a dream work."