2018-19Regular SeasonRound 7
November 14, 2018 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA

Cedevita sinks ALBA, which backed into Top 16

Cedevita Zagreb picked up its second road win of the season, holding off a depleted ALBA Berlin 102-109 on Wednesday night in the German capital. ALBA dropped to 5-2 in Group B, but still qualified to the Top 16 thanks to other results. Cedevita completed the season sweep of ALBA to improve to 4-3 record and third place. The visitors built a 27-point lead in the first half, before ALBA ran out of time to rally all the way back in the fourth quarter. Justin Cobbs had 20 points and 9 assists to lead Cedevita, while Jonas Mattisseck and Rokas Giedraitis scored 16 apiece for the hosts, who were missing injured guards Martin Hermannsson and Peyton Siva.

Cedevita took control from the start behind two triples from Vitor Benite. Niels Giffey cut it to 8-12, but Cedevita did not allow another field goal for more than five minutes to finish the first quarter. Meanwhile, Domagoj Bosnjak hit back-to-back shots from downtown to open a 9-20 lead, before Marko Banic and James Bell fueled a 0-12 run to finish the opening quarter up 11-32. Bell hit a three and Jacob Pullen scored twice to open a 13-39 advantage early in the second quarter. Giedraitis and Stefan Peno hit the first two long-range daggers for the hosts, but Toni Katic and Justin Cobbs kept Cedevita rolling at 21-48. Fritz Wagner and Clint Chapman helped the hosts cut into the deficit, but Benite and Bell connected from downtown as the visitors took 38-61 into halftime. ALBA started cutting into the deficit some more in the third, with Peno and Luke Sikma both scoring twice from close range. The teams went to the free throw line often and a layup from Giedraitis and a put-back from Chapman helped made it 58-73, but Cobbs scored twice and the visitors took a 63-79 advantage into the fourth quarter. Pullen and Sikma traded threes before a three-point play by Katic made it 72-90. However, Mattisseck hit a pair of triples to continue ALBA’s charge, and Dennis Clifford scored inside to get it into single digits, 88-97. Giedraitis and Clifford cut it to 93-99 in the penultimate minute, but Pullen and Cobbs scored on the other end to preserve Cedevita's win.

ALBA qualifies

At 5-2, ALBA qualified for the Top 16 on Wednesday night when Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar won at Limoges CSP. ALBA's only losses this season have come against Cedevita, and it also helped the Berliners that Tofas Bursa beat Arka Gdynia a day earlier, since ALBA holds a sweep over Tofas.

Movers and shakers

Apart from top scorer Justin Cobbs, Cedevita had three more players in double figures: Jacob Pullen scored 18 points, Vitor Benite netted 17 points in 17 minutes on 5-of-7 shooting from long range and James Bell collected 14 points and 7 rebounds. For ALBA, Stefan Peno shined with 12 points and 12 assists and Luke Sikma had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Also in double figures in scoring were Niels Giffey with 15 and Clint Chapman with 12 points.

First half domination

Cedevita set a club record for first half points, having held a 38-61 lead at halftime. It was also 6 points shy of a EuroCup record. Cedevita dominated the first half, making 10 of 16 two-pointers and shooting 9 for 13 from three-point range. The visitors held a 20-10 rebounding advantage and dished 17 assists in the opening 20 minutes.

Stellar stat

This is only the second time in the competition Cedevita has scored more than 100 points and the first time it has done so in regulation time. Cedevita came 5 points shy of its club record of 114 points it set in an overtime win over Gran Canaria at home in February 2011.

Next game

Both teams will play at home next week in Round 8 and both will try to sweep their respective opponents on Wednesday. Cedevita will welcome last-place Arka Gdynia and ALBA will host Limoges CSP.

Justin Cobbs - Cedevita Zagreb (photo Andreas Knopf - ALBA) - EC18
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB; BALAK, AMIT; BISSANG, JOSEPH
Attendance: 6976 (Tentative)
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ALBA Berlin11272539
Cedevita Zagreb32291830
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ALBA Berlin113863102
Cedevita Zagreb326179109
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 22:03 15 4/6 1/4 4/6 1 1 2 1 2       1 3 15
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS 19:03 16 3/4 2/2 4/7 1   1 4 2       5 4 18
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM 13:13     0/1   1   1 1 1 1     1 1 1
13 CHAPMAN, CLINT 14:06 12 5/12   2/2 3 1 4       1   4 3 9
22 WAGNER, FRANZ 22:20 5 0/2 1/2 2/2 1 1 2 1 1 1     1 2 6
25 OGBE, KENNETH 9:30                   1     1   -2
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 26:19 16 2/4 2/6 6/6 1 2 3   1 2 1 1 5 3 10
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES 16:44 6 2/2   2/4 1 1 2       1   5 1 3
33 CLIFFORD, DENNIS 9:40 9 4/6   1/1   2 2 3         2 2 12
43 SIKMA, LUKE 19:57 11 4/9 1/1   2 8 10 4 1 3   1 5 3 15
44 PENO, STEFAN 27:05 12 4/8 1/2 1/2   1 1 12   1     3 4 19
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 102 28/53 8/18 22/30 13 20 33 26 8 9 3 2 33 26 111
        52.8% 44.4% 73.3%
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
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 24:50 18 3/5 2/5 6/6   1 1 4 1 4   1 2 4 16
1 COBBS, JUSTIN 32:26 20 6/7 0/4 8/10   3 3 9   4     1 5 25
6 KATIC, TONI 7:34 7 3/3   1/1       2   1     2 1 7
8 BENITE, VITOR 16:59 17   5/7 2/3   1 1   1 1     2 1 14
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 14:07 7     7/8   4 4 2 1 2     4 5 12
13 STIPANOVIC, ANDRIJA 26:42 8 3/6   2/5 4 5 9 2   1   1 4 8 15
15 BANIC, MARKO 14:42 6 1/1   4/4 1   1   1       2 2 8
19 BOSNJAK, DOMAGOJ 14:59 8 1/2 2/3                   2   4
23 COOK, ELGIN 19:04 4 1/3   2/4   3 3 1 2   1 1 5 3 4
27 RAMLJAK, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
29 MUSTAPIC, JAKOV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 BELL, JAMES 28:37 14 0/2 3/6 5/7 1 6 7 2     1   2 3 18
Team           3 2 5     2         3
Totals 200:00 109 18/29 12/25 37/48 9 25 34 22 6 15 2 3 26 32 126
        62.1% 48% 77.1%
Head coach: RIMAC, SLAVEN

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"There are two things. One thing is bad and one is good. It is bad that we have three players out on the same position. Normally you have two players for each position. Now on the position one and two we miss three of four players. You think it can't get worse, but it can. Bennet Hundt, who helped us against Vechta [in the German League] on this position got sick and couldn't play either. And then our only remaining shooting guard, Kenneth Ogbe, had to go to the hospital during the game. This situation is very difficult for us. The good thing is: our fans. They understand the problems we have and supported the team the whole game. It is very important for us, that our fans do not only stay with us, when we are winning – which is easy – but also when we are losing."
RIMAC, SLAVEN
Cedevita Zagreb
"In the first quarter we played very very good. Sometimes it is not so easy to keep it up after such a big early lead. I am not happy with how we played in the last six, seven minutes. We should be more clever. But everything else, our energy and how we followed our game preparation, was great. Even if they miss key players, ALBA is still dangerous at home. It is incredible that they scored 102 points despite their problems."

Players

PENO, STEFAN
ALBA Berlin
"We didn’t start the game well and played with too little energy at the beginning. In the second half we played with more physicality and managed to get back into the game. What we need to learn from this game is that defensive stops give us the offense that we like."
COBBS, JUSTIN
Cedevita Zagreb
"I think in the first half we came locked in, defensive minded. We got stops and we got easy shots, buying into the game plan. Second half we got loose with the ball, made turnovers. We allowed them some easy shots, they are a great shooting team, very well coached and disciplined. Those were two main things, getting easy rhythm-shots. They have some great shooters, can't leave those guys open."
BANIC, MARKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"I am happy to be here and I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome. We knew that even though ALBA was missing some injured players, they are going to give us a good fight. They play pretty good basketball this year. We did a good job in defense in the first half, and our execution was perfect, so we knew that they were going to come back in the second half. We gave them life, but we deserved the win today."
PULLEN, JACOB
Cedevita Zagreb
"We had control of the game the whole game. At the end they made a run, but we were comfortable. We know when we get good guard play and move the ball and get good shots, we are a tough team to beat right now. We were not worried about [their rally]. They made a run, they are at home, their fans got behind them, but we knew that for the most part we had control of the game."