2018-19Regular SeasonRound 8
November 20, 2018 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 POLIESPORTIU D'ANDORRA

MoraBanc downs Zvezda, stays perfect at home

MoraBanc Andorra inched closer to securing its place in the Top 16 and kept its perfect home record intact with a 91-80 win over visiting Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade on Tuesday night. MoraBanc improved to 5-3 in Group A and also secured a tiebreak advantage over Zvezda, overcoming a 6-point loss from Round 3. Andrew Albicy had 19 points to lead six MoraBanc scorers in double figures, while David Jelinek scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime. Joe Ragland finished with 20 points for Zvezda, which suffered its third consecutive loss and saw its record slide to 4-4.

The hosts came out firing from long range; Shane Whittington hit back-to-back shots for MoraBanc and while Ragland countered with 6 points on the other end, Albicy and Michele Vitali hit back-to-back threes to make it 14-11. A transition three-pointer from Dylan Ennis helped the hosts take a 23-17 advantage, but Billy Baron answered from downtown for Zvezda. MoraBanc led 25-20 after 10 minutes. Filip Covic brought the visitors within a single point early in the second. The teams kept trading blows before Albicy took over, almost single-handedly keeping the hosts in front with 3 more triples. Baron and Mouhammad Faye each hit once from downtown for Zvezda, however, not allowing the margin to get bigger than 5 points before a put-back by each Faye and Maik Zirbes tied the game and a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Stratos Perperoglou gave the visitors a 46-47 edge at halftime. Zirbes and Ragland had three-point plays that kept Zvezda with a slim lead, but John Shurna beat the shot-clock with a three to restore Andorra’s lead, 58-57. Jelinek had a fastbreak layup and a triple-plus-foul that made it 64-60. Reggie Upshaw and Oliver Stevic extended it to 71-62 at the end of the third quarter, but Baron and Perperoglou each hit a three-pointer to get Zvezda within 73-70. Vitali and Ragland exchanged triples that made it 78-73 with four minutes to go. Albicy nailed a long jumper and Shurna scored from close range, 84-73. Shurna's three-point play in the final minute sealed the outcome as the hosts celebrated their fourth win in as many home games.

Defensive sequence

It looked as though the game was going down to the wire when Stratos Perperoglou hit a three-pointer to get the visitors within 73-70 with 6:20 to go. However, MoraBanc allowed only one field goal, a three-pointer by Joe Ragland, in almost five minutes, and patiently pulled away to 84-73.

Offensive stat

MoraBanc is not only unbeaten at home, but it also averages a EuroCup high 99.8 points per game.

Movers and shakers

MoraBank had four players with 10 points: Michele Vitali, Sayne Whittington, John Shurna and Oliver Stevic. The latter also had 7 rebounds. Billy Baron netted 14 points for Zvezda, and Stratos Perperoglou added 10 in defeat.

Climbing up three-point ladder

With 4 three-point shots made, Billy Baron reached 103 for his EuroCup career. He is one of 10 active players with more than 100 three-point shots and has the fewest games played (49) in that select group. Among active players, Baron ranks third with an average of 2.1 triples made per game.

Next game

In Round 9, Zvezda will try to end its losing streak at home against Germani Brescia Leonessa, while MoraBanc travels to face ratiopharm Ulm.

David Jelinek - MoraBanc Andorra (photo Marti Imatge - Andorra) - EC18
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS; BAUMANIS, INGUS; THEPENIER, HUGUES
Attendance: 2530 (Tentative)
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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 14:39 2 1/2 0/1     4 4 5 1       4 1 7
14 STEVIC, OLIVER 20:13 10 4/7   2/2 2 5 7   1 1   1 2 5 16
16 ALBICY, ANDREW 25:11 19 2/4 4/6 3/4   1 1 3   1     1 6 22
19 HENTON, LADONTAE 6:04                              
21 DIAGNE, MOUSSA 6:56   0/2       2 2   1       1 1 1
22 SHURNA, JOHN 22:45 10 3/4 1/3 1/1 2 2 4           3 1 9
24 COLOM, GUILLEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 JELINEK, DAVID 26:36 16 4/4 1/4 5/6 2 3 5 1 1 2     2 3 18
30 UPSHAW, REGGIE 17:25 7 3/5 0/2 1/1 2 3 5 1     2 2   2 11
31 ENNIS, DYLAN 21:15 7 2/4 1/4     1 1 3   2   1 1 1 3
32 WHITTINGTON , SHAYNE 12:51 10 2/4 2/4             1   1 3   1
33 VITALI, MICHELE 26:05 10 1/1 2/6 2/2 1   1 3   3     2 2 7
Team           4 2 6               6
Totals 200:00 91 22/37 11/30 14/16 13 23 36 16 4 10 2 5 19 22 101
        59.5% 36.7% 87.5%
Head coach: NAVARRO, IBON
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
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 RAGLAND, JOE 24:35 20 7/9 1/3 3/4   2 2 3 1 3     4 3 17
3 COVIC, FILIP 15:03 6 3/3 0/3     1 1 1 2 2     2 2 5
5 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 30:16 10 3/5 1/3 1/2 1 2 3 2 2 2 2   1 4 15
9 NENADIC, NEMANJA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 12:32 3   1/4   1 1 2     1     2   -1
11 FAYE, MOUHAMMAD 26:34 7 1/5 1/4 2/2 4 5 9     1 1   2 3 10
12 BARON, BILLY 32:59 14 1/4 4/7     2 2 3   1   1 1 1 11
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 11:58   0/2 0/3 0/1 1 1 2 1         2   -5
14 RISTIC, DUSAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 SIMANIC, BORISA 6:03 2 1/2     1   1         1 1    
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 21:54 9 4/4   1/3 3 5 8 2   1     2 3 17
50 OJO, MICHAEL 18:06 9 3/4   3/4   1 1     1 2   5 2 6
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 80 23/38 8/27 10/16 14 22 36 12 5 12 5 2 22 18 80
        60.5% 29.6% 62.5%
Head coach: TOMIC, MILAN

Head Coaches

NAVARRO, IBON
MoraBanc Andorra
"We played a very good second half and we controlled the rhythm better and the rebounds than in the first. It’s a very important victory for us, but nothing is done. In the second half we had more precision in passing and it was one of the keys to the game. About the Top 16 we have to wait because we have to go to our next game in Ulm to try to finish the qualification."
TOMIC, MILAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"Our third quarter was very bad. We controlled the game for 30 minutes, but not in the third quarter with many turnovers and problems in rebounding. I always say that in the EuroCup, away or home, you have to play at good level for 40 minutes if you want to win the game."

Players

VITALI, MICHELE
MoraBanc Andorra
"We played a great second half. We struggled in the beginning, especially on defense. And that's what we were talking about in the locker room to increase our defensive intensity. We knew it would help us a lot, give us a chance to run and get easy baskets. For us, this is a really big win for reaching our goal."
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