2017-18Regular SeasonRound 8
December 13, 2017 CET: 21:30
Local time: 20:30 GRAN CANARIA ARENA

Eriksson's late heroics lift Gran Canaria past Ulm

In a back-and-forth game that went down to the wire, Herbalife Gran Canaria beat ratiopharm Ulm 97-84 at home on Wednesday. Gran Canaria improved to 5-3 and improved its chances to make it to the Top 16 while Ulm dropped to 2-6 and is all but mathematically eliminated from Top 16 contention. Ulm would need to win its last two games - its win against Zenit conditions the difference it needs against Trento to win a potential three-way tie - and expect Zenit and Trento to lose against Tofas and Gran Canaria, respectively. Marcus Eriksson paced the winners with 26 points on 6-of-7 three-point shooting - three of them in a final 18-0 run that gave Gran Canaria the win. D.J. Seeley added 17 points, Ondrej Balvin and Eulis Baez each scored 14 and Oriol Pauli got 10 points for the hosts. Trey Lewis led Ulm with 28 points, Toure Murry added 15, Da'Sean Butler had 14 and Luke Harangody 12 for the guests. Ulm led 64-66 through three quarters and 79-84 with four minutes left, but Seeley, Albert Oliver and an outstanding Eriksson fueled an 18-0 run that gave their team a critical win.

Balvin got Gran Canaria going with a dunk, but Fotu and Lewis fueled a 0-7 run that gave Ulm an early 2-7 lead. Fotu hit a jump hook and Lewis added a three-point play. After Baez stepped up for Gran Canaria, a three-pointer by Harangody boosted the visitors’ margin to 10-17. Seeley rescued the hosts with back-to-back triples that capped a 9-0 run, and soon added free throws to give Gran Canaria a 22-19 lead after 10 minutes. Luke Fischer scored down low early in the second quarter and Eriksson added a jumper, but Murry and Benimon helped Ulm tie it at 26-26. Baez bettered Harangody's floater with a three-point play and Balvin added a pair of dunks for a 33-28 Gran Canaria lead. Eriksson downed a couple of jumpers and Baez added free throws to boost the hosts' margin to 41-34. Lewis hit a turnaround jumper off a great spin move and Benimon dunked to bring Ulm within 41-38 at halftime.

Eriksson followed a triple with a layup soon after the break and Oliver added a turnaround jumper for a 48-42 Gran Canaria lead. Lewis scored twice around the basket, Butler copied him and Benimon added a tip-in to bring Ulm within 51-50. A three-pointer by Harangody put the guests in charge, 54-55, but free throws by Baez and Pauli gave Gran Canaria a 58-55 edge. Lewis kept pushing Ulm with a driving layup and Murry added consecutive three-pointers. Pauli put the hosts ahead, 64-63, but Lewis banked in a big triple for a 64-66 Ulm edge after 30 minutes. Butler followed free throws with a three-pointer, but Balvin and Anzejs Pasecniks helped Gran Canria get within 73-74. Lewis swished a second three-pointer, Harangody erased Balvin's slam with a layup and Butler added a second-chance basket for a 78-81 Ulm edge. Lewis insisted from downtown, but Eriksson struck three times from downtown in a final 18-0 run in which Seeley also had 5 points that allowed Gran Canaria to get another win.

Ondrej Balvin - Herbalife Gran Canaria (photo Gran Canaria) - EC17
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Referees: VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE), KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL), RACYS, SAULIUS (SWE)
Attendance: 2725
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ratiopharm Ulm19386684
Herbalife Gran Canaria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 19:49 7 2/3 0/3 3/3   2 2 2   2     1 3 7
5 MELIAN, LUIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS 25:46 26 4/6 6/7         1   2     1 4 25
9 MEKEL, GAL 20:11 5 2/5   1/2   3 3 5   5       2 6
11 SEELEY, DENNIS 21:07 17 0/1 3/4 8/9 1 3 4 4 1         6 29
12 BALVIN, ONDREJ 30:19 14 7/10     3 4 7 3   1     2 5 23
13 BAEZ, EULIS 29:27 14 2/2 1/3 7/7 1 2 3 2 2 2     2 5 20
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 15:03 2 1/3     2   2 1   1     2    
21 PAULI, ORIOL 24:29 10 3/4 0/4 4/5   3 3 1 1 1 2   3 3 10
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER 8:38   0/1 0/1         2   1     2   -3
34 AGUILAR, PABLO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 FISCHER, LUCAS 5:11 2 1/1       1 1   1 1     2   1
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 97 22/36 10/22 23/26 8 18 26 21 5 16 2 0 15 28 119
        61.1% 45.5% 88.5%
Head coach: CASIMIRO, LUIS
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
ratiopharm Ulm
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 THOMPSON, RYAN 25:56 3 1/2   1/2       1 2 8     3 3 -4
6 GUENTHER, PER 16:08   0/2       2 2 1 1 2     5   -5
7 FERNER, JOSCHKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 PAPE, TILL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 LEWIS, TREY 34:07 28 7/10 4/10 2/3   3 3 4 1 3   1 4 4 22
17 BUTLER, DA SEAN 25:15 14 4/6 1/2 3/3 1 2 3 1 2       4 2 15
20 BENIMON, JERRELLE 24:09 8 4/7     3 1 4 2 1 3     4 2 7
23 MURRY, TOURE 23:52 15 3/4 3/4     1 1     1   1 2 1 11
40 HARANGODY, LUKE 22:43 12 2/3 2/4 2/2   7 7           2 3 17
42 FOTU, ISAAC 21:59 4 2/3       2 2 2   2     3   2
44 KRAEMER, DAVID 5:51     0/2         2 1       1    
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 84 23/37 10/22 8/10 5 19 24 13 8 19 0 2 28 15 67
        62.2% 45.5% 80%
Head coach: LEIBENATH, THORSTEN

Head Coaches

CASIMIRO, LUIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"This is a very important win for us. I think that the last minutes were the key, as we finished the game with an 18-0 run with very good defense and a good job on offense, with many three-point shots. I think it is a very good win for us."
LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
ratiopharm Ulm
"Congratulations to Gran Canaria. They deserved to win. Why did they win? I think it’s easy to analyze. We played a good game for 36 minutes, not 40. Eriksson made a tough three right away. This was mentally not good for us. Immediately it was only 2 points, not 5 points. Then we came down and tuned the ball over, Baez made a very defensive good play. In 20 seconds, our 5-point lead was gone. Overall I felt in the last four minutes Gran Canaria’s defensive intensity was better than before and our execution on offense struggled. We dribbled too much, we didn’t move without the ball. We didn’t do what we did before well. "

Players

ERIKSSON, MARCUS
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"It was a really important game because of the parity in the group. It was a very tough one because we were losing by 5 points with four minutes left, but we worked a lot in the end. We won the game and we are very happy. We lost in the first leg by 10 points in Ulm and we already knew that they are a great team. We entered the game with energy and that helped us to grab the win."
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