2007-08Last 16Round 2
March 18, 2008 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALA DEL MAURO
Marc Gasol - Akasvayu Girona Akasvayu Girona advanced to the ULEB Cup Final Eight by sweeping its two-way Last 16 series against Hemofarm Stada. Akasvayu clinched a Final Eight spot by downing Hemofarm 76-62 in the second leg in Girona, Spain on Tuesday night and is set to face Unics Kazan in one of the quarterfinal games in Turin, Italy on April 10-11. Marc Gasol and Branko Cvetkovic paced the winners each with 16 points. Arriel McDonald had 11 while Erik Daniels added 10 for Akasvayu. Vladan Vukosavljevic led Hemofarm with a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds while Rawle Marshall added 13 points for the guests. Daniels led a 14-6 opening run for Akasvayu but Vukosavljevic singlehandedly kept Hemofarm in the game while a turnaround jumper by Marshall put the guests briefly ahead, 28-29. Akasvayu restored a 35-31 edge at halftime and run its offense through Gasol after the break. He delivered with a set of post moves, moves and a three-pointer to break the series open, 44-35. Cvetkovic took over early in the fourth quarter to make Akasvayu seal the outcome long before the final buzzer.

Gasol got Girona going with Cvetkovic added a fast break layup for a 4-0 lead. Hemofarm went scoreless for almost 2 minutes until Nebojsa Joksimovic sank a baseline jumper that McDonald improved that with a corner three-pointer and collected a steal that allowed Cvetkovic to give his team a 9-2 edge. Vukosavljevic scored inside and Marshall found his first basket but Daniels followed a corner triple with a power layup to keep Akasvayu ahead, 14-6. Vukosavljevic and Marshall kept pacing Hemofarm with 5 quick points in a 0-6 run that Joksimovic capped with a free throw for a 14-12 deficit. Daniels sank his second three-pointer and even when Vukosavljevic scored inside, free throws by Fernando San Emeterio gave Girona a 19-14 edge after 10 minutes. Cvetkovic shined with a driving layup right at the start of the second quarter. Milan Macvan struck from downtown but Ivan Radenovic scored in penetration for a 23-17 Akasvayu lead. Macvan stayed unstoppable with a left-handed layup that Vukosavljevic followed with a three-point play to get Hemofarm within 23-22. Darryl Middleton sank a close shot while McDonald downed a three-pointer for a 28-22 Girona edge. Vukosavljevic kept dominating inside with 5 unanswered points in a 0-7 run that Marshall capped with a turnaround jumper for a 28-29 Hemofarm edge. Joksimovic and Gasol traded baskets while a layup by Daniels and free throws by Victor Sada gave Akasvayu a 35-31 edge at halftime.

Milan Macvan and Vladan Vukosavljevic - Hemofarm StadaVukosavljevic dunked it right after the break, as Akasvayu tried to run its offense through Gasol, who followed a layup with a jump hook to restore a 39-33 Girona edge. Marshall made free throws but an unstoppable Gasol erased it with another basket and soon nailed a three-pointer for a 44-35 Akasvayu margin. Milivoje Bozovic struck from downtown while Joksimovic fed Vukosavljevic for another easy layup. Bozovic fired in his second triple in as many minutes to bring Hemofarm back in the game, 44-42. McDonald stepped up with a layup in transition and Radenovic added a triple for a 49-43 Girona lead. Vukosavljevic kept pacing Hemofarm with a put-back layup but Gasol and a power layup by Middleton allowed Akasvayu to get a 53-45 edge after 30 minutes. Hemofarm needed a major comeback to return to the series, but it just didn't happen. Gasol provided the play of the night with a two-handed dunk over Vukosavljevic while Cvetkovic fired in one from downtown to make it a 13-point game, 58-45, and seal the outcome of the series. Sada fed Cvetkovic for an easy layup that Bozovic erased with a quick basket. Marshall nailed a triple, but Hemofarm needed much more than that. Meanwhile, a dunk-and-foul by Cvetkovic that gave the hosts a 70-53 lead allowed all Akasvayu fans to celebrate that their team is going to the ULEB Cup Final Eight!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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Referees: ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ (POL), CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 3769
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Akasvayu Girona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CVETKOVIC, BRANKO 28:06 16 5/9 1/1 3/4 2   2 2 2 1   2 3 4 15
8 SADA, VICTOR 25:54 2 0/1   2/2   4 4 7 1 1     1 2 13
10 McDONALD, ARRIEL 30:00 11 1/1 3/4         1 4 2     2 1 12
11 NAGYS, TOMAS 4:23 2 1/4       2 2           3   -2
15 DANIELS, ERIK 19:02 10 2/4 2/5 0/1 2 1 3   1 1   1 1 2 7
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 24:08 5 1/4 0/3 3/4 1   1 3 1     1   6 8
32 WHITFIELD, MAURICE 14:06 4 2/2 0/1     2 2 1 2 2     1 1 6
33 GASOL, MARC 25:26 16 6/8 1/2 1/4   5 5   1 3 4   3 4 18
44 MIDDLETON, DARRYL 9:09 4 2/3   0/1                 3 1  
55 RADENOVIC, IVAN 19:46 6 1/3 1/1 1/2 2 3 5 1   4     2 1 4
Team           1 1 2   1           3
Totals 200:00 76 21/39 8/17 10/18 8 18 26 15 13 14 4 4 19 22 84
        53.8% 47.1% 55.6%
Head coach: MARTINEZ, PEDRO
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
BC Hemofarm Stada
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAVKOVIC, MILJAN 14:27 2 1/1 0/1         1   2     1   -1
5 DESPOTOVIC, PETAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 SIMONOVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 JOKSIMOVIC, NEBOJSA 31:01 8 2/5 1/3 1/2 2 2 4 1   5   1 3 3 1
8 BOZOVIC, MILIVOJE 20:43 7 2/2 1/3   1 4 5 1   1 2   4 1 9
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 35:58 2 1/2 0/2   1   1 3 4 4     4 1  
14 PETROVIC, UROS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BORISOV, MILOS 10:11     0/2     1 1   1 2       1 -1
20 MARJANOVIC, BOBAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 MARSHALL, RAWLE 30:27 13 3/4 1/3 4/4   4 4   2 4 1   5 5 13
32 MACVAN, MILAN 21:03 7 2/4 1/1 0/2   3 3 1 1 1     2 1 6
51 VUKOSAVLJEVIC, VLADAN 36:10 23 9/16   5/9 6 9 15   1 2 1 3 3 7 28
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 62 20/34 4/15 10/17 11 25 36 7 9 22 4 4 22 19 57
        58.8% 26.7% 58.8%
Head coach: NIKOLIC, MIROSLAV

Head Coaches

MARTINEZ, PEDRO
Akasvayu Girona
"We couldn't maintain the rhythm for the whole 40 minutes and we could have broken the game earlier. We demonstrated our superiority and we are fully satisfied with the result, which brings us to the Final Eight. We hope to get further in the competition."

Players

SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO
Akasvayu Girona
"I think we had the game under control. We came out concentrated and strong. We could sense the end throughout the second half. It was our objective for the season and we are happy. We have to keep on working to try to get as far as we can in the championship."
JOKSIMOVIC, NEBOJSA
BC Hemofarm Stada
"My personal opinion is that we played a great first half, but we didn't hold their rhythm. The result was that we lost 22 balls. We lost the opportunity to play the Final Eight in the last game at home."
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