2007-08Last 16Round 2
March 18, 2008 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU OLÍMPIC DE BADALONA
Rudy Fernandez - DKV Joventut DKV Joventut danced into the Final Eight with a 69-54 home win over Khimki of Russia on Tuesday to complete a 2-0 sweep of their Last 16 series. On a night when it honored club veterans as part of the season-long 50 Years of European Club Basketball celebration around the continent, Joventut didn't let its 23-point first-game victory at Khimki become even remotely threatened. A 12-2 start to the game made that clear, and when Khimki cut the difference to 4 points early in the second quarter, Joventut promptly held the guests scoreless for 5 minutes and managed double-digit leads the rest of the way. Rudy Fernandez led the winners with 18 points, including 4 three-pointers, as well as 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 23 minutes. Jan-Hendrick Jagla added 16 points, while Lubos Barton had 9 and 5 rebounds. Khimki, whose ULEB Cup season ended, got 13 points each from Clay Tucker and Mike Wilkinson, who also pulled down 9 rebounds. In the Final Eight, Joventut will face the winner between Pamesa Valencia of Spain and Zadar of Croatia after their Last 16 series is decided on Wednesday.

Joventut left nothing to chance while zooming ahead 5-0 and 12-2 after tipoff as Fermandez and Lubos Barton scored 5 points each. Daniel Ewing, Maciej Lampe and Wilkinson started Khimki's comeback, but the visitors still trailed 19-10 on Barton's next basket. The last minute of the first quarter belonged to Khimki, however, as Pat Burke scored inside on an assist by Wilkinson, who then buried a three-pointer to trim Joventut's advantage to 19-15 after 10 minutes. Joventut went back to Fernandez in the second quarter, and he responded with free throws, an assist to Jerome Moiso and a triple to quickly restore a double-digit lead, 30-17, after 14 minutes. Joventut's defense starred, too, holding Khimki to a single basket during 8 minutes until Kelly McCarty, Burke and Ewing got the visitors within 33-23. As if to show a stop sign, however, Jagla buried a triple that finished the first half at 36-23.

Anton Ponkrashov - KhimkiFree throws by Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca early in the second half ballooned Joventut's lead to 40-23 in the game and 40 points total for the series. Tucker stepped up then for Khimki and buried 3 three-pointers in as many minutes to bring the visitors within single digits again, 43-36. Pau Ribas and Ewing exchanged three-pointers later in the third quarter, which finished with the hosts still ahead by 50-41. Joventut's defense went on automatic pilot in the final quarter, limiting Khimki to just 5 points in the first 7 minutes while back-to-back three-point bombs by Fernandez and another by Ribas pushed the difference to near 20 points at 64-46. The outcome of the game was as decided as the series and Joventut fans could finalize their reservations for Turin and the Final Eight.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), KOLAR, ROMAN (SLO), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL)
Attendance: 5774
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DKV Joventut
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 MALLET, DEMOND 18:20 3 0/1 1/2     1 1 1 1 3     1 1 1
4 RIBAS, PAU 18:43 6 0/1 2/5           2 1   1 2 1 1
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 22:51 18 1/3 4/8 4/4 1 5 6 4 1 1 1   3 3 23
9 RUBIO, RICKY 20:38 6 2/3 0/1 2/2   5 5 2   2     3 2 8
11 BARTON, LUBOS 28:13 9 3/4 1/3   1 4 5 2 1 2       1 13
14 JAGLA, JAN 25:25 16 4/9 2/5 2/4   1 1     2 1 1   3 8
15 POPOVIC, PETAR 10:30 4 2/3     1 1 2           2   3
16 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU 13:48 2 0/3   2/6 2 4 6 2   1 3   2 3 6
18 LAVIÑA, FERRAN 16:16 2 1/1       1 1   2 1     1 1 4
19 TOMAS, PERE 3:16     0/1                       -1
22 MOISO, JEROME 22:00 3 1/4   1/4 3 2 5 2     2   1 3 8
Team           4 3 7               7
Totals 200:00 69 14/32 10/25 11/20 12 27 39 13 7 13 7 2 15 18 81
        43.8% 40% 55%
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
Khimki
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 TUCKER, CLAY 24:25 13 2/5 3/10     1 1 1   2   2 3 2  
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 17:08 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 2 1 3           3 3 3
8 DYACHOK, VLADIMIR 1:11   0/1                   1     -2
9 MORGUNOV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 WILKINSON, MIKE 27:39 13 5/8 1/2   3 6 9 2 2 2     3   17
15 RANNIKKO, TEEMU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 SHABALKIN, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 21:11   0/2 0/2 0/2 2 2 4 4 2 2   1 2 3 2
21 McCARTY, KELLY 28:10 2 1/4 0/3   1 6 7 1   2     2    
25 BURKE, PAT 17:33 6 3/4 0/1   2 1 3   1 1     1 2 8
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 30:37 9 3/9 0/1 3/4   4 4     1 1 3 2 2 2
32 EWING, DANIEL 32:06 9 2/4 1/4 2/2 2 1 3 3 1 4 1   2 3 9
Team           1 2 3   1           4
Totals 200:00 54 16/38 5/24 7/10 13 24 37 11 7 14 2 7 18 15 43
        42.1% 20.8% 70%
Head coach: KEMZURA, KESTUTIS

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
DKV Joventut
"A lot of people thought that this was an easy game but I knew it couldn't be like that, because if we had a good game in Russia, they could have a good one here, too. We had the luck to play a good game in Russia, with an exceptional fourth quarter. We also had a strong start and soon thet were 33 points down in the series. They didn't trust on their chances to win the series. We are now looking forward to playing the Final Eight, but we still have to carry on playing the Spanish League. We will give our best in every game, without sitting out players even when that would mean a higher injury risk."
KEMZURA, KESTUTIS
Khimki
"We came here to win the game as the initial goal, as we already know that winning in Badalona by 23 points was almost impossible. We tried everything we had, tested several defensive sysrems but there is nothing much you can do with Rudy Fernandez starts hitting three-pointers. We missed some easy shots and that didn't make things easier either. I want to wish DKV Joventut good luck and I hope that they will win the title."

Players

JAGLA, JAN
DKV Joventut
"We already reached our first goal in the ULEB Cup - making it to the Final Eight. We had a good series against Khimki, playing well in both games. We now have to carry on doing the same - taking one step at the time to try to make it to the final and win the title. It will be difficult, because all teams that made it to the Final Eight are strong."
WILKINSON, MIKE
Khimki
"Even when we scored 23 points in the first half, we played better than we did in Russia in general terms. We managed to stay in the game until the final minutes despite missing some easy shots. Joventut is a good team and it was difficult to overcome our first-leg deficit."
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