2021-22Regular SeasonRound 11
January 25, 2022 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 LA FONTETA

Valencia blows Buducnost out

Valencia Basket blasted Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 103-76 at La Fonteta on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed 12-15 after 7 minutes, but used strong runs to finish both the first and the second quarters to build a 53-33 lead that the visitors never threatened. Valencia improved to 8-3 to stay atop Group B, while Buducnost dropped to 7-4. Martin Hermannsson led six Valencia scorers in double-figures with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Jasiel Rivero followed with 15 points in 16 minutes, Mike Tobey and Sam Van Rossom scored 12 apiece and Jaime Pradilla and Bojan Dubljevic contributed 11 and 10 respectively. Justin Cobbs and Vladimir Micov led the visitors by posting 15 points each and both Dennis Seeley and Willie Reed added 13 in the losing effort.

Pradilla got the hosts going with a nice turnaround move inside the paint and a fastbreak dunk that set an early 6-2 edge for Valencia. Cobbs and Reed came to the rescue and combined for a 0-7 run to get Buducnost ahead for the first time in the game. Both squads traded leads for a while, as both head coaches started to rotate and change lineups. Valencia decided to feed its frontcourt and it worked well. Free throws by Tobey and Rivero preceded a triple by Dubljevic that started a three-point rain in which Van Rossom and Louis Labeyrie had one each to make it 25-17 at the end of the first quarter.

Van Rossom kept punishing from outside to raise the difference to double-digits right after the game resumed as Buducnost looked stuck on offense. Dubljevic contributed 5 points in a row that made it more painful for the visitors, 33-17, after 13 minutes. Reed finished with an alley-oop dunk to break the trend and spark a 0-7 run that brought his team within 33-23 and forced a Valencia timeout. Even though Klemen Prepelic came out with a three right after that, the home team seemed to have lost momentum and allowed Micov to reduce the gap to 36-28. It turned out to be just an illusion, as a 15-0 spurt in which Tobey had 7 points boosted the hosts to a 53-33 halftime lead.

Valencia did not show any kind of relaxation when both teams returned to the court, as Dubljevic, Pradilla and Hermannsson extended the difference to 59-34. Buducnost tried to stay close through Reed and Seeley on offense as well as switching to a zone defense. The visitors managed to slow down the opponent’s attack and found some relief from the line. A triple by Marko Jagodic-Kuridza made it 66-51 and seemed to reanimate Buducnost, but Rivero showed up inside and Hermannsson drilled a buzzer-beating three to hold his team comfortably in charge at 75-55 entering the last period.

Rivero kept rocking early in the last stanza, scoring a layup and knocking down a triple that made it 81-60, almost burying Buducnost’s hopes with 7 minutes to go. Popovic went to the free-throw line to push his team below the 20-point margin, but it didn’t help Buducnost to get momentum. Hermannsson, Prepelic and Van Rossom took over from outside then, extending the margin to 93-69 and effectively securing the outcome.

Valencia excels from long range to escape

Valencia Basket had impressive three-pointer accuracy in the first 20 minutes, as it finished the first half with 8 makes from just 11 attempts. The hosts nailed the first 6 three-point shots and it took 13 minutes to see a Valencia player miss from behind the arc. Bojan Dubljevic and Sam Van Rossom had 2 each while Josep Puerto and Louis Labeyre nailed 1 apiece before Jasiel Rivero missed from deep. It kept raining later with Klemen Prepelic and Mike Tobey draining one more each to help Valencia build a 20-point margin which proved insurmountable.

Strong late runs stop Buducnost

Valencia Basket displayed a solid and competitive performance in the early going and took a slight 12-15 advantage against Buducnost VOLI Podgorica midway through the first quarter, but Valencia punished them with a 13-2 run behind three-pointers by Dubljevic, Van Rossom and Lebeyrie to close the first quarter up 25-17. Later in the second, when the Montenegrin champs got within 36-28 with 4 minutes and a half before halftime, the home team blasted another run (15-0) that put Buducnost's back against the wall at halftime (53-33).

Balance and unselfishness help Valencia reach 100

Valencia Basket showed great balance and accuracy on offense all game long to reach the 100-point limit for the first time in the 7DAYS EuroCup this season. The home team found several different ways to produce, as all 11 players who took part in the game scored. The last one to do so was Xabi Lopez-Arostegi, who filled his stat line with a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter. Valencia also based its excellent offensive performance on remarkable unselfishness, as it signed off 29 assists - against Buducnost’s 15 - coming from 10 different players.

Jasiel Rivero - Valencia Basket (photo Miguel Angel Polo - Valencia) - EC21
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; CICI, GENTIAN; UDYANSKYY, EDUARD
Attendance: 2367 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Valencia Basket25282228
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica17162221
End of Quarter1234
Valencia Basket255375103
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica17335576
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DIMITRIJEVIC, NENAD 16:48 4 2/4       1 1 6 1 4     1   5
2 PUERTO, JOSEP 13:08 5 1/1 1/1   2 2 4 1         2 1 9
3 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 21:57 9 1/2 2/5 1/2   2 2 5   1   1 2 2 9
4 PRADILLA, JAIME 21:34 11 5/6   1/4 1 4 5 2   2     2 2 12
6 LOPEZ-AROSTEGUI, XABI 13:48 3 0/1 1/3     3 3 2   1     3 2 3
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 16:15 12 1/1 3/3 1/1       2 1 2     4 2 11
10 TOBEY, MIKE 21:02 12 2/9 1/2 5/6 5 3 8       2 1 2 4 14
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 18:58 10 2/4 2/4   1 3 4 4 1   1     1 17
16 JIMENEZ, MILLAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN 22:11 16 6/7 1/1 1/1       4 2 1     4 4 20
41 RIVERO, JASIEL 16:10 15 5/6 1/2 2/4 2 1 3 2         2 3 17
99 LABEYRIE, LOUIS 18:09 6 0/1 2/3   1 4 5 1 1 1     1 1 10
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 103 25/42 14/24 11/18 13 26 39 29 6 12 3 2 23 22 131
        59.5% 58.3% 61.1%
Head coach: PENARROYA, JOAN
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
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 COBBS, JUSTIN 29:48 15 4/6 2/5 1/3   1 1 5 2 4   1 2 3 12
3 ATIC, EDIN 18:21 2 1/1 0/1     3 3 4 1 2     3 1 5
4 SEHOVIC, SUAD 9:04     0/1             1     1   -3
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 26:51 15 5/5 1/4 2/2   2 2 1         3 2 14
6 BAROVIC, FILIP 11:17 3 1/1   1/5   2 2 1   1     4 3  
8 SEELEY, DENNIS 24:44 13 3/8 1/4 4/5 2 2 4 1   2     2 6 11
13 TAROLIS, DONATAS 16:05   0/3 0/1   4 4 8 1   2 2   3 1 3
19 NIKOLIC, ZORAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 JAGODIC-KURIDZA, MARKO 23:55 9 2/3 1/4 2/2       2         3 1 5
22 DROBNJAK, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 POPOVIC, PETAR 11:12 6 0/1   6/6           2     1 4 6
33 REED, WILLIE 28:43 13 6/13   1/4 4 2 6   1     2 2 2 8
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 76 22/41 5/20 17/27 13 18 31 15 4 14 2 3 24 23 66
        53.7% 25% 63%
Head coach: DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR

Head Coaches

PENARROYA, JOAN
Valencia Basket
“After some weeks without playing here at home, we were eager to play at La Fontenta. We wanted to get back to playing rhythm and tonight, we were able to count on 11 players from the first team, so we were eager to have a good game and grab a win that could give us the confidence we need for the next challenges we have ahead of us. We knew we faced a good team, a very dangerous contender because if you let it play easy, it has very experienced players that can put you in big trouble. We started pretty well, despite some problems in our defensive rebounding that allowed them to stay into the game. We were good from the three-point line and controlled the pace of the game and that gave us a very important win.”
DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
“Congratulations to Valencia, they played really well tonight. They were impressive inside, outside, shooting extremely well, even contested shots, some of them like really tough ones. We controlled it better in the third quarter, they didn’t score a three till the last shot, but in the last period, they made 5. It is what it is, they played really tough, really aggressive, and that was the key to the game. We had two tough road games in a three-day period, so I guess that’s one of the reasons for our performance tonight, but again, Valencia played really good basketball.”

Players

HERMANNSSON, MARTIN
Valencia Basket
“It’s something we talked about before the game, that we wanted to play at our rhythm. Buducnost is a team that likes to play slower, calmer so we wanted to push the pace. For the first time this season, we had 11 guys from the first team, so I think everybody was really happy to be finally together. It’s still really early, we only had one week all together, so of course, there are going to be some ups and downs, but from now we want to keep on building to the end of the season and we want to be on the top when the right time comes.”