2020-21Regular SeasonRound 10
December 16, 2020 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 BLM GROUP ARENA

Gran Canaria wins in Trento to finish atop Group D

Herbalife Gran Canaria clinched first place in Group D with a 56-67 victory on the road at Dolomiti Energia Trento on Wednesday. A.J. Slaughter scored 18 points in his second game with Gran Canaria to lift the team's record to 8-2, while dropping Trento to 6-4 and third place. Javier Beiran tallied 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the visitors, who never trailed in the game. John Shurna added 11 points and 5 assists and Stanley Okoye contributed 10 points. Gary Browne led Trento with 12 points and 5 assists and JaCorey Williams scored 9.

Gran Canaria got going early with threes by Tomas Dimsa and Shurna for a 2-8 lead. Williams and Kelvin Martin kept Trento close, but a second three by Shurna extended the margin to 6-13. Free throws by Slaughter and Beiran took the difference to double figures and his jumper capped a 0-9 run for an 8-22 lead. Victor Sanders ended a nearly 4-minute-long scoring drought for Trento with a free throw. Luke May added a triple to end the first quarter at 12-22. The teams traded points for the first few minutes of the second quarter with Toto Forray taking a lead role for the hosts and Okoye for the visitors. Slaughter extended the margin to 12 and Shurna's third three and a nifty layup by Slaughter made it 30-46 at the break.

Browne took charge for the hosts at the onset of the third quarter, but Slaughter proved up to the challenge as his three-pointer, steal and free throw pushed the difference to 37-54 midway through the quarter. A long jumper by Sanders drew Trento within 42-54 after a low-scoring third quarter. Free throws by Luke Maye drew Trento within 9, but Slaughter hit back with a triple on the ensuing possession. Trento's slow pace started to work against it as the teams traded shots and it was 51-61 with 5 minutes remaining. Browne netted a long jumper for Trento, but Beiran countered with three-pointers on the next two possessions for a 53-67 advantage with 3 minutes to go, which all settled the outcome.

Pivotal player

Veteran forward Javier Beiran had one of his best EuroCup games with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. It was his second career double-double and his performance index rating of 23 tied his career-best which came in his only other double-double – 11 points and 11 rebounds in a 76-73 victory over UNICS Kazan in February 2011.

Telling stats

Gran Canaria outrebounded Trento 34-43 and outshot the home team from every distance. Although Gran Canaria's shooting was not at its highest level, it limited Trento to 37.5% on two-pointers, 26.3% on threes and 64.7% on free throws. In contrast, the visitors shot 40.6% on twos, 36.7% on threes and 80% on free throws.

What's next?

Both teams will have a month-long break from EuroCup action until the Top 16 begins on January 13. Gran Canaria will compete in Group H and Trento in Group F.

John Shurna - Herbalife Gran Canaria (photo Trento) - EC20
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: SILVA, SERGIO; TSAROUCHA, VASILIKI; KARDUM, LUKA
Attendance: 0
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Dolomiti Energia Trento12181214
Herbalife Gran Canaria2224813
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Dolomiti Energia Trento12304256
Herbalife Gran Canaria22465467
Dolomiti Energia Trento
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MARTIN, KELVIN 11:03 7 2/4 1/1     2 2 1 1 1         8
6 JOVANOVIC, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 PASCOLO, DAVIDE 11:25   0/1       2 2 1           1 3
8 CONTI, LUCA 14:40 2 1/4     3 2 5         1     3
9 BROWNE, GARY 33:51 12 4/6 1/1 1/2   3 3 5 1 5     3 3 13
10 FORRAY, TOTO 21:57 8 1/4 2/6   1 2 3 1   1   1 1 4 6
11 SANDERS, VICTOR 20:36 7 3/5 0/3 1/2   1 1 1 1 3     3 1 -1
14 MEZZANOTTE, ANDREA 16:12   0/1 0/1   1   1 1              
20 MORGAN, JEREMY 19:23 3   0/5 3/3   1 1   2       2 1  
22 WILLIAMS, JACOREY 26:00 9 4/10   1/3   4 4   1 4       3 5
23 LADURNER, MAXIMILIAN 12:30 2 0/2   2/4 3 1 4           2 2 2
32 MAYE, LUKE 12:23 6 0/3 1/2 3/3   1 1     1     3 1  
Team           5 2 7               7
Totals 200:00 56 15/40 5/19 11/17 13 21 34 10 6 15 0 2 14 16 46
        37.5% 26.3% 64.7%
Head coach: BRIENZA, NICOLA
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
Herbalife Gran Canaria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 BALCEROWSKI, ALEKSANDER 19:46 4 2/5     3 2 5 1 1 2 2   3 5 10
5 OKOYE, STANLEY 25:29 10 1/1 2/7 2/2 1 4 5 1 3 3     3 1 9
6 ALBICY, ANDREW DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SLAUGHTER, AJ 28:26 18 3/6 3/6 3/4   2 2 3 1 3     1 5 18
9 DIMSA, TOMAS 28:00 7 2/5 1/4   1 2 3 2   3         3
14 SHURNA, JOHN 34:01 11 1/6 3/7   1 4 5 5 2       1   13
17 SANTANA, FABIO 11:34                   1     2   -3
18 DIOP, KHALIFA 6:26   0/1           1 1       2   -1
23 BURJANADZE, BEKA 4:44 2 1/2 0/1             1         -1
33 BEIRAN, JAVIER 27:46 13 2/3 2/5 3/4 3 10 13 3   2     1 2 23
41 STEVIC, OLIVER 13:48 2 1/3     2 3 5 2         3 1 5
Team           4 1 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 67 13/32 11/30 8/10 15 28 43 18 8 16 2 0 16 14 80
        40.6% 36.7% 80%
Head coach: FISAC, PORFI

Head Coaches

BRIENZA, NICOLA
Dolomiti Energia Trento
"Gran Canaria started the game with excellent shooting percentages and we lacked energy and intensity in the first part of the game. We played great defensively in the second half, but then we weren't able to score and play with enough quality on offense."
FISAC, PORFI
Herbalife Gran Canaria

"We improved a lot on our pick-and-roll defense. Our guys made a great effort on defense today. All the teams have injuries. All the teams have problems with COVID. Now we are playing together. This was the key to winning this game."

"We fought against a very good team like Trento and we got the win to secure first place in Group D. And we did it playing together, being strong as a team. That's the most important thing for us: we have a lot of big challenges ahead in [the Spanish League] and in the EuroCup and we want to get better and better day after day."

Players

SLAUGHTER, AJ
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"I think we played well tonight. Defensively we're very pleased with our effort and offensively we continued to play well as a team and shared the ball. We're looking good right now. [Our goal] is to keep improving. The [regular season] went really well for us. Me personally, I'm new to the team, but keep improving, keep building and see where we can go from here."