Valencia overpowered Buducnost 84-60 to grab a spot in the Eurocup Finals in Khimki, Russia, on April 14 and 15. Valencia lost the opener to Buducnost and needed to win this game by more than 4 to move on. It exceeded that total early in the first quarter and maintained a double-digit lead throughout, reaching a 31-point advantage early in the final quarter. The hosts used a balanced attack, led by Victor Claver’s 13 points, including 3 of 4 from three-point range, while Andrew Ogilvy, Vitor Faverani and Nik Caner-Medey contributed 11 points apiece. Bojan Dubljevic paced the losers with 17 points and Jermaine Anderson added 13.
Valencia opened on the attack as Victor Claver nailed a three-pointer then Andrew Ogilvy and Nik Caner-Medley each added a layup on the way to a 10-2 spurt. After Bojan Dubljevic stroked a three pointer for Buducnost, the hosts added 4 points from the foul line, then the visitors’ Cedomir Vitkovac and Jermaine Anderson powered in a layup each to cut the lead to 14-9. Cedomir added free throws but Faverani added a basket down low on the way to a 14-2 surge that including three-pointers by Florent Pietrus and Nando De Colo, who subsequently added two free throws, to give the hosts a double digit lead, 28-11, at the end of the first quarter. After Buducnost got 4 points on the foul line to open the second quarter, Brad Newley barreled into the lane for floating one hander and Faverani dunked to push the score to 32-15. The visitors’ Marko Popovic drilled a triple from the corner, then Faverani banged in a layup and Rafa Martinez nailed a laser from downtown as Valencia kept its foot on the gas, 37-18. Dubljevic took over for the visitors, producing 6 straight points, muscling in two consecutive layups and draining a mid-range jumper to slice the lead to 37-24. After Caner-Medley buried a triple and De Colo added free throws, Dubljevic knocked down another layup for a 41-26 advantage. Stefan Markovic drained a three-pointer, but then Anderson hit a two-point jumper with the shot clock running down to set the score at 44-28 to end the half.
Ogilvy banked in a layup, then after Marko Popovic nailed a triple, Martinez and Claver each added a bomb from deep to widen the lead to 52-31. Cedomir and Ogilvy swapped layups, then Anderson hit a two-point jumper to move the scoreboard to 54-35. Caner-Medley made a pair of foul shots then Claver went coast to coast with a steal and dunk as Valencia’s lead ballooned to 58-35. Dubljevic hit a put-back off the offensive glass, but Ogilvy and Caner-Medley also scored in the paint and Claver dunked on the fast break as the hosts pulled further away 64-37. Anderson nailed a triple for the visitors, but free throws and a dunk by Newley ended the third quarter with Valencia ahead 72-42. Buducnost outscored the hosts 4-8 after over 4 minutes into the quarter, then Markovic buried a three and Ogilvy scored under the basket to set the score at 81-50. After an exchange of three-pointers by Marko Popovic and Rodrigo San Miguel, Dubljevic scored the last points of the game as Valencia crushed Buducnost 84-60.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012