2019-20Regular SeasonRound 2
October 08, 2019 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU OLIMPIC DE BADALONA

Joventut pulls away to home win

Joventut Badalona picked up its first victory of the 7DAYS EuroCup season by defeating Germani Brescia Leonessa 81-68 at home in Group C. The 2008 champion, which had not won a game in the EuroCup since early 2010, was paced by Klemen Prepelic with 24 points. Nikos Zisis collected 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists, Alen Omic chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists, while Luke Harangody had 11 points. The win improved Joventut's mark to 1-1. Awudu Abass scored 15 points and Luca Vitali 13 for Brescia, which dropped to 1-1.

Zisis opened the scoring and soon piled up 7 points and an assist as Joventut went ahead 9-3. Brescia was stuck on a basket and free throw by Tyler Cain through more than 6 minutes. David Moss broke that drought, and though Prepelic pushed the hosts ahead 13-5, Brescia would pull within 17-14 on Vitali's triple, the last points of the first quarter. Brescia finally took its first lead at 21-22 on a Kenneth Horton basket. That was the first of six straight lead changes, with Joventut getting two scores from Omic. Albert Ventura and Harangody both hit three-pointers to put the hosts up 31-26. Brescia responded with a 2-10 run that included 5 different scorers to lead 35-36 at the intermission. Joventut tallied the first 4 points of the second half to move ahead although Abass tied 41-41 from downtown. Prepelic began to take over with 2 three-point plays and Conor Morgan had 6 points in a 17-2 run as Joventut raced ahead 58-43. But the hosts failed to score in the final 2 minutes of the third quarter while Abass answered with 5 points and fed Vitali for a three-ball at the buzzer to make it 58-53 after 30 minutes. Prepelic stopped the rut and his three-pointer pushed Joventut up 66-55. Brescia would not go away, with DeAndre Lansdowne and Abass both converting three-point plays to make it 68-63. Prepelic stepped up again with a three-pointer and 2 assists to Omic for a 75-63 advantage with under 4 minutes left. Harangody added 2 baskets, by which time the game was decided.

EuroCup returns to Badalona

The historic Palau Olimpic de Badalona, where the Dream Team won a gold medal in 1992, saw the club's first EuroCup home game in nearly a decade as Joventut is competing in the competition for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

Pivotal performer

Klemen Prepelic was Mr. Do-it-all for Joventut, with 24 points -- though he struggled in hitting just 2 of 11 three-pointers -- while also collecting 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 12 fouls drawn for a PIR of 25.

Telling numbers

Joventut connected on 65.7 percent of its two-point shots while holding Brescia to 4-of-22, or 18.2 percent, from long range, as well as forcing 18 turnovers.

Next games

Joventut will remain at home and face Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul on Wednesday, October 16 while Brescia returns home and will take on Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana the same night.

Klemen Prepelic - Joventut Badalona (photo David Grau - Joventut) - EC19
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR; DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR; TSAROUCHA, VASILIKI
Attendance: 2539
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Joventut Badalona17182323
Germani Brescia Leonessa14221715
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Joventut Badalona17355881
Germani Brescia Leonessa14365368
Joventut Badalona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DIMITRIJEVIC, NENAD 15:43 2 1/1           1 1 2     3 2 1
3 BUSQUETS, PEP 13:59 2 1/2 0/1   1 2 3           4   -1
4 PARRA, JOEL 10:39 2 1/1     1 1 2           1   3
9 MORGAN, CONOR 12:50 8 3/4 0/4 2/2   1 1 1 1       2 1 5
10 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 33:21 24 5/7 2/11 8/9 1 3 4 5   3 1 3 3 12 25
11 KANTER, KEREM 4:55 2 0/1   2/2   1 1           2 1 1
14 VENTURA, ALBERT 22:17 5 1/1 1/2   1 2 3     1     3 1 4
16 ZISIS, NIKOS 27:59 13 4/7 1/4 2/3   4 4 5   2     4 3 12
23 OMIC, ALEN 25:12 12 5/8   2/2 1 8 9 3 1 5   1 3 4 17
35 BIRGANDER, SIMON 5:16                         1   -1
55 PARRADO, ARNAU 0:30                              
81 HARANGODY, LUKE 27:19 11 2/3 2/3 1/2 1 6 7 2 1 3     2 1 14
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 81 23/35 6/25 17/20 8 30 38 17 4 16 1 4 28 25 84
        65.7% 24% 85%
Head coach: DURAN, CARLES
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
Germani Brescia Leonessa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 ZERINI, ANDREA 12:44 4 1/4   2/2 1 1 2   1 1 1 1 1 3 5
1 WARNER, ANGELO 6:33 2 1/1 0/2         3         2 1 2
5 ABASS, AWUDU 29:36 15 3/9 2/5 3/3 1 3 4 2 1 1     1 4 15
6 CAIN, TYLER 26:31 9 3/6   3/4   4 4   1 3 2   4 4 9
7 VITALI, LUCA 23:57 13 3/4 2/3 1/1 1   1 1 1 4     2 2 10
8 LAQUINTANA, TOMMASO 19:16 8 1/2 0/2 6/8   1 1   1 3     3 6 5
9 LANSDOWNE, DEANDRE 20:24 5 2/5 0/4 1/1 1 4 5 2   2     5 1 -1
12 NAONI, ALESSANDRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 GUARIGLIA, TOMMASO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 HORTON, KENNETH 27:41 4 2/4 0/3 0/1   3 3 3 3 4     3 1 1
34 MOSS, DAVID 20:14 4 2/2 0/1   3 1 4 2 2   1   4 2 10
41 SACCHETTI, BRIAN 13:04 4 1/1 0/2 2/2 1 3 4           1 3 8
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 68 19/38 4/22 18/22 9 22 31 13 10 18 4 1 26 27 67
        50% 18.2% 81.8%
Head coach: ESPOSITO, VINCENZO

Head Coaches

DURAN, CARLES
Joventut Badalona
"The difference was the third quarter. We played with two forwards together – with Conor (Morgan) and Luke (Harangody) – and changed the rhythm. I think we improved on defense and on rebounds. I'm very happy with my team because it's the first win in the EuroCup. But we have to try to improve at everything. It's very important because Brescia is a great team. They beat UNICS Kazan in the first game. But I am very happy because my team is in a bad situation with a lot of players injured, but the young players played really well. Not only the young guys but the whole team. I'm very happy with the effort."
ESPOSITO, VINCENZO
Germani Brescia Leonessa
"We played too soft with a lack of energy, especially defensively. Every time we try to play harder on defense, with a better rhythm on offense, it’s always too late. Once you go down 10, 12 points – especially when you play against a good team like Joventut – you spend a lot of energy trying to come back. We have to learn, especially when we are tired or playing on the road, that controlling the rhythm and the defense is the key to the game."

Players

PREPELIC, KLEMEN
Joventut Badalona
"We wanted to improve on everything, especially on defense. We gave up 68 points; the key was to stay under 70. We have the talent to score more than 70 points in every game, so we fought, we gave our best and we deserved the win. We have a very young team – the average is 22 years – so it counts double for us. We practice hard every day. Coach knows a lot of basketball. He tries to help us on every step but obviously we have to be patient with our game. We improved a lot in the second half. We started well and the second quarter was decent. But the second half was very good, with high intensity. We played with more desire than our opponent and we deserved the win."