After an upset road win to start the season, Budivelnik brought its show home to the Ukraine on Tuesday and succeeded in shaking off a challenge by Siauliai of Lithuania to notch a 74-66 victory good enough for first place in Group C. Budivelnik is now 2-0, alone atop the group, which Siauliai fell to 0-2. Save for a couple times in the opening minutes, Budivelnik led throughout the game, but Siauliai kept challenging until the final minute, coming as close as 6 points. Lamayne Wilson paced the winners with a double-double of 20 points, of which he scored 15 in the first half, and 12 rebounds. Billy Keys followed him with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, while Zach Morley added 11 points. Wilson and Keys landed 4 three-point shots each. For Siauliai, Ricky Harris led the way with 21 points, while Zygimantas Janavicius added 13 while Vytautas Sarakauskas posted a double-double of 11 points, 13 rebounds.
Harris gave Siauliai a quick lead with a three-pointer, but Budivelnik responded with the next 7 points as Andy Betts scored and assisted Wilson on a dunk. Siauliai tied 7-7 on a
David Weaver layup, but another Budivelnik bust-out featuring 2 triples by Keys made it 15-10. Morley opened a 17-12 lead for the hosts that, despite another basket by Harris, got bigger on free throws such that Budivelnik held a solid 21-15 advantage after 10 minutes. Harris got the guests as close as 21-20 with a three-point play early in the second quarter, before the same pattern returned. This time, Budivelnik rattled off an 11-2 run featuring 5 points by Michalis Ansimovas. Back-to-back-to-back triples by Wilson soon established the first double-digit lead, 37-24. When Keys copied his teammate from the arc on the last play of the half, Budivelnik was in full control, 44-28.
Harris started the second half with another triple and added yet another soon while getting scoring help from Sarakauskas, Weaver and Edvinas Ruzgas to cut the difference to 50-40. After a tense series of misses, Siualiai resumed its assault on the lead with Edgaras Stanionis completing a 6-17 run with a three-pointer to make it 52-45. Keys then answered with a triple for Budivelnik that helped restore a 61-48 lead after 30 minutes. Back-back-shots from downtown by Harris and Sarakauskas got Siauliai as close as 7 points again, 63-56, early in the final quarter. Wilson reappeared then with 5 points in row to make it 68-58, but again Siauliai surged, thiss time with triples by Ruzgaz and Janavicius, to within 72-66. Only a minute remained, however, and when Andriy Agafonov started it by dunking a pass from Wilson, the fans of Budivelnik were assured of witnessing their team rise to first place in Group C!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010