Fortitudo Beghelli Bologna beat Panellinios 67-85 on the road to close its campaign on high note. The win keep Fortitudo in fifth place in Group F with a 4-6 record. Panellinios, which had no chance of advancing to the Last 32, dropped its ninth consecutive game since an opening night win to wind up 1-9 and in last place in the group. The visitors controlled the game for most of the first half, before the hosts managed to tie it at 41-41 at the beginning of the third quarter. Fortitudo, reacted with a crucial 22-9 streak to put the basis for an easy final win. Dante Calabria fired in 4 triples en route to his 20 points, half of them coming in the deciding second part of the third period. Dalibor Bagaric posted 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Stefano Mancinelli, Iker Iturbe and Davide Lamma scored 11 points apiece. Anthony Grundy finished with 16 points and 5 assists for Panellinios, while Milan Dozet contributed 12 and Nikos Argyrpoulos, Vangelis Sklavos had 11 each.
Fortitudo started the game ready to dictate the tempo. Oscar Torres, James Thomas and a three-pointer by Kristaps Janicenoks led the guests to a 3-12 start. Argyropoulos scored 5 in the row to offer solutions for Panellinios, but it was still obvious that the hosts faced trouble. Bologna took advantage to close the first quarter up 11-19 with plays by Lamma and Mancinelli. Fortituto continued to control the score with a 14-25 lead before Pantelis Papaioakim and Dozet cut it to 5. But, still, the visitors found it easy to increase the margin to 19-28 through Mancinelli and Calabria. The hosts reacted before halftime with points mainly coming from the free-throw line to trim it to 31-35. Grundy stepped up to lead Panellinios within 1 and later netted a triple to tie the game at 41-41. However, Bologna answered back with a critical 22-9 run within five minutes thanks to 10 points from Calabria to bring the difference to 50-63 after three periods. The deficit reached 15 points, at 50-65, and later on at 58-73 with baskets coming from Mancinelli until 67-85, which was meant to be not only the biggest margin, but the final outcome, too, as Panellinios did not have any motivation to fight back.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008