In the highest scoring game of the season, Bilbao Baskets used the extra session to edge Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 94-100, and improve to 2-0 atop of Group B on Wednesday. The two teams combined to hit 26 three-pointers, but the unlikely hero for Bilbao was its center Antanas Kavaliauskas who scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Kavaliauskas also grabbed 9 rebounds, while Alex Mumbru scored 18 plus 7 rebounds, and Dairis Bertans hit 4 of 5 triples for 17 points. German Gabriel added 12, and Fran Pilepic 11 in victory. Drake Diener had 23 points on 5 of 9 behind the arc, while Marques Green sunk all 4 three-point attempts, finishing with 19 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Caleb Green had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Brian Sacchetti scored 10 points in defeat.
Both teams shot well from downtown from the start of the game, as as Drake Diener and Omar Thomas hit for Sassari, while Dairis Bertans and Raul Lopez scored from long range for Bilbao. The visitors started pulling away with close range baskets from Jackie Carmichael and Axel Hervell for 12-15, and then ended the quarter with three-pointers from Fran Pilepic and Mindaugas Lukauskis for 18-25 after 10 minutes. With more triples from Pilepic and Lopez at the start of the second quarter, Bilbao opened 22-35 advantage. But the hosts rallied in the final 4 minutes of the half with 5 triples of their own. Drake Diener and Marques Green each hit a couple, and Brian Sacchetti nailed one as well, helping the hosts cut the deficit to 41-46 at halftime. The hosts regained the lead with baskets from Marques Green, Sacchetti and Thomas, and teams traded leads throughout the second half. Pilepic hit a triple to give Bilbao 61-62, but three-pointers from in front, but hosts went back in front, keeping the slim margin with a help of triples from Manuel Vanuzzo and Sacchetti for 75-71. But Kavaliauskas got it going, and Bertans nailed a triple as Bilbao regained 77-80 lead. But Drake Diener scored a basket plus foul, and Caleb Green’s put-back sent the game into overtime, 82-82. German Gabriel and Alex Mumbru opened the extra session with baskets from close range, but Drake Diener triple on the other end, helped tied it 88-88. After Bertans and Caleb Green traded threes, Alex Mumbru’s layup and a triple made it 91-96 with 67 seconds to go, and Kavaliauskas sealed the deal.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013