2020-21Regular SeasonRound 3
October 14, 2020 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 TOPOLICA SPORTS HALL

Early blitz gives Mornar easy win

Mornar Bar used a huge first quarter as the springboard for a 95-76 victory over Germani Brescia, its second consecutive home with in Group B. The Montenegrin team blasted to a 14-0 lead after 3 minutes and it was 30-10 at the end of the first quarter. Brescia improved dramatically and got the margin down into single digits after the break, but that comeback proved short-lived as Mornar eased clear again in the final quarter. Mornar improves to 2-1 while Brescia is now 1-2. Marko Jeremic led Mornar with 14 points while Kenny Gabriel, Derek Needham and Nemanja Vranjes each added 11 for the winners. Christian Burns and Brian Sacchetti each had 13 points for Brescia, which also had three players score 11: Kenny Chery, Giordano Bortolani and Drew Crawford.

Uros Lukovic scored twice inside and Needham struck from three-point distance to give Mornar a strong start. The lead hit 14-0 after a layup for Alexander Lazic and a deep strike from Vranjes. Brescia's account was finally opened by Crawford but Gabriel's three and fierce dunk made it 19-2. Burns scored twice for Brescia but Isaiah Whitehead did the same, including a three-point play, protecting the healthy lead before dunks from Taylor Smith and Milko Bjelica made it 30-10 after 10 minutes. An acrobatic layup from Bjelica and a deep three from Jeremic highlighted the early stages of the second quarter, before Saccheti nailed a pair of triples to pull it back to 37-22. Chery from deep and Crawford with a driving layup completed a 0-11 Brescia run, but a triple from Sead Sehovic and a layup from Lukovic reasserted Mornar. Gabriel's three-ball helped take the host to the half-century mark, and after a flurry of free throws it was 52-35 at the break. Brescia scored the first 8 points of the second half, including an acrobatic layup from Giordano Bortolani, making it 52-43 before Bjelica got Mornar moving again. Bortolani struck again from the corner but Needham, Jeremic and Vranjes made long threes to take the lead back into double digits. David Moss also struck from deep as the three-point party continued, and free throws made it 74-56 after three quarters. Two baskets from Smith and a triple for Gabriel took the lead past 20, and there was no sign of a Brescia comeback this time as the scoring was shared evenly in the final stages.

Mornar makes perfect start

It would have been almost impossible for the home team to make a better start: Uros Lukovic scored the opening basket after just 2 seconds, and Mornar proceeded to convert its first 6 shots without allowing any at the other end. Even when Derek Needham missed a three-pointer, Lukovic still grabbed the offensive rebound and set up Nemanja Vranjes for a three-point shot and a 14-0 lead after less than 3 minutes .

Record broken for second consecutive week

That blistering start set Mornar on the way to a new EuroCup club record for points scored in the first quarter, with its tally of 30 beating the previous best of 28 set only last week against Unicaja Malaga.

Big runs bring Brescia back

Brescia got back into the game with a pair of big runs either side of halftime, dragging the game towards respectability with a 0-11 run in the second quarter and then opening the third with a 0-8 to get the deficit down into single digits.

Next round

Round 4 will see Mornar travel to Boulogne Metropolitans 92 next Tuesday, while Brescia is also on the road to Unicaja Malaga the following day.

Isaiah Whitehead - Mornar Bar (photo Mornar) - EC20
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: MOGULKOC, EMIN; JURAS, MARKO; LAVRUKHIN, ARTEM
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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Mornar Bar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 22:09 3 0/2 1/4     2 2 2   2   1 1   -2
2 GABRIEL, KENNY 25:00 11 1/1 3/4   1 5 6 1 1 3     2 1 14
5 NEEDHAM, DEREK 20:39 11 1/2 3/5     1 1 7 1 2     4 3 14
6 JEREMIC, MARKO 14:20 14 1/2 2/4 6/6       1   1     4 3 10
8 SEHOVIC, SEAD 17:10 9 3/3 1/3 0/1 1 2 3 1   1     2 1 8
9 SMITH, TAYLOR 21:52 9 4/7   1/3   5 5 1       1   2 11
11 WHITEHEAD, ISAIAH 17:50 9 3/6 0/1 3/3   3 3 4 2 2     3 3 12
13 LAZIC, ALEKSANDAR 11:32 2 1/1 0/1     5 5 1         1   6
14 PAVIC, VUKOTA 3:00 2 1/1                         2
41 VRANJES, NEMANJA 16:36 11 0/1 2/3 5/7   2 2 2         1 5 15
51 BJELICA, MILKO 15:00 6 3/4   0/1   1 1     2       2 5
55 LUKOVIC, UROS 14:52 8 4/7     2 3 5 2 2 2 2   2   12
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 95 22/37 12/25 15/21 4 30 34 22 6 15 2 2 20 20 108
        59.5% 48% 71.4%
Head coach: PAVICEVIC, MIHAILO
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 CLINE, TJ 8:35 3 1/2   1/2   1 1     1     1 1 1
7 VITALI, LUCA 20:07 2   0/1 2/4   3 3 4 1       3 2 6
8 PARRILLO, SALVATORE 6:44           2 2           3   -1
11 CHERY, KENNY 24:17 11 1/7 1/5 6/6 2   2 3 1 3   1 2 4 5
12 BORTOLANI, GIORDANO 21:20 11 3/4 1/3 2/2   2 2 3   3     1 2 11
21 RISTIC, DUSAN 18:29 4 2/9 0/1   1 4 5 1     1       3
22 CRAWFORD, DREW 29:36 11 4/9 0/1 3/6 3 3 6   2 4   1 2 4 7
23 BURNS, CHRISTIAN 23:04 13 5/8 1/2     5 5   1 3 1   3   10
34 MOSS, DAVID 19:52 6 0/1 1/1 3/4 1 2 3 1   1     3 4 8
41 SACCHETTI, BRIAN 24:45 13 1/1 3/4 2/2   4 4 3         2 2 19
45 ANCELLOTTI, ANDREA 3:11 2 1/3                       1 1
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 76 18/44 7/18 19/26 10 27 37 15 5 15 2 2 20 20 74
        40.9% 38.9% 73.1%
Head coach: ESPOSITO, VINCENZO

Head Coaches

PAVICEVIC, MIHAILO
Mornar Bar
“After this kind of game I just want to say to my players ‘thank you’, I really enjoyed watching them. They really surprised me to play at this level because Brescia is a good team but we showed we deserved this competition and I hope we will play even better. I am only sorry we played this kind of basketball without spectators and our fans cannot enjoy it. But I enjoyed tonight, really.”
ESPOSITO, VINCENZO
Germani Brescia
“First of all congratulations to Mornar Bar. The kind of basketball they played was the way you’re supposed to play at a high European kevel, with aggressiveness, being physical since the jump ball. We didn’t do that so we went down. When we started playing better we lost Clyne, and after playing 48 hours ago a tough game in the Italian league, we had not enough energy, not physical enough, not good enough defense. The problem was our approach to the game in the first quarter. To play a game at this level, chasing for 30 minutes, of course you are going to make mistakes.”

Players

GABRIEL, KENNY
Mornar Bar
“It was a tough win, it’s hard to play with no fans but it’s also easier to communicate on defense and we started the game really well. We just wanted to compete and go out there and play for 40 minutes and we did that. We’ve got to keep it rolling. The only way we’ll get there is playing defense, and tonight we showed we can. If we keep playing like that we’ve got a good chance of making the Top 16.”