Logan leads Alba past Radnicki
Alba Berlin finished the 2013-14 Eurocup Last 32 in style by downing Radnicki Kragujevac 92-83 in the German capital in Group N on Wednesday. Alba was already first in Group N and finished it with a 5-1 record. Radnicki, which would have qualified with a win, was third with a 2-4 record. David Logan paced the winners with 23 points. Reggie Redding added 17, 10 rebounds and 5 assists while Levon Kendall and Vojdan Stojanovski each had 14 points for Alba. Marko Marinovic led Radnicki with 19 points and 10 assists - his fifth double-double this season. Dusan Mladjan added 18 points, Stefan Bircevic had 14, Sava Lesic contributed 13 while Nikola Kalinic got 12 for the guests. Marinovic and Bircevic led an 0-8 run that gave Radnicki its last lead of the game, 17-18. Kendall and Redding allowed Alba to restore a 21-18 margin after 10 minutes. Back-to-back baskets by Sven Schultze boosted Alba's lead to 31-22 but Marinovic and Lesic brought Radnicki as close as 33-30. An outstanding Logan allowed Alba to get a 46-33 margin at halftime. Radnicki found a go-to guy in Mladjan, who struck four times from downtown to bring the guests as close as 67-65. Radnicki still trailed 71-59 but Redding and Logan fueled an 11-0 run which allowed Alba to seal the outcome minutes before the final buzzer.
Logan got Alba going with a catch-and-shoot triple. Kalinic and Cliff Hammonds also struck from downtown for a 6-3 score. Bircevic stepped up with back-to-back layups to give Radnicki its first lead, 6-7. Logan hit a five-meter jumper that Alex King bettered with a triple. Bircevic scored again but a dunk by Hammonds made Radnicki call timeout at 13-9. Kendall hit a jumper, Marinovic struck from downtown and a jumper by Stojanovski gave Alba a 17-12 edge. Marinovic and Bircevic fueled a 0-8 run that gave Radnicki its first lead, 17-18. Kendall and Redding put Alba back ahead, 21-18, after 10 minutes. Hammonds dunked off a steal and a layup by Redding capped an 8-0 Alba run. Kalinic and Bircevic tried to change things for Radnicki but back-to-back baskets by Schultze boosted Alba's lead to 31-22. Marinovic and Lesic nailed respective three-pointers off a timeout to bring Radnicki within 33-30. An 8-0 run that Stojanovski capped with a free throw, however, gave Alba a 41-30 margin. Back-to-back baskets by Logan made it a 13-point game, 46-33, at halftime.
Kendall and Logan gave Alba its biggest lead, 50-35, right after the break. Lesic and Mladjan stepped up for Radnicki and a dunk by Kalinic gave the guests some hope at 52-42. Logan hit a jumper and a three-pointer by Akeem Vargas boosted the hosts' lead to 57-44. Lesic followed a layup with a triple and even when Redding struck from downtown, Mladjan quickly answered from beyond the arc. A red hot Mladjan followed a layup with a three-pointer and Lesic brought Radnicki within 65-59 after 30 minutes. Kendall shined with a put-back layup early in the fourth quarter. Mladjan - who else? - answered from downtown and solved a broken play with another three-pointer that made Alba call timeout at 67-65. Redding followed free throws with a jumper and a triple by Logan gave Alba a 74-69 edge with 7 minutes left. Logan scored again and followed Redding's layup with a fast break basket which capped a game-breaking 11-0 run. Bircevic tried to ignite Radnicki's comeback with a layup but Alba stayed out of trouble until the final buzzer.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014