Eurocup newcomer Krasnye Krylia scored 63 second-half points to storm to its second consecutive Group H victory over Anwil, 83-98 on the road in Wloclawek, Poland on Tuesday. The result raised Krylia's record to 2-2 and eliminated Anwil, now 0-4, from contention for the Last 16. What was a close game through 33 minutes changed for good with an early 0-10 run in the final quarter in which Alexander Anisimov and Primoz Brezec shared all the points. Brezec ended up making 11 of 11 two-point shots to lead the visitors with 25 points to go with 12 rebounds. He had company with Gerald Green scoring 22, including 4 three-pointers, while Anisimov hit 5 triples for 19 points and Brion Rush scored 15 more. Anwil, which was as close as 67-70 early in the final quarter, couldn't stop the Krylia scorers and couldn't match them all the way, although Paul Mller finished with 19 points, Chris Thomas and Andrzej Pluta 15 each, while Nikola Jovanovic had 12. On the morning of the game, Anwil announced that it had suspended head coach Igor Grisczuk, who was replaced on Tuesday by assistant Krzysztof Szablowski.
Miller scored Wloclawek's first 5 points while Green rattled off 7 to give the visitors one of several back-and-forth leads at 10-11. Pluta joined the tug-of-war with a three-point play for Wloclawek that Anisimov matched with a single shot. That's when Brezec got going with 8 points in 2 minutes, including consecutive basket-plus-free throw combinations. Suddenly, Rush was driving for 2 points and Green dunking for 2 more as Krasnye took over the scoreboard 19-26 after 10 minutes. The visitors' lead hit 21-30 on another Brezec basket early in the second quarter before Wloclawek rallied behind Miller and Lukasz Majewski to within 30-33. The Wloclawek defense took over then, holding Krasnye to 5 points in 7 minutes, enough to let Pluta take a 36-35 lead with free throws to end the first half.
Jovanovic upped Wloclawek lead to 40-37 before Green, Ansimov and Brezec combined on a 0-11 run that propelled the visitors to a 40-48 lead. Wloclawek gave as good as it got, though, and answered with 10 consecutive points, starting with Pluta's free throws and ending with his triple, to re-take a 50-48 advantage. Rush dunked to tie for Krylia and Thomas and Jovanovic soon hit from downtown to do the same, at 56-56, for Wloclawek. Darda Berishan hit the next long-range bomb, for the hosts, but Green dunked, Rush hit 3 free throws and Jovanavic a layup for another tie, 61-61. A thrilling quarter ended with Jermareo Davidson scoring on the buzzer as Krylia held a 61-63 advantage. The scoring pace remained wicked as Krylia pushed ahead 67-72 early in the final quarter. When Anisimov hit his second and third three-pointers in as many minutes, however, the visitors truly pulled away, to 67-80, and there was little stopping them after that. Despite the best efforts of Thomas and Miller, Wloclawek couldn't score in bunches with the guests, who saw Brezec make 3 consecutive baskets with a dunk at 73-86. Green soon buried back-to-back triples and although the home crowd in Poland was certainly entertained, the victory was going back to Samara, Russia with the visitors.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010