2020-21Regular SeasonRound 7
December 30, 2020 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU OLIMPIC DE BADALONA

Joventut beats Bourg to finish atop Group A

In the final game of the 2020-21 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season, Joventut Badalona clinched first place in Group A by downing JL Bourg en Bresse 90-75 at home on Wednesday. Joventut finished first with an 8-2 record and Bourg fell to third at 6-4 behind UNICS Kazan on a tiebreaker. Xabi Lopez-Arostegui paced the winners with 23 points. Joventut also got 15 points from Vladimir Brodziansky, 14 from Conor Morgan and 13 from Nenad Dimitrijevic. Danilo Andjusic led Bourg with 16 points, Luke Asceric added 13, Maxime Courby 11 while Kadeem Allen and Alen Omic each had 10 for the visitors. Joventut led 18-15 after 10 minutes and boosted its margin to 46-32 at halftime. Bourg kept trying after the break, but Joventut kept a 69-58 margin at the end of the third quarter and extended it to 78-64 to seal the outcome.

Working exclusively inside, Lopez-Arostegui, Brodziansky and Ante Tomic filled an 8-2 start for Joventut. Lopez-Arostegui, with the game's first triple, made it 11-2 before Scrubb and Andjusic steadied Bourg. Asceric, from deep, brought the visitors within 13-9. Soon, Omic scored inside and fed Courby for a triple that tied it until Morgan beat the first-quarter buzzer with a three-pointer worth an 18-15 advantage for Joventut. Morgan and Dimitrijevic forced a quick Bourg timeout at 22-15. Shawn Dawson and Morgan each struck from downtown, but Pierre Pelos and Andjusic kept Bourg within 28-24. Morgan had 4 points, including a dunk in traffic, in a 6-0 run that made it a double-digit game, 34-24. Scrubb and Andjusic downed a triple apiece before Brodziansky and Lopez-Arostegui kept Joventut out of trouble, 40-30. Tomic scored down low and Dimitrijevic boosted the hosts' lead to 46-32 at halftime.

Allen hit a floater soon after the break and Andjusic banked in a close shot to make it 48-36. Allen buried a three-pointer, which Scrubb followed with a tip-in to get the guests even closer, 50-41. Lopez-Arostegui hit one from beyond the arc and Dimitrijevic followed a jumper with a triple for a 58-45 Joventut margin. Asceric and Dawson exchanged three-pointers and Lopez-Arostegui scored off a steal to boost the hosts' lead to 63-48. Albert Ventura joined the three-point shootout, but Asceric and Courby kept Bourg in the game, 68-58, after 30 minutes. Lopez-Arostegui sank a corner triple early in the fourth quarter and Simon Birgander added a tip-in that broke the game open, 73-58, with 8 minutes left. Morgan scored around the basket and Lopez-Arostegui sealed the outcome with his fourth three-pointer, 78-64, as Bourg did not recover in the final 4 minutes.

Pivotal performer

Lopez-Arostegui balanced Joventut's offense with his outside shooting. He finished the game with 23 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting and 4-of-4 on free throws, plus 6 rebounds, 1 assist, a steal and 4 fouls drawn for a PIR of 23.

Game-changing moment

Morgan took matters into his own hands with a couple of free throws and a huge dunk, igniting a 6-0 run which Birgander capped with a close jumper. That gave Joventut its first double-digit lead, 34-24, and the hosts never looked back after that.

Stellar stat

Omic pulled down 7 rebounds, which sent him to second place on the EuroCup's all-time standings. He has 399 rebounds after passing Vladimir Veremeenko, who is now third with 396. Bojan Dubljevic leads the standings with 417 boards. Omic is also second in offensive rebounds (226), not far away from Dubljevic (231).

Did you know?

Joventut has finished first in its regular season group for the second time in seven EuroCup appearances in the competition. It previously did so in 2007-08 with a 9-1 regular-season record. Joventut went on to lift the trophy and did not lose any games after that; its 16-1 record that season is still the best for a EuroCup champion in competition history.

Next game

Both teams return to 7DAYS EuroCup action in the Top 16, set to start on January 12-13, 2021. Joventut is in Top 16 Group E alongside Unicaja Malaga, Nanterre 92 and AS Monaco. Bourg ended up in Group G, also featuring Virtus Segafredo Bologna, Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana and Buducnost VOLI Podgorica.

Xabi Lopez-Arostegui - Joventut Badalona (photo Joventut - David Grau) - EC20
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: GKONTAS, SPIROS; UDYANSKYY, EDUARD; CLIVAZ, SEBASTIEN
Attendance: 0
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Joventut Badalona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DIMITRIJEVIC, NENAD 22:44 13 3/5 1/2 4/4 1 1 2 5 1 3     2 2 15
1 DAWSON, SHAWN 18:52 8 1/2 2/5     2 2     1     2 2 5
6 LOPEZ-AROSTEGUI, XABI 27:04 23 2/7 5/8 4/4 2 4 6 1 1 1   1 2 4 23
9 MORGAN, CONOR 17:19 14 3/4 2/6 2/2   1 1 1         2 2 11
10 BRODZIANSKY, VLADIMIR 22:53 15 6/6 1/2     4 4 2 1 3 1   1 2 20
13 PARRADO, ARNAU 2:39                              
14 VENTURA, ALBERT 15:40 5 1/1 1/1                   3   2
20 BASSAS, FERRAN 17:16   0/2 0/2         5 1       3 1  
35 BIRGANDER, SIMON 11:00 4 2/4     3 5 8 1 1       2   10
44 PARRA, JOEL 20:22 2 1/2 0/1   1 3 4 1 1       2   4
88 TOMIC, ANTE 24:11 6 3/5     3 3 6 5 1 3     3   10
Team                                
Totals 200:00 90 22/38 12/27 10/10 10 23 33 21 7 11 1 1 22 13 100
        57.9% 44.4% 100%
Head coach: DURAN, CARLES
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
JL Bourg en Bresse
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 ALLEN, KADEEM 20:57 10 3/6 1/1 1/2 1 1 2 3 3   1   1 4 18
5 BENITEZ, HUGO 16:51 2 1/4 0/2     3 3     2     2   -4
7 COURBY, MAXIME 22:09 11 0/3 3/4 2/2 1 1 2 1         1 1 10
10 ASCERIC, LUKA 23:51 13 1/2 3/4 2/2 1 2 3 1   2     1 3 15
13 PELOS, PIERRE 24:06 4 1/3 0/1 2/2   2 2 3 1       2 1 6
14 SIMON, ARTHUR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 PEACOCK, ZACHERY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SCRUBB, THOMAS 27:01 9 2/6 1/3 2/2 3 6 9 1 3 3     1 3 15
23 OMIC, ALEN 36:38 10 5/9   0/2 4 3 7 2   3     2 5 13
33 ANDJUSIC, DANILO 28:27 16 2/8 2/4 6/6 1 2 3 2   4   1 3 5 10
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 75 15/41 10/19 15/18 12 21 33 13 7 14 1 1 13 22 85
        36.6% 52.6% 83.3%
Head coach: VUCEVIC, SAVO

Head Coaches

DURAN, CARLES
Joventut Badalona
"I am happy because the team worked very well, but the most important is that we finished in the first position in our group. I think the team played well all game. Only in the second quarter, we had a lot of turnovers, but we controlled the game all the way. We finished first and that's good news, we brought Joventut back to this spot. We are happy to finish the year in a good way, and I hope this gives us the strength to start 2021, which is truly exciting."
VUCEVIC, SAVO
JL Bourg en Bresse
"First of all, I congratulate Joventut, they deserve the first place in our group. They showed from the beginning that maybe they are a team with more regularity during the whole time. Today, I think we gave our maximum at this moment. We missed a lot of players, especially Zach Peacock and Zack Wright. It was a chance for young people, especially, players who didn't play a lot. I think we did what we can in this moment and the result is normal."

Players

LOPEZ-AROSTEGUI, XABI
Joventut Badalona
"We are happy, first of all, because we achieved the win and are the first team in the group. I think we made a great effort on defense. They scored more points than we wanted to allow in the third quarter, but in the end, we pushed from our defense, tried to run and, in the end, we have to be happy with the way we finished the game. Bourg is a great team. They play good basketball, as they showed in the first round. We did our job and are happy for that, so let's enjoy this win."
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