FoxTown Cantu stayed undefeated in Group A and improved to 4-0 by downing CEZ Basketball Nymburk 88-73 at home on Wednesday. Joe Ragland paced the winners with 19 points. Stefano Gentile added 18, Maarty Leunen had 13 while Roberto Rullo got 12 for Cantu, which downed 13-of-24 three-point shots tonight. Dylan Page led Nymburk with 16 points. Vojtech Hruban added 13, rado Rancik had 12, Tre Simmons got 11 while Rasid Mahalbasic contributed 10 for the guests, who rallied from a double-digit deficit to get within 29-27 early in the fourth quarter. Rullo and Ragland allowed Cantu to take off and a triple by Gentile boosted the hosts' lead to 46-33 near halftime. Cantu boosted its margin to 70-54 at the end of the third quarter and then again to 82-63 with under 6 minutes to go, enough to stay undefeated after 4 games.
Marco Cusin got cantu going with a jumper and a triple by Ragland soon gave his team a 5-0 lead. Hruban stepped up for Nymburk but Cusin, Ragland and Leunen soon made it a double-digit game, 17-6. Hruban got help from Page and Rancik to keep Nymburk within 21-16. A put-back basket by Mahalbasic and a free throw by Adrian Uter fixed the score at 22-18 after 10 minutes. Scott Reynolds and Hruban kept Nymburk within 29-27 early in the second quarter. Ragland kept pacing Cantu, however, and got valuable help from Rullo to boost Cantu's margin to 38-31. Ragland score again and three-pointers by Pietro Aradori and Gentile made it a 13-point game, 46-33. Rancik brought Nymburk a bit closer, 48-37, at halftime. Page and Mahalbasic brought Nymburk within single digits, 50-41, right after the break. It didn't last long, however, as Uter and Ragland soon gave Cantu a 59-43 lead. Rancik, Simmons and Mahalbasic tried to change things for Nymburk but the guests only traded baskets now. Aradori, Rullo and free throws by Gentile kept Cantu way ahead, 70-54, after 30 minutes. Gentile and Leunen each struck twice from downtown early in the fourth quarter, allowing Cantu to seal the outcome, 82-63, with under 6 minutes left. Nymburk called timeout and started to fight for points differential now. cantu stayed focused, however, and cruised to a very important home win.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013