In a clash of two already-eliminated teams, Alba Fehervar used a late 12-3 run to down the visiting Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 82-80 on Wednesday. Both teams now hold 2-7 record in Group F, but Buducnost has the edge due to a 6-point victory over Alba in Round 4. In a close game, Buducnost had the largest lead of the night, 69-75 with little over 4 minutes to go. But Braydon Hobbs, Ramone Moore and Anthony Olah rallied the hosts to their second win in a debut Eurocup season. Moore finished with 24 points, Hobbs netted 20 points and had 4 steals, while Olah contributed with 15 points. Jeleel Akindele collected 22 points plus 13 rebounds for Buducnost, Aleksa Popovic scored 16, while Suad Sehovic and Nikola Ivanovic had 13 apiece in a losing effort.
Buducnost grabbed an early 9-14 lead with Akindele scoring inside, and Marko Popovic hitting from the outside. But the hosts finished the quarter with a 12-2 run, thanks to a pair of triples and a put-back from Hobbs for 21-16. Akindele continued being presence in the paint for the visitors, and with a triple from Ivanovic helped tie the game 29-29. Peter Toth hit a three-pointer for Alba, but Akindele scored twice more inside for 32-33. Teams traded leads, with Moore for the hosts and Sehovic for Buducnost each hitting from long range. Alba went up by 5 points late in the second after a put-back from Gergely Somogyi and a jumper from Hobs, but Aleksa Popovic ended the first half with a half-court triple for 47-45. After the break, Akindele and Sehovic fueled a 0-8 run, but Hobbs nailed another triple for 53-53. Teams went basket-for-basket, exchanging leads, before Akindele and Sehovic scored on back-to-back possessions for 60-63 at the end of the third quarter. Moore and Hobbs kept being go-to guys for the hosts, and with a triple and a layup from Olah the hosts re-took the lead, but Milos Komatina answered from long range, and after Aleksa Popovic scored a layup-plus-foul on a fastbreak, Ivanovic also hit from downtown for 69-75 midway through the fourth. However, the hosts answered through Zoltan Supola, Moore and Hobbs, going in front again, 78-77. The visitors never led again, while Olah and Moore got Alba to 81-78 from the foul line, as Alba did not allow a field goal for more than 4 minutes, picking up its second victory in the competition.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013