Eurocup Qualifying Round 2011-12, Game 1 reports

Sep 27, 2011 by Print
Artland Dragons
Artland Dragons 56-61 Gran Canaria 2014
Gran Canaria 2014

Spencer Nelson - Gran CanariaGran Canaria registered a 56-61 road win at Artland Dragons to move closer to a return to the Eurocup Regular Season. Marquez Haynes scored 14 and Spencer Nelson 10 for the visitors, who led by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter before Artland went on a late run. Anthony Hilliard paced the Dragons with 17 points. Juan Palacios led Gran Canaria to a 0-6 start as the visitors asserted themselves, however tripled from David Holston and Adam Hess quickly changed the momentum at 8-9. However Nelson made sure Granca remained ahead 13-18 after 10 minutes. Hilliard kept Artland close early in the second quarter, but Granca continued pulling away and extended its lead to double figures on a Rafa Martinez fastbreak layup. Hilliard’s free throw made it 22-31 at halftime. Hilliard continued to lead the Dragons in the third quarter and preventer the visitors from adding to their advantage. After both Hilliard and then Nathan Peavy made it a 7-point game, Darenn Fenn further narrowed the gap to 38-43. A three-point play by Peavy brought Artland within 4 early in the fourth quarter. Nelson stepped up from downtown to push the lead back to 44-53. And it wasn’t long before Haynes pushed the lead to a dozen, however with the game – and perhaps a spot in the Eurocup on the line – Artland responded with the next 6 points. And then a Holston triple with 15 seconds remaining put 56-59 on the scoreboard. Xavi Rey’s slam in the last second gave Granca a 5-point edge, but now Artland has a realistic chance in the return leg.

Etha Engomis
Etha Engomis 59-60 Spartak St. Petersburg
Spartak St. Petersburg

Spartak St. Petersburg held off Etha Engomis’s late charge to register a 59-60 road win in the first game of their Eurocup Qualifying Round series on Wednesday. Spartak led by double figures eantering the fourth quarter before the Cypriot champions stormed back and had the potential final shot for the win. However an offensive foul on Kenvarrios Tutt allowed Spartak to escape with a narrow win heading into the deciding leg of the series next week in Russia. Yotam Halperin paced Spartak with 16 points, with Patrick Beverley added 9 points for Spartak, which made just 3 of 20 (15%) three-point shots. Shawn Ray led the hosts with 15 points and Patrick Okafor had 10 in defeat. Etha scored first via Okafor and then rode Ray to a quick 10-4 lead. The hosts managed to hold onto a slim lead, though Spartak cut the gap to 2 on several occasions, until Miha Zupan gave Spartak its first lead on a triple midway through the second quarter. That turned out to be part of a 2-17 charge in which Halperin shined with 6 points as the visitors gathered a 25-36 halftime lead. With its back to the wall, Etha came out ready to fight for the second half, but Spartak was also prepared. Ray closed the gap to 8 midway through the third quarter only to see Vladimir Dragicevic take it back to 36-50 late in the third quarter. Back-to-back triples from Darryl Jackson and Ray gave Etha hope at 44-50 and set up an exciting finish. In the closing minutes, Dejan Cup and Thomas Massamba brought Etha within 59-60, but Spartak held on for the win.

Elan Chalon
Elan Chalon 78-73 Cedevita Zagreb

Blake Schilb - Elan ChalonElan Chalon coughed up a 22-point, fourth-quarter lead against Cedevita Zagreb, but held on for a 78-73 victory. Chalon seemed to be in cruise control heading into the last 10 minutes, but ran into Chris Owens and then Vedran Vukusic, who carried Cedevita all the way back to set up an exciting Game 2 in Zagreb next week. Alade Aminu led Chalon with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Blake Schilb added 14 points for the winners. Owens paced Cedevita with 17 points and reigning Eurocup MVP Dontaye Draper added 13. It looked to be all Cedevita early as Draper, Chris Warren and Vukusic got off to a 0-7 start. However Chalon answered in form as Aminu, Schilb and Ilian Evtimov tied the score. The teams stayed neck and neck through the end of the first quarter 15-16 on Matjaz Smodis’s first basket – and into the second. Marko Car made it 27-24 midway through the second quarter and then Chalon made its move. NicolasLang drilled a triple and Michel Jean-Baptiste Lauvergne sank a jumper to push the lead to 10. And back-to-back triples by Evitmov and Schilb made it 44-30 at the break. Marino Bazdaric looked to rescue Cedevita at the onset of the second half, but Steed Tchicamboud continued to stretch the Chalon advantage. And a technical foul on Bazdaric gave Chalon the opening to take the lead to close 20, which it did as Malcolm Delaney nailed 4 free throws and then Aminu followed to put Chalon up 66-46. Chalon’s lead peaked at 70-48 early in the fourth quarter, but when the hosts relaxed, Cedevita showed the fighting spirit that carried it to last season’s Eurocup Finals. Owens and Car played lead roles in a 0-9 charge. Owens made free throws to cut the gap to 10 with just over three-and-a-half minutes to go. Then Vukusic struck from downtown to cut the gap to 74-67. Chalon bounced back in time to secure the victory, but Owens was able to cut the gap to 5 in the end and pump life into the return game in Croatia.

Pinar Karsiyaka
Pinar Karsiyaka 73-80 Le Mans
Le Mans Sarthe Basket

A brilliant fourth quarter for Le Mans led the club to a come-from-behind 73-80 win at Pinar Karsiyaka that gives head coach J.D. Jackson’s squad a 7-point cushion heading into Game 2 of the Eurocup Qualifying Round series. Marcellus Sommerville scored 8 in a 3-22 blitz to start the fourth quarter that gave Le Mans the lead for good and may have determined the outcome of the series. Karsiyaka must win next week in France by more than 7 to achieve its goal of playing Eurocup basketball this season. Taylor Rochestie paced Le Mans with 17 points and 6 assists, Sommerville scored 16 and J.P. Batista 14 for the winners. Mire Chatman scored 17 and Ilkan Karaman accounted for 14 points and 15 rebounds for the home team.

Norrkoping Dolphins
Norrkoping Dolphins 62-88 Telenet Oostende
BC Telenet Oostende

Quentin Serron - BC Telenet Oostende (Photo FIBA)Telenet Oostende practically sealed its spot in the Eurocup Regular Season with a 62-88 drubbing of Sweden’s Norrkoping Dolphins in the opening leg of their qualifying round series. Jason Rich scored 19 and Matthew Lojeski 18 to lead six Oostende scorers in double figures in the one-sided outcome. The game was decided by Oostende outscoring Norrkoping 30-51 in the middle two quarters. Andrew Mitchel led the Dophins with 13 points and Anton Saks added 10. The game was close early as Petras Balocka scored twice and Povilas Sakinis pulled up for a triple to give the Dolphins a 9-4 start. Lojeski and Rich got Oostende on the board, but Saks made sure to keep Norrkoping on top, 15-12, after 10 minutes. Mikael Lindqvist opened the second quarter with a triple, but Oostende took over after that. Chris Booker scored half the points in a 0-10 charge as the visitors went ahead. Sylvester Seay tied the game briefly at 22-22 only to see Oostende tack on 7 more in a row. The hosts never quit and Mitchell closed within 30-33 with three-and-a-half minutes left in the half, however a pair of Dusan Sakota triples and a third from Quentin Serron made it 34-42 at the break. Lojeski scored 6 quick points as the lead hit 15 early in the third quarter and Rich made it a 20-point game late in the third quarter. And despite Norrkoping’s best efforts, Oostende continued to pad its lead in the fourth quarter to wrap up a convincing win.

Besiktas JK
Besiktas JK 78-70 Dexia Mons-Hainaut
Dexia Mons-Hainaut

Marcelus Kemp, A.J. Ogilvy - Besiktas Cola Turka (Photo: JK led by as many as 15 en route to a 78-70 win over Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Besiktas’s stars carried the team, but head coach Ergin Ataman only got 2 points from his bench. Marcelus Kemp starred with 24 points for the winners, while Zoran Erceg posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, Deron Williams scored 15 and dished 9 assists and Erwin Dudley posted 13 points and 10 boards. Justin Cage led Mons with 13 points, Quincy Taylor recorded 12 points and 7 assists and Ahmad Nivens also scored 12. Taylor helped Mons jump out to a promising 7-13 start, but a David Hawkins triple and points on consecutive possessions from Williams closed the gap. Nivens was next to lift Mons only to see Besiktas bounce back on a Kemp triple to tie it and then finish the first quarter ahead 22-21 after a Williams three. The teams traded scores for the first few minutes of the second quarter until – with the score tied 28-28 – Besiktas reeled off 7 straight points. Even so, A.J. Slaughter helped Mons climb right back, though a Dudley tip-in at the buzzer made it 41-37 at the half. Kemp started the second half with a pair of triples and even with Mons hitting shots too, the Besiktas offensive onslaught proved too much. A Erceg triple gave the hosts a double-digit lead, Hawkins added basket-plus-foul and Williams spotted Kemp on the break to make it 61-46. Nivens helped close the game to 63-52 by the end of the third quarter. Mons continued its late push with 7 quick points early in the fourth quarter to get within 6. But after a Besiktas timeout, Dudley scored from the line and Kemp nailed a triple to give the hosts control. Williams and Kemp showed off with an alley-oop slam in taking the lead to 74-59 and securing a promising advantage for the deciding game in Belgium.

BK Ventspils
BK Ventspils 75-74 BC Azovmash
Azovmash Mariupol

Jahmar Young - BK Ventspils (Photo FIBA Europe)BK Ventspils edged BC Azovmash 75-74 on a buzzer-beating Jahmar Young three-point shot. Young shined all night for the winner and finished with a game-high 28 points. Samuel Wilard added a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards for Ventspils. Ricky Minard paced Azovmash with 16 points and Hasan Rizvic and Rado Rancik tallied 14 each in defeat. Azovmash hosts Game 2 next week in Ukraine. Ventspils jumped out early by scoring the game’s first 5 points, pushed the lead to 15-7 on a Janis Strelnieks three-pointer and then 25-15 late in the quarter before Rizvic and Oleksiy Pecherov brought Azovmash within 6 after 10 minutes. Minard added 4 points before Rizvic capped a 0-10 Azovmash run to tie the score. Dan Ewing gave the visitors their first lead three minutes into the second quarter, 27-29. Ventspils responded to regain the lead, but Rancik brought Azovmash within 42-39 at halftime. Young heated up after the break and soon pushed the hosts to 49-39 and Wilard made it 54-42. Rizvic and Minard carried Azovmash back and it stood at 61-57 with one quarter remaining. The visitors kept fighting and it paid off when Oleksandr Kolchenko’s triple tied the score at 66-66. After two more ties, Minard put Azovmash ahead 70-72 with 2:34 to play. The game came down to the final shot and Ventspils predictably went to the hot had and Young did not disappoint with a triple at the buzzer to snare a narrow win.

Lukoil Academic
Lukoil Academic 70-65 BK Prostejov
BK Prostejov

Bozhidar Avranov - Lukoil Academic (Photo FIBA Europe)Lukoil Academic held on for a 70-65 BK Prostejov thanks to 17 points from Lamont Mack. The all-time leading Eurocup scorer, Todor Stoykov, and Bozhidar Avramov added 10 each for the Bulgarian champs. Jamar Smith paced Prostejov with 22 points and Bertengeh Gadri tallied 10 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Dusan Pandula scored first for Prostejov as the game was close for the first several minutes. Soon Mack took over with 9 points in a 10-0 run that gave the hosts a double-digit lead. Pandula helped Prostejov get back within 21-17 after 10 minutes. Academic surged ahead in the middle of the second quarter as the lead reached 12, but led by Smith, Prostejov managed to get back to 36-31 by halftime. The visitors climbed even closer in the third quarter and eventually went ahead 44-45 on a pair of free throws by Smith. But back-to-back three-pointers by Akida McLain and Avramov helped Lukoil to a 51-47 edge at the end of that quarter. After Prostejov closed the gap again, a Damjan Stojanovski steal and feed to Tencho Banev for a slam brought cheers from the fans and soon a 9-0 run ensured the Academic win and a promising margin for the return leg.