Eurocup Qualifying Round 2011-12, Game 2 reports

Oct 05, 2011 by Print
Telenet Oostende
Telenet Oostende 70-67 Norrkoping Dolphins
Norrkoping Dolphins
Dusan Sakota - Telenet Oostende (photo Oostende finished off a sweep of Norrkoping Dolphins on Wednesday to advance to the Eurocup Regular Season. Oostende was all but assured winning the series after a 26-point victory in Game 1. The hosts ran out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter of this game, but Norrkoping fought back to make a game of it. Chris Booker led the winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Dusan Sakota added 11. Oladapo Ayuba paced the Dolphins with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Povilas Sakinis netted 17 in defeat. Oostende grabbed the game by its horns early as Veselin Petrovic and Booker put the hosts up 15-5. Led by Mikael Lindqvist, Norrkoping scored the last 6 points of the quarter to close within 22-18 and eventually tied the game at 24-24. Oostende soon regained its edge at 36-25 on a Quentin Serron triple and led 43-35 at the half. Norrkoping fought back once more and took a 51-54 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Sakinis made a three to start the fourth to put some pressure on the hosts. Sakota highlighted an 11-0 response that put Oostende back ahead for good and despite a valiant effort from the visitors, Oostende finished out the game for a win.

BK Prostejov
BK Prostejov 77-87 Lukoil Academic
Lukoil Academic
Bulgarian champion Lukoil Academic ensured its return to the Eurocup Regular Season with a 77-87 win over BK Prostejov in the second leg of the qualifying round. The game was close for two-and-a-half quarters until Academic schooled Prostejov with a 2-23 run that put the game and series away. Andre Owens led the winners with 17 points, Lamont Mack added 15 and Brandon Heath scored 13 for the winners. Arvydas Eitutavicius paced Prostejov with 14 points and Bertengeh Gadri and Matej Venta scored 11 each in defeat. The game was close early with neither team leading by more than a basket in the first quarter, which ended with Academic ahead 16-19. That changed when Bozhidar Avramov scored the first basket of the second quarter. Prostejov came back to tie the game and take the lead on Venta’s basket-plus-foul. Strong play from Gadri and a triple by Dusan Pandula ensured the hosts a 39-38 halftime edge. Eitutavicius stretched the lead to 46-42 early in the third quarter, but soon Academic was doing the teaching. A technical foul on the Prostejov bench helped trigger a 2-23 charge that put the Bulgarian champs in control. By the time Venta made 2 free throws to end the third quarter, Academic led 53-70, which meant 22 total points on aggregate. Prostejov managed to score the first 7 points of the fourth quarter as it hoped to rally, but Mack’s three-point play showed that Lukoil would not fold. Prostejov did not stop and managed to close within 69-75 only to see the visitors tally 6 quick points to ice the game and series.

Gran Canaria 2014
Gran Canaria 2014 92-65 Artland Dragons
Artland Dragons
Xavi Rey - Gran Canaria 2014 (photo Gran Canaria)Gran Canaria took care of business against Artland Dragons with a 92-65 victory to advance to the Eurocup Regular Season. With a 5-point lead in hand from Game 1, Granca took charge by the end of the opening quarter and proceeded to outscore the Dragons in each quarter. Xavi Rey led six Gran Canaria scorers in double figures with 14 points and Spencer Nelson and Marquez Haynes added 12 apiece. Johannes Strasser paced Artland with 11 points. Artland raced out to a promising 7-12 start on a David Holston jumper, but Tomas Bellas soon tied the score at 14-14. A Rafa Martinez triple followed by another from Michel Bramos put the hosts ahead 27-20 after 10 minutes. Rey gave Granca its first double-digit lead, 37-27, but a pair of Strasser three-pointers kept Artland alive. Bellas pushed the home side to 46-33 only to see Anthony Hilliard bring it to 50-41 at the half. A Nelson three followed by a Haynes bucket increased the Granca cushion to 66-49 midway through the third quarter. And Sitaphe Sivane had it at 20 before the quarter was over, which basically allowed the hosts to play out the final 10 minutes in a celebratory atmosphere with the knowledge that a return to the Eurocup was in the cards.

Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Le Mans 80-78 Pinar Karsiyaka
Pinar Karsiyaka
Alex Acker - Le Mans (photo David Piolé - Mans swept its way into the Eurocup Regular Season with an 80-78 win over Pinar Karsiyaka to sweep their series. Le Mans won their first meeting by 7 in Turkey. That lead had been erased by the end of the third quarter as Karsiyaka played tough, but Taylor Rochestie and Marcellus Sommerville starred in a 12-0 run that bridged the third and fourth corners and set the stage for a Le Mans win and a berth in the Eurocup. Alex Acker paced the winners with 19 points, Taylor Rochestie tallied 15 points and 10 assists and Marcellus Sommerville and J.P. Batista added 14 points each for Le Mans. Goran Ikonic paced the visitors with 21 points, Mire Chatman posted 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Jovo Stanojevic added 16 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. Batista and Acker fueled Le Mans early as the hosts went ahead 12-6. Chatman and Stanojevic carried Karsiyaka right back with a 2-12 charge. A Birkan Batuk triple helped the visitors settle on a 20-24 lead at the end of one quarter. Batista pulled Le Mans within 26-28, but triples by Ikonic and Jeffery Morgan allowed Karsiyaka to jump to a double-digit lead. Le Mans made a furious charge to get back just before the break with clutch scores coming from Acker and Alain Koffi to close the gap to 45-46 by halftime. Ikonic and Chatman came together and helped Karsiyaka make a move to go ahead 54-63 midway through the fourth quarter. Koffi kept Le Mans in the game and after Chatman stretched the lead to 10, Charles Kahudi made it 61-69 after three quarters. Rochestie and Sommerville combined for the game’s next 8 points to tie the score before the former fed Acker for a fast break slam and a 71-69 lead. From that point the game remained close and Karsiyaka took a 75-76 lead with 2:23 left. However Le Mans also had a 7-point edge carried over from Game 1 and when a Sommerville triple put the hosts back on top, the tide had turned again and Le Mans held on to win.

Cedevita Zagreb 84-69 Elan Chalon
Elan Chalon
Cedevita roared back to the Eurocup with an 84-69 win over Elan Chalon. Reigning Eurocup MVP Dontaye Draper starred with 18 points, 10 assists and 4 steals to lead his team, which trailed in the third quarter before a 13-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters put Cedevita in control. Marino Bazdaric, who was clutch in the closing minutes, added 12 points and 7 rebounds among five Cedevita scorers in double figures. Blake Schilb led Chalon with 21 points and 5 assists. The game was tight in the opening minutes with neither team leading by more than 3 points until Draper and Bazdaric teamed up in the last minute of the quarter to make it 20-16. Marko Car added a three-pointer and Miro Bilan scored inside as the hosts pushed the lead to 27-18. Michel Jean-Baptiste-Adolphe converted a three-point play and then finished a 0-10 Chalon run with a dish to Schilb as the visitors regained the lead. But Cedevita rode Draper on a run of its own to go up 38-30 by halftime. Back-to-back threes by Nicolas Lang and Schilb made it 41-40 and later Joffrey Lauvergne put Chalon ahead 47-50 from the line. Four Ivan Opacak free throws and a Draper triple accounted for a 7-0 finish to the third quarter and those two kept at it early in the fourth as Cedevita stormed to a 65-54 edge. Opacak and Draper hit timely threes as Cedevita assumed full control of the game and extended its lead to 74-59. Chalon closed the gap to 9 – which meant 4 on aggregate, but Bazdaric was clutch down the stretch and Chalon never got any closer.

Dexia Mons-Hainaut
Dexia Mons-Hainaut 74-63 Besiktas
Besiktas JK
Anthony Slaughter - Dexia Mons (photo Mons-Hainaut used a 21-2 third-quarter run and a 13-0 charge in the fourth to turn the tables on Besiktas and advance to the Eurocup Regular Season. Mons won 74-63 to overcome an 8-point deficit from the first leg and claim the series. A.J. Slaughter starred with 19 points and Ahmad Nivens added 18 points and 9 rebounds for the victors, who trailed by 15 on aggregate at halftime. Marcelus Kemp paced Besiktas with 18 points, Erwin Dudley netted 13 and Zoran Erceg 11, but Besiktas’s biggest summer signing, Deron Williams, struggled for 7 points on 3-of-13 shooting and dished 7 assists, but also committed 6 turnovers. Kemp picked up where he left off in the first game by fueling an early run of 9 unanswered points as Besiktas jumped to a 4-13 lead. Despite a basket and assist from Slaughter, Erceg had Besiktas ahead by double figures at the midway point of the opening quarter. Slaughter and Nivens managed to cut the deficit to 14-18 after 10 minutes. Dudley and David Hawkins kept the visitors ahead, though Mons stayed close and got within 27-28 on an Alexandre Libert triple. Hawkins restored a 28-35 halftime advantage. After Dudley scored inside to open the second half, Mons took over. The backcourt duo of Slaughter and Sean Singletary caught fire and combined for 14 points and 4 assists in a 21-2 charge that put Mons ahead 49-39. Fikret Akin and Kemp put Besiktas back ahead on aggregate, but Mons held a 53-45 lead – and aggregate tie – at the end of the quarter. An Erceg triple put Besiktas back in control, but Mons shook that off with the game’s next 13 points. Quincy Taylor, Nivens and Warren Carter each scored twice in the game breaking run that made it 66-48, which meant a 10-point aggregate lead for the hosts with four minutes to play. Kemp carried Basiktas back for an exciting finish by twice bringing his team with 4 aggregate points. Mons’s free throw shooting left the door open for Besiktas, which made it 72-63 when Williams banked in a triple with 6.6 seconds left. Taylor, with 5.8 tics on the clock, sank 2 from the line and Erceg missed a wild three to tie it allowing Mons to celebrate the game and series win and Eurocup berth that came with it.

Spartak St. Petersburg
Spartak St. Petersburg 83-64 Etha Engomis
Etha Engomis
Patrick Beverley - Spartak SPB (photo St. Petersburg stormed into the Eurocup Regular Season with an 83-64 win over Etha Engomis, which denied the Cypriot champs their first trip to the competition. Spartak, which won Game 1 of the series by 1, pulled away in the second quarter to take a 49-36 halftime lead and then soared to a 20+ point advantage in the third quarter to wrap things up early. Patrick Beverley shined for the winners with 26 points and 5 steals, Valery Likhodey netted 15, Yotam Halperin peppered the court with 14 points and 7 assists and Loukas Mavrokefalidis added 10 points. Patrick Okafor led Etha with 15 points, Thomas Massamba scored 12 and Valdas Dabkus 11. Spartak made its move early as Miha Zupan hit a triple and finished a break with a slam to give his team an 11-4 lead. Etha soon closed to within 3 with a Okafor basket and later got to 21-19 on a Massamba three-point play. A Nikola Dragovic free throw made it 24-21 at the end of the first quarter. Halperin continued his impressive playmaking by setting up Mavrokefalidis as the hosts restored a 7-point lead. Massamba’s triple kept Etha within striking distance at 33-29. The tide turned Spartak’s way when Etha head coach Antonis Konstantinides was slapped with a technical foul and Halperin took advantage with 3 free throws. Mavrokefalidis then capped an 8-0 run to make it 41-29. Vladimir Dragicevic pushed the lead to 49-36 by halftime. Beverley essentially sealed the outcome when he put Spartak up 20 late in the third quarter. It reached 70-48 by the end of the quarter after 2 A……Kotishevskiy free throws and Etha never got closer than 15 the rest of the way.

Azovmash Mariupol
BC Azovmash 79-65 BK Ventspils
BK Ventspils
Azovmash sealed its return to the Eurocup with a 79-65 win over BK Ventspils. The visitors came into the game with a 1-point lead from the opening leg, but Azovmash led most of the way. Ventspils started the fourth quarter strong and tied the game at 62-62, which meant it led aggregate, but the hosts went on a 13-1 charge to wrap up the game and series. Ricky Minard starred for Azovmash with 24 points, Dan Ewing tallied 18 points and 5 assists, Rado Rancik was key late as he put up 13 points and 8 rebounds and Hasan Rizvic added 9 points and 10 boards. Bojan Bakic paced Ventspils with 18 points and Jahmar Young scored 14 in defeat. Ventspils and Young started strong as the guard scored the game’s first 5 points. A Bakic triple helped Ventspils stay in front midway through the opening quarter. A pair of Ewing baskets fueled an 8-0 run as Azovmash tied the game and then took the lead, 14-10. Ventspils turned to Janis Strelnieks, who rejuvenated his team’s attack and restored a narrow Ventspils lead at 14-16 after 10 minutes. A Young three-pointer added to the Ventspils lead and Bakic’s second three later made it 20-24. Bakic and Steven Gray maintained the Ventspils cushion before Minard took the scoring torch from Oleksiy Pecherov. A Minard three with just over two minutes left in the half tied the score at 30-30 and he proceeded to account for 7 of his team’s last 10 points in the quarter as Azovmash built a 37-32 halftime advantage. Bakic hit a tripleand Young scored to tie the game at 37-37 early in the second half, but Azovmash resumed control through Rizvic and Ewing before Minard and Ewing completed an 8-0 run to make it 52-41. Ewing took the lead as far as 59-45, but just when it seemed all was lost, a pair of M….. Laksa baskets before 2 Young free throws infused life in the game at 62-56 with one quarter to play. Young, Laksa and Janis Strelnieks scored the first 6 points of the quarter to tie the contest and give Ventspils the aggregate lead. Bogdan Bayda and Rancik responded for the hosts who took over and produced a 13-1 run that simply ended the game and series and sent Azovmash through to the Eurocup Regular Season.