Beghelli Bologna showed indications of recovery by rolling Dynamo Moscow 81-62 in Paladozza, Italy, on Tuesday night. Fortitudo’s second straight ULEB Cup win lifts head coach Andrea Mazzon’s side into a three-way tie for third place in the group F with a 3-3 record. Dynamo Moscow, meanwhile, continues to share first place with Red Star Belgrade with a 4-2 mark. The visitors started the game better than the hosts, but Beghelli center Dalibor Bagaric and point guard Horace Jenkins put Fortitudo’s brand on the game, building a 15-point lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Jenkins and Bagaric continued to pour it on as Bologna built a 25-point lead, matching the score from its opening night loss to Dynamo. However head coach Svetislav Pesic’s guys found two three-pointers at the end to cut the lead to 19 in the end. Jenkins put on a scoring show with 27 points, while Bagaric and Oscar Torres had 12 each and Stefano Mancinelli 11. Former Fortitudo player Milos Vujanic had 13 points for Moscow, while Antonis Fotsis scored 11 and Niola Prkacin 10.
The teams remained scoreless at the start for nearly three minutes before Prkacin got Dynamo going. Horace Jenkins scored 5 straight points to put Fortitudo in front, but Vujanic and Prkacin restored a 5-9 lead for Moscow. Bagaric’s entry reversed the momentum as Beghelli took the lead and after Mancinelli buzzer-beating triple, led 14-11 after 10 minutes. Sergei Monya and Torres traded triples to open the second quarter, but Bagaric kept dominating as he as he scored, dished and took rebounds. Robertas Javtokas revived Dynamo with a put-back and a dunk while Fotsis brought the guests within 27-22, however Beghelli did not stop its run as Jenkins and Mancinelli caught fire and built an 11-2 run that pu the hosts up 38-24. A triple by Vujanic stopped the drought for Dynamo, but three-point plays by Dante Calabria and Jenkins made it 44-29 at halftime. The guests narrowed the gap at the beginning of the third quarter through Henry Domercant, Fotsis and Vujanic, but Fortitudo used Bagaric and Jenkins to pull away to a 56-38 lead. A three-pointer by Torres made it a 20-point game. Five consecutive free-throws were oxygen for Dynamo, but Torres and Jenkins were too hot to stop and the hosts led 64-44 after 30 minutes. By the fourth quarter, the outcome was clear. A powerful dunk by Mancinelli delighted the crows and Fortitudo didn’t let up until a three-point play by David Lamma and a pair of foul shots by Calabria made it 81-56 with a minute to play. But back-to-back triples by Fotsis and Petr Samoylenko made it lighter for Dynamo.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007