2011-12Regular SeasonRound 2
October 26, 2011 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 IRADIER ARENA

Caja Laboral downed Bennet Cantu 81-69

Caja Laboral stayed unbeaten in Group A by downing Bennet Cantu 81-69 in Vitoria, Spain on Wednesday. Laboral moved up to 2-0 to take sole possession of first place - even when Bizkaia Bilbao Basket can join it if it beats Sluc Nancy tomorrow. Cantu dropped to 1-1 but its chances to go to the Top 16 are still intact. Mirza Teletovic had 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. He had all points in an 8-0 run that allowed Laboral to get full control of for good. Milko Bjelica added 17, Thomas Huertel had 11 while Kevin Seraphin had 10 for the winners. Vladimir Micov led Cantu with 14 points. Marko Scekic added 13 while Giorgi Shermadini had 11 for the guests. Free throws by Scekic allowed Cantu to get a 26-27 edge at the end of a high-scoring first quarter. Milko Bjelica shined late in the first half but Shermadini and Nicolas Mazzarino helped Cantu to tie the game, 44-44, at halftime. A three-pointer by Micov helped Cantu to stay within 65-62 but Teletovic sank consecutive three-pointers and took over with a huge dunk for a 73-62 Laboral lead, enough for the hosts to control the game for good.

Seraphin got Laboral going with a jump hook and added a wild put-back dunk for a 4-0 score. Cantu went scoreless for almost 3 minutes until Manuchar Markoishvili struck from downtown. Seraphin shined with an alleyoop layup that Maarten Leunen erased with a layup. Heurtel took over with a high-flying tip-in that Shermadini bettered with a three-point play for an 8-8 tie. Teletovic stepped up with a layup-plus-foul and a four-meter jumper by Heurtel gave Laboral some fresh air, 13-8. Heurtel stayed on fire with a driving layup that made Cantu call timeout at 15-8. Andrea Cinciarini shined with a three-point play and fed Micov for an easy layup to get the guests within 15-13. Milko Bjelica scored in transition but Denis Marconato matched it with a jump hook and a triple by Leunen made it a one-point game, 19-18. Pau Ribas and Milko Bjelica hit free throws but Micov, Marconato and a three-pointer by Nicolas Mazzarino gave Cantu a 23-25 edge. A layup-plus-foul by Milko Bjelica and free throws by Scekic fixed the score at 26-27 after 10 minutes.

Gianluca Basile sank a long jumper early in the second quarter but back-to-back three-pointers by Milko Bjelica and Teletovic quickly helped Laboral to restore a 32-29 edge. Shermadini fed Mazzarino for a layup but Nemanja Bjelica answered from downtown for a 35-31 score. Pablo Prigioni quickly scored off a steal to make Cantu call a much-needed timeout at 37-31. Mazzarino kept pacing Cantu with free throws but he didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, Milko Bjelica nailed another triple to boost the hosts' lead to 40-33. Markoishvili answered from downtown and a layup by Scekic kept Cantu as close as 40-38. The guests kept excelling in defense and a floating layup by Micov tied it at 40-40. Heurtel back the shot clock buzzer with a layup that Shermadini erased with free throws. Scekic scored again but Ribas buried a corner jumper for a 44-44 tie at halftime.

Oleson made free throws immediately after the break and Heurtel added a running three-pointer for a 49-44 Laboral lead. Cantu struggled to score early in the third quarter and a coast-to-coast layup by Fernando San Emeterio made the guests call timeout at 51-44. Micov rescued Cantu with a triple and Scekic banked in a jump hook to make it a two-point game, 51-49. Seraphin shined with a turnaround jumper but Cantu had raised its defensive level. Cinciarini took over with a second-chance basket, as Laboral kept struggling to score. A jumper by Scekic forced the hosts to call a much-needed timeout at 53-53. Milko Bjelica and Teletovic sank free throws but Micov and an unstoppable Scekic erased with consecutive baskets. Teletovic buried a baseline jumper but a backdoor layup by Mazzarino tied the game again, 59-59. Foul shots by Nemanja Bjelica put the hosts back ahead, 61-59, after 30 minutes.

Teletovic kept pacing Laboral with a backdoor layup early in the fourth quarter, as the hosts try to control the game with Prigioni, Ribas and Nemanja Bjelica together on court. Teletovic sank another shot for a 65-59 score with under 8 minutes to go. Micov rescued Cantu with a bomb from downtown but Teletovic copied him in the other end for a 68-62 score. Cantu faced severe troubles, as Marconato fouled out while Scekic and Leunen each had 4. Teletovic - who else? - set the crowd on fire with a show-stopping dunk and then buried a catch-and-shoot three-pointer to break the game open, 73-62, after an 8-0 run in which he had all points. Shermadini sank a hook shot and added free throws to give Cantu some hope, 73-66, with over 3 minutes left. San Emeterio hit 4-of-4 free throws, as Laboral started to use long possessions to run the game clock down. Shermadini dunked it but it was already too late for Cantu, as all Laboral fans were celebrating that their team is still undefeated in Group A.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO (MNE)
Attendance: 7923
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Caja Laboral26446181
Bennet Cantu27445969
Caja Laboral
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RIBAS, PAU 14:36 4 1/2 0/3 2/2 1   1   1       2 1 1
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 22:57 4 1/1   2/2   1 1 4 1 2     2 2 8
11 BJELICA, MILKO 30:03 17 3/5 2/3 5/5   2 2   1 2     3 5 17
13 SERAPHIN, KEVIN 17:15 10 4/7   2/2 4 3 7   1 1 2   2 1 15
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 23:57 6 1/2 0/3 4/4   7 7 1 1 1       2 12
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 17:03 11 4/6 1/2   2 2 4 1   1       1 13
24 OLESON, BRAD 22:00 2 0/1 0/1 2/2   1 1 1   2 1   2 5 4
33 TELETOVIC, MIRZA 32:37 22 5/10 3/6 3/5   3 3 1       2 2 5 17
42 CALBARRO, UNAI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 19:32 5   1/1 2/2   4 4 4 3 1     5 4 14
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 81 19/34 7/19 22/24 8 24 32 12 8 10 3 2 18 26 103
        55.9% 36.8% 91.7%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Bennet Cantu
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LIGHTY, DAVID 7:12                 1       1    
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 31:52 14 4/8 2/5     4 4 5 1 3   1 2 2 13
7 SCEKIC, MARKO 25:23 13 5/8 0/2 3/5 1 1 2     3 1   5 4 5
8 ORTNER, BENJAMIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 13:32 6 0/4 2/3   2 1 3 2 1 1   1 2 2 5
10 LEUNEN, MAARTEN 21:01 5 1/4 1/2     4 4 2 1 1     4   3
11 MARCONATO, DENIS 14:58 4 2/4       5 5     1 1   5   2
12 MAZZARINO, NICOLAS 23:21 9 2/2 1/5 2/2   1 1 2 1     1 1 2 9
19 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 16:48 11 3/4   5/7 3 2 5 1   1     1 5 17
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 30:18 5 2/4 0/2 1/1 2 1 3 3   1     3 2 5
21 BOLZONELLA, FEDERICO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 BASILE, GIANLUCA 15:35 2 1/1 0/2   2   2     2     2 1 -1
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 69 20/39 6/21 11/15 11 19 30 15 5 14 2 3 26 18 58
        51.3% 28.6% 73.3%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Caja Laboral
"We knew that Cantu is a team that reads the game pretty well. Cantu played great defense and gave us a lot of problems, especially in the first half. Despite the difficulties, we found the faith we needed to be able to win, and we managed to keep fighting despite the struggle and lack of ideas at times on offense. We managed to win, which is the most important thing. There are moments in our game when some players are not at their normal level and that’s something we expect to improve in the next games."
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Bennet Cantu
"First of all I would like to give my congratulations to Caja Laboral for this win. The won because they had patience, they waited for their moment to win the game and find their key players, like Mirza Teletovic. We played solid for the first 30 minutes, but our biggest problem is that we didn’t believe in our chances. We did the things right for 35 minutes, we had chances, but our mentality wasn’t the right one in the end. We didn’t do the things we needed to win. They did. We weren’t what we wanted to be, we took wrong decisions and didn’t execute well."

Players

TELETOVIC, MIRZA
Caja Laboral
"I’m very happy about this win; I'm very happy for the work the team has done, because it was a very tough contest that required all we had to win. I didn’t win the game alone, the team did a great job on defense in the last quarter, preventing them from scoring. You can always find a guy on this team who can score to win the game – today it was me, but it can be whoever. Cantu is a team with experienced and quality players, they know the game and play smart, always looking for the open man and the extra pass. They play in a very tough domestic competition too, so they are used to fighting hard for 40 minutes. "
BASILE, GIANLUCA
Bennet Cantu
"When you play a Euroleague game, you must believe you can win. If you don’t, you lose. The feeling I got tonight is that we didn’t believe in our chances, like we knew already that we were going to lose. We lacked the attitude we had on other days. We stayed in the game for 35 minutes, but lacked concentration in the last five, allowing open shots by key players like Teletovic, something you never should do. Anyway, it’s just one game and we have to learn from this and grow as a team. We need to realize what it takes to win on a court like this, against a team like this. "
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