2013-14Regular SeasonRound 10
December 18, 2013 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 MAPOORO ARENA
FoxTown Cantu won Group A, using a big second quarter in route to a 92-68 win over Cibona Zagreb. Cantu pulled away with a 20-5 run in th second quarter that helped it build 53-37 halftime lead, and the hosts cruised to victory, improving to a 8-2 record, the same as Telenet Ostend, but Cantu won the head-to-head match-up against the Belgian champs with a 25-point home win, compared to a 79-77 road loss. Previously eliminated Cibona finished the regular season with 1-9 record. Maarten Leunen paced the winners with 18 points, while Pietro Aradori collected 14 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Marcel Jones chipped in with 12, Awudu Abass with 11 and Roberto Rullo 11 points. Dario Saric had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Cibona, while Marin Rozic netted 9 in defeat.

Youngsters Marko Arapovic and Saric got Cibona going early, and Rozic hit a triple as Cibona led 3-10. The hosts replied with a 8-0 run, and Abass scored 6 points, but Jerel Blassingame, D.J. Strawberry and Matthew Janning each hit a triple for the visitors and 22-23 at the end of the first. In the second, however, Cantu put together a 20-5 spurt to pull away. Aradori hit a pair of jumpers and Jones a triple, before Michael Jenkins hit couple of jumps shots, too. Leunen capped a run with a basket-plus-foul for 45-32. Rozic and Strawberry scored for Cibona, but Roberto Rullo buried a triple to end the second quarter for 53-37 halftime lead. Triples from Joe Ragland and Jenkins extended the margin to 20 points at the start of the third quarter, before a dunk from Adrian Uter and a layup-plus-foul from Leunen made it 67-43. Saric and Strawberry scored rare buckets for Cibona, before Aradori nailed a triple for 74-50 after 30 minutes. Rullo hit from downtown early in the fourth, and layups from Uter and Jones made it 84-54. With the game long out of reach, Saric and Blassingame hit back-to-back three-pointer for the visitors in a 0-9 run, but Jones and Rullo answered from downtown, closing out the game.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Referees: LOVSIN, ANDREJ (SLO), GELLER, RENAUD (BEL), VAN DEN BROECK, NICK (BEL)
Attendance: 2473 (Tentative)
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FoxTown Cantu
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 ABASS, AWUDU 25:41 11 3/5 1/1 2/2   2 2 1   1 1   1 1 12
7 JONES, MARCEL 22:31 12 3/6 2/3     4 4 1   1 1   4   9
8 UTER, ADRIAN 27:27 7 2/8   3/4 6 4 10 2   1     2 4 13
9 RULLO, ROBERTO 18:27 11 0/2 3/4 2/2       1 1       3 2 9
10 LEUNEN, MAARTEN 23:12 18 5/7 1/2 5/5 2 1 3 1 3     1 3 4 22
11 JENKINS, MICHAEL 23:56 9 3/5 1/4     3 3 4 3 2     1 1 12
15 NWOHUOCHA, CURTIS 1:27   0/1                         -1
20 RAGLAND, JOE 18:58 6 1/3 1/3 1/2   5 5 3 1 2     3 1 6
21 ARADORI, PIETRO 26:57 14 4/6 1/3 3/3   4 4 5         1 4 22
22 CUSIN, MARCO 3:04                           1 1
30 GENTILE, STEFANO 8:20 4 2/4 0/1         1           1 3
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 92 23/47 10/21 16/18 10 25 35 19 8 7 2 1 18 19 112
        48.9% 47.6% 88.9%
Head coach: SACRIPANTI, PINO
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
Cibona Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 KUS, DAVOR 19:33     0/1     1 1   1 1     2 1 -1
7 BLASSINGAME, JEREL 29:21 8 1/5 2/6   3 1 4 4 1 5     3 2 3
9 SARIC, DARIO 36:41 22 7/14 1/1 5/5 5 7 12 2 1 3 1 2 4 7 29
20 ROZIC, MARIN 22:45 9 1/4 2/2 1/2 1 2 3 1   1     1 1 8
21 JAGODIK, MARKO 24:10 8 2/4 0/1 4/4 2 6 8   1 1     3 2 12
22 JUNAKOVIC, MARTIN 10:39 3 1/2   1/1       1   1     2 2 2
23 JANNING, MATT 17:34 6 1/6 1/3 1/2   1 1 3   1     1 2 2
24 STRAWBERRY, D.J. 30:24 8 2/8 1/4 1/2 2 4 6 2   3     2 1 2
32 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 8:53 4 2/4 0/1   1 1 2           1   2
44 GABRIC, TOMISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 2 5           1   4
Totals 200:00 68 17/47 7/19 13/16 17 25 42 13 4 16 1 2 20 18 63
        36.2% 36.8% 81.3%
Head coach: RIMAC, SLAVEN

Head Coaches

SACRIPANTI, PINO
FoxTown Cantu
"We reached the end of this stage, managing to finish it in the first place. We won eight games out of ten: what I appreciate the most is that my team always tried to gain a victory, kept fighting and being united till the end, even during both the matches we lost. Tonight we were helped by our fans, in a game that could have been tough. My players knew that this match was very important: winning tonight meant that we may have an easier group in the Last 32. Cibona is a very good team, especially because they work a lot with young players. They have important players like Marin Rozic, who can read the game with intelligence, and Jerel Blassingame, who was insidious for us in the first minutes. Except the first period, we managed to take advantage and to maintain it until the end of the game thanks to a high level of our intensity. Now, we'll wait for the next stage, and we hope to give our supporters another precious gift."
RIMAC, SLAVEN
Cibona Zagreb
"Tonight we had a lot of problems managing the game, because we were without our big guys. At the beginning we managed to make it hard for Cantu to find the way to score, but then they reached a good rhythm and kept it during the rest of the match. We tried to play a good game, but we perfectly knew that there was a big difference between the two teams."
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