Laboral Kutxa wins final home game, eliminates Fenerbahce Ulker
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria bid farewell to its home floor in style by hitting 13 three-pointers and knocking Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul out of the playoff race with a 95-73 victory on Thursday night at Fernando Buesa Arena. With its second consecutive win, already-eliminated Laboral improved to 4-9 in Group E, while Fenerbahce dropped to 5-8. The hosts took the lead for good at the end of the first quarter and behind Andres Nocioni and Tibor Pleiss built a 47-38 halftime lead. After the break, Laboral came out with a 13-1 run fueled by Thomas Heurtel, opening up a 21-point margin and never looked. Pleiss collected 15 points plus 10 rebounds, and Nocioni also scored 15 in victory. Heurtel had 14 points and dished 10 assists, and Fernando San Emeterio also netted 14. Lamont Hamilton, back after missing almost two months with an injury, had 11 points in 14 minutes, while Adam Hanga chipped in with 10. Bo McCalebb scored 19 points for Fenerbahce. Bojan Bogdanovic added 14 points, while Linas Kleiza had 9 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.
First quarter: Laboral gets it going from downtown
Luka Zoric and Heurtel traded jumpers to open the scoring, and were followed by Bogdanovic with another jumper for Fenerbahce and a driving layup from San Emeterio for the hosts. After a steal and a dunk from Nemanja Bjelica at 4-6, Laboral went in front with a triple from Fabien Causeur. Bogdanovic used another turnover from the hosts for a fastbreak basket, but Pleiss scored from close range and Heurtel from mid-range for an 11-8 Laboral lead. Fenerbahce answered with three-pointers from Emir Preldzic and Melih Mahmutoglu, and Oguz Savas scored a layup to make 12-16. But Lamont Hamilton, back after missing almost two months with an injury, answered from downtown. Then, with a fastbreak from San Emeterio and a three-pointer from Nocioni, Laboral led 20-18 after the first quarter.
Second quarter: Hosts take off behind Pleiss, Nocioni
Pleiss scored inside to start the second quarter, and after a reverse layup from Preldzic, the hosts snapped a basket-for-basket trend as another triple from Nocioni and a tip-in from Pleiss helped Laboral to 29-21. McCalebb replied with an explosive slam, and followed it with a layup, but Giuseppe Poeta sank a triple, then fed Adam Hanga for a reverse alley-oop dunk, before Nocioni hit his third three-pointer at 37-29. Hanga and Linas Kleiza traded layups, and Kleiza hit a long jumper for the visitors to make it 40-34. But Pleiss scored a pair of tough baskets from close range, and while McCalebb drove for a layup on the other end, San Emeterio's transition three-pointer made it 47-38 at halftime.
Third quarter: Heurtel paces Laboral to a huge lead
Heurtel nailed a triple and drove for a fastbreak layup to start the second ahlf, before Leo Mainoldi finished another fastbreak and made it 54-38. After a timeout from visiting coach Zeljko Obradovic, triples from San Emeterio and Heurtel capped a 13-1 run, making it 60-39. Zoric scored a basket-plus foul and a layup on a breakaway for Fenerbahce, but Pleiss made a fastbreak dunk and Hamilton fought his way for a layup-plus-foul and a 65-44 advantage. McCalebb went coast-to-coast for a layup, but Laboral scored at will, extending the difference to 77-50 with Mainoldi and Hamilton hitting triples, and Nocioni adding a pair of baskets. Before the end of the quarter, Izzet Turkyilmaz got himself on the scoreboard with a tip-in, but Laboral was well ahead, holding a 78-54 lead.
Fourth quarter: Vitoria bids farewell to fans with romp
Nocioni and Hanga extended the difference to 82-54 before Bogdanovic hit a three-pointer. Bjelica also added a triple for the visitors, but Causer and Hanga made it 88-60. The pace and scoring slowed with McCalebb the only scorer in almost three minutes of the quarter, before San Emeterio and Heurtel scored from close range, and David Jelinek hit one from deep to make it 95-66, the biggest margin of the night. McCalebb scored 5 more late points, but the winner was long decided.
Thursday, April 3, 2014