Asseco Prokom Gdynia defended its home court 88-83 against Armani Jeans Milano and in the process registered its first win of the season. David Logan scored a season-high 23 points and Pape Sow registered his first career double-double to lead the Polish champs, who are now 1-2 in Group D and host Euroleague champion Panathinaikos next week. Milano fell to 1-2 and hosts BC Khimki next week. The visitors led by 9 points after 10 minutes thanks their suffocating defense, but Prokom found its offense in the second quarter and turned the game around fueled by Logan’s 17 first-half points. Jan-Hendrick Jagla came off the bench to score 16. Sow added 15 and 10 rebounds in an inspired effort against his old team from last season, and Daniel Ewing chipped in 12 for the winners. Milano was led by Morris Finley’s 25 points. Marius Petravicius scored 20 while Alex Acker and Jonas Maciulis added 18 and 11 points, respectively. Prokom out-rebounded Milano 43-29, including 14 offensive boards, in a very physical game that counted 70 free throws between the two teams.
Marius Petravicius scored the game’s first points with 2 foul shots to spark a 0-6 run by Milano. Acker added a baseline jumper, and Stefano Mancinelli fed Petravicius for a wide-open layup to force an early Prokom timeout. Milano’s defense suffocated the Porkom attack till Logan finally hit a three-pointer with 6:24 to play in the first. Petravicius used his size to work for 2 points in the lane, but Logan sliced into the paint for a nice layup. Morris Finley penetrated and scored a three-point play to put Milano up 5-11. Adam Hrycaniuk then responded with a field goal and a foul shot of his own. Ronnie Burrell drained a three from the top of the key, but Jonas Maciulis matched him with a triple and added 2 foul shots the next trip down, 11-15. Jan-Hendrick Jagla came of the bench to hit 2 free throws and then put back a missed free throw by Logan to pull Prokom to within 2 points. Acker scored in the post and Mike Hall drained a three at the buzzer to send Milano into the second quarter up 16-25.
Pape Sow scored inside to start the second period, and Qyntel Woods, who had spent most of the first quarter on the bench, drove in for a basket-plus-foul to revive Prokom. Logan hit a three-pointer that forced Milano to call for time with Prokom nipping at its heels. Logan nailed another three out of the timeout to cap an 11-0 run and give Prokom its first lead at 27-26. Finley finally answered for Milano with a three-pointer, but Logan drove in for the tough layup to tie the game. Petravicius scored in the paint and went 1 for 2 moments later from the line. Milano saw Hall go to the bench favoring his right leg after an awkward fall. After empty trips by both teams, Logan hit a three that knotted the score at 32-32. Petravicius went 1-for-2 from the line, but Hrycaniuk put in an offensive board as the lead seesawed back and forth. Woods used a beautiful spin move to get free in the lane and hit the short jumper, and Burrell tipped in a missed free throw by Sow to give Prokom a 43-35 lead. Milano shaved off 4 points to cut the deficit to 43-39 at halftime.
Milano opened the third with a 2-6 run capped by an Acker three-pointer to tie the game at 45-45. Sow put back an offensive board for 2 points, but Mancinelli immediately matched him with a tip-in of his own. Sow fed Daniel Ewing for a layup to reclaim a 2-point lead. After stealing an inbounds pass, Finley earned 2 points from the free throw line to knot the score once again. Jagla put in an offensive board and then stole a pass and fed Tyrone Brazelton for a breakaway score and a 53-49 lead. Hall came back on the court for Milano, but Sow turned another offensive board into a point from the line. Woods then was ejected from the game on a double technical and Finley made all 4 free throws to bring Milano to within 1 point. Acker reclaimed the lead for the visitors at 54-55 with a layup. Ewing and Finley traded three-pointers and Jagla bracketed a bucket by Petravicius with two triples to put Prokom up 64-60 heading into the final stanza.
Finley and Logan exchanged scores to open the fourth quarter. Logan made 1 of 2 from the line after an unsportsmanlike foul by Marco Mordente. After stealing the ball from Hall, Sow hit a sweet turnaround jumper. Maciulis scored off an offensive rebound, but Brazelton drained a three from deep. Acker answered with 3 points on an acrobatic layup plus a foul shot, but Prokom pushed out to a 77-67 advantage on a jumper by Sow and a triple by Jagla with 6:30 to play. Maciulis hit a jumper, but Sow, completely in the offensive flow against his former teammates, swished another basket. Prokom went ahead by 10 once again on a great team play that ended in a monster slam by Sow. But Milano was not done quite yet and clawed to within 81-79 on 8 straight free throws, 6 by Petravicius and 2 by Maciulis. Logan then stepped up and drove in for a clutch score to stop the Milano comeback. Milano began to foul intentionally and Finley hit a three-pointer with 13 seconds to play to cut the lead to 86-83. But Ewing sealed the win by calmly making both foul shots.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009