| Czech challenger CEZ Nymburk walked tall into the second of this weekend's Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds by handily defeating Banvit BK of Turkey by 69-57 on Friday in Charleroi, Belgium. Nymburk used a 13-0 run in the first quarter to establish big leads that it never let Banvit threaten the rest of the night. Nymburk advances to play Khimki Moscow Region of Russia, an earlier winner, in Saturday's bracket semifinals. Lamayne Wilson led the winners with a big double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. He was seconded by Tre Simmons, with 19 and 7, respectively. Pavel Pumprla added 12 points for Nymburk. Banvit, playing from behind all night, had Chuck Davis as its sole double-digit scorer, with 15 points. Banvit is out of the qualifying rounds, but will look forward to playing the 2011-12 Eurocup this season.
Banvit kept close at the start on a Cemal Nalga bucket, making it 4-4, but could not convert on early offensive rebounds to take the lead. Instead, Nymburk’s offense kicked in big-time then, with a 13-0 blast started by Pumprla and finished by Mike Lenzly. In between, Wilson and Simmons started firing, too. The latter's layup marked a 19-5 advantage for Nymburk. However, a pretty reverse layup by Davis soon cut the difference and foul shots by Baris Ermis brought Banvit to within 7 points, 19-12, after 10 minutes.
Nymburk opened the second quarter on a Lenzly layup, but Chris Hammonds answered from downtown, pulling Banvit to within 21-15. Banvit, however, wasn’t able to keep pace with Nymburk’s offensive attack. Wilson, Simmons and Lenzly poured in points, and Michal Kremens hit a buzzer-beating three on a set play to put Nymburk well in front, 34-21, at the end of 20 minutes.
Banvit reacted after halftime with a pair of close-in baskets from Davis. Pumprla responded with a dunk and free throw combination for Nymburk. Every time that Banvit creeped within single digits, like on a layup by Kenan Bajramovic at 37-29, Nymburk had an answer, namely Wilson's three-pointer a minute later. The same sequence saw Lance Williams cut the difference and Wilson raise it up to 45-34 with a dunk. In the end, Banvit couldn't wrest any control from Nymburk, which led 53-40 after three quarters.
Nymburk was content to trade baskets in the final quarter and was hardly endangered in the process. Once again, when Banvit threatened to get within single digits, on free throws by Davis at 62-51, Petr Benda made a nifty layup and Simmons teed up a three-pointer to prevent any miracle finishes. Nymburk's work was done, but there was not celebrating allowed yet. The new necessity was to get ready in less than 24 hours to play Khimki.
Friday, September 30, 2011