2009-10Last 16Round 1
January 26, 2010 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAVERDE
Janis Blums - Bizkaia Bilbao BasketThe only undefeated team from the Eurocup regular season stayed that way as Bilbao Biskaia topped host Benetton Basket 69-76 to open Group K of the Last 16 for both teams on Tuesday. Bilbao and Panellinios are now tied at 1-0 atop the group, while Benetton joins Brose Baskets at 0-1. Several minutes of shutout defense after Benetton had taken its only lead after halftime proved the difference for Bilbao. So did 15 points in the second quarter alone for Janis Blums, who made 4 three-pointers in 7 minutes and finished with a game-high 22 points. Marco Banic followed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Javi Salgado added 11 points, including 5 in a key late run to save the victory, as did newcomer Axel Hervelle. Benetton got 18 points from Gary Neal. Donatas Motiejunas pleased the home crowd with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists while Jasmin Hukic scored 13.

It was a toe-to-toe battle from the very start as Javi Rodriguez for Bilbao and Hukic for Benetton opened the game with three-point bombs. There were three more ties in the next minutes before Bilbao seemed to surge on layups by Chris Warren and Marko Banic at 9-12. A lead change was coming, however, as Motiejunas, Gary Neal and Hukic combined for the games next 7 points, while C.J. Wallace and Davor Kus added 2 free throws each to push Benetton in front 20-14 after 10 minutes. Bilbao followed Blums and Moiso to a second-quarter revival. That duo owned the floor with the first 8 points, including a triple by Blums, as Bilbao tied 22-22. Javi Salgado joined in with a pair of baskets around another three-pointer by Blums, who finished out the quarter completely on fire. Blums launched and hit 2 more shots from long-distance, including one on the buzzer, to give him 15 points in 10 minutes and Bilbao a 35-42 lead at the break.

Blums opened the second half with free throws before Daniel Hackett, Motiejunas and Neal mounted Benetton's response, an 11-2 run to tie it all up again, 46-46. After Banic and Motiejunas exchanged baskets, Jasmin fired Benetton back in from from downtown, 51-48. Banic took over, however, with the game's next 6 points as the Bilbao defense blanked the hosts for more than 3 minutes to lead 51-54 after three quarters. Bilbao extended its advantage on a three-point shot by Hervelle to open the final quarter, but Kelvin Rivers immediately did the same for Benetton. Hervelle and Motiejunas kept the scoreboard close at 58-61, before Alex Mumbru tried to let Bilbao escape with a big triple. Neal and Hukic reeled the guests back in, however, cutting the difference to 62-64 headed into the game's last 2 minutes. That's when Salgado reappeared, drilling a three-pointer and free throws in a 1-7 run that proved the difference in sending Bilbao home as a road winner to open Group K.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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Referees: MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO (CRO), CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), KRAUSE, OLIVER (GER)
Attendance: 2548
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Benetton Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DE NICOLAO, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 KUS, DAVOR 28:03 2 0/2 0/1 2/2   2 2   1 1     3 3 1
6 GRANT, TYRONE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 HUKIC, JASMIN 25:25 13 2/2 3/5     5 5 1         1   16
9 RIVERS, K.C. 25:32 7 2/2 1/2     1 1 1   2     2 1 5
10 NICEVIC, SANDRO 16:48 5 2/5   1/2   5 5   1 3     4 1 1
11 MOTIEJUNAS, DONATAS 31:09 17 7/9   3/4 3 2 5 3 4     1 1 7 31
12 SANDRI, DANIELE 0:04                              
13 HACKETT, DANIEL 17:30 3 0/1 1/1         3         2 1 4
14 NEAL, GARY 30:46 18 5/9 1/7 5/6   2 2 1 1       5 6 12
18 WALLACE, C.J. 24:43 4 1/4   2/2       4 1 2     3 2 3
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 69 19/34 6/16 13/16 3 17 20 13 8 9 0 1 21 21 72
        55.9% 37.5% 81.3%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
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
Bizkaia Bilbao B
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WARREN, CHRIS 22:54 2 1/2 0/2   3   3   2 3     2 1  
5 MOISO, JEROME 23:37 9 4/7   1/2 1 2 3     1 1   3 3 8
6 RODRIGUEZ, JAVI 13:11 3   1/2   1   1 1   3     3   -2
8 GUARDIA, SALVA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 VAZQUEZ, PACO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 6:49           1 1   1       2    
11 MARKOTA, DAMIR 1:52                              
13 BANIC, MARKO 19:45 13 4/5   5/6 1 6 7     1     3 3 17
14 SALGADO, JAVI 26:58 11 2/2 1/1 4/4   1 1 3 1 2     3 6 17
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 26:07 5 1/3 1/4   1 5 6 2   1     3 3 7
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 33:53 11 4/4 1/6     2 2 2 2 1     1   10
45 BLUMS, JANIS 24:54 22 2/3 4/9 6/8 1 3 4 2         1 5 24
Team                                
Totals 200:00 76 18/26 8/24 16/20 8 20 28 10 6 12 1 0 21 21 81
        69.2% 33.3% 80%
Head coach: KATSIKARIS, FOTIS

Head Coaches

REPESA, JASMIN
Benetton Basket
"I'm really sorry about this loss: it was the first one at home and it was important for the group. We should have taken advantage of playing on our home court. Nonetheless, Bilbao is a very good team. We are in a difficult situation, everybody has to regain confidence. As I said to my players, if we think of the difficulty as a challenge to face, we will act like men. We all have to pull together, not only the players, but also the staff and fans."
KATSIKARIS, FOTIS
Bizkaia Bilbao B
"It's a great win for many reasons: to keep the same dynamic as in the first phase, because we beat a strong team with an impressive background, and because this will help us find our identity. We will need patience, but I inherited a very good group. It will be a big challenge. We will need to define the role of each player, to clarify the point-guard situation and get Moiso at his real level. He’s a player whocan really do great things."

Players

HUKIC, JASMIN
Benetton Basket
"It's a very bad start. Having said that, we knew Bilbao was a very good team. Now, we will have to get some points away from home, although this will not be easy at all. The two other teams are very tough, too."
MOISO, JEROME
Bizkaia Bilbao B
"This is a big victory for us. This will put us on the right track and it’s not easy because we have a new coach and a new system to get used to. It's not important which team we will be facing, what matters is to stay on the right track, be that in the ACB or in the Eurocup."
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