| BG Goettingen laid down the law early on its homecourt to cruise Wednesday to an easy 74-55 victory over visiting Aris BSA 2003 in Group J of the Last 16. The victory pushed Goettingen's record to 3-1, tied for first place with Budivelnik. Both teams are very close to qualifying for the quarterfinals, while Aris fell to 1-3, alongside Le Mans, in the debut of new head coach Lefteris Subotic. A 13-0 blast-off to start the game established double-digit leads that Goettingen did not give up the rest of the way. Dwayne Anderson led four Goettingen scorers in double digits with 18 points. Louis Dale followed with 16, while Mike Scott and Jason Boone added 14 each. Boone doubled his fun with 11 rebounds. Aris managed to put only one scorer in double digits, Anthony Tucker, with 17 points.
Goettingen roared out of the gate and practically sentenced the game's outcome in the first 5 minutes. Anderson, Scott, Trent Meachum and Boone all scored in a scorching 13-0 run to open the game while Aris racked up 7 misses - including 4 three-point attempts - and 2 turnovers. Tucker finally broke the spell for the guests, but soon Goettingen had new scorers, John Little and Dale, upping the difference to 17-4. Anderson returned to finish what he had started with a layup to give the hosts a high lead of 15 points, 21-6, after 10 minutes. Dale and Anderson combined for a quick 7-0 run early in the second quarter to make it 28-8 before Nikos Hatzivrettas and Kostas Charalampidis got to the free throw line for Aris. Tucker soon joined them, but the best they could lower the difference to was 32-16 before Antoine Jordan, Mike Scott and Dale buried back-to-back-to-back threes to finish the half with Goettingen in total command, 45-20.
A pair of triples by Bobby Brown and Christos Tapoutos and 3 points the hard way by Tucker let Aris cut the gap to 51-31 midway through the third quarter. Dale was ready with a response, 5 points in a row to which Anderson added a layup to quickly establish Goettingen's biggest margin yet, 58-32. Scott bumped it up higher, to 18 points, before the third quarter ended 64-38 for the hosts. Aris went about trying to cut points off in the final quarter, just in case, following Tucker and Tapoutos on a 6-13 run to within 70-51. But by then there were only 3 minutes left, not enough to prevent Goettingen from feeling very good about its chances of advancing from Group J.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011