Dynamo Moscow took the showdown between undefeated teams in Last 16 Group I by thrashing Maroussi Costa Coffee 94-73 in the Russian capital on Tuesday. Dynamo now leads Group I with a 3-0 record while Maroussi is second at 2-1. Both teams face each other in Athens next week and Dynamo will clinch a Final Eight spot with a win, also winning this group. Darjus Lavrinovic paced the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Travis Hansen added 20 points and 7 assists, Bostjan Nachbar had 16 points, Sergey Bykov got 15 while Robertas Javtokas contributed 10 for Dynamo. Billy Keys had 21 points for Maroussi. Jarod Stevenson added 14, Andreas Glyniadakis 12 and Kostas Charalampidis 10 for the guests. Lavrinovic had 7 points in a 13-0 opening run and Nachbar soon helped the hosts to make it a 17-point game, 22-5. Maroussi did not panic, however, as Glyniadakis and Pat Calathes stepped up to bring the guests back to life, 34-30. Bykov, Javtokas and Nachbar allowed Dynamo to get a 43-34 halftime margin. Once again Lavrinovic led a 8-0 run that broke the open, 53-39. He got help from Hansen and Javtokas to seal the outcome, 77-57, with 7 minutes to go, as Maroussi did not recover.
Lavrinovic got Dynamo going with a three-pointer while Javtokas added a reverse layup for a 5-0 lead. Bykov took over with an outstanding driving basket and soon added a power layup. Back-to-back baskets by Lavrinovic capped a 13-0 run, as Glyniakadis stepped up for Maroussi with a jump hook. Stevenson struck from downtown but Hansen followed a layup with a baseline jumper to restore a double-digit lead, 17-5. Nachbar sank a jumper off a screen and soon added a fast break layup to make the guests call timeout at 22-5. Glyniadakis and Keys made foul shots but Yuri Vasilyev and Nachbar kept Dynamo way ahead, 26-11. Chalarampidis made free throws and Calathes added a triple to bring Maroussi within 26-16 after 10 minutes. Glyniakadis hit more foul shots right at the start of the second quarter and Chalarampidis added a driving layup to bring the guests back to life, 28-20. Hansen stepped up with free throws that Keys matched with a huge driving basket. Calathes struck again from downtown to get Maroussi even closer, 32-25. Kostas Kaimakoglou scored in penetration while a three-pointer by Stevenson made the hosts call timeout at 34-30. Bykov took over with a three-point play that Stevenson matched with another triple. Lavrinovic hit free throws, as Dynamo improved its defense. Javtokas dunked it and Nachbar added a fast break layup to give Dynamo some fresh air, 43-34, at halftime.
Stevenson finished a long Maroussi offense with a corner triple early in the fourth quarter. Lavrinovic scored down low but Keys answered with a five-meter jumper. Lavrinovic kept pacing Dynamo with a three-pointer and Hansen copied him soon after that for a 51-39 Dynamo margin. Lavrinovic capped a 8-0 run with a power layup that broke the game open, 53-39. Stevenson shined with a put-back layup and Keys added a three-point play but Hansen scored again while Lavrinovic and Javtokas added consecutive dunks ro make it a 15-point game, 59-44. Loukas Mavrokefalidis scored in transition and Keys added a bomb from downtown but Dimitriy Khvostov kept the hosts way ahead, 62-49. Hansen sank a running jumper, added a jumper and dunked it off a steal to make it a 16-point game, 68-52, after 30 minutes. Keys sank a triple early in the fourth quarter and soon added a jumper but Lavrinovic and Hansen helped Dynamo to get a 74-57 margin. A three-pointer by Lavrinovic sealed the outcome, 77-57, with 7 minutes to go. Keys and Mavrokefalidis buried consecutive triples, as Maroussi tried to reduce its deficit. Bykov stepped up for Dynamo, however, while a three-pointer by Nachbar boosted Dynamo's margin to 85-63. Maroussi kept trying, but all Dynamo fans were celebrating a well-deserved win.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009