Demond Mallet made himself comfortable in Germany on Tuesday, scoring a ULEB Cup career-high 27 points to keep DKV Joventut undefeated with a 65-80 road win at Alba Berlin. Mallet, a three-time German-League all-star, who played his entire professional career in Germany before this year, drilled 7 three-pointers and matched his best with 5 steals to help Joventut improve to 6-0 and keep infront of second place Turk Telekom. Meanwhile Berlin, coming off an already classic five-overtime victory over KK Bosna last week, falls to 3-3, but remains in third place. Mallet was hot from the onset, pushing Joventut to an early 14-21 lead. The advantage was only 10 at halftime, but Joventut stormed out to a 36-54 lead early in the third quarter to basically wrap things up. Rudy Fernandez finished with 12 points and 6 assists for Joventut and Lubos Barton and Jan-Hendrick Jagla added 11 points apiece. Bobby Brown paced Berlin with 23, Dijon Thompson posted 14 points and 9 rebounds and Goran Nikolic added 12.
Barton and Mallet hit from outside to give Joventut an early 2-6 lead. Brown answered with a drive, then dished to Patrick Femerling and soon added a triple to put his team ahead 12-10, but a red-hot Mallet hit two more triples and set up Ferran Lavina, who made it 14-21. Thompson and Barton made it 16-23 at the end of the first quarter. Joventut established its inside game in the second period as Lonny Baxter and Jerome Moiso extended the lead to 20-30. When Goran Nikolic and Aleksandar Rasic cut the score to 26-30, Joventut head coach Aito Garcia Reneses decided to go to Demond Mallet again, who instantly with two triples, a steal and a fast break took the game under his control again, as the visitors finished the half ahead 32-42. Berlin still struggled after the break, while Joventut again used the superiority of its frontcourt to find easy points and take a 36-54 lead. Brown and Mladen Pantic finished the drought for Alba, but Joventut with Fernandez, Mallet and Petar Popovic, had several answers to maintain a 46-62 at the end of the third quarter. Mallet’s sixth triple early in the fourth quarter marked Joventut's biggest lead, 48-67. Thompson and Brown were able to make the result a little more comfortable for the hosts, but the game was never again in doubt.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007