2020-21Regular SeasonRound 2
October 06, 2020 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MARCEL CERDAN

Reed powers Buducnost past Metropolitans

Buducnost VOLI Podgorica led from start to finish to pull out a valuable 83-89 road win against Boulogne Metropolitans 92 on Tuesday night. Buducnost improved to 2-0 and first place in Group B, while Metropolitans dropped to 0-2 on the young season. Buducnost led by as many as 17 points in the first half behind Melvin Ejim. Metropolitans rallied before halftime and remained close until the final minute, but the visitors never relinquished the lead paced by center Willie Reed who collected 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Ejim finished with 16 points despite fouling out early in the fourth quarter, Nikola Ivanovic scored 13 while Justin Cobbs dished 10 assists in a victory. Rob Gray had 19 points in 19 minutes for Metropolitans. Anthony Brown netted 14 points and Tomer Ginat and Assem Marei scored 11 apiece in a loss.

Ejim got Buducnost going from long range right after the tip-off before Danilo Nikolic and Reed scored from close range. Ginat hit a transition triple for the hosts, but Petar Popovic had a steal and a dunk, followed by back-to-back triples from Nikolic and Ejim to make it 7-17. Buducnost did not stop there, as it forced 6 turnovers in the first quarter, and finished the quarter on a 2-11 run behind Rashad Vaughn's consecutive fastbreak dunks for an 11-28 cushion after 10 minutes. After struggling in the first quarter, the hosts opened the second with baskets on their first two possessions. Big men Dragan Apic and Reed kept the margin at 17 points, but Gray nailed Metropolitans' first three-pointer of the night, before Anthony Brown, Brandon Brown and Bastien Pinault scored all the points in a 13-2 run to close the gap to 34-38 at halftime.

Reed scored twice inside before Vaughn knocked down a three-pointer and Ejim added a three-point play to lead 38-48. However, the hosts turned to Marei who scored 6 points inside, before Anthony Brown netted one from the outside to cut the deficit to 49-51. Ivanovic ended the Buducnost drought with a transition triple and Cobbs drove to the rim to get the visitors within 54-61 going into the final 10 minutes. The hosts got right back in it with back-to-back three-pointers from Pinault and Ginat early in the fourth before back-to-back floaters from Gray cut it to 64-66. Reed strung together 8 points on the other end, including a pair of three-point plays, to establish a 67-74 margin. Metropolitans made another charge as Ginat and Vitalis Chikoko closed the gap to 76-79 with 1:36 to go, but Suad Sehovic replied with a triple-plus-foul, and Reed scored once again inside to put the game away in the final minute.

Key performer

Willie Reed was a monster for Buducnost inside, scoring 12 of his game-high 22 points in the final 6 minutes of the game. He finished the night shooting 9 for 11 two-pointers and made all 4 of his free throw attempts along with 8 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Turnover story

Buducnost finished with 12 turnovers to just 8 from the hosts. Interestingly, Metropolitans had 6 of those turnovers in the first quarter when Buducnost raced away to a 17-point lead. The hosts took care of the ball after that, but they were forced to play catch up the rest of the way.

Ending a drought

This victory marks the first for Buducnost on the French soil in almost 19 years. The last time Buducnost won a road game in France was in November 2001, when it edged Pau-Orthez in the EuroLeague.

Coaching debut

Jean-Paul Besson stood in as Metropolitans head coach with Jure Zdovc missing the game due to illness.

Next up

Next week in Round 3, both team will be on the road, Metropolitans travel to face ratiopharm Ulm, while Buducnost pay a visit to Unicaja Malaga.

Willie Reed - Buducnost Voli Podgorica (photo Metropolitans - Olivier DAlmeida) - EC20
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB; ROSSI, MICHELE; RADOJKOVIC, JOSIP
Attendance: 850
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Boulogne Metropolitans 92
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 BROWN, BRANDON 26:09 8 2/3 0/4 4/4   2 2 4 2 2 1     2 12
5 KONATE, LAHAOU 20:56         1 1 2 1 1       2 1 3
6 MICHINEAU, DAVID 19:01 7 3/7 0/1 1/2   1 1 4   1 1 1 4 4 5
7 ROOS, MAXIME 10:36     0/2     3 3           1    
8 SAKO, NEAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 PINAULT, BASTIEN 15:21 7 1/2 1/3 2/2       1 1 1   1 2 1 3
21 BROWN, ANTHONY 32:06 14 2/5 2/5 4/4 1 2 3       1   3 2 11
23 CHIKOKO, VITALIS 16:59 6 3/6     1 6 7 1   2   1 4 1 5
32 GRAY, ROB 19:16 19 7/11 1/2 2/3 1   1   2 1   2 3 3 13
41 GINAT, TOMER 22:10 11 0/1 1/3 8/11 2 3 5 2         5 6 13
50 MAREI, ASSEM 17:26 11 5/5   1/4 3 1 4     1     4 4 11
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 83 23/40 5/20 22/30 10 21 31 13 6 8 3 5 28 24 79
        57.5% 25% 73.3%
Head coach: ZDOVC, JURE
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
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 COBBS, JUSTIN 32:36 8 2/5 0/1 4/5   2 2 10   1 1 2   6 19
2 IVANOVIC, NIKOLA 24:33 13 2/2 1/6 6/10   1 1 4   1 1   2 9 16
3 EJIM, MELVIN 24:39 16 2/5 3/3 3/3   5 5 2 1 3     5 3 16
4 SEHOVIC, SUAD 18:39 5   1/5 2/3 2 4 6     1   1 2 2 4
7 NIKOLIC, DANILO 29:17 8 2/2 1/4 1/1   5 5     1     5 2 6
8 APIC, DRAGAN 12:58 8 3/3   2/2 1 1 2     1 1   3 1 8
19 NIKOLIC, ZORAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 VAUGHN, RASHAD 19:59 7 2/4 1/4     1 1   2 2     3    
30 POPOVIC, PETAR 10:17 2 1/3       1 1 1 2           4
33 REED, WILLIE 27:02 22 9/11   4/4 3 5 8 1   2 2   4 5 30
44 ZUGIC, FEDOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 89 23/35 7/23 22/28 8 25 33 18 5 12 5 3 24 28 105
        65.7% 30.4% 78.6%
Head coach: MIJOVIC , PETAR

Head Coaches

MIJOVIC , PETAR
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica

"When you play against teams from France, it is always like this. Even when you lead by 15 or more points, you need to keep your focus, you need to keep your goals on offense, energy on defense, especially on basic things. We lacked some of these things at the end of the first half, at the end of the third quarter. It was a very tough game, but we are happy we won an important game for us. Every game is like a final for us, in the Adriatic League or in the EuroCup. We have some goals in the EuroCup, to go to the next round, in the Adriatic League to fight for the title. We have a tough week ahead of us, playing Partizan in Belgrade and Unicaja in Malaga, it is a tough schedule, but I think we will be ready."

BESSON, JEAN-PAUL
(head coach for this game):

"It was a tough game. It is very difficult to play like that, with so many ups and downs during the game. We had a bad start, after that we came back. But the whole game we would come within 2 or 3 points and then fall back behind. It is very difficult in the EuroCup; the difference is in the details and we cannot start the game like that."

Players

GRAY, ROB
Boulogne Metropolitans 92
"The difference was, first and foremost, like what the coaches were emphasizing, coming into the game with a sense of urgency. Last week in Malaga we got down early, we did not come out and attack them, punch them in the mouth first. And the same thing today. We came out, we got down, and we had to fight back the whole game instead of building up the lead and trying to protect our home court."
NIKOLIC, DANILO
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"That was a really good victory for us against a very tough opponent. We knew they are good, but after the first quarter our focus was not on the top level and they got back into the game. A few players had problems with fouls so we had to rotate a lot. The good thing is that we managed to control the rest of the game and to win in clutch time. That says a lot about our team."
REED, WILLIE
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"They made a run and we were able to come back, dig in deep, make some stops and score some timely buckets. This team, we fight so hard. That's a great team we played against and we just wanted to give it everything that we had and luckily we came out with a win."
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