2018-19Regular SeasonRound 26
March 15, 2019 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Baskonia thrashes Buducnost at home

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz recorded its third consecutive win and got closer to clinching a playoffs spot by thrashing Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 82-62 at Fernando Buesa Arena on Friday. Baskonia improved to 14-12 in the standings and ranks 6th overall, while Buducnost dropped to 6-20 and is 15th. Patricio Garino led the winners with 16 points. Marcelinho Huertas added 13, Shavon Shields had 12 while Vincent Poirier pulled down 13 rebounds for Baskonia. Norris Cole had 17 points to lead Buducnost and Earl Clark added 13. Baskonia led 23-15 after 10 minutes and kept a 39-34 edge at half-time. Garino took over late in the third quarter and early in the fourth period, as Baskonia boosted its margin to 71-49 and never looked back.

Clark and Cole gave Buducnost a 0-4 lead. Johannes Voigtmann and Shields stepped up for Baskonia but Goga Bitadze and Cole kept Buducnost in charge. Poirier hit a jump hook and Luca Vildoza made a triple, before Cole scored twice in penetration. Huertas found Voigtmann for a wild alley-oop and Darrun Hilliard added a layup for a 23-15 Baskonia margin after 10 minutes. Shields took over with an alley-oop dunk and free throws by Jalen Jones capped a 14-0 Baskonia run, good for a 27-15 score early in the second quarter. Coty Clarke and Nemanja Gordic tried to change things for the guests but Huertas and Hilliard restored a double-digit Baskonia lead. A three-pointer by Cole and baskets from Clarke and Bitadze made it a three-point game, but Shields and Garino stepped up to boost Baskonia's margin, which Nemanja Gordic cut to 39-34 with a coast-to-coast layup right before the half-time buzzer. Garino, James Bell and Clark all struck from downtown soon after the break, before Garino hit another and a jumper by Vildoza boosted his team's lead to 50-42. Hilliard, Shields and Jones each hit one from beyond the arc, Huertas added a mid-range jumper and a tip-in by Poirier broke the game open, 64-47, after a 14-3 run. A driving layup by Clark fixed the score at 64-49 after 30 minutes. Garino sank another triple early in the fourth quarter and a layup by Poirier sealed the outcome, 71-49, with 9 minutes left. Nothing changed after that, and Baskonia fans had plenty of time to celebrate a big home win.

Pivotal performer

Garino provided hustle on defense and efficiency at both ends. He finished the game with a career-high 16 points, including 3 bombs from downtown. He added 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 fouls drawn for a PIR of 14. His intangibles, like intensity, character and determination, were just as important as those numbers.

Game-changing moment

Baskonia led 50-44 midway through the fourth quarter but found inspiration from beyond the three-point line. Hilliard, Shields and Jones each struck from downtown in a 14-3 run that Poirier capped with a tip-in in traffic. The hosts boosted their margin to 64-47 and never looked back.

Stellar stat

Baskonia outrebounded Buducnost by 44-34, pulling down 12 offensive boards. Baskonia took much better care of the ball, finishing with 20 points and just 9 turnovers. Buducnost was limited to 9 assists and forced into turnovers.

Did you notice?

Poirier had 7 offensive rebounds - the most for a Baskonia player since Voigtmann had that same number against Real Madrid on 3 February 2017. Only two Baskonia players have ever taken more offensive rebounds than Poirier tonight: Fabricio Oberto (8 vs. Partizan on 31 October 2001) and Mirza Teletovic (9 vs. Olympiacos on 25 October 2007).

Next game:

Both teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague action early next week. Buducnost visits Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul on Tuesday, and a day later Baskonia plays against Panathinaikos OPAP Athens in the Greek capital for a pivotal showdown in the race for the playoffs.

Patricio Garino - KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz - EB18
Friday, March 15, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: LATISEVS, OLEGS; KOROMILAS, ELIAS; VYKLICKY, ROBERT
Attendance: 9743
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KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz23162518
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica15191513
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KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz23396482
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica15344962
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 PENAVA, AJDIN 2:47     0/1     2 2               1
3 VILDOZA, LUCA 21:57 8 1/3 2/5     3 3 4   3     1 1 7
5 GONZALEZ, MIGUEL 3:41                 1 1          
7 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 25:39 4 2/2 0/2     10 10 4   1       1 16
8 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS 4:11 4 2/3     1 1 2               5
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 20:33 13 5/7 1/2     1 1 4   2     2 1 12
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 11:21   0/3 0/1     2 2 1 1     1 4   -5
17 POIRIER, VINCENT 25:44 8 4/9     7 6 13 2 1 1 2   2 3 21
21 JONES, JALEN 14:21 9 2/3 1/1 2/4 2 2 4 2 1       2 3 14
29 GARINO, PATRICIO 22:17 16 1/4 3/5 5/6 1 1 2   2     2 1 3 14
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON 29:57 12 4/8 1/3 1/1   3 3   1     1 2 1 8
32 HILLIARD, DARRUN 17:32 8 1/2 1/7 3/3   1 1 3   1     3 2 3
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 82 22/44 9/27 11/14 12 32 44 20 7 10 2 4 17 15 96
        50% 33.3% 78.6%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
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 JACKSON, EDWIN 24:17   0/3 0/3   1 2 3 3   2     2   -4
3 COLE, NORRIS 31:00 17 7/11 1/2     4 4 4 4 5     4 1 16
4 SEHOVIC, SUAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CLARK, EARL 30:21 13 4/8 1/5 2/2 1 8 9           2 2 14
6 BAROVIC, FILIP 11:16       0/2   3 3       1     3 5
7 CLARKE, COTY 22:35 9 4/8 0/1 1/2 2 2 4   1         3 11
8 SEHOVIC, SEAD 7:00     0/1             2         -3
10 GORDIC, NEMANJA 23:17 6 2/6 0/1 2/3   1 1 1       1 1 4 4
11 BITADZE, GOGA 24:13 7 3/6   1/4 1 4 5 1   2 3 1 3 2 6
30 POPOVIC, PETAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 BELL, JAMES 21:38 8   2/4 2/2   1 1     1     1 1 6
41 WILLIAMS, DEVIN 4:23 2 1/2   0/1                 2 1 -1
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 62 21/44 4/17 8/16 6 28 34 9 5 12 4 2 15 17 58
        47.7% 23.5% 50%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN

Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

"I think we did our job, winning a game that we had to win. One thing is for certain - we have to win more games if we want to qualify. We will see how many wins we can get. As for tonight's game, we didn't play very well in the opening two quarters but we had the lead and good moments. Garino gave us a plus and carried us to this lead that was decisive in the end. I hope no more bad things will happen to us, because we have no chance to bring new players. We can only bring back injured players, but they can only come back after the four regular season games we have left. Matt Janning was playing with his problem for a long time and things went worse for him. It is better to stop him and recover him. It is better to play with healthy players, even if that means we have to wait for him for a longer time. We took the dcision we have to take, and I hope all injured players will come back as soon as possible."

"I think in the third quarter we broke the game open. We had energy, some players like Garino and Huertas were good, and we scored some open shots to get more than a 10-point advantage, and the game was finished. We have a very tough schedule until the end of season, against great teams. It will be very difficult to win every game. We have to go game by game and fight like everybody fights right now."

REPESA, JASMIN
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"First of all, congratulations to the home team and Coach Perasovic. They absolutely deserved this win, playing much better than us. Second, I said before the game we had to control the rhythm of the game, their defensive transition, not allowing them to get easy baskets. That was the key of the game, along with defensive rebounds. We shot very badly from three in the first half, 1-of-9, and allowed them to control the rebounds and score in transition too much for this level, but we almost had a tight game. In the second half, we continued to struggle in defensive transition and they killed us on the boards. If I remember right, they scored four three-point shots from offensive rebounds."

Players

POIRIER, VINCENT
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"We made a serious game against a great team. We needed this win in trying to get to the top eight, it is great. We are going to have tough games, at home and away, next week, so this game was very important for us to stay in good shape and in a good moment."
GARINO, PATRICIO
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"We don’t think about how many more wins we need, or who we are playing. It is just about us, the way we play for 40 minutes."