Cedevita Zagreb registered its first-ever Eurocup win by downing BC Azovmash 69-72 in Mariupol, Ukraine in in Group D on Tuesday. Cedevita improved to 1-1 to tie for second place in this group while Azovmash dropped to 0-2 and needs to bounce back right away to keep its Last 16 chances alive. Vedran Vukusic led the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Marino Bazdaric added 17 points while Dontaye Draper and Trent Plaisted each had 10 for Cedevita. Draper added 8 rebounds and 9 assists, being really close to record the fifth triple-double in competition history. Ramel Curry led Azovmash with 26 points. Chris Owens added 16 and 13 rebounds while Demetrius Alexander had 11 points for the hosts, that trailed 31-41 at halftime. Plaisted and Vukusic allowed Cedevita to get its biggest lead, 51-67, with 7 minutes left. Curry singlehandedly brought Azovmash back to life, 69-71, with 5 seconds left. Bazdaric split free throws but Oleksandr Skutyelnik missed a game-tying shot from downtown at the buzzer.
Corsley Edwards got Cedevita going with a layup and Draper followed a big basket with a three-pointer for a 0-7 lead. Azovmash went scoreless for 2 minutes until Curry stepped up with a layup but Bazdaric bettered with a triple and a jumper by Robert Troha made it a double-digit game, 2-12. Alexander tried to change things with a dunk and a shot from downtown but Vukusic and Bazdaric kept Cedevita way ahead, 7-17. Alexander and Bazdaric traded triples but a third-chance basket by Owens got the crowd involved at 12-20. Curry scored in transition and added a dunk to get Azovmash within 17-20 after 10 minutes. Maksym Pustozvonov took over with a slam that capped a 9-0 Azovmash run early in the second quarter. Plaisted stepped up with a layup, igniting a 0-10 run in which Troha and Tomislav Petrovic struck from downtown to give Cedevita some fresh air at 19-30. A dunk by Damjan Rudez forced Azovmash to stop the game at 20-32. Owens and Curry stepped up for the hosts with 6 quick points but a driving layup by Vukusic kept the guests way ahead, 26-36. A three-point play by Plaisted and free throws by Vukusic allowed Cedevita to keep a double-digit lead, 31-41, at halftime.
Cedevita struggled to score after the break while Curry struck twice from downtown for a 37-41 Azovmash deficit. Bazdaric stepped up for Cedevita with a layup but Alexander matched it in the other end and Curry scored off a steal to get the hosts within 41-43. Vukusic rescued Cedevita with a three-pointer and than matched Owens' dunk with free throws for a 43-48 lead. Owens sank 3-of-3 foul shots but Bazdaric and Draper soon gave the guests a six-point lead, 46-52. Charles Thomas and Owens nailed back-to-back turnaround jumpers but free throws by Bazdaric and a corner triple by Vukusic boosted the guests' edge to 50-57. Free throws by Draper and a buzzer-beating shot by Vukusic restored a 51-61 Cedevita lead after 30 minutes. Vukusic scored again early in the fourth quarter and a tip-in by Plaisted broke the game open, 51-65. A driving layup by Damjan Rudez soon forced the hosts to stop the game at 51-67. Curry followed a dunk with back-to-back triples in an 11-0 run that brought Azovmash back to life, 62-67, with under 3 minutes left. Bazdaric hit free throws but House and a tip-in by Maksym Ivshyn got the hosts even closer, 67-70, with 41 seconds left. Vukusic and Bazdaric split free throws in the final 11 seconds, allowing Azovmash to get a final chance to tie the game, but Skutyelnik missed from downtown at the buzzer.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010