Venice rallies past Nancy, gets first-ever Eurocup win
Umana Reyer Venice registered its first-ever Eurocup win by downing SLUC Nancy 70-67 at home in Group C on Wednesday. Venice went up to 1-1 while Nancy dropped to 0-2. Hrvoje Peric led the winners with 17 points and hit a critical, go-ahead three-pointer with 25 seconds left. Mike Bramos added 12 points while Phil Goss had 10 for Venice. Morris Curry led Nancy with 18 points. Florent Pietrus added 12 and 14 rebounds while Alando Tucker had 11 points for the guests, which led 12-16 after 10 minutes and extended it to 24-31 at halftime. Curry and Pietrus allowed Nancy to get a double-digit lead, 30-40, but a 10-0 run and a three-pointer by Bramos helped Venice get a 49-46 edge after 30 minutes. It all came down to the final 2 minutes, which were outstanding. Curry and Jarrius Jackson traded triples, Andy Panko and Mike Green exchanged baskets and Curry gave Nancy a 65-67 lead. Peric struck from downtown and a fast break layup by Jackson allowed Venice to claim the win.
Peric got Venice going with a put-back layup but free throws by Benjamin Sene and a three-pointer by Pietrus gave Nancy a 2-5 lead. Goss found his first points but Alndo Tucker did better with a bomb from downtown. Peric and Javon McRea exchanged baskets but back-to-back three-pointers by Bramos allowed Venice to regain the lead, 12-10. Curry hit one from beyond the arc and Tucker helped Nancy get a 12-16 lead after 10 minutes. Jeff Viggiano made free throws early in the second quarter and a three-point play by Green put Venice back ahead, 17-16. Pietrus stepped up with a layup and free throws but Peric and a corner triple by Stefano Tonut gave the hosts a 22-20 edge. Tucker kept pacing Nancy with a three-point play, igniting a 0-7 run which McCrea capped with consecutive baskets for a 22-27 lead. Peric scored again, Pietrus hit free throws and a mid-range jumper by Curry boosted Nancy's lead to 24-31 at halftime.
Andy Panko, who had been scoreless in the first half, followed free throws with a three-pointer to make it a double-digit game, 26-36. Benjamin Ortner and Goss stepped up for Venice buy McCrea and a step-back jumper by Curry restored a 30-40 Nancy margin. Green made free throws and Peric added a three-pointer to make the guests call timeout at 35-40. Tucker scored again but Goss, Bramos and Peric combined for all points in a 10-0 run which made Venice regain the lead, 45-42. Sane and Pietrus stepped up to tie the game, 46-46, but another three-pointer by Bramos made Venice regain the lead, 49-46, after 30 minutes. Sene banked in a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter but Viggiano immediately answered from downtown. Sene scored again, Pietrus split free throws and Viggiano put the hosts back ahead, 54-52. Curry made foul shots, Josh Owens shined with a tip-in but back-to-back baskets by Curry gave Nancy a 58-60 edge with under 3 minutes left. Jackson hit a fallaway jumper but Curry did better with a three-pointer. Jackson answered from downtown, Panko and Green traded baskets and a quick basket by Curry gave Nancy a 65-67 edge. Peric took over with the go-ahead three-pointer and a fast break layup by Jackson gave Venice a 70-67 lead with 3.5 seconds left. Tucker missed from downtown at the buzzer.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015