Alba Berlin had an easy time staying atop Group H after two games as it aced its home opener with a resounding 88-64 victory over visiting Krasnye Krylia on Wednesday. Alba now holds a 2-0 record and is tied for first place with Caserta, while Krylia dropped to 0-2. Alba's 11-for-26 three-point shooting established and sustained big leads all game long. Derrick Allen, who shot no three-pointers, however, paced the winners with 19 points on 9-for-10 two-point shooting. Marko Marinovic follwed with 15 points and Tadija Dragicevic 13, both on the strength of 3 three-pointers each. Krylia got 18 points from Brion Rush, 13 from Jermareo Davidson and 12 from Primoz Brezec while Ernest Bremer pulled 11 rebounds.
Triples by Immanuel McElroy and Marinovic propelled Alba to a quick 10-5 lead. By the time Allen joined the scoring and Dragicevic fired from the arc, the hosts had their first double-digit advantage, 19-9, after 7 minutes. Krylia responded with a 0-7 run, also based on long-range shots, with one each hit by Konstantin Nesterov and Rush before Allen made a pair of baskets to keep Alba in charge, 23-16, after 10 minutes. Alba and Krylia traded baskets in the second quarter until layups by Allen and Hollis Price were followed by a Bryce Taylor triple for a 35-22 lead. Another even stretch ended just like the first quarter, with Allen scoring back-to-back two-pointer to extend Alba's advantage to its biggest yet, 46-29, at halftime.
Rush and Nesterov tried to spark a Krylia comeback after the break, but Alba was having none of it, and again looked to Allen for 4 points in a row that made it 56-37. By the time Marinovic and Lucca Staiger buried three-pointers to finish the third quarter, Alba had yet another high lead of 65-41. Still more triples, by Staiger and Dragicevic, paved the way to the game's utmost advantage, 27 points, which Alba hit several times in the final quarter on the way to an easy home win.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010