Power Electronics Valencia stayed undefeated in Group B by edging Hemofarm Stada 75-71 at home on Tuesday. Power VLC had already became the Group B champion and improved to 5-0. Meanwhile, Hemofarm dropped to 1-4 but still has chances to advance if it beats Triumph and and Le Mans loses at home against Power VLC. Marko Marinovic paced the winners with 23 points. Victor Claver added 14, Rafa Martinez had 13 - including all points in a game-deciding 8-3 final run - while Serhiy Lishchuk got 11 for Power VLC, that opted to sit out Kosta Perovic, Matt Nielsen and Nando De Colo. Stefan Markovic, Milan Macvan and Boban Marjanovic each had 14 points for Hemofarm while Miljan Pavkovic added 11. A 2-12 run allowed Hemofarm to get its biggest lead, 18-28, midway through the second qurter. Marinovic led a 13-0 run that helped Power VLC to get back the lead, 43-39, at halftime. Power VLC boosted its margin to 61-53 early in the fourth quarter but Macvan, Marjanovic and Markovic allowed Hemofarm to get its last lead, 67-68. Martinez stepped up in crunch time to lead Power VLC to a big home win.
Markovic got Hemofarm going with a layup and Jarod Stevenson added free throws but Lishchuk followed foul shots with a triple for a 5-4 Power VLC lead. Goran Jagodnik stepped up with a layup that a red hot Lishchuk matched with a dunk. Power VLC entered the foul bonus really early and free throws by Marjanovic and Bojan Krstovic put Hemofarm back ahead, 10-14. Martinez and Claver struck from downtown to tie the game again, 16-16. Hemofarm did not panic, however, as a dunk by Markovic and back-to-back layups by Macvan gave the guests a 18-23 edge after 10 minutes. Macvan scored again early in the second quarter and a big triple by Pavkovic made it a double-digit game, 18-28, after a 2-12 run. Lishchuk stepped up with a layup that Martinez followed with free throws to bring Power VLC back to life, 22-28. Krstovic buried a three-pointer but Power VLC found a go-to guy in Marinovic. He had 7 points in a 13-0 run that Claver capped with 4-of-4 free throws, good for a 35-31 lead. Pavkovic sank his second triple but a red hot Marinovic boosted the hosts' lead to 40-34. Markovic and Macvan stepped up for Hemofarm but Toko Shengelia allowed Power VLC to keep a 43-39 halftime edge.
Claver and Marjanovic traded layups in a low-scoring start of the third quarter. A three-pointer by Claver allowed Power VLC to get a 48-41 edge. Marjanovic dunked it and Markovic added free throws to keep Hemofarm as close as 48-45. Florent Pietrus shined with a three-pointer but Milos Borisov followed a layup with free throws to get the guests even close at 51-49. Marinovic gave Power VLC some fresh air with a three-pointer but Markovic found Marjanovic for an easy dunk and Pavkovic scored in transition for a 54-53 Hemofarm deficit. Free throws by Marinovic gave Power VLC a 56-53 edge after 30 minutes. Thomas Kelati downed a triple and Marinovic scored off a steal to boost the hosts' lead to 61-53. Macvan stepped up with a layup and Markovic buried a three-pointer to keep the guests in the game, 63-59. Marjanovic dunked it again and soon scored down low for a 66-63 Hemofarm deficit. Free throws by Macvan and a fast break layup by Markovic completed the guests' comeback, 67-67, with 4 minutes left. A foul shot by Macvan gave Hemofarm its last lead, 67-68. Martinez followed free throws with a layup but Pavkovic tied the game again, 71-71, with a minute to go. Martinez sank a jumper and soon added foul shots to seal the outcome down the stretch.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010