Prokom, 80-82 road winner at Oldenburg
Asseco Prokom Gdynia took a important step forwards in the race to make it to the Top 16 in Group D by edging EWE Baskets Oldenburg 80-81 at the AWD Dome in Bremen, Germany on Thursday night. Prokom took sole possession of fourth place in Group C at 2-4, with EWE Baskets and Armani Jeans Milano right behind at 1-5. Qyntel Woods led the winners with 25 points, including some critical actions at both ends in crunch time. David Logan added 19 while Pape Sow pulled down 12 boards for Prokom. Jasmin Perkovic led Oldenburg with 12 points. Milan Majstorovic, Bryan Bailey, Rickey Paulding and Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje each added 11 while Je'Kel Foster had 10 for the hosts, that got their biggest lead, 45-36, right after the break. Woods had 15 points in the third quarter and got some help from Logan and Jan Jagla to make Prokom get a 61-64 edge after 30 minutes. Free throws by Paulding gave the hosts their last lead, 78-77. Woods had a critical block on Majstorovic, fed Ronnie Burrell for an easy layup and grabbed an offensive rebound that allowed Daniel Ewing to give Prokom a 80-82 edge with 6.2 seconds left. Majstorovic missed from way downtown at the buzzer.
Logan got Prokom going with a jumper and soon added a layup for a 0-4 lead. Oldenburg adjusted its defense and found a go-to guy in Boumtje-Boumtje, that had 4 points in a 9-0 run highlighted by Paulding's triple, good for a 9-4 lead. Adam Hrycaniuk and Piotr Szczkota rescued Prokom with back-to-back layups, igniting a 0-10 run Prokom run that Woods capped with free throws to give the guests a five-point lead, 9-14. Perkovic took over with a three-pointer and soon added a layup-plus-foul for a 15-14 Oldenburg edge. Bailey capped a 7-0 run with a free throw, as Prokom struggled to get Woods and Logan involved. Sow took over with a put-back basket that Bailey matched with a jumper. Sow kept pacing Prokom with a jump hook while Logan added a layup off a steal to put Prokom back ahead, 18-20. Boumtje-Boumtje hit a mid-range jumper but a free throw by Woods allowed Prokom to get a 20-21 edge after 10 minutes.
Marko Scekic dunked it off a midcourt steal early in the second quarter but Jagla quickly answered with a second-chance layup. Scekic scored again in transition and free throws by Majstorovic and Foster gave Oldenburg a 26-23 edge. Prokom lacked ball circulation and tried to improve it with Junior Harrington on the floor. Majstorovic took over with a layup-plus-foul that made Prokom call timeout at 29-23. Prokom improved its defense but tried to run its offense through Woods without much success. Majstorovic stayed on fire with an easy dunk that capped a 10-1 run. Logan took over with back-to-back triples off a timeout to bring Prokom back to life at 34-30. Ewing scored in penetration but free throws by Perkovic gave Oldenburg some fresh air at 36-32. Logan and Bailey traded driving layups and a jump hook by Boumtje-Boumtje made it a seven-point game, 41-34. A wild turnaround jumper by Woods got Prokom within 41-36 at halftime.
Bailey scored in penetration immediately after the break and Boumtje-Boumtje added a four-meter jumper for a 45-36 Oldenburg margin. Woods silenced the crowd with a big triple and followed Harrington's stop-and-pop jumper with a fast break dunk to bring Prokom back to life, 45-43. Jagla sank a three-pointer off an Oldenburg timeout to complete its team's comeback, 45-46, after a 0-10 run. Perkovic and Sow traded layups and Bailey scored in transition to put Oldenburg back ahead, 49-48. Woods stayed on fire with a corner three-pointer and a fast break layup that gave the guests a 49-53 edge. Carter sank a triple that Foster followed with a turnaround jumper to provide another lead change, 54-53. Perkovic buried a jumper that an unstoppable Woods bettered with a bomb from downtown and added a layup for a 56-58 Prokom edge. Ewing shined with a driving layup while free throws by Logan boosted the guests' lead to 56-62. Free throws Scekic, Bailey and Paulding brought Oldenburg within 61-64 after 30 minutes.
Foster banked in a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter and Majstorovic scored in transition to send the crowd to their feet at 66-64. Ewing hit foul shots and Woods added consecutive layups for a 66-70 Prokom lead. Paulding nailed a corner triple and a tip-in by Carter put Oldenburg back ahead, 71-70, with 6 minutes left. Jagla and Ewing stepped up with free throws, as Prokom kept powering the offensive board. Paulding sank an unbelievable off-balance jumper but Logan answered from downtown for a 73-75 Prokom edge. Prokom kept finding second-chance points on free throws by Burrell. Majstorovic downed a critical triple to make the guests call timeout at 76-77. Paulding hit free throws but a key steal by Burrell allowed him to give Prokom a 78-79 edge with 1:07 left. Woods had a huge block on Majstorovic and fed Burrell for an easy basket for a 78-81 score with 38.1 seconds to go. Foster hit free throws and Burrell missed in the other end, but a good-as-gold offensive rebound by Woods allowed Ewing to draw a foul and hit 1-of-2 foul shots with 6.3 seconds left. Oldenburg had a last chance but an eight-meter shot by Majstorovic hit the rim right at the buzzer.
Thursday, December 3, 2009