2019-20Regular SeasonRound 8
November 20, 2019 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 GDYNIA ARENA

Buducnost storms host Arka to stay alive

Buducnost VOLI Podgorica stayed alive in Group D by storming to a 61-78 road win over host Asseco Arka Gdynia on Wednesday. It was the second victory in a row for Buducnost after starting 0-6 but came with enough of a point difference to eye Arka and Dolomiti Trento Trento, both 3-5, for fourth place. A 28-51 onslaught in the middle quarters decided the game after the first one ended 18-18. Justin Cobbs led the winners with 17 points while Hassan Martin had 14 and 9 rebounds. Nikola Ivanovic chipped in 12 points and Suad Sehovic 11 for Buducnost, whose defense was so dominant that the top scorer for Arka was Leyton Hammonds with 11 points.

Scott Bamforth drilled 2 jumpers for a quick 0-6 Buducnost lead but triples by Hammonds and Armani Moore tied it. Buducnost responded with another 0-6 run that Bamforth finished with a floater at 6-12. Again, Arka rallied as triples from Dariusz Wyka and Krzysztof Szubarga evened it again, 18-18 after 10 minutes. Wyka dunked for Arka's first lead to start the second quarter, then it switched hands twice again before Martin took over inside and Sehovic added 2 triples as Buducnost surged ahead 26-32. Sehovic kept it going with his third strike from downtown for a new high lead of 27-39 that held up at 30-41 at the break. Adam Hrycaniuk and Moore scored in close to open the second half as Arka cut the difference to 37-43. Cobbs had a three-point play and fed Nikola Ivanovic for the first of his consecutive triples that widened the difference to 40-54. Buducnost's defense dominated until Cobbs drilled from deep, too, for a huge 40-57 advantage that just kept growing to 44-69 after 30 minutes. Arka found more points in the final quarter, but not enough to threaten as Buducnost covered a three-point home loss to the Polish club as well, just in case that comes into play when Group D's remaining Top 16 qualification is decided.

Pivotal performer

Justin Cobbs needed less than 21 minutes on the floor to make an outsized impact with a game-high 17 points and lead Buducnost with 4 assists. He also drew 7 fouls and made 8 of 10 free throws to pile up a PIR of 24 when no other player had more than 19.

Game-changing moment

Suad Sehovic came into a 16-16 game late in the first quarter, but within 10 minutes he had made 3 three-pointers and given Buducnost its first of many double-digit leads at 27-39. It was clear sailing from there for the visitors.

Stellar stat

Buducnost's defense was relentless in the middle quarters, leaving Arka little room to develop plays or shoot. That resulted in the hosts being held to 40.5% two-point shooting (15 of 37) and 25.0% three-point accuracy (6 of 24).

Did you notice?

Its 17-point difference not only gives it an advantage in a potential head-to-head tie with Arka, but if that tie ends up including Trento, too, it's the biggest win among the three teams. Trento and Arka play in Round 9 to stay alive, but it's Buducnost who has command of the overall point difference in the group, too, with -4 to -45 for Arka and -39 for Trento.

Next game

After a two-week break in the regular season, Arka will remain at home to take on Dolomiti Energia Trento on Wednesday, December 11 in Round 9. Buducnost will return to action at home against Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul the same night.

Hassan Martin - Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (photo Arka) - EC19
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: FOUFIS, IOANNIS; UDYANSKYY, EDUARD; BAUMANIS, INGUS
Attendance: 1472 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Asseco Arka Gdynia18121615
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica1823289
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Asseco Arka Gdynia18304661
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica18416978
Asseco Arka Gdynia
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 HAMMONDS, LEYTON 25:17 11 2/5 2/5 1/2 3 5 8 1 1 2     1 1 12
3 BOSTIC, JOSH 24:55 2 0/3 0/5 2/4   3 3 3   4     1 4 -3
4 MOORE, ARMANI 22:52 9 2/3 1/1 2/3 2 2 4   2 2     3 5 13
7 SZUBARGA, KRZYSZTOF 24:12 5 1/3 1/2   1 3 4 6   3   2 3 3 7
8 MALCZYK, MARCIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 EMELOGU, BEN 21:14 7 3/3 0/2 1/2   2 2 1         4 1 4
11 WOLOSZYN, BARTLOMIEJ 22:10 5 0/2 1/4 2/2   3 3 1         1 2 5
14 CZERLONKO, WOJCIECH 4:37     0/1     1 1   1           1
23 KAMINSKI, GRZEGORZ 4:37 2 0/1   2/2         1         1 3
33 UPSON, DEVONTE 17:59 8 3/6   2/2 2   2 2         3 1 7
34 HRYCANIUK, ADAM 15:09 4 2/7     1 4 5   1       1 1 5
91 WYKA, DARIUSZ 16:58 8 2/4 1/4 1/2   4 4 1   1     3 1 4
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 61 15/37 6/24 13/19 11 27 38 15 6 13 0 2 20 20 59
        40.5% 25% 68.4%
Head coach: FRASUNKIEWICZ, PRZEMYSLAW
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 COBBS, JUSTIN 20:36 17 3/6 1/2 8/10   3 3 4         1 7 24
2 IVANOVIC, NIKOLA 23:57 12 2/6 2/6 2/2   3 3 3 1 1     2 1 9
3 BAMFORTH, SCOTT 16:02 6 3/6 0/3     4 4   1 1 1   1 1 5
4 SEHOVIC, SUAD 18:06 11 1/1 3/5     3 3 1           1 14
9 STAROVLAH, MILIC 3:37 1     1/2 1   1             1 2
12 MARTIN, HASSAN 25:19 14 6/9   2/5 3 6 9 2 1 3 1   3 4 19
13 ILIC, ALEKSA 18:00 5 1/2   3/4 1 2 3 2   1     2 2 7
19 NIKOLIC, ZORAN 5:54           3 3     3     1   -1
29 BOZIC, LUKA 18:25 2 1/2           1 1       1   2
30 POPOVIC, PETAR 19:19 6 2/4 0/1 2/2 2 1 3     1     2 1 4
33 MEIERS, MARTINS 8:42 2 1/2                     3 1 -1
34 NIKOLIC, DANILO 22:03 2 1/2 0/2     3 3     1     4 1 -2
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 78 21/40 6/19 18/25 7 30 37 13 4 12 2 0 20 20 83
        52.5% 31.6% 72%
Head coach: MIJOVIC , PETAR

Head Coaches

MIJOVIC , PETAR
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"For every win, you need to work 40 minutes. We worked well for more than 20 or 25 minutes tonight and I think we deserved to win. In the end, we are still alive for the next phase. We will do our best to make some big wins in the last two games and try to go to the second phase. For us, every practice is important. With or without a chance, every win for us is important. We work for them and we have a good way in front of us."

Players

COBBS, JUSTIN
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"I don't think any game in EuroCup on the road is easy. Coming here, they've been playing well, but I think we set the tone early and that was great for us. Coach emphasized the energy. We came out with great energy, got stops and made shots. The key points were our energy and our defense. We always believe. That's why we're fighting every game, with the same energy to get to the Top 16. We won't give up until it's over."
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