FoxTown Cantu stayed undefeated and improved to 5-0 in Group A by downing end-of-the-table Cibona Zagreb 79-86 in the Croatian capital on Wednesday. Cantu stays as one of the two undefeated teams - along with Unics Kazan in Group G - left in the Eurocup after 5 games. Cibona dropped to 0-5 and registered its 17th loss in as many Eurocup games. Pietro Aradori paced the winners with 20 points. Michael Jenkins added 15 on 5-of-7 three-point shots, Joe Ragland had 14 while Maarten Leunen got 11 for Cantu. Matt Janning led Cibona with 18 points. Andrija Zizic added 16, Martin Junakovic had 11 and Darko Planinic got 10 for the hosts. Ragland and Aradori allowed Cantu to get a 14-30 lead late in the first quarter. A wild rally allowed Cibona to get the lead, 36-34, on a layup by Dario Saric, but a rain of three-pointer put Cantu back ahead, 42-48, at halftime. Cantu extended its margin to 57-70 late in the third quarter and then again to 67-83 with under 3 minutes left, enough for the guests to put yet another road win on ice.
Back-to-back dunks by Marco Cusin sparked a 2-9 opening run which Ragland capped with a layup that made Cibona call timeout. Saric and Marin Rozic stepped for the hosts and a jumper by Zizic kept Cibona within 8-12. Ragland kept pacing Cantu and got plenty of help from Aradori to boost their team's margin to 12-27. A jumper by Davor Kus and a layup by Planinic brought Cibona within 16-30 after 10 minutes. Junakovic and Janning brought Cibona back to life, 24-30, after a 10-0 run. Cantu kept struggling to score while Kus and Janning allowed the hosts to tie the game, 32-32. A layup by Saric completed the hosts' comeback, 36-34. Three-pointers by Jenkins, Roberto Rullo, Aradori and Leunen put Cantu back ahead, 42-48, at halftime. Jerel Blassingame and Planinic kept Cibona within 49-54 right after the break. Adrian Uter stepped up with consecutive baskets, however, and Marcel Jones gave the guests a 51-62 lead. Stefano Gentile joined the three-point shootout and Ragland made it a 13-point game, 57-70, but Janning answered from downtown for a 60-70 Cibona deficit after 30 minutes. Zizic gave the hosts hope, 64-70, early in the fourth quarter but three-pointers by Aradori and Jenkins allowed Cantu to seal the outcome, 65-78, with under 6 minutes left. Aradori downed a triple and veen when Zizic and Janning kept trying, it was already too little, too late for the hosts.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013