Akasvayu Girona coach Svetislav Pesic wanted a big performance from his side on Wednesday night, and that is exactly what he got as the Spanish outfit crushed BC Kalev 107-82.
Pesic hoped a good performance against Estonians Kalev would prove to the rest of Europe that his side had what it takes to get to the Final Four.
|Ariel Mc Donald (Akasvayu Girona) |
Akasvayu led just 17-16 with three minutes to go in the first period, but that became 40-20 in double-quick time before the home side finished the first half in total control at 60-34.
"By halftime, Girona were 17-of-19 for two-pointers and 4-of-7 on three-pointers," said Kalev coach Veselin Matic.
"That´s like playing against no-one. We weren't on the court. We have to gain experience from this for the future."
"Girona are third in Spain for a reason, and you could tell we got nervous when they turned up the pressure," added Kalev's Travis Reed.
"They knocked us out of comfort zone and scored easy baskets from our turnovers."
The game was all but over as contest at that stage, and it only remained to see how many points Pesic`s side would win by.
In the end it was a 25-point difference as Kalev, to their credit, kept battling to the final buzzer despite knowing the game was beyond them.
With his side in such a dominate position for much of the match, Pesic was able to rotate his players at will, and as such the points were shared around.
All 12 Akasvayu players contributed to the scoring, with center Dalibor Bagaric leading the way with 19 points and seven rebounds.
"We played the first 20 minutes with good concentration and we controlled the game," said Pesic.
"We showed a good attitude, but now it's one game less and we have to think now about Alicante at the weekend and the next EuroCup match."
The victory sees Akasvayu join Virtus Bologna at the top of Group L following the opening week of Round II matches, while Kalev, for whom Gregor Arbet top-scored with 17 points, will hope to do better then they take on Virtus next time out.