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Group:  K | 10.01.2012, 20:00h
Group:  K | 10.01.2012, 20:00h
73-70
18 - 2818 - 1617 - 1020 - 16
18 - 2818 - 1617 - 1020 - 16
Venue: Fuenlabrada (ESP) |
Spectators: 1300 |
Referees: Milivoje Jovcic (SRB), Nikolaos Somos (GRE), Saso Petek (SLO)

GAME REPORT


Depleted Fuenlabrada Win Thriller

Fuenlabrada scraped a 73-70 victory over BC Nizhny Novgorod in Spain on Tuesday evening with newcomer Saul Blanco the hero.

In the EuroChallenge Last 16 Group K encounter, the hosts got 18 points and eight rebounds from Blanco, who parted company with Unicaja Malaga last week and joined forces with Fuenlabrada.

Having seen center Gustavo Ayon to the NBA's New Orleans Hornets before Christmas and with big men Leo Mainoldi and Mouhamed Sené hurt - (Sené was confirmed earlier on Tuesday to have been lost for the season to a serious knee injury), Porfirio Fisac's team dug deep to beat their opponents from Russia.

Fuenlabrada trailed 54-53 at the end of the third quarter but went on a run in the fourth that saw them take a 62-55 lead with 7:18 remaining.

The hosts then went cold, and BC NN battled back with a 13-2 run capped by Semen Antonov's tip-in which gave them a 68-65 advantage with 1:51 to play.

After Kirk Penney and Lubos Barton each made two free-throws, Antonov sank a pair to knot the contest at 70-70 with 43 seconds to go.

That set the stage for a thrilling finish, and Blanco came to the fore.

The 26-year-old guard, playing in his first EuroChallenge game of the season, caught a pass from Penney and buried a jumper.

After Nemanja Protic missed for the visitors, BC NN fouled Blanco and he sank one of two for a three-point lead.

Antonov attempted a potential game-tying three-pointer but was off target.

Ivan Paunic claimed the offensive rebound but was called for travelling as Fuenlabrada held on.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Fuenlabrada vs. BC NN

Zoran Lukic, coach of Nizhny Novgorod:
"I can not be happy with the development of the match. I do not know exactly what happened in the last play. From my position, I did not see the travelling called by the referees. What I saw is that we scored an amazing basket to force overtime. However, an important part of the defeat is due to our own failures in the third and fourth quarter."

Michal Ignerski, power foward of Nizhny Novgorod:
"I've played in Fuenlabrada several times before and I know how difficult it was going to be playing here. We've done the first part nicely, with a great defensive play. But in the second half we allowed Fuenlabrada to makes their game: run and score."

Porfirio Fiscac, coach of Baloncesto Fuenlabrada:
"Our defense was pretty weak in the first quarter. We must be more aggressive and consistent on defense, as we did in the following three quarters, especially in the third. And in attack we must be brave. Anyway, we have worked with great dedicatio and I congratulate my players for their tremendous commitment and struggle on the court."

Robert Joseph, power foward of Baloncesto Fuenlabrada:
"I am very happy to have debuted with Fuenlabrada. I appreciate the opportunity that this team have given me. And overall I'm happy with how things went, especially because the team won, which is most important. I think I've shown how well I can do. Especially in defense."

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

48.0%

24/50
FG
M/A

41.1%

23/56

51.3%

20/39
FG2P
M/A

40.0%

14/35

36.4%

4/11
FG3P
M/A

42.9%

9/21

67.7%

21/31
FT
M/A

75.0%

15/20

34

9/25
RT
RO/RD

32

11/21

12

AS

14

16

TO

17

7

ST

9

4

BS

1

22

PF

27

73

Pts

70

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