2007-08Regular SeasonRound 8
January 08, 2008 CET: 17:00
Local time: 18:00 UNIVERSIADA
Benetton Treviso pushed its qualification chances higher and made the Group H race closer than ever by knocking off co-leader Lukoil Academic 90-93 on the road in Sofia, Bulgaria on Tuesday. Both teams are now 5-3 and must wait at least through Week 9 to know if they will survive to play the elimination rounds, which only the first three teams in each group are guaranteed. Benetton engaged the hosts in a battle from the get-go and it stayed close into the final minute, when 4 perfect free throws by Lionel Chalmers, who finished with 30 points for the winners, proved decisive. Chalmers also took great care of the ball, giving up only 1 of Benetton's 7 turnovers in almost 38 minutes. Mario Austin had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds for Benetton, while Reece Gaines added 17 points. For Lukoil, Willie Deane buried 6 three-pointers on the way to 28 points. The hosts had their own double-double man in Pero Antic, who scored 17 points and pulled 14 rebounds. Nenad Canak hit 5 of 6 triple tries for 15 points and Larry O'Bannon added 14.

Benetton served notice of its intention to win with a quick 0-7 start on two Chalmers baskets around a triple by Austin. Antic and Deane tied it just as quickly, however, and Murilo Da Rosa put Lukoil ahead at 9-7. Benetton blasted in front again, 11-16, as Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Gaines joined the scoring, and opened a 16-25 lead after 10 minutes on back-to-back baskets by Tomasso Fantoni. Benetton nursed the lead to 10 points, 19-29, on free throws by Gaines early in the second quarter, but Canak immediately downed a triple to get Lukoil back in the game. Riste Stefanov copied him as the hosts climbed within 29-31 and then Todor Stoykov struck from downtown to make it 34-35. Engin Atsur matched that triple to steady Benetton, which made it to halftime ahead 39-45. Lukoil's surge continued after the break with Deane capping the turnaround with a go-ahead basket at 51-50. Chalmers and O'Bannon traded three-pointers next, then Matteo Soragna and Canak did the same. But when Canak hit again from downtown, Lukoil had its biggest margin, 62-56, on the way to a 69-65 advantage after 30 minutes. Now came Benetton's turn to hit back with three-pointers by Marco Mordente and Chalmers to go in front 73-75. Austin made Benetton's lead even more comfortable, at 77-85, but Deane re-emerged with back-to-back strikes fromt he arc to make it again again at 83-87. Gaines responded for Benetton, but Deane was unstoppable, hitting his next couple shots, including his fifth of the night from long-range, to make it an 88-89 scoreboard going into the final minute. Chalmers got to the line and hit 2 of 2 free throws to calm Benetton. After Stoykov missed a triple try to tie the game, Chalmers went back to the line and iced a major road win for Benetton.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
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Referees: MOUZAKIS, COSTAS; CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS; NURAN, RUSTU
Attendance: 2000
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Lukoil Academic16233021
Benetton Tamoil25202028
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Lukoil Academic16396990
Benetton Tamoil25456593
Lukoil Academic
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DEANE, WILLIE 26:24 28 5/7 5/7 3/6 1 2 3 3 3 4     4 6 28
7 STEFANOV, RISTE 26:45 5 1/4 1/3     1 1 2 1 1     3    
8 KOSTOV, CHAVDAR 2:15   0/1                         -1
9 ZAFIROV, PETROSLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 DA ROSA, MURILO 14:48 4 1/2   2/4 4 1 5           3 2 5
12 ANTIC, PERO 34:09 17 7/10 0/6 3/4 5 9 14 4   4     3 4 22
14 BANEV, TENCHO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 STOYKOV, TODOR 33:07 7 2/3 1/5     3 3 1   1   1 1 1 4
20 HRISTOV, KALIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 CANAK, NENAD 31:03 15 0/1 5/6   1 3 4 2 1       1 1 20
22 O'BANNON, LARRY 31:29 14 3/7 2/5 2/3 1 4 5   1 1     3 2 10
Team                                
Totals 200:00 90 19/35 14/32 10/17 12 23 35 12 6 11 0 1 18 16 88
        54.3% 43.8% 58.8%
Head coach: LUKAJIC, ZELJKO
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
Benetton Tamoil
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 AUSTIN, MARIO 26:43 21 7/11 1/1 4/4 2 9 11 1         3 3 29
5 MARESCA, GIULIANO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ATSUR, ENGIN 6:49 6   2/2         1   1     2   4
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 37:13 8 1/3 2/5 0/2   1 1 5         1 2 8
8 CHALMERS, LIONEL 37:48 30 7/11 3/7 7/7   1 1 3 2 1       8 35
9 MORDENTE, MARCO 29:10 3   1/2     2 2 1 1       4   2
10 MARTINONI, NICCOLO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MENSAH-BONSU, POPS 21:02 4 2/5       4 4 1   2     3   1
14 FANTONI, TOMASSO 5:52 4 2/3 0/1   1 2 3   1           6
18 GAINES, REECE 35:23 17 5/7 1/3 4/4   3 3 3 1 3 1   3 5 20
Team                                
Totals 200:00 93 24/40 10/21 15/17 3 22 25 15 5 7 1 0 16 18 105
        60% 47.6% 88.2%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY

Head Coaches

LUKAJIC, ZELJKO
Lukoil Academic
"Congratulations to Benetton. We were not concentrated enough and we had no chance in the tense moments. Every time we managed to take a lead, they came back fast and easily. All the players had faith and courage as well as a huge desire to win, but we were not concentrated enough. We had skills and strength to overcome the experienced team of Benetton in a few moments. It was a deserved victory. It was a spectacular show for the supporters. We have nothing to be scared of. It is just very important for us to recover our playing rhythm."
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Benetton Tamoil
"We had very hard and tense games in the last 48 hours. We controlled this game during all the time except the third quarter, and that's the reason we won. It has happened to be an interesting game for everybody in the arena, a very attractive three-point show."
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