Buducost Voli withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat Krka Novo Mesto on the road 64-69 for its first win in Last 16 Group K. Buducnost will face Banvit BK next week in a battle to stay close to – or join – undefeated group leader Spartak St. Petersburg. Jermaine Anderson and Nikola Ivanovic led the visitors with 11 points apiece, while Milan Milosevic added 10 with 7 rebounds. Bojan Dubljevic netted 9 points with 3 steals. Zoran Dragic knocked down 14 points and Afik Nissm added 12 to lead Krka. Buducnost ran out in front early and held a comfortable lead throughout, at one point going up 39-57 in the third quarter. However Krka rallied to within 5 with two minutes to go then then finally running out of steam.
Nissim buried a triple to open the game, then Buducnost answered with 9 straight as Jermaine Anderson contributed 5 points with a layup and a triple, Alexsa Popovic added another triple and Dublevic scored a layup for a 3-9 lead. The visitors pushed the lead to 3-14, helped by another triple by Popovic. Krka got points from the foul line but the visitors stayed hot, opening an 8-20 lead behind Dublevic, Ivanovic and Milan Milosevic. Krka fought back with 6 straight, led by Nissim, who knocked down another triple, but then Milosevic answered in kind, setting the score at 14-23. Jure Lalic’s free throws ending scoring for the quarter as Krka trimmed the lead to 16-23. The teams exchanged points in the paint to open the second quarter, then Lalic dunked to bring Krka into striking distance, 20-26. After Milosevic’s free throws, Nissim hit a two-pointer from outside, pushing the score to 22-28. Buducnost took off on a 2-6 run, led by Marko Popovic’s three-pointer, as the margin widened to double digits again, 24-34. Krka worked to get back into it with 4 points down low on baskets by Smiljan Pavic and Urs Lucic, cutting the deficit to 28-35. The scoring stayed in the paint for both teams as Pavic hit for Krka, but the visitors got a basket each from Marko Popovic and Milosevic, pushing the Buducnost lead at halftime to 30-40.
The teams exchanged points to open the half, then a dunk by Jure Balazic nibbled the deficit down to 36-44. But Buducnost responded with its power down low to go on a 2-6 run, as Bojan Krstovic scored twice to take a more comfortable 38-50 lead. After Dubljevic drained a three-pointer, Buducnost resumed its inside scoring, led by Ivanovic and Krstovic, pushing the lead to 39-57. The last 4 points of the quarter belonged to Krka, slicing the difference to 43-57 at the end of 30 minutes. After the hosts opened the fourth quarter with layups by Ben Hansbrough and Dragic, Anderson answered from downtown, setting the score at 49-64. Another Krka surge on 6 straight points by Dragic was answered once again by a three-pointer, this time by Cedomir Vitkovac, but the lead slipped to 55-67. With two minutes to go, the hosts continued rallying as Balazic nailed a triple, then Edo Muric and Dragic each added layups to slice the lead down to 62-67. The comeback finally stalled out as the teams swapped two-pointers in the final minute and Buducnost held on to claim the win 64-69.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012