Budivelnik Kiev escaped from Podgorica with a 75-77 come-from-behind win over Buducnost to storm into first place in Group I with a 3-1 record. The result dropped Budivelnik into a tie for second place with Banvit BK at 2-2. After trailing by 16 in the third quarter, Budivelnik used a 2-11 run to open the fourth quarter and climb within 67-66. Leo Lyons tied the score at 70-70 and scored what proved to be the game winner with a fast break layup with 17 seconds left. Lyons led the winners with 17 points, Artur Drozdov added 16 with 8 rebounds, 4 steals and an index rating of 26, George Tsintsadze bagged 12 points with 7 assists and Malcolm Delaney chipped in 12 points for the winners. Cedomir Vitkovac amassed a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds for Buducnost, Busko Dunic scored 14 and Aleksa Popovic and Demaruis Bost drained 10 each in defeat.
Artur Drozdov scored consecutive baskets for the visitors to grab an early 2-4 lead before Vitkovac put Buducnost in front 9-6. Drzdov and Aleksa Popovic exchanged three pointers, then Gerald Lee in the paint and Vikovac finishing fast break gave a 16-9 margin to the hosts. Tsintsadze fueled Budivlenik with 6 unanswered points for the game’s first double-digit margin, 22-11. Delany hit a triple, and back-to-back layups from Nikola Ivanovic and Marko Popovic fixed the score at 28-16 for Buducnost after 10 minutes. Bunic increased the margin to 32-18 early in the second quarter, Kostiantyn Anikiienko completed a three-point play and Frank Robinson posted a shot from long distance to stay on track at 34-24. Vladimir Mihailovic connected with Milan Milosevic to make it 39-26. A Dainius Salenga three pointer started a 0-7 run for the guests to close within 39-33 when Delaney scored from the line. Bunic remained a big threat in the paint and Leo Lyons dunked to get within 43-36, but in the last minutes, Strahinja Milosevic from mid range and Aleksa Popovic fueled the home team to 49-37 at halftime.
Lee made consecutive layups to extend the difference to 53-37 early in the third quarter, then Drozdov kept Budivlenik in charge from downtown, but Milosevic also scored long distance gave a 56-40 margin to home team. Lyons nailed a layup, but Lee answered a few seconds later. Tsintsadze with 4 points in a row made it 58-47, before Ivanovic and Bunic jumpers pushed Buducnost in front 65-49. The visiting team ended the quarter with a 6-0 run with 4 points from Delaney and a dunk by Lyons for a 65-55 cushion after 30 minutes. The Ukrainian side opened the final quarter with 2-11 run led by 6 points from Drozdov. Lyons capped it to get within 67-66 at the midway point of the quarter. After five scoreless minutes, a Demarquis Bost three-pointer put Buducnost up 70-66, Lyons answered again from the foul line, and then finised a break to tie the game at 70-70. Bost remained on fire with another triple, 73-70, but Tsintsadze’s long jumper and a pair of Delaney free throws gave the first advantage since the game started to Budvielnik, 73-74. Bost’s bucket gave another lead to the home team. With 17 seconds remaining, Lyons made a layup on a fastbreak that proved to be a game-winner. Bost missed a layup on the ensuing possession, before Salenga hit 1 of 2 from the foul line with 6 seconds to go. On the final possession Bost drove to try to force overtime, but his shot bounced off the rim.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013