2008-09Last 16Round 4
February 24, 2009 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 FUENTE DE SAN LUIS
Matt Nielsen - Pamesa ValenciaPamesa Valencia improved its chances to reach the Eurocup Final Eight from Last 16 Group K for the second consecutive season by edging Azovmash Mariupol 68-66 at home on Tuesday. Pamesa Valencia improved to 3-1 and ties for first place in Group K with Hemofarm Stada. Pamesa will advance to the Final Eight with one more win in any of its remaining games and will win Group K no matter what if it beats Hemofarm in Vrsac, Serbia in Week 6. Meanwhile, Azovmash dropped to 1-3 and must win its upcoming Week 5 game against Hemofarm to keep its Final Eight chances alive. Matt Nielsen led the winners with 19 points. Rafa Martinez added 13, including the game-winning free throws with 20 seconds to go, while Shammond Williams had 11 for Pamesa. Serhiy Lishchuk had 17 points on 8-for-8 two-pointers to lead Azovmash while Richard Guinn added 14 for the guests. A three-pointer by Vule Advalovic gave Pamesa a 65-60 edge with under 2 minutes to go. Dijon Thompson and Lishchuk managed to tie the game, 66-66, with 35 seconds remaining. Martinez made free throws and Azovmash had the game's final possession, but Khalid El-Amin's three-point shot went in and out.

Nielsen opened the scoring with left-handed jump hook to which Kosta Perovic added a basket down low and Martinez back-to-back three-pointers as Pamesa raced to an early 10-0 lead. Lishchuk's drive from mid-court got Azovmash on the board after 3 minutes. Pamesa was active on the boards as Perovic hit 2 free throws after an offensive rebound. Lishchuk thunder-dunked a pass from Dijon Thompson in response, but Perovic soon took a similar pass from Albert Oliver to make it 14-4. Oliver and Nielsen widened the lead to 18-6 before Simonas Serapinas buried Azovmash's first three-pointer from the corner and Khalid El-Amin's steal was converted on the break Thompson, forcing a Pamesa timeout, after which Nielsen made free throws to end the quarter 20-11 for the hosts. Avdalovic opened the second-quarter scoring from downtown for Pamesa before Guinn replied with a 15-foot jumper. A three-point play by Williams extended Pamesa's lead to 26-13, but Guinn and Lishchuk came through with 7 unanswered points. Albert Miralles and the red-hot Guinn traded points before Nielsen and Avdalovic finished fastbreaks for another double-digit advantage, 32-22. Rolandas Jarutis offered a reverse layup and Goran Kakic a basket down low for Azovmash, but after Nielsen earned 2 more baskets inside, even another triple by by Serapinas couldn't keep Pamesa from leading 36-31 at the half.

Nielsen started the second half in style with a jumper and a three-pointer to give him 17 points and Pamesa a 41-31 lead. Thompson slammed in Azovmash´s first points of the second half and then Lishchuk had a three-point play to make it 41-36. Hasan Rizvic made it a 7-0 run with a jump-hook before Serapinas made a layup that brought the visitors all the way back. Miralles’s reverse layup kept Pamesa in front as the teams started to trade scores. El-Amin was fouled attempting a three and made 3 free throws to cut the deficit to 2 points. But a pair of Williams free throws left the home side on top at 51-47 with 10 minutes remaining. A Guinn three-pointer gave Azovmash the perfect start to the final quarter and he soon added free throws that gave Azovmash its first lead of the game. Five straight points from Martinez put Pamesa back in front at 56-52. Williams made it a 6-point lead, but a good defensive stand by Azovmash followed by a Jarutis layup kept the visitors within striking distance. El-Amin backed Oliver on the low block and scored a lay-up to make it a 2-point game with 3:15 remaining. An Avdalovic three-pointer put Pamesa in front by 5 only for Azovmash to hit with a quick counter-attack. Nielsen came up with a big defensive play after a Pamesa miss, drawing a charge from Lishchuk as the big center dribbled into the lane. Avdalovic was fouled by Al-Emin with 1:15 to go but only split two free-throws and Guinn scored with a reverse layup to cut the deficit to 66-64. Then Lishchuk threw down a two-handed dunk to tie the game at 66-66 with 35.2 seconds remaining. Pamesa head coach Neven Spahija called timeout after which Martinez appeared to lose control of the ball while under pressure by Serapinas but the Azovmash player was called for coming over the back. Both he and coach Rimas Girskis complained bitterly as they went to the bench for a time out with 20.8 seconds remaining. Martinez made both free throws to put Pamesa in the driving seat. With four seconds to go, El-Amin got free for an attempt from behind the arc, but the ball rimmed out as Pamesa survived 68-66.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Cindy Garcia, Valencia
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Referees: ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ; LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; MAESTRE, NICOLA
Attendance: 5000
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Pamesa Valencia
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 20:57 2 1/3 0/1   1 3 4 3   2     1 2 5
5 GREGORY, KENNY 17:09 2   0/1 2/2       1 1 1       1 3
7 PEROVIC, KOSTA 20:08 8 2/8   4/4 3 1 4     1   1 2 3 5
10 WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND 19:38 11 4/5 0/1 3/3 1 3 4 1 2 1     1 3 17
13 MIRALLES, ALBERT 18:53 4 2/2       2 2 1 3 3 3   1 1 10
14 AVDALOVIC, VULE 24:51 9 1/1 2/5 1/2   2 2           2 1 6
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 29:06 13 0/3 3/4 4/4   3 3         1 2 3 12
20 PIETRUS, FLORENT 15:15   0/1 0/1   1 2 3   1 1     4 1 -2
31 MARTI, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 AVRAMOV, BOZHIDAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 NIELSEN, MATT 34:03 19 7/14 1/2 2/2 2 2 4 1 1 1 4 1 1 8 26
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 68 17/37 6/15 16/17 9 19 28 7 8 10 7 3 14 23 84
        45.9% 40% 94.1%
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN
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
Azovmash Mariupol
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 JARUTIS, ROLANDAS 20:56 6 2/3 0/1 2/2       2   1     2 1 4
7 SERAPINAS, SIMONAS 26:43 8 1/1 2/4 0/1 1 2 3 1   1   1 4 3 6
8 SKUTYELNIK, OLEKSANDR 7:11                         3   -3
11 BAIDA, BOGDAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 LISHCHUK, SERHIY 30:30 17 8/8 0/2 1/1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2   2 3 20
14 CAKIC, GORAN 11:40 2 1/3 0/2   4 2 6 1   1   2 3   -1
21 RIZVIC, HASAN 17:28 4 2/4       3 3           2 1 4
22 GUINN, R.T. 19:58 14 3/4 2/2 2/2 1 2 3 1 2       1 2 20
23 THOMPSON, DIJON 34:01 8 4/7 0/4 0/1 1 6 7 5 2 4 1 3 3 2 7
42 EL-AMIN, KHALID 31:33 7 2/7 0/6 3/3 2   2 3 1 4   1 3 2 -4
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 66 23/37 4/21 8/10 12 18 30 14 6 13 3 7 23 14 57
        62.2% 19% 80%
Head coach: GIRSKIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Pamesa Valencia
I want to congratulate my team because it was a more difficult game than we expected. Azovmash is a better team than everyone thinks it is and they showed it in the two games we had against them. We played for 30 minutes at Azomash’s rhythm. It was risky to play Kenny Gregory after just two practices with the team and he did okay, he tried not to make any errors. I know my team and I know we can play better."
GIRSKIS, RIMAS
Azovmash Mariupol
"This was a good game, especially for the fans as it was decided in the last seconds. We had a chance to win had El-Amin´s three-pointer gone in. Pamesa played very well, but perhaps they were too strong on defense. Tonight we had a problem with Matt Nielsen. Lishchuk, who was defending Nielsen, had problems trying to stop him. I don’t think this group is decided. I think Pamesa will progress to the next round, but as for the second team who will join them, it is still to be decided."

Players

NIELSEN, MATT
Pamesa Valencia
"Azovmash was difficult to put away and it was the exact same problem we had in the first game with them where we were just on the cusp of getting it. They just don’t give up and they just keep going. Credit to them that they did it again tonight, but we were lucky to hold on down the stretch. We know we need victories to get to the Final Eight and in the Final Eight who knows what can happen. I know it’s only three games away from taking a European trophy when you get that far. Speaking just for myself, I know it’s what I would want to take home with me."
SERAPINAS, SIMONAS
Azovmash Mariupol
"It was frustrating. We did everything today. We came back in the game. We went 2 points ahead. It was a tough call at the end when I was called for a foul and already my friends they said is no foul."
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