Cajasol had an outstanding Eurocup debut by downing CEZ Basketball Nymburk 77-93 in Pardubice, the Czech Republic in Group G on Tuesday. Cajasol ties for first place with Hapoel Jerusalem and hosts the Israeli powerhouse next week. Meanwhile, Nymburk visits VEF Riga, as both teams will look for their first win. Louis Bullock, Paul Davis and Txemi Urtasun paced the winners with 17 points apiece. Mindaugas Katelynas added 11 while Tariq Kirksay had 10 for Cajasol. Ales Chan led Nymburk with 29 points on 12-of-14 two-pointers. Tre Simmons added 16, Afik Nissim had 13 while Pavel Pumprla got 10 for the hosts, that led 38-36 at halftime. An outstanding Urtasun allowed Cajasol to get a 52-58 lead after 30 minutes. Chan tried to change things for Nymburk in the fourth quarter but Tomas Satoransky and an unstoppable Bullock allowed Cajasol to cruise to a well-deserved win.
Nissim got Nymburk going with a jumper that Satoransky erased with a layup. Chan found his first points and Pumprla struck from downtown to give the hosts a 7-3 lead. Kaloyan Ivanov scored down low and a put-back layup by Satoransky brought Cajasol within 9-7. Simmons sank a jumper and Pumprla scored off a steal for a 13-7 Nymburk lead. Kirksay nailed a three-pointer and Bullock added a jumper for a 15-12 Cajasol deficit. Chan shined with a back-to-back layups but Bullock sank a triple to keep the guests within 19-15. Katelynas sank a jumper but Simmons and an unstoppable Chan kept Nymburk ahead, 23-17. Free throws by Radek Necas fixed the score at 25-17 after 10 minutes. Kirksay shined early in the second quarter and a dunk by Davis forced Nymburk to call timeout at 25-22. Kirksay struck from downtown and fed Katelynas for a jumper that gave Cajasol its first lead, 25-27. Free throws by Davis capped a 0-12 Cajasol run, as Nissim stepped up with a three-pointer for a 28-29 score. Katelynas shined with a put-back basket and Davis added foul shots for a 28-33 Cajasol edge. A jumper by Chan ignited an 8-1 run that Nissim capped with a buzzer-beating triple that put Nymburk back ahead, 38-36, at halftime.
Davis followed a layup with a two-handed dunk right after the break but Pumprla and Chan kept the hosts ahead, 42-40. Satoransky scored in penetration and Davis added free throws for a 44-44 tie. Pumprla and Nissim nailed back-to-back triples but Urtasun followed a floating layup with a seven-meter bomb to get Cajasol - now with Kirksay at point guard - within 50-49. Necas shined with an up-and-under layup but a jumper by Urtasun and free throws by Davis and Katelynas allowed Cajasol to regain the lead, 52-54. Urtasun shined with a driving layup and added foul shots for a 52-58 score after 30 minutes. Simmons buried a triple early in the fourth quarter and Chan matched Juanjo Triguero's layup with a turnaround jumper to keep Nymburk within 57-60. Chan kept pacing the hosts but Urtasun followed a wild three-point play with a corner triple for a 61-68 Cajasol lead. Necas scored in transition and Simmons added an off-balance jumper but free throws by Davis and a triple by Bullock kept the guests out of trouble, 67-73. Chan sank a jump hook that Davis matched with a huge dunk. Satoransky and Bullock sank back-to-back triples and a jumper by Ivanov sealed the outcome, 71-83, with under 3 minutes left. Nymburk kept trying but Bullock allowed Cajasol to seal a key road win in style.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010