In an outstanding showdown that went down to the wire, Budivelnik became the Last 16 Group J champion by edging BG Goettingen 61-63 in Germany on Tuesday. Both teams tied for first place in Group J but Budivelnik finished first due to its 2-0 record against Goettingen. As such, Budivelnik will have the home court advantage in its two-way Quarterfinals series against Cajasol Sevilla while Goettingen will battle against Group L champion Benetton Bwin. Dmytro Zabirchenko paced the winners with 14 points. Billy Keys had 10, including 6 in the final 2 minutes to win the game for Budivelnik. Jason Boone had 16 points for Goettingen while Dwayne Anderson added 13. Zabirchenko struck three times from downtown in an 1-11 run that allowed Budivelnik to get a 34-45 lead after 30 minutes. Boone led an 11-0 run that tied it at 45-45 and had a dunk for a 59-57 score with under 2 minutes to go. Keys nailed a big trople, added another basket and split free throws in the final seconds to lead Budivelnik to a pivotal, critical road win.
Keys got Budivelnik going with a jumper and Andy Betts added a put-back basket for a 0-4 lead. Boone scored down low but Lamayne Wilson quickly struck from downtown. Trenton Meacham and Anderson led a 6-0 run that soon gave Goettingen its first lead, 8-7. Betts kept pacing Budivelnik with consecutive baskets and a dunk by Wilson made his team restore a 10-13 lead. Anderson took over with a put-back dunk, Michael Meeks scored around the basket and Scott also slammed it for a 16-13 Goettingen lead. Antoine Jordan hit free throws by Michailas Anisimovas followed a layup with a put-back dunk for a 18-18 tie after 10 minutes. Both teams went scoreless for more than 3 minutes until Spencer made free throws. Scott copied him in the other end and a dunk by Boone provided another lead change, 22-20. John Little capped an 8-0 run with a layup that made it a six-point game, 26-20. Zach Morley stepped up with a layup and Keys added free throws but a three-pointer by Robert Kulawicz kept Goettingen out of trouble, 29-24. Andriy Agafonov answered from downtown and free throws by Zabirchenko tied the game again, 29-29, as both teams headed back to the locker rooms.
Budivelnik improved its defense after the break, not allowing any open shots. Meanwhile, a put-back basket by Anisimovas and a three-pointer by Zabirchenko allowed the guests to get a 29-34 edge. Boone scored down low and Meacham added a layup but Budivelnik kept dominating the game with its defensive stops. Meanwhile, Zabirchenko sank a triple, and another one and soon added yet another bomb from downtown to make it a double-digit game, 33-43. Goettingen had been scoreless for 5 minutes until Scott split free throws. A jumper by Dee Spencer made Budivelnik boost its margin to 34-45 after three quarters. Goettingen needed a quick comeback to return to the game and Boone ignited it with consecutive layups. Budivelnik struggled to score now and Boone set the crowd on fire with a dunk, good for a 40-45 score. Anderson followed 3-of-4 free throws with a dunk to tie the game at 45-45, after an 11-0 run. Morley silenced the crowd with a three-pointer and even when Boone dunked it again, Spencer struck from downtown to give Budivelnik a 47-51 edge. Morley scored again and Spencer matched Anderson's free throws with a critical basket. Kulawicz rescued Goettingen with back-to-back triples for a 55-57 score with under 2 minutes left. Anderson made foul shots and a dunk by Boone completed the hosts' comeback, 59-57. Keys nailed a critical triple and soon added a jumper for a 59-62 Budivelnik lead. Meacham scored down low but Keys drew a foul, missed his second attempt and Wilson collected an offensive board that allowed Budivelnik to win its Last 16 group!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011