Buducnost Voli had a powerful start in Group H by thrashing PGE Turow 75-50 in Podgorica, Montenegro on Tuesday. Buducnost leads Group H but faces back-to-back road games against Alba Berlin and Dexia-Mons Hainaut. Nikola Vucevic paced the winners with 18 points. Jermaine Anderson added 16, Cedomir Vitkovac had 15 while Bojan Dubljevic got 12 for Buducnost. David Jackson led Turow with 9 points. An inspired Konrad Wysocki allowed Turow to get a 16-17 midway through the second quarter and a three-pointer by Daniel Kickert gave the guests their last lead, 28-29, right after the break. Anderson and Vucevic took over in a 10-0 run that gave Buducnost the lead for good, 42-31. Buducnost soon boosted its margin to 49-33 late in the third quarter and used outstanding defense to keep full control the game, allowing just 7 fourth-quarter points to get a convincing home win.
Both teams had a slow start, trading missed shot and turnovers until Vucevic scored around the basket. Back-to-back jumper by Bojan Krstovic and Vitkovac soon gave Buducnost a 6-0 lead. Turow went scoreless in the opening 6 minutes, missing 7 shots until Jackson stepped up with a jumper. Vitkovac kept pacing the hosts with free throws but consecutive layups by Jackson and Wysocki got the guests within 8-6. Vucevic took over with a dunk and a jumper by a red hot Vitkovac gave Buducnost a 12-7 margin after 10 minutes. Gedrius Gustas hit a jumper early in the second quarter and Aaron Cel improved Dubljevic's layup with a bomb from downtown that brought Turow even closer, 14-12. John Edwards hit a jumper and Wysocki joined the three-point shootout to give Turow its first lead, 16-17. Anderson split free throws and Vitkovac dunked it off a steal but Wysocki tied it at 19-19. Krstovic downed a three-pointer and a layup by Anderson restored a 24-21 Buducnost edge. Cel and Gustas allowed Turow to tie the game again, 26-26, but a jumper by Anderson fixed the halftime score at 28-26.
A three-pointer by Daniel Kickert gave Turow its last lead, 28-29, immediately after the break. Anderson and Vucevic stepped up with back-to-back baskets but Jackson scored again to keep the guests as close as 32-31. It didn't last long, however, as Buducnost improved its defense right when it mattered. Meanwhile, Anderson and Vitkovac fueled a 10-0 run that Vucevic capped with a layup to give the hosts a double-digit margin, 42-31. Edwards tried to change things with a jumper but Buducnost kept finding open shots. Vitkovac downed a triple, Krstovic hit a shot and Vucevic soon gave Buducnost a 49-33 margin. Kickert and Michal Jankowski tried to change things for Turow but only managed to bring the guests within 54-43 after 30 minutes. Dallas Lauderdale tried to ignite the guests' comeback early in the fourth quarter but Marko Popovic and Dubljevic soon allowed Buducnost to seal the outcome, 63-45, midway through the fourth quarter. Vucevic stayed unstoppable in the paint and downed a triple for a 24-point Buducnost lead, 72-48. A three-point play by Dubljevic already in the final minute allowed Buducnost to seal a very important win in style.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011