Nizhny Novgorod advanced to the Last 32 in Group F by edging Buducnost Voli Podgorica 88-91 in the Montenegrin capital on Wednesday. Nizhny Novgorod improved to 7-1 in Group F and will clinch first place if it beats Aykon TED Ankara Kolejliler next week or if Khimik Yuzhne tops PAOK Thessaloniki. Buducnost dropped to 2-6 and is mathematically out of the Last 32 race. Primoz Brezec paced the winners with 21 points. Brandon paul added 17, Vadim Panin had 15 while Luke Babbit got 13 for Nizhny Novgorod. Vladimir Mihailovic led Buducnost with 26 points. Aleksa Popovic added 21 while Jeleel Akindele had 20 for the hosts, which trailed for the best part of the game but took the lead, 79-76, in the next-to-last minute. A three-pointer by Panin sent the game to overtime, 79-79. Panin, Paul and Semen Antonov allowed Nizhny Novgorod to seal a historical road win.
Akindele and Popovic stepped up early for Buducnost but Antonov and Brezec soon gave Nizhny Novgorod a 6-9 lead. A jumper by Dimitriy Khvostov made it 9-13 but Buducnost found a go-to guy in Mihailovic, but scored 8 unanswered points for a 17-13 lead. Mihailovic stayed unstoppable but a free throw by Khvostov tied it, 21-21, after 10 minutes. Babbitt followed a triple with a layup and a dunk-and-foul by Paul put Nizhny Novgorod back ahead, 26-29. Akindele tried to change things for Buducnost and a layup by Suad Sehovic tied it at 31-31. It didn't last long, however, as Brezec took over late in the first half to give Nizhny Novgorod a three-point lead, 36-39, at the break. Brezec kept pacing Nizhny Novgorod after the break and Khvostov soon gave the guests a 40-46 edge. Mihailovic stepped up for the hosts and free throws by Sehovic gave Buducnost hope, 47-52. Paul followed a three-pointer with a layup and Brezec scored again but Popovic and Cedomir Vitkovac kept Buducnost within 54-59 after 30 minutes. Nizhny Novgorod found a new go-to guy in Vadim Panin, who allowed the guests to stay ahead, 67-73, with under 4 minutes left. Akindele dunked, Popovic struck from downtown and Mihailovic completed Buducnost's comeback, 74-73. Paul tied the game, 76-76, Popovic buried a three-pointer but Padim answered from downtown for a 79-79 score. Panin, Mihailovic and Popovic missed respective shots at the end of regulation.
Brezec hit a jumper early in overtime which Popovic erased with a layup. Panin scored again before fouling out and a three-pointer by Mihailovic gave Buducnost an 84-83 edge. Paul stepped up for Nizhny Novgorod and free throws by Antonov gave the guests a 84-89 edge. Aleksandar Capin and Akindele brought Buducnost within 88-89 but free throws by Paul rounded a big win for for the guests.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013