BC Triumph Lyubertsy rallied from down 18 points in the first half to edge Hemofarm Stada 83-82 in dramatic fashion at the finish at home in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday. With the huge win in front of its home fans, Triumph stays perfect at 2-0 atop Group B while Hemofarm has yet to get in the win column. Brion Rush led the way for the winners with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Valery Likhodey had a great all-round effort of 17 points, 7 boards and 4 assists while Egor Vyaltsev, Pavel Sergeev and Konstantin Nesterov each added 11 points apiece for Triumph. Sergeev was especially key with his defense, including a pair of steals in the final minute that denied Hemofarm a change to launch go-ahead shot attempts. Jarod Stevenson paced Hemofarm with 19 points. Rasko Katic added 17 more, all but 2 of them in the first half. Goran Jagodnik and Stefan Markovic scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, in the losing effort.
Hemofarm struck first with a pair of free throws from Boban Marjanovic, and Nesterov got Triumph going with a two-pointer moments later. Stevenson nailed a three, but Paul Miller hit back with a dunk for the home side. Markovic made a field goal, Marjanovic dunked and Jagodnik drained a three to give the visitors a 6-12 lead and force a Triumph timeout. Stevenson hit again from downtown to cap the 0-10 run. Nesterov tried to stop the bleeding with a field goal, but Bojan Krstovic scored 2 more. Likhodey cut the lead to 6 on a three-pointer, but layups by Jagodnik and Milan Macvan gave Hemofarm a 15-27 lead after one period. Katic kept Hemofarm going with a layup in the opening of the second quarter, Macvan added 2 free throws, and Markovic slammed to push Hemofarm out to an 18-point lead. Taras Osipov then sparked a 6-0 response from Triumph that forced Hemofarm to call for time. Katic stepped up and scored 2 for Hemofarm, but moments later Pavel Sergeev hit a three for Triumph, 28-41. Rush made a layup, but Katic punched back with a 2-and-1. Vyaltsev drained a three-pointer, and Sergeev made 2 foul shots to cap a 12-5 partial to pull Triumph to within 40-46 by halftime.
Marjanovic maneuvered for the inside score to begin the second half and Jagodnik added a layup to open a 40-50 lead before Sergeev scored for the home team. Jagodnik went outside a hit a three, and Markovic capped the 2-9 run with a layup, 42-55. Vyaltsev tried to keep his team in it with a triple that sparked a 8-0 run capped on a layup by Rush, 50-55. Stevenson and Likhodey exchanged three-pointers, and Hemofarm was ahead by 9 after Krstovic scored a field goal. Rush made 2 foul shots, Andrey Mateyunas added a layup and Rush scored inside to get the lead to 59-62 and force a Hemofarm timeout. Katic, one more time, scored out of the stoppage of play and Stevenson put in a dunk, 59-66. Hemofarm went into the final quarter nursing a 61-66 lead. Consecutive triples by Rush and Likhodey brought Triumph back to within 68-69. Rush then claimed the first lead for the home team with a two-pointer and added a three to push the advantage out to 73-69. Hemofarm pulled to within 1 point on a three by Stevenson. Nesterov and Likhodey answered with 2 layups, but Markovic made a three-point play, 79-77. Miljan Pavkovic hit a three (his first basket of the game) to pull Hemofarm to within 1 point with over a minute to play. Both teams came up empty on their next possessions, and Hemofarm had the ball with a chance to win the game at the end. That was when Sergeev stepped up and made a game-saving steal to ensure the win for the home team.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009