Early 10-0 run gives Venice hopeful win
Umana Reyer Venice improved its chances to make it to the elimination series in Group L by topping MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 71-64 at home in Group L on Wednesday. Venice improved to 2-2 while Ludwigsburg dropped to 1-3. Phillip Goss led the winners with 16 points. Jarrius Jackson added 13, Michael Bramos had 11 while Mike Green got 10, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Venice. Tekele Cotton led Ludwigsburg with 17 points. Jon Brockman added 13 and 15 rebounds for the guests. Jackson shined early to make Venice get a 17-16 lead after 10 minutes. Adam Waleskowski gave Ludwigsburg its last lead, 17-18, right after that. Green and Jackson led a 10-0 run that put the hosts ahead for good, 27-18. Venice led 36-28 at halftime and boosted its margin to 50-34 soon after the break. The hosts sealed the outcome long before the final buzzer and Ludwigsburg rallied to at least get the tie-break advantage if both teams finish the Last 32 with the same win-loss record.
Cotton got Ludwigsburg going with a quick basket which Boris Savovic erased at the other end. Adam Waleskowski finished a two-chance Ludwigsburg offense with a layup which Goss bettered with a triple to give Venice its first lead, 6-5. David McCray and Bramos traded baskets and a three-pointer by Waleskowski put the guests back ahead, 7-9. Cotton scored again and Chris McNaughton found his first points but Jackson singlehandedly kept Venice within 12-13. Benjamin Ortner scored down low and even when Alvaro Muñoz buried a three-pointer, Bramos answered from downtown for a 17-16 Venice lead after 10 minutes. Waleskowski scored again early in the second quarter but a three-pointer by Stefano Tonut ignited a 10-0 run in which Green had 4 points and which Jackson capped with a layup-plus-foul, good for a 27-18 Venice lead. Brockman rescued Ludwigsburg with a basket but Goss forced the guests to call timeout at 31-20. Goss kept pacing Venice with free throws and a jumper but Rocky Trice and and Cotton kept the guests within 35-26. Bramos split free throws and Brockman got Ludwigsburg a bit closer, 36-28, at halftime.
Goss scored again immediately after the break but back-to-back baskets by Brockman gave Ludwigsburg hope at 38-32. Green stepped up with a three-pointer and Bramos copied him right after that, igniting a 9-0 run which Green capped with free throws for a 16-point Venice lead, 50-34. Jason Boone stepped up for Ludwigsburg and free throws by David McCray gave the guests hope at 50-38. Goss and Cotton traded foul shots and Josh Owens soon restored a 54-40 Venice lead. Goss and Tomas Ress hit free throws and a put-back basket by Shawn Huff fixed the score at 57-42 after 30 minutes. Huff kept pacing Ludwigsburg early in the fourth quarter and got help from Brockman and Kerron Johnson to make Venice call timeout at 57-48. Venice found a go-to guy in Jackson, who had 5 points in a 7-0 run that broke the game open, 64-48, with over 6 minutes left. Brockman and Owens exchanged baskets, as both teams now fought for points differential. Cotton and Huff fueled a 0-9 run which brought Ludwigsburg within 67-59. Cotton and Brockman allowed Ludwigsburg to lose by less than 10 but all Venice fans had plenty of time to celebrate a well-deserved win.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016