2019-20Regular SeasonRound 3
October 16, 2019 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU OLIMPIC DE BADALONA

Prepelic miracle lifts Joventut over Darussafaka

A gold-plated miracle from Klemen Prepelic gave Joventut Badalona a memorable 85-82 victory over Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul at Palau Olimpic on Wednesday night, as the Slovenian star made a strong challenge for the shot of the season with a game-winning heave from his own foul line on the final buzzer. Darussfaka appeared to have control midway through the third quarter, but Joventut bounced back behind a barrage of three-pointers. The final quarter was closely contested and the game seemed set for overtime after Darussafaka’s Gary Browne missed in the dying seconds, but Prepelic – who otherwise suffered a terrible shooting night – launched his miraculous game-winner to spark frenzied celebrations. The outcome created a four-way tie at the top of a perfectly poised Group C with both teams at 2-1. Debutant Xabi Lopez-Arostegui led the home team’s efforts with 17 points in 14 minutes, while Nikos Zisis and Kerem Kanter both scored 11. Johnathan Hamilton was outstanding for Darussafaka, registering a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Bonzie Colson added 15 points, Doron Lamb 14, Dogus Ozdemiroglu 12 and Browne 10.

A pair of baskets from Alen Omic gave Joventut an early lead, but a trio of free throws from Lamb and a couple of baskets from Jarrod Jones sent Darussafaka in front. Omic stayed hot to bring the hosts ahead again, but Hamilton’s dunk and Ozdemiroglu’s three-point play forced another lead change. A three-pointer from Nenad Dimitrijevic halted a 0-9 run and fixed the score at 19-22 at the end of the first before Lopez-Arostegui and Luke Harangody also connected from long range to give Joventut the lead. Uncontested layups from Sinan Guler, Ozdemiroglu and Kartal Ozmizrak made it 32-35, before Browne’s driving layup and Hamilton’s free throw completed a 0-9 run. Omic and Joel Parra answered from close-range and the visitors were up 36-38 at halftime. Hamilton and Lamb were unstoppable early in the third quarter, scoring all the points to extend the lead to 40-49. A triple from Zisis sparked a Joventut revival with a 7-0 run, but Colson hit a quick pair of triples and a buzzer-beating jumper to keep Darussafaka in front, 60-61, after three quarters, despite long-range strikes from Albert Ventura, Dimitrijevic and Lopez-Arostegui. Consecutive baskets from Kanter sent Joventut ahead at the start of the fourth, but Browne leveled from deep. Zisis and Connor Morgan also made three-pointers before Hamilton snagged another offensive board to score for a 75-75 tie with 3 minutes left. Colson’s triple sent Darussafaka ahead, and Lamb’s free throws made it 79-82 with 60 seconds remaining. Prepelic’s free throws tied it up and overtime looked inevitable until Prepelic conjured his magic moment on the final buzzer.

Better late than never for Prepelic

Joventut’s Klemen Prepelic headed into the game as the leading scorer in the competition with 23.5 points per game, but for 59 minutes and 59 seconds, he fell way short of those standards. Before his outrageous game-winner, Prepelic had only scored 6 points – with 4 of them coming from the foul line – after going 1-of-5 from two-point territory and 0-4 from beyond the arc. But then came the only shot that anyone will remember.

Lopez-Arostegui makes his mark

After missing through injury in the opening two games of the season, Xabi Lopez-Arostegui wasted no time making a mark in the 7DAYS EuroCup. The 22-year-old homegrown forward scored 17 points in his competition debut, including nerveless free throws in the latter stages. He made 6 of 7 field goals to play a key role in his team’s win, and although Prepelic stole the headlines, the debutant was Joventut’s best player on the night. Expect to see a lot more of him from now on.

Three-point disparity makes the difference

Shooting from beyond the arc made the difference to the outcome of this game…and not only because of Prepelic’s game-winner. Overall Joventut converted 13-of-28 attempts (46.4%) from long-range, with eight different players making at least one triple, while Darussafaka made only 6-of-24 from downtown (25%).

Next round

Round 4 will see Joventut make the long journey to face Unics Kazan, while Darussafaka stays on the road to take on Germani Brescia Leonessa.

Klemen Prepelic - Joventut Badalona (photo David Grau - Joventut) - EC19
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI; PEERANDI, RAIN; NIKOLIC, UROS
Attendance: 2522
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Joventut Badalona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DIMITRIJEVIC, NENAD 15:39 8 1/5 2/2   2   2 3   1     1 2 9
3 BUSQUETS, PEP 0:12                              
4 PARRA, JOEL 18:08 4 2/2 0/2     2 2 2         1   5
6 LOPEZ-AROSTEGUI, XABI 14:10 17 3/3 3/4 2/2 1   1 1         5 1 14
9 MORGAN, CONOR 23:18 6 0/1 2/5     3 3 3   2     4 2 4
10 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 23:40 9 1/5 1/5 4/5 1 4 5 5 2 2   1 2 8 15
11 KANTER, KEREM 21:30 11 2/4 1/2 4/4   2 2 2   1     3 2 10
14 VENTURA, ALBERT 23:08 3   1/1   1 7 8 1 1 1     3 1 10
16 ZISIS, NIKOS 21:31 11 1/2 2/4 3/4   1 1 2   1     2 4 11
23 OMIC, ALEN 13:45 9 4/7   1/2 1 3 4   1 2     2 2 8
32 ZAGARS, ARTURS 3:32 2 1/1 0/1             2         -1
81 HARANGODY, LUKE 21:27 5 1/1 1/2     1 1 2           1 8
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 85 16/31 13/28 14/17 7 23 30 21 4 12 0 1 23 23 94
        51.6% 46.4% 82.4%
Head coach: DURAN, CARLES
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL 13:27 2 1/1 0/2   1 1 2 1         1 1 3
6 AGVA, MAHIR 9:16   0/1     1 1 2     1          
8 BROWNE , GARY 26:45 10 2/5 1/5 3/4   3 3 1 1       4 9 12
10 DORA, DORUK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 HAMILTON, JOHNATHAN 29:22 16 6/10   4/5 6 5 11     3 1   5 3 18
14 VEYSELOGLU, ERKAN 5:22                   1     2   -3
18 OZDEMIROGLU, DOGUS 30:30 12 3/3 1/4 3/3   4 4 2 2 1     4 5 17
20 LAMB, DORON 21:04 14 4/8 0/1 6/6       3 1 2     3 3 11
21 JONES, JARROD 30:03 9 3/4 1/5   1 7 8 1   2     2   9
22 SAV, TROY SELIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GULER, SINAN 16:10 4 1/2 0/3 2/2 1   1 1 1 2     1 1 1
50 COLSON, BONZIE 18:01 15 3/7 3/4   1 2 3           1 1 13
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 82 23/41 6/24 18/20 14 25 39 9 5 12 1 0 23 23 86
        56.1% 25% 90%
Head coach: ERNAK, SELCUK

Head Coaches

DURAN, CARLES
Joventut Badalona

"That’s basketball! The most important thing is that in the worst moments of the game, the team tried and tried to improve on defense. They are a great team, but for us it’s a great victory because it’s difficult to play in the EuroCup for the first time with this young team. I’m happy for the fans and the club. But I need more victories.”

"In the first quarter, we played very slow, with the same rhythm as Darussafaka. The second quarter was our best moment on defense, but we missed open three-point shots. The start of the third quarter was the worst moment for the team, with turnovers and bad decisions on offense, and no defense on one-on-one, but after rotations, we changed the situation. The three-point shot from Klemen was incredible, but I’m happy with the whole of the team."

ERNAK, SELCUK
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
"Big congratulations to the Joventut team. It was a very tough game and they managed to win it. For a big period of the game, we managed to stay in our defensive plans and play really good defense, especially on Prepelic. But our shooting percentages were not good enough and at the end of the game we gave up a lot of very easy free throws. There was another big lesson for my players: at the end of the game, you shouldn’t leave any seconds for your opponent to make a shot, especially when they have the bonus. We were supposed to play the last possession with inside organization, not a three-point shot. I wish Badalona good luck for the rest of the season.”

Players

PREPELIC, KLEMEN
Joventut Badalona
"It’s a great feeling! When I shot the ball I saw it was on a good line, I didn’t expect it to go in but sometimes you need a bit of luck to beat a great team like Darussafaka. They’re one of the best teams in the EuroCup and we’re one of the youngest, but we showed we can fight with anyone. I didn’t have a great game, I made a lot of effort on defense but offensively I was more or less lost. But other players stepped up and played their part and with a bit of luck now we’re first in the group. Every win is very important because we have a young team with a lot of talent, we have to practice hard every day and we have a great coach who helps us every step. Nikos [Zisis] and Luke [Harangody] are also giving us great advice and every win is very important for our confidence.”
LOPEZ-AROSTEGUI, XABI
Joventut Badalona
"We knew it would be a tough game, but I think we showed a great attitude. We needed a bit of luck with Klemen’s shot, but he made it. I’m feeling better, I missed two weeks of competition and I’m happy to be back with the team, getting into a rhythm and trying to help the team as much as I can."