Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari hit 14 three-pointers to open its Eurocup campaign in Group B with a resounding 77-96 win over EWE Baskets Oldenburg on Wednesday. The visitors finished the first quarter with a 3-15 spurt, opened the second with 0-9 run for 17-42, and never looked back. Caleb Green and Drake Diener hit 4 triples each, as Green paced the winners with 25 points, while Drake Diener scored 16. Linton Johnson had 17 points plus 9 rebounds, and Omar Thomas contributed with 12 points in victory. Chris Kramer was hosts' leading scorer with 16 points, Andrea Crosariol scored 15, Nemanja Aleksandrov 13, while Rickey Paulding netted 11 for EWE Baskets.
Caleb Green got Dinamo Sassari off to a good start, and with a hand from Travis Diener, put together a 0-8 run for 6-13 lead. Kramer and Crosariol got EWE Baskets going, cutting it to 14-18, but Caleb Green, Drake Diener and Johnson combined to score 10 unanswered points and make it a double-digit margin. Drake Diener's three with the first quarter buzzer made it 17-33, before Johnson and Marques Green scored 6 quick points to start the second quarter, and Brian Sacchetti's triple opened up 17-42 advantage. Konrad Wysocki tried to find a spark for the hosts, and Aleksandrov scored inside, but Sassari executed its offense with high percentages, and went into halftime up 30-55. In the opening 3 minutes of the second half, the visitors hit 4 triples, Drake Diener nailed a couple, while Thomas and Caleb Green sunk one apiece, as lead reached 38-69. Triples on the other end from Rickey Paulding and Dru Joyce helped cut the deficit to 52-71, but Giacomo Devecchi scored from downtown to snap hosts' run, and Sassari held 55-76 going into the final 10 minutes. EWE Baskets' run continued in the fourth quarter, with Kramer leading the charge from outside, while Crosariol and Robin Smeulders from inside, cutting the deficit to 71-83 midway through the quarter. But Devecchi answered with another three-pointer to make it a 15-point game, and the visitors hit two more triples to close the game out.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013