2020-21Regular SeasonRound 6
November 20, 2020 CET: 18:45
Local time: 18:45 PALALEONESSA A2A

Buducnost gets good-as-gold road win

In a replay of their postponed game from Round 6, and a critical showdown for both teams in the race to reach the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 in Group B, Buducnost VOLI Podgorica defeated Germani Brescia 66-75 on the road at Palaleonessa A2A on Friday. Buducnost improved to 4-3 in the standings and depends on its own results to reach the next round, while Brescia dropped to 2-6 and has slim chances to advance due to its tie-break disadvantage against Mornar Bar (3-5) and ratiopharm Ulm (3-5). Melvin Ejim led the winners with 18 points. Justin Cobbs added 16 points, Nikola Ivanovic 15 and Zoran Nikolic 11 for Buducnost. Drew Crawford had 15 points for Brescia while Dusan Ristic added 10. Brescia led 40-31 at halftime but everything changed after the break, as Buducnost improved its defense while Ejim, Cobbs and Ivanovic made sure the guests grabbed an important road victory.

Christian Burns got Brescia going with a floater, igniting a 6-0 opening run that Crawford capped with a dunk. Suad Sehovic and Crawford traded three-pointers, then Cobbs hit a floater for Buducnost at 9-5. Kenny Chery and Ejim joined the three-point shootout and TJ Cline banked in a close shot for a 14-8 score. Cobbs and Ivanovic stepped up for the guests and Zoran Nikolic dunked but Giordano Bortolani took over with a three-point play and Burns added a buzzer-beating layup for a 21-17 Brescia lead after 10 minutes. Bortolani scored again early in the second quarter and Tyler Kalinowski hit a jumper but Cobbs and Zoran Nikolic got Buducnost as close as 27-26. Crawford beat the shot clock with a layup which Ristic followed with a jump hook to make the guests call timeout at 31-26. Kalinowski sank a triple and Andrea Ancellotti added a layup but Dragan Apic kept Buducnost within 36-29. Chery hit his trademark stop-and-pop jumper and Ancellotti scored again to boost Brescia's lead to 40-31 at halftime. Ejim hit a jumper and Danilo Nikolic struck from downtown to give Buducnost hope, 41-36, soon after the break. Ivanovic took over with a wild three-point play and Ejim added one from beyond the arc to complete the guests' comeback, 41-42. Ivanovic swished a jumper that capped a 1-14 run before Crawford rescued Brescia with a jump hook. Danilo Nikolic sank another three-pointer, getting help from Cobbs and Ivanovic to keep Buducnost ahead, 47-51. Zoran Nikolic¡s jump-hook fixed the score at 47-53 after 30 minutes. Ivanovic scored off a steal early in the fourth quarter and Ejim made it a double-digit difference, 47-57. Ejim scored around the basket and Cobbs added a floater to keep Buducnost ahead 50-61. Ristic tried to change things with a three-point play that Ejim immediately erased with a triple. Cobbs scored down low and Ejim sealed the outcome, 57-69, with 3 minutes left, as the hosts never recovered.

Pivotal performer

Ivanovic came off the bench and changed the game with a fantastic second-half performance. He finished the game with 15 points on 5-of-6 two-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws, also getting 3 rebounds, 5 assist, 3 steals and 5 fouls drawn for a game-high PIR of 20.

Game-changing moment

Buducnost improved its defense after the break, allowing Brescia to score just 1 point in the first 5 minutes of the third quarter. Meanwhile, Ivanovic, Ejim and Danilo Nikolic combined for 12 points in a 1-14 run that gave the guests their first lead, 41-44. That switched the game's momentum, and Buducnost went on to control the game for good.

Stellar stat

Buducnost finished the game with 16 offensive rebounds and limited turnovers to just 6. That's Buducnost's lowest turnovers mark in the competition since October 25, 2017, in an 87-78 home win against Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul, and one more than the club's record, 5, in a 76-62 victory against Lietkabelis Panevezys on December 27, 2017.

Did you know?

Chery had scored in double digits in all of his 15 EuroCup appearances until now – eight with Nanterre 92 last season, and seven with Brescia before this game. His double-digit streak came to an end as he had 9 points tonight.

Next game

Both teams return to 7DAYS EuroCup action in early December. Brescia hosts already-qualified Unicaja Malaga on Wednesday, December 9 at 20:45 CET. A day earlier, on Tuesday, December 8, Buducnost visits ratiopharm Ulm at 20:00 CET. Buducnost, however, has another postponed game against Boulogne Metropolitans 92 with a date yet to be determined.

Justin Cobbs - Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (photo Brescia - Simone Venezia) - EC20
Friday, November 20, 2020
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Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR; MANTYLA, PETRI; TSAROUCHA, VASILIKI
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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Germani Brescia2119719
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica17142222
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Germani Brescia21404766
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica17315375
Germani Brescia
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 CLINE, TJ 19:42 2 1/6 0/2   1 3 4 1   1 1 1 2 3  
7 VITALI, LUCA 16:17   0/1       1 1 2         3   -1
8 PARRILLO, SALVATORE 1:43                              
11 CHERY, KENNY 30:00 9 1/2 2/4 1/2 1 2 3 4 1 2     2 3 12
12 BORTOLANI, GIORDANO 8:08 5 2/3 0/2 1/1 1   1     1     3 1  
21 RISTIC, DUSAN 15:39 10 4/7 0/1 2/3 1   1 1   1     4 2 4
22 CRAWFORD, DREW 30:18 15 5/9 0/2 5/5 2 3 5 3   1     1 4 19
23 BURNS, CHRISTIAN 21:37 8 2/6 1/2 1/2 2 4 6 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 8
24 KALINOSKI, TYLER 23:44 9 3/5 1/2     3 3 4 1 2   1 1 1 11
34 MOSS, DAVID 9:50           1 1           4   -3
41 SACCHETTI, BRIAN 20:18 4 0/1 0/1 4/4 1 3 4 1   1     1 4 9
45 ANCELLOTTI, ANDREA 2:44 4 2/2       1 1               5
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 66 20/42 4/16 14/17 11 24 35 17 3 10 2 3 23 19 69
        47.6% 25% 82.4%
Head coach: ESPOSITO, VINCENZO
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
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 COBBS, JUSTIN 32:39 16 4/11 0/1 8/9       2 2 1     1 8 17
2 IVANOVIC, NIKOLA 32:38 15 5/6 0/6 5/5 2 1 3 5 3       2 5 22
3 EJIM, MELVIN 35:27 18 2/5 3/5 5/6 3 5 8 1   2     5 4 18
4 SEHOVIC, SUAD 25:05 3   1/6   1 3 4   1 1     2    
7 NIKOLIC, DANILO 22:12 8 1/2 2/4   1 6 7       1   2 1 12
8 APIC, DRAGAN 18:30 3 1/5   1/2 2 4 6 1   1 2 1 2 3 6
9 MITROVIC, LUKA 4:29   0/2     1 1 2     1     1   -2
19 NIKOLIC, ZORAN 21:23 11 5/6   1/2 2 1 3   3       4 1 12
31 KOJICIC , DANILO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 ZUGIC, FEDOR 7:37 1 0/1 0/1 1/2       1       1   1 -1
Team           4 3 7               7
Totals 200:00 75 18/38 6/23 21/26 16 24 40 10 9 6 3 2 19 23 91
        47.4% 26.1% 80.8%
Head coach: MIJOVIC , PETAR

Head Coaches

ESPOSITO, VINCENZO
Germani Brescia
"We played an excellent first half; aggressive on defense, sharing the ball, pushing on offense, playing with energy. Then in the third quarter, Buducnost's defense rose up and was a little tougher and rough. We ran out of energy and offensive rebounds then, and a few turnovers allowed them to get back into the game. And then they started very good on offense. We had problems to score. In the third quarter, we only scored 7 points, so we lost our confidence a little bit. We ran out of gas, ran out of energy. We tried to come back in the fourth quarter but then Buducnost had confidence in its offense and with a few tough shots from Ejim, Cobbs and Ivanovic, their best scorers, they kept their distance from us, always in the range of 8 to 10 points. We know that if we play with the same energy, attitude and effort as in the first half, we can compete with anyone. Of course, you know, not winning many games, sometimes the other team gets back into the game or they go ahead in the score, we lose confidence in ourselves. But the team also tonight fought for 40 minutes, so congratulations to Buducnost for a big win. We now have to go back and recover our energy for the next game."
MIJOVIC , PETAR
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"These guys deserve this. Everything that happened in our team in the last three weeks put us in big problems. The game against Unicaja was the first after 24 days in which we didn't have the chance to play five against five. We didn't play more than three against three in our practices without eight players. And for me, all credit goes to these great guys who deserve to win. They deserve to go to the Top 16 and this is a miracle win after everything that happened to us."

Players

IVANOVIC, NIKOLA
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"Anyone who saw the game saw how hard we played in the second half. We know we didn't start the way we were supposed to. We know that it was pretty bad in the beginning. But in the second half, we picked up our defense and played a great third quarter, and we deserve this victory, for sure."