Telindus Oostende took a monster step in Group F by going on the road to beat Fortitudo Beghelli 76-89 in a 40-minute show of dominance in Bologna, Italy on Tuesday. With the victory, Oostende reached a three-way tie for first place with Red Star and Dynamo Moscow, all of whom have 2-1 records. Fortitudo, meanwhile, fell to 1-2 alongside CEZ Nymburg and Panellinios. Veselin Petrovic led the winners with 19 points, while four of his teammates also reached double-digit scoring: Jerry Green with 17, Titus Ivory with 14, Elvir Ovcina with 12 and Chuck Davis with 10. Fortutido captain Stefano Mancinelli had 20 points in the losing effort, Horace Jenkins added 17 points and Kristaps Janicenoks scored 13 off the bench. After traling by as many as 15 points, the home team tried to come back in the closing quarter but Sam Van Rossom hit his only three-pointer of the night to stop the run and help Oostende win a game in which it trailed only in the first seconds.
Oostenda stepped on court without any fear as it reacted to Tomasz Kesicki’s opening dunk for Fortitudo. Ovcina, Green and Van Rossom’s leadership built a 2-13 run that sent the guests up by 4-13 after 5 minutes. Against Oostende's zone defense, Dalibor Bagaric helped Fortitudo revive itself with a pair of foul shots and an assist that Dante Calabria converted for a three- pointer at 9-15. Oostende got the last spur of the quarter, however, as Ivory and Ovcina’s turnaround jumpers fixed an 11-20 score after 10 minutes. Jenkins and James Thomas opened the second quarter by helping Fortitudo come closer, 17-22. Oostende went back to Ovcina and he answered with consecutive baskets before Chris McCray dunked and hit a wide-open three-pointer to make it 19-33. Jenkins, Mancinelli and Janicenoks made it closer, 32-38, but in the half's closing minute Oostende found a put-back basket by Davis before Dalibor Bagaric beat the buzzer with a jumper that made it 36-42 at intermission. Oostende made the things clearer in the third quarter. Green had 9 points in five minutes after capping a 2-8 Oostende run to start the quarter. The guests soon reached a game-high 15-point lead after Green and Ovcina added buckets to make it 50-65. A flagrant foul revived Fortitudo, which found four points in a row and a buzzer-beater by Mancinelli to set a 57-67 score after 30 minutes. After Ivory made it 59-70 with a three-pointer, Fortitudo exploited a flagrant-foul and a technical foul to come back within 6 points, 64-70, with 7 minutes to play. Van Rossom's key triple gave the guests a breath and Ivory added free throws to rebuild a double-digit lead at 70-80 for Oostende on the way to its unforgettable road win in Bologna.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007