2019-20Regular SeasonRound 7
November 13, 2019 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 MACCABI SPORTS HALL

Big rally sends Virtus into Top 16

Segafredo Virtus Bologna rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit on the road to down Maccabi Rishon LeZion 79-85 and qualify for the Top 16 on Wednesday night. This win improved Virtus to 6-1, the best record in Group A, while Rishon dropped to 1-6 in its first 7DAYS EuroCup season. Rishon made a huge run in the third quarter to build a 69-52 lead, but Virtus replied with a 1-24 charge to regain the lead midway through the fourth quarter and never relinquish it. Julian Gamble paced the winners with 19 points, Milos Teodosic had 18 points and 6 assists, Frank Gaines had 13 and Kyle Weems contributed 10 points for Virtus. Alex Hamilton and Johnathan Williams each had 19 points for the hosts. Hamilton also had 8 rebounds and 7 assists, while Williams pulled down 11 rebounds. Frederic Bourdillon netted 15 points, and Jordan Swing had 11 points in a losing effort.

The hosts opened the game with a triple-plus-foul from Bourdillon. With Swing in charge of the offense, another three from Bourdillon and one apiece from Swing and Noam Dovrat helped Rishon grab a 21-15 lead. After a timeout, however, Virtus finished the quarter with a 1-10 run as Gaines had a steal for an easy layup and Vince Hunter banked a jumper to beat the buzzer and make it 22-25 after the first quarter. The hosts quickly replied with fastbreak baskets from Hamilton and Williams. Gamble ruled inside, stringing together 9 points for Virtus, including a three-point play as the teams traded baskets. Swing hit a transition three-pointer and Adam Ariel added another to put Rishon back in front and the hosts held 47-45 at halftime.

Gaines had a three-pointer early in the second to give the visitors a 47-50 lead, but Rishon replied with a big run. Williams, Hamilton and Blayzer sparked an 8-0 run before back-to-back threes from Bourdillon started a 14-0 blitz that gave the hosts a 69-52 lead. Virtus scored the last 8 points of the quarter and Teodosic opened the fourth with a three-pointer followed by a fastbreak layup from Weems that cut it to 69-65. A corner triple-plus-foul from Teodosic and a three from David Cournooh followed by a pair of baskets from Weems helped put Virtus in front 70-76. The visitors did not allow a field goal for more than 6 minutes to open the fourth quarter before Hamilton's runner snapped the drought. However, Gaines and Teodosic made sure Virtus's leads remained intact and the visitors closed out the game.

Two make the Top 16

Virtus came into the game knowing a win would qualify it for the Top 16, but combined with MoraBanc Andorra's win over ratiopharm Ulm on Tuesday, this result also sent Promitheas Patras into the next phase.

Rishon's big run

The hosts held Virtus to just one field goal over a span of almost 6 minutes during the third quarter. Rishon had an 8-0 run to start and 14 unanswered points to finish a 22-2 run to go up 69-52 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter.

Virtus's bigger run

Virtus scored the final 8 points of the third quarter and then opened the fourth with a 1-16 charge fueled by Milos Teodosic. A 1-24 run over almost 9 minutes bridging the third and fourth quarters turned a 69-52 deficit into a 70-76 lead that Virtus never relinquished.

Trouble on offensive glass

Rishon outrebounded the visitors 36-26. Virtus had at least 11 offensive rebounds in each of its previous six games this season. It had just 4 in this one and only 1 in the first half.

Next up

Next week in Round 8 both teams will be on the road on Wednesday. Rishon travels to play AS Monaco while Virtus visits MoraBanc Andorra.

Julian Gamble - Segafredo Virtus Bologna (photo Rishon) - EC19
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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Referees: VOJINOVIC, MILIJA; PAPAPETROU, PETROS; CLIVAZ, SEBASTIEN
Attendance: 1627 (Tentative)
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Maccabi Rishon LeZion
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MISHAN, LIAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SWING, JORDAN 35:56 11 2/6 2/5 1/2 2 1 3 3 2 4     2 2 7
8 BOURDILLON, FREDERIC 37:10 15 0/1 4/7 3/3 1 3 4 1 4 3     4 2 15
11 ARIEL, ADAM 15:01 3   1/2     1 1   2 2     3    
14 BLAYZER, OZ 28:06 9 3/6 0/1 3/3 2 4 6     3     4 6 10
18 KOZAHINOF, DANEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 WILLIAMS, JOHNATHAN 36:12 19 7/11   5/9 4 7 11 2 1 4   1 3 7 24
30 TISHMAN, NIMROD 1:24                              
41 DOVRAT, NOAM 10:56 3   1/5         1 1 2     2 1 -2
42 HAMILTON, ALEX 35:15 19 7/11 0/1 5/8   8 8 7 2 7     4 6 23
55 SHEDLETSKY, OMRI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
86 MONROE, DARRYL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 79 19/35 8/21 17/25 10 26 36 14 12 27 0 1 22 24 78
        54.3% 38.1% 68%
Head coach: GOODES, GUY
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
Segafredo Virtus Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 GAINES, FRANK 24:57 13 4/8 1/3 2/2       1 3 2     4 4 9
6 PAJOLA, ALESSANDRO 3:23   0/1             1 1         -1
8 BALDI ROSSI, FILIPPO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 33:27 6 1/1 0/3 4/4   3 3 6 5 4     3 2 12
11 RICCI, GIAMPAOLO 18:41 4 2/3 0/1         1   2     2   -1
16 DELIA, MARCOS 2:12                         1 1  
25 COURNOOH, DAVID 24:30 6 0/1 1/4 3/4   3 3 2         3 4 7
32 HUNTER, VINCE 16:52 9 3/7   3/4 1 2 3   2 1     2 2 8
34 WEEMS, KYLE 32:16 10 5/7 0/2   1 8 9   2   1   2   16
35 NIKOLIC, STEFAN 0:02                              
44 TEODOSIC, MILOS 23:45 18 2/2 3/8 5/5   2 2 6 1 7     3 5 17
45 GAMBLE, JULIAN 19:55 19 8/9   3/3 2 3 5     3     4 4 20
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 85 25/39 5/21 20/22 4 22 26 16 14 20 1 0 24 22 88
        64.1% 23.8% 90.9%
Head coach: DJORDJEVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

GOODES, GUY
Maccabi Rishon LeZion
"I want to congratulate Bologna on their victory. They came back and made the shots and won. Unfortunately I think this is a game that we should have won. Some decisions at the end, some calls against us, but that's life. At the end of the day we tried and we did our best. Our guys fought, but came short at the end."
DJORDJEVIC, SASA
Segafredo Virtus Bologna
"Very tough win. It is our fault because we went down by 17. A lot of turnovers, silly turnovers. They came up strong in the third quarter, hitting some quick three-pointers. They are a tough team here, but we understood that. Then we started playing defense. I don't understand why my team is not playing this kind of defense for the whole game, because that's what is needed. Rishon has nothing to lose, they play strong. A tough team, greatly coached, I was absolutely not surprised by them. What Teodosic [did], that is his job, that's who he is and what he has been doing his entire life. But I want my team to react without him. We cannot just relax there and say he is going to take care of it. Not every day, not every night, but I think sometimes even he needs 'hey guys, take it a little bit out of my hands'."

Players

HAMILTON, ALEX
Maccabi Rishon LeZion
"I take the majority of the blame; 7 turnovers as a point guard with the ball in my hands. I just got to do better. A lot of guys got tired at the end, especially after pressing and turning the ball over. We were up 17. There is no excuse. I will still go to war with these guys. I'm confident in the guys in the locker room even though we don’t have the roster or the extra man that we needed to get our rest like Bologna have."
GAINES, FRANK
Segafredo Virtus Bologna
"It was really tough. We finally woke up and found a way to get the job done. We know they are a great team, especially at home and they want an up-tempo game. They took advantage of our slow start, but we found a way to get the win."