2009-10Regular SeasonRound 5
January 05, 2010 CET: 19:00
Local time: 18:00 CENTRO INSULAR DE DEPORTES
James Augustine - Gran Canaria 2014 (photo cbgrancanaria.net)Both of Group G's spots in the Last 16 will come down to the last week of the regular season after Gran Canaria 2014blasted would-be qualifier Panellinios 73-51 on Tuesday in Las Palmas, Spain. The victory left both teams with 3-2 records and waiting to see if Nancy would join them in a three-way tie for first place heading into the final week. If the decision comes down to point differences, Gran Canaria did all it could to take Tuesday's game from a close score at halftime to a blowout. Although it could not eclipse Panellinios's 29-point victory in their first game, Gran Canaria nonetheless gave itself a chance to survive into the Last 16. Thanks for that second-half surge went to James Augustine, whose 8 points in a row early in the third quarter gave him a team-high 19 to go with 9 rebounds. Will McDonald followed with 15 points, Jim Moran 13 and Melvin Sanders 11 for Gran Canaria. Panellinios had two big guns, Devin Smith with 18 points and Rod Blakney with 15, but the rest of the visiting team scored a combined total of only 18 points between them.

Although the defenses dominated at the start, Moran and Sitapha Savane gave Gran Canaria a quick 5-2 advantage. Smith kept Panellinios close until Joshua Davis's three-point shot provided the visitors' first lead, 7-9. Smith and Davis combined to extend the lead to 8-13 before Will McDonald scored his first points for Gran Canaria. After a scoreless final minute, however, the first quarter ended at 10-13. The offenses opened up more in the second quarter as a pair of baskets by McDonald around one by Tomas Bellas kept the hosts as close as 16-19. That led to Melvin Sanders blasting a triple to tie it up before McDonald put Gran Canaria ahead again, 20-19, at the foul line. Smith tied with his own free throw, and a triple by Vasilis Xanthopoulos put Panellinios ahead again, 22-23, but otherwise the Gran Canaria defense was good enough to let Moran end the half as he started it, with a shot from the arc that put the hosts in front 29-25 at halftime.

Smith and Rod Blakney tried to take back the lead for Panellinios early in the second half, cutting the difference to 32-30, but Augustine took over with 8 consecutive points for Gran Canaria to open a 40-31 advantage, the biggest of the game by far. Soon, Jaycee Carroll was hitting free throws and Moran burying a new triple for an even bigger difference, 47-34. Smith and Blakney answered quickly with back-to-back three-pointers, cutting the deficit in half, but McDonald and Bellas teamed up to finish the third quarter with Gran Canaria holding a 51-40 advantage. McDonald, Augustine and Savane went to work early in the final quarter on boosting that lead even higher, leaving Sanders the honor of drilling a triple to get it to 20 points, 62-42, with 5 minutes left. Both teams knew that the outcome was decided and the only question was whether Gran Canaria could match or better the 29 points by which Panellinios won their first game. That was not the case, in the end, but Gran Canaria nonetheless denied Panellinios early passage to the Last 16 and forced a final-week showdown for both qualifications from Group G.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS; MANTYLA, PETRI; OZOLS, ARNIS
Attendance: 3127
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Gran Canaria 2014
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 FISHER, JOSH 22:27 2 1/3 0/1     2 2 3 3 1     1 3 8
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 28:16 19 7/9 0/1 5/6 5 4 9 1 2 4     1 4 26
6 ALVARADO, OSCAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SAVANE, SITAPHA 22:08 4 2/4     1 5 6 3 3 2     1   11
8 KLOOS, EWOUD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 BELLAS, TOMAS 24:39 4 2/3       1 1 4 2 2   1   5 12
13 NORRIS, MARCUS 15:28   0/1 0/2         5 2 2     2 1 1
14 KICKERT, DANIEL 2:29                   1         -1
20 MORAN, JIM 19:24 13 1/1 3/8 2/2   1 1   1       2 1 9
22 CARROLL, JAYCEE 17:40 5 0/3 1/4 2/2 1   1   1 2     1 3 1
34 SANDERS, MELVIN 20:36 11 1/4 3/5   1 1 2   2     2 3 2 7
45 MCDONALD, WILL 26:53 15 6/11   3/4 4 2 6   1 2     2 2 14
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 73 20/39 7/21 12/14 15 18 33 16 17 16 0 3 13 21 93
        51.3% 33.3% 85.7%
Head coach: MARTINEZ, PEDRO
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
Panellinios Opap
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 XANTHOPOULOS, VASSILIS 15:34 3   1/1     1 1 2 3       3   6
5 PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 CHARALAMPIDIS, KOSTAS 17:27 3 0/1 1/7         1   1     1 1 -4
7 KALAITZIS, GEORGIOS 13:09               1 1 3     3   -4
8 JOHNSEN, BRITTON 11:35 2 1/2 0/1   2 1 3     3          
9 SMITH, DEVIN 37:20 18 5/6 2/7 2/4 1   1 2 2 4 2     5 18
10 PETROULAS, ALEKOS 4:14                   1         -1
11 GEORGALLIS, IOANNIS 5:05   0/1               1 1   1   -2
12 BLAKNEY, RODERICK 33:16 15 4/7 1/2 4/5 1   1 1 5 1     2 5 19
14 DAVIS, JOSHUA 22:27 5 1/2 1/4   1 3 4 1   4     5   -3
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 22:07 3 1/3   1/2 2 6 8   1 2     3 2 6
16 OSTOJIC, DJURO 17:46 2 1/2 0/1   2 2 4     3     3   -2
Team             3 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 51 13/24 6/23 7/11 9 16 25 8 12 24 3 0 21 13 35
        54.2% 26.1% 63.6%
Head coach: ZOUROS, ILIAS

Head Coaches

MARTINEZ, PEDRO
Gran Canaria 2014
"I think we won this game because of our defense, improving throughout the game. We had a very active, intense second half, playing better after the break. I think that we played a good game that allowed us to stay alive in the competitions and reach our minimum goal in the competition - win our three regular season home games. We already knew we needed to have the tie-break advantage or be able to win on the road. We still have the chance to make it to the next round, even when it will be difficult to win in Poland. We have no other chance but beating PGE Turow in Poland, because we have the tie-break disadvantage against the other two teams. We have a chance next week, so let's see if we make it. We have tried to fight for the tie-break advantage several times, but a player that had been 0-of-6 from downtown that far sank a three-pointer to save the average. There we were, leading by 25 points with 40 seconds left. The initial goal was winning the game, not trying to win by more than 29. We knew that was a very difficult thing to do."
ZOUROS, ILIAS
Panellinios Opap
"Congratulations to Gran Canaria 2014 because it deserved to get the win tonight. They put a bigger effort than us out there. It is difficult to win the game when you collect 24 turnovers and allow your opponent to grab 15 offensive rebounds. If you don't play good defense, losing is the logical outcome. We only played good defense in the first half and did not do well after the break. We have to win out last game no matter what to make it to the Last 16. I would like to thank Gran Canaria 2014 for the way they treated us and wish them all the best next week."
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