Buducnost VOLI Podgorica started the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 in style on Tuesday, breaking three club records in the competition and getting close to three more in a true offensive explosion.
Buducnost opened Top 16 Group G play with a 108-80 rout of JL Bourg en Bresse. Those 108 points set a new record in the team's 155th game over 14 EuroCup seasons between 2003 and now, eclipsing the 106 points the club scored against Dolomiti Energia Trento in January 2018.
Buducnost's performance index rating of 137 was even more impressive, shattering the club's previous best of 122 from December 2015 against Steaua Bucharest. Finally, Buducnost's 68.4% shooting on three-pointers was also a new club record, eclipsing the previous high mark of 64.7% by this season's team against Unicaja Malaga in October.
Buducnost amassed 23 assists and 13 three-pointers while connecting on 70.3% of its two-point attempts, as well. And those stats ranked as the club's third-, fourth-and fourth-best efforts all-time in those respective categories.
"We really have to be satisfied the way we played," Nikola Ivanovic, Buducnost's leading scorer with 17 points, 7 assists and 3 steals, said. "Maybe defensively, when we talk about basketball, it wasn't perfect, but on offense it looked really great. We shared the ball. We found a lot of open looks. We found a lot of easy points. We were playing smart when we were supposed to, and it was definitely a good start to the Top 16."
Ivanovic also knocked down 2 of those 13 three-pointers that turned out to be the difference-maker in the opening game against the upstart team from France.
Buducnost had a 26-17 lead after 10 minutes but watched Bourg reel off a 0-10 run to pull ahead 26-27. The Montenegrin home side had yet to connect from long range, missing its first 3 triple attempts. But captain Suad Sehovic knocked down 2 shots to get the long range bombers going. Including Sehovic's 3, Buducnost connected on 5 of 6 three-pointers the rest of the first half and led 55-41 at the break.
The onslaught from deep continued in the third quarter as Buducnost drained 5 of 5 attempts and extended the lead to 84-66 after 30 minutes.
Ivanovic nailed his 2 three-pointers in the first 2 minutes of the fourth quarter to end all doubts for a 92-66 advantage. All told, Buducnost made 12 of 13 three-point shots spanning the beginning of the second quarter to Ivanovic's second triple in the final frame.
By that time, the game had already been decided and the only question was if Buducnost would set a new scoring record. New signing Amedeo Della Valle's triple knotted the record at 106-78 with just under 2 minutes left. And Petar Popovic made history happen with his mid-range jumper with 32 seconds left. The impressive fireworks show was complete and Buducnost showed just how much style it can have when it's clicking on offense.