BC Budivelnik Kiev registered its first win in Group A by topping BC Prienai 84-57 in the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday. Both teams are now tied in Group A with a 1-1 record. Giorgi Tsintsadze and Leo Lyons paced the winners with 16 points apiece. Malcolm Delaney added 13 while Michailis Anisimov had 10 for Budivelnik. Arturas Valeika led Prienai with 15 points.
Gintaras Kadziulis added 12 and Gediminas Orelik had 10 Valeika shined early and got help from Zygimantas Janavicius to make Prienai get a 16-22 margin after 10 minutes. Artur Drozdov and Tsintsadze stepped up for Budivelnik to tie the game, 32-32, at halftime. Tsintsadze took over after the break, scoring 6 points in a 7-0 run that made Budivelnik get lead for good, 47-38. Budivelnik boosted its margin to 55-42 at the end of the third quarter and then again to 74-49 with 3 minutes left, enough to cruise to a well-deserved win.
Kadziulis got Prienai going with a close jumper and soon added free throws for a 0-4 lead. Tsintsadze hit a jumper and fed Lyons for a dunk. Free throws by Delaney soon gave Budivelnik its first lead, 6-5. Valeika and Delaney traded baskets and a free throw by Janavicius tied it at 8-8. Lyons made foul shots and Drozdov put Budivelnik back ahead, 12-11. Orelik and Arturas Milaknis stepped up for Prienai but Dainius Salenga kept Budivelnik within 14-16. Prienai used a 0-6 run that Janavicius capped with a layup to extend its margin to 16-22 after 10 minutes. Siin-Sander Vene made free throws early in the second quarter but back-to-back jumpers by Anisimov and Tsintsadze brought Budivelnik within 20-24. Arminas Urbutis hit a jumper but a three-point play by Drozdov ignited an 8-0 Budivelnik run that Lyons capped with a triple that put the hosts ahead, 28-26. Milaknis hit a jumper that Delaney erased with a layup. Tsintsadze made free throws but Valeika singlehandedly allowed Prienai to tie the game, 32-32, at halftime.
Delaney hit a jumper after the break that Valeika bettered with a layup-plus-foul. Budivelnik found a new go-to guy in Lyons, who had consecutive baskets in a 6-0 run that Anisimov capped with a layup for a 40-35 score. Orelik took over with a three-pointer but he didn't find much help around. Tsintsadze stepped up with a layup, followed it with a jumper and scored off a steal to boost the hosts' margin to 46-38, forcing Prienai to call timeout. Lyons capped a 7-0 run with a foul shot. Kadziulis sank 4-of-4 free throws but Salenga and an unstoppable Tsintsadze kept Budivelnik way ahead, 51-42. Free throws by Tsintsadze and a layup by Anisimov fixed the score at 55-42 after 30 minutes. Valeika and Delaney traded baskets early in the fourth quarter. Delaney insisted from downtown and Sergiy Gorbenko copied him right after that to seal the outcome, 63-46, with 7 minutes to go. Both teams, however, kept fighting for points differential, which may be a critical issue in such a balanced group. An 11-0 run that Lyons capped with a layup, however, boosted Budivelnik's margin to 74-49, enough for its fans to celebrate a very important home win.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012