Anwil Wloclawek finished its appearance in the 2007-08 ULEB Cup season in style by thrashing Sluc Nancy 85-63 in Poland on Tuesday. Both teams tied for the fourth place in Group D at 4-6, but Nancy finished fourth due to a 26-point home win against Anwil earlier in the regular season. Even with that, Nancy did not manage to advance to the elimination rounds, as it was not one of the five best fourth-ranked teams in the entire competitions. Alan Daniels paced the winners with 25 points on 9-for-12 two-pointers and 10 rebounds. Gerrod Henderson added 16 points, Alex Dunn had 14 while Andrzej Pluta got 11 for Anwil. Cyril Julian had 16 points for Nancy, Jeff Greer added 14 while Zab Dowdell got 11 for the guests. Pluta and Zeljko Zagorac fueled a 13-2 run that allowed Anwil to get a 17-13 edge after 10 minutes. Julian and Jeff Greer made Nancy rally from a 12-point deficit to get within 27-26, but Daniels gave Anwil a 31-26 halftime edge. Back-to-back triples by Jeff Greer and Pape Amagou made it once again a one-point game, 43-42. Dunn helped Anwil to get a 53-44 margin after 30 minutes, while Daniels simply rolled in the fourth quarter to make Anwil seal the outcome long before the final buzzer.
D.J. Harrison and Julian opened the game with consecutive baskets but Henderson, Pluta and Dunn allowed Anwil to get a 7-6 lead. Back-to-back baskets by Zagorac capped a 13-2 run to give the hosts a 13-6 lead. Victor Samnick and Jeff Greer stepped up for Nancy while Julian brought the guests within 15-13. Henderson allowed Anwil to extend its margin to 17-13 at the end of the first quarter. Henderson stayed on fire early in the second period, as he stroke twice from downtown in a 8-0 run that made it a 12-point game, 25-13. Dowdell tried to change things with a quick basket, igniting a 2-13 run in which Julian and Jeff Greer combined for 9 points to bring Nancy as close as 27-26. Patrick Okafor and Daniels had consecutive baskets to give Anwil some fresh air, 31-26, at halftime. Lukasz Koszarek and a three-pointer by Pluta boosted the hosts' lead back to double digits, 36-26, right after the break. Julian tried to change things for Nancy with consecutive baskets while back-to-back three-pointers by Jeff Greer and Amagou got the guests within 43-42. Anwil found a go-to guy in Dunn, who stepped up with 8 consecutive points and then collected a steal that allowed Daniels to give a 53-44 margin after 30 minutes. Jeff Greer tried to ignit a Nancy rally early in the fourth quarter but Anwil stayed on fire. Free throws by Zagorac and another basket by Daniels made it a 17-point game, 65-48, with 6 minutes to go. Everything was said and done, as Anwil kept running its offense through an unstoppable Daniels to seal the outcome long before the final buzzer.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008