Dynamo Moscow survived a competitive series on Tuesday and advanced to the ULEB Cup Last 16 thanks to a home win over ASCO Slask Wroclaw by 92-83. In the first game of the series last week, Dynamo had won by 7 points, 78-85, thus managing to advance with a total 16-point advantage. In the Last 16 round, Dynamo Moscow will have homecourt advantage against the winner of the series between Ventspils and Lukoil Academic. Travis Hansen led the winners with 26 points including 5 of 6 triples, Henry Domercant added 23 and Sergey Monya chipped in with 14. Rashid Atkins led Slask with 29 points, Dawan Robinson posted 13 and Terrell Martin bagged 12.
ASCO Slask fought hard to stay on the trail of Dynamo Moscow during the first minutes. However, when Torrell Martin stole the ball and Dominik Tomczyk turned the ball over right after, Sergey Monya replied with a bomb that gave Dynamo the first solid lead, 17-8 in minute 4. Tomczyk himself solved the problem after timeout with a three and Martin hit another one to quickly cut the deficit down to 17-14. Travis Hansen stopped the bleeding with his own three and Dynamo sson regained control with strong defense and accuracy in offense to put an end to the first quarter, 29-17. Atkins took command in offense for the guests and Slask maintained, even trimmed a little, the deficit carried from the first quarter. Two free throws by him made it 45-37, but Hansen came back with a triple-plus-foul situation that made it 50-37 at the break.
The second half was no different. Dynamo was always ahead thanks to the comfortable lead that was always moving around 10 points, but Slask never surrendered. Two straight triples by Dawan Robinson and Martin allowed the guests to make it a 9-point game again, 66-57. Atkins penetrated for Slask baskets but Sergey Bykov nailed a bomb from downtown that put Dynamo back in a safe place. Monya's putback made it a 12-point thing for the hosts but Atkins closed the third period with a rainbow layup that left it at 73-63 after 30. The last period started with a 0-5 run including Atkins' 25h point from the arc for 73-68, and the trend went on when Martin hit a three to close a 5-12 burst for 78-75 with 4 minutes to go. Robertas Javtokas and Henry Domercant, however, lifted Dynamo in the moment of crisis to pull away again to 87-77 with two minutes to go.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008