Snaidero Udine moved into second place in Group B with a 85-73 home win over Anwil Wloclawek on Tuesday in Udine, Italy. Snaidero raised its record to 2-1, while Anwil remains winless and drops to last place at 0-3. Snaidero opened the second period with a 20-5 run to take the control of the game and the home squad never looked back. Anwil climbed within 65-59 late in the third quarter, but the hosts split the zone defense and used an 8-0 run to silence the Anwil comeback attempt. Anwil, which traveled to Italy without injured point guard Andrej Pluta and big man Brandon Kurtz, was outrebounded 38-25. Andrew Wisniewski led Snaidero with 17 points, Joel Zacchetti added 14, Larry O'Bannon 12 points and Damon Williams finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Anwil's Seid Hajric led all scorers with 29 points and 8 rebounds, Gatis Jahovics produced 14 points and Zbigniew Bialek added 12.
Snaidero's O'Bannon opened the scoring from downtown after just a few seconds played. Williams converted an offensive rebound and Michele Antonutti added a mid-range jumper as the hosts built a 7-1 lead. Hajric got Anwil going, but Wisniewski's triple and Jacob Jaacks inside made it 13-5 after four minutes. Bialek added a three-point play for Anwil to stay on track, but Wisniewski beat the Anwil defense and drove the basket for an easy lay-up and a 17-8 advantage. Hairic grabbed another offensive board to score and push his team forward, but Wisniewski's triple gave the Italian side its first double-digit margin. Bialek hit a triple on the fastbreak to trim the gap and Mark Dickel scored a layup to reduce the margin to 21-17. Kristaps Valters and Dickel exchanged baskets to keepthe score at 23-19 at the end of the first quarter. Valters hit an eight-meter bomb early in the second quarter, but Dickel answered with a layup. Wisniewski hit a triple coming off a pick and easy points from SIlvio Gigena opened a 31-21 difference. Wisniewski remained on fire by scoring his fourth triple in 13 minutes to go up 34-22. Hajric scored again inside and a beautiful assist from Williams allowed Jaacks to score an easy basket for a 38-24 scoreline at the midway point of the quarter. Patrick Mutombo capped a 20-5 run from downtown for a 43-24 margin, Still Hajric and Dickel boosted Anwil and cut the difference to 45-32, before Zacchetti converted three attempts from the foul line to push Snaidero to a 53-35 halftime advantage.
Jahovics and Hajric forced Snaidero to call timeout after opening the third quarter with a 6-0 run to keep Anwil on track at 53-41. Wisniewski scored once more from beyond the arc for Udine, but Wiktor Grudzniksi cut the cushion to 58-48 with a triple of his own. O'Bannon hit a three a few seconds later as the hosts remained comfortably ahead, 61-50. Zacchetti boosted Snaidero under the glass, but Bialek put the visitors within 65-56. Bartlomiej Woloszyn pushed Anwil back in the game from long distance, 65-59, with three minutes left in the quarter, Zacchetti converted a three-point play as Anwil remained scoreless till the end of the quarter. Zacchetti scored a lefty lay-up for a 71-59 lead after 30 minutes. Jaacks raised the margin to 73-59 before Grudzinski closed a three-and-a-half minute scoreless stretch for Anwil with a left-handed hook. Williams scored a pair going to the rim and Di Giuliomaria blocked a Hajric shot and launched O'Bannon for a triple, giving Snaidero an 80-67 advantage. Hajric sounded the charge for his team, but Anwil couldn't score consistently against the zone. Williams boosted Udine to 82-69, but Jahovics helped cut the gap to 82-73 with two minutes left. Williams made an amazing dunk on the final buzzer to seal the deserved win of the hosts.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006