Power Electronics Valencia took the big showdown in Group B by downing Hemofarm Stada 68-75 in Vrsac, Serbia on Tuesday night. Both teams made it to the Eurocup Final Eight and already faced each other in the Last 16 last season. Nando De Colo paced the winners with 20 points, including 4 in the last 20 seconds. Kosta Perovic added 18, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks for Power Electronics. Goran Jagodnik led Hemofarm with 17 points. Jarod Stevenson added 11 while Bojan Krstovic had 10 for ths hosts, that used an 8-0 run to get their biggest lead, 35-25, late in the second quarter. Thomas Kelati and De Colo rescued Valencia after the break and a layup by Victor Claver completed his team's comeback, 42-44. Marko Marinovic led a 0-13 run that gave Valencia a 50-61 margin. Krstovic and Steven Markovic allowed Hemofarm to regain the lead, 66-64, but Claver, Florent Pietrus and an outstanding De Colo allowed Power Electronics to seal a big road win.
Jagodnik and Rafa Martinez traded basket right at the start of the game, as Hemofarm tried to feed Boban Marjanovic down low in the opening minutes. De Colo sank a four-meter jumper but Jagodnik and Stevenson answered from downtown for a 8-4 Hemofarm edge. Perovic made free throws but a dunk by Marjanovic and a layup off a steal by Markovic kept the hosts ahead, 12-6. Martinez and Stevenson traded triples but Pietrus dunked it and Perovic added a hook shot brought Valencia back to life, 15-13. Kelati tied the game with free throws but Jagodnik and Stevenson allowed the hosts to regain the lead, 20-15. Perovic followed foul shots with a layup for a 20-19 Valencia deficit after 10 minutes. An unstoppable Perovic and Rasko Katic traded baskets early in the second quarter and a jumper by Marko Sutalo gave Hemofarm a 24-21 edge. Hemofarm improved its defense, allowing Valencia to score 2 points in the next 5 minutes. Meanwhile, Milan Macvan and Miljan Pavkovic allowed the hosts to get a 28-23 edge. De Colo nailed a jumper but Jagodnik and Milos Borisov fueled an 8-0 run that made it a double-digit game, 35-25. Perovic - who else? - scored again while a free throw by Katic fixed the halftime score at 36-27.
Claver and Krstovic exchanged baskets immediately after the break while a jumper by De Colo kept Power EV within 38-31. Valencia had improved its intensity in defense while Kelati and De Colo made it a two-point game, 40-38. Krstovic took over with a reverse layup but De Colo and Matt Nielsen made Hemofarm call timeout at 42-42. Claver completed the guests' comeback with a layup that Katic and Stevenson rescued Hemofarm with consecutive baskets. Jagodnik took over with a power layup but De Colo and Nielsen tied the game again, 48-48. Katic sank a jumper but 4 quick points by Perovic and a big basket by Marinovic gave Valencia a 50-54 edge after 30 minutes. Marinovic buried a triple and soon capped a 0-13 run with an off-balance basket to make it an 11-point game, 50-61. Macvan made free throws, igniting a 10-0 Hemofarm run which Krstovic followed with three-pointer with a layup-plus-foul to bring the hosts back to life, 60-61. De Colo sank a triple but Macvan and Markovic answered from downtown to give the hosts a 66-64 edge with under 4 minutes left. Perovic and Nielsen hit free throws while a put-back dunk by Claver gave Valencia some fresh air at 66-69. Pavkovic and Pietrus made free throws for a 68-71 score with 45 seconds to go. Markovic missed from downtown while free throws by De Colo allowed Valencia to put the victory on ice.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009