GasTerra Flames registered its first win in Group E by downing Bennet Cantu 80-74 in Groningen, the Netherlands on Tuesday. Both teams join a three-way tie with Panellinios for second place in this group, each with a 1-2 record, two wins behind undefeated leader Galatasaray Cafe Crown. It was also GasTerra's first Eurocup win since the 2007-08 season, when the club last played the competition. Robby Bostain paced the winners with 22 points. John Turek added 14, Jason Ellis and Jason Dorisseau each added 12 while Matt Haryasz got 11 for GasTerra. Maarten Leunen led Cantu with 18 points. Nicolas Mazzarino added 13, Mike Green had 11 while Vladimir Micov got 10 for the guests, that led 40-42 at halftime. A dunk by Leunen allowed Cantu to get a 41-46 edge after the break but a 16-2 run allowed GasTerra to get the lead for good, 57-48. An outstanding Bostain allowed GasTerra to boost its margin to 68-53 and even when Cantu kept trying, the hosts held off a wild rally to get an important win.
Turek got GasTerra going with a bomb from downtown and Matthew Otten copied him soon after that for a 6-2 lead. Leunen scored around the basket and Denis Marconato added a dunk but Turek followed free throws with his second three-pointer to keep GasTerra ahead, 11-6. Otten sank a jumper and Jason Ellis added a layup but Marconato singlehandedly kept Cantu within 15-10. Leunen and Green fueled a 0-6 run that helped Cantu to get its first lead, 15-16. GasTerra did not panic,
however, as the hosts used a 9-2 run that Turek capped with a three-pointer for a 24-18 edge. Michele Mian hit free throws but Bostain joined the three-point
shootout and Ellis added a put-back layup for a 28-20 GasTerra lead after 10 minutes. Mazzarino struck twice from downtown early in the second
quarter and Jonathan Tabu added a layup for a 30-28 Cantu deficit. Dorisseau found his first points but Mazzarino had 5 points in a 0-9 run that completed the guests' comeback, 32-37. Dourisseau stepped up with back-to-back triples and Haryasz added a jumper but Green sank 5-of-6 free throws late in this half to put Cantu back ahead, 40-42, at the break.
Marconato shined with a dunk immediately after the break and Leunen also slammed it for a five-point Cantu lead, 41-46. Matt Bauscher scored off a steal and fed Dourisseau for a three-point play, igniting a 9-0 run that Ellis capped with a layup to give GasTerra a 50-46 margin. Manu Markoishvili tried to change things with free throws but Bostain had 4 points in a 7-0 run that Turek capped with a big triple that sent the crowd to their feet at 57-48. Leunen hit foul shots but Cantu needed answers in defense. Bostain scored again and matched Leunen's triple with a bomb from downtown for a 62-53 GasTerra lead after 30 minutes. A jumper by Haryasz gave the hosts their first double-digit lead, 64-53, early in the fourth quarter. Cantu kept struggling to score and back-to-back baskets by Bostain and Haryasz sealed the outcome, 68-53, with 7 minutes left. Markoishvili scored down low but GasTerra had started to use long possessions to run the game clock down. Markoishvili and Micov managed to get Cantu within 74-67 with under 3 minutes left but free throws by Haryasz and a layup by Bostain sealed the outcome, 78-72. A put-back dunk by Ellis allowed all GasTerra fans to celebrate a historical home win!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010