The ULEB Cup's longest-standing club applied all its experience in the home opener on Tuesday as BC FMP blasted visiting Anwil Wloclawek 90-61 in Belgrade. FMP goes 1-0 in Group B, while Anwil will have to turn things around quick. Even playing without injured starters Branko Jorovic and Mladen Pantic, FMP took control and led by 20 points at halftime. Branko Cvetkovic paced the winners with 17, while Bojan Krstovic added 13, Predrag Samarziski 12, Dragan Labovic and Zoran Erceg 11 each. The defense of FMP limited Anwil to just two double-digit scores, Andrzej Pluta with 14 points and Brandon Kurtz with 11. FMP drilled 12 of 26 three-pointers and had 10 assists to just 7 for Anwil.
Samardziski and guard Nemanja Protic stepped into the starting lineup for FMP and helped the hosts race ahead 8-2. Samardziski hit 2 easy baskets early and Protic hit from inside and outside the arc to boost the lead to 16-7. Anwil answered with lay up from Kurtz and three-pointer from Pluta but in the final minutes of first quarter Krstovic entered and showed his talent by scoring a triple and two layups. FMP led 25-16 after 10 minutes. Kurtz of Anwil opened second quarter with free throws, but Aleksandar Rasic scored another triple as FMP took its first douible-digit lead 28-18. Krstovic and Cvetkovic added another pair from downtown as the lead stretched to 40-20 as Cvetkovic put back an offensive rebound and Erceg scored from the paint. Cvetkovic added another triple to cap a 21-4 run and FMP led 46-22. Gatis Jahovics revived Anwil but Krstovic hit another bomb. Anwil then tried with zone defense and managed to score 4 more free throws. FMP, however, was far from done as Cvetkovic and Erceg concluded first half with easy points for a 50-30 advantage after 20 minutes.
In the opening minutes of the second half Anwil woke up and after a 3-7 run cut the hosts lead to 53-37. Erceg and Samardziski reestablished 20 points lead for the local side and the guests from Poland were helples against run-and-gun game of FMP. The gap between the teams grew wider and wider, soaring to 66-40 in minute 37. To close out the third quarter Samardziski and Djordje Micic made it even bigger when they scored in the paint and from behind the line, leaving a 73-43 FMP after 30 minutes. The last 10 minutes seemed a chance to work for the young and inexperienced FMP team, until the guests from Anwil showed otherwise, opening the quarter with a 4-15 run. But that was Anwil's last gasp in Belgrade. Labovic scored consecutive triples and the story of the first ULEB Cup game in Belgrade this season was over. FMP led 86-59 with 3 minutes to go. Labovic sealed the victory with 4 points from the line and FMP booked a 90-61 victory.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006