Ural Great of Perm broke through for its first road win of the season on Tuesday, 81-89 at Jabones Pardo Fuenlabrada in Spain in a game the visitors led from the start. The victory boosted Ural's record to 4-3 in Group A, while Jabones Pardo Fuenlabrada drops to 1-6 and is practically out of the race for the second round. Ural Great jumped out to large leads and controlled the game until the last quarter, when Jabones Pardo rallied to within 6 points thanks to constant three-pointers. Then time ran out on the host. Chris Anstey led five Ural players into double figures with 22 points. Valentin Kubrakov and Eddie Shannon added 17 each, Nikolai Khryapa and Stefan Nadjfeji 10 each. For Fuenlabrada Walter Herrmann was the best man again with 22 points, Berni Hernandez bagged 14 and Richard Scott and Pedro Fernandez nailed 11 each.
The game started with Ural Great strong on offense, led by Anstey and Shannon, while Fuenlabrada found it difficult to limit the Russian avalanche. The hosts also had a handicap in turnovers, and that allowed the Ural to jump ahead 18-23 after 10 minutes. In the second quarter, both Anstey and Shannon were still the main forces on offense. Ural Great forged a quick 6-0 run from threes by Shannon and Nadjfeji for a 25-40 advantage. Anstey was unstoppable in the paint, while for the hosts, only Francesc Solana managed to keep up with the guests, scoring 10 points in the first half. At halftime, Ural was leading 29-52 on 16 points by Shannon and 13 by Anstey.
In the third period things stayed the same, and a layup by Khryapa put Ural 25 points ahead, 39-64. It was then when Herrmann woke up for Fuenlabrada by scoring 8 almost consecutive points for 53-67. Ural started adding turnovers as well, and that was reflected on court, as the hosts started to get closer and closer. Another jumper by Herrmann to put an end to the third quarter with Fuenlabrada just 12 points down, 60-72. The final quarter was breathtaking for the fans as 2 consecutive threes by Alvaro Palacios and David Wood pulled the hosts within 71-79. Ural Great was neutralized but then emerged the saving figure of Kubrakov, who hit 2 of his own threes at the right time, first for 73-82 and then for 76-85 after yet another three by Wood. The last quarter was basically a three-point shootout, but Jose Antunez missed the crucial one that would have left Fuenlabrada at 79-85 with 3 minutes to go. Then it was too late despite a last desperate three by Herrmann that would be neutralized by Ural from the free throw line.
Tuesday, December 10, 2002