Pamesa Valencia didn't have any problems in beating Pivovarna Lasko at home on Tuesday, 93-74, and in doing so advanced to the second phase of the ULEB Cup three weeks before the end of the reagular season. The win leaves Valencia with a 6-1 record in Group B while Lakso drops to 3-4. The hosts jumped ahead early in the game and never let go of the lead, increasing it little by little. Bernard Hopkins and Federico Kammerichs led the winners with 15 points each, Fabricio Oberto added 14, Alejandro Montecchia 13 and Victor Luengo 10. For Pivovarna, Kenyan Weaks led the way with 22 points, Primoz Kobale added 17 and Smiljan Pavic nailed 15.
The clash was under Pamesa's control since minute 5, and that was good for the players who normally don't get many minutes, to show their abilities. And they did. The hosts started a bit cold and Pivovarna took advantage of it for a small lead, but it was only a mirage since Montecchia set a high tempo in the game, which was well read by his teammates. That took Pamesa to a 16-0 run that broke the game after 10 minutes, 30-14. Both teams stepped on the gas, something that increased errors but that didn't change the momentum of the game since the strong defense of the hosts forced Pivovarna's mistakes to make up for the offensive errors of Pamesa. By halftime the hosts were already in front 46-30.
After the break, Pivovarna began to fade and it only took Pamesa 5 minutes to increase its lead to more than 20 points. An ordered offense and a strong defense took the hosts over Lasko easily, and it was in the last minutes when, willing to entertain the fans, Pamesa commited some mistakes that allowed Pivovarna cut the deficit a little through Kobale and Weaks.
Tuesday, December 10, 2002