CEZ Basketball Nymburk registered one of the biggest wins in club history and improved to 3-2 in difficult Group G by thrashing Cajasol 68-89 in Seville, Spain on Tuesday. Nymburk ties for first place in Group G with Hapoel Jerusalem. It will advance to the Last 16, regardless of other scores, if it downs VEF Riga at home this week - but could also qualify with a slim loss if a four-way tie takes place. It will be first no matter what if it wins and Cajasol beats Hapoel in Jerusalem. Cajasol dropped to 2-3 and ties with VEF Riga for third place in this group. Cajasol needs to beat Hapoel in Jerusalem to have any chance to make it to the next round. Tre Simmons led the winners with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Afik Nissim added 19 points, Pavel Pumprla had 13 while Radek Necas got 10 for Nymburk. Paul Davis led Cajasol with 13 points while Joan Sastre and Juanjo Triguero each had 10 for the hosts. Nymburk used a 1-14 run to boost its margin to 33-49 at halftime. A corner three-pointer by Simmons made it a 20-point game, 48-68, after 30 minutes, enough for Nymburk to keep full control of the game until the final buzzer.
Davis got Cajasol going with a turnaround jumper and Tomas Satoransky added free throws for a 4-2 lead. Nissim shined with a floating layup and Necas added a baseline jumper to give Nymburk its first lead, 4-6. Simmons followed a mid-range jumper with an uncontested layup but Mindaugas Katelynas and Sastre kept the hosts within 8-10. Necas sank a jumper and Vladimir Stimac added a power layup to make Cajasol call timeout at 8-14. Sastre struck from downtown, igniting a 7-0 run in which Kaloyan Ivanov sank consecutive jumpers for a 15-14 Cajasol edge. Nissim sank a triple and Ladislav Sokolovsky scored in the low post to put the guests back ahead, 15-19. Nissim made free throws and added a driving layup for a 17-23 Nymburk margin after 10 minutes. Sastre downed his second triple early in the second quarter and free throws by Juanjo Triguero got Cajasol as close as 22-24. Ales Chan shined with a put-back layup and Pumprla scored in transition to give the guests some fresh air, 24-28. Davis hit free throws and matched Mike Lenzly's quick basket with an alleyoop layup for a 28-30 score. Pumprla took over with a tip-in and Simmons added a corner triple to make Nymburk get a 30-35 edge. Davis tried to change things for Cajasol but his team could not find the way to the basket. Meanwhile, Stimac, Simmons and Necas fueled an 1-14 run that Pumprla capped with a big dunk to break the game open, 33-49, at halftime.
Davis tried to ignite the hosts' comeback with a put-back basket immediately after the break and Txemi Urtasun added a jumper but Necas and a three-pointer by Simmons gave Nymburk a 37-54 margin. Davis sank a baseline jumper but back-to-back layups by Stimac and Nissim made it a 19-point game, 39-58. Tariq Kirksay downed a three-pointer off a Cajasol timeout but Nissim answered from downtown to keep Nymburk out of trouble, 42-61. Urtasun joined the three-point shootout and Satoransky added a driving basket to give Cajasol some hope at 48-63. Necas beat the hosts' 2-3 zone defense with a layup while a three-pointer by Simmons gave Nymburk a new game-high lead, 48-68, after 30 minutes. Pumprla took over with an acrobatic layup early in the fourth quarter and soon added a dunk to seal the outcome, 58-72, early in the fourth quarter. Nymburk had started to use long possessions, as both teams fought for points differential, as Cajasol had registered a 16-point win in the Czech Republic. Triguero, Bojan Popovic and Ivanov managed to get Cajasol within 66-82 but Nissim and Simmons allowed Nymburk to register a well-deserved, impressing road win.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010