Telenet Oostende finished its 2011-12 Eurocup season with a prestigious home win by downing Valencia Basket 87-83 at home on Tuesday. Oostende finished third in Group D with a 2-4 record due to its tie-break advantage with Lukoil Academic. Valencia was second in Group B with a 4-2 record, as Asvel had the tie-break advantage against the Spanish powerhouse. Kennedy Winston and Dusan Djordjevic paced the winners with 19 points apiece. Dusan Sakota added 16 while Chris Booker had 13 for Oostende. Rafa Martinez led Valencia with 23 points. Zarko Rakocevic added 20, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks, Rihards Kuksiks had 15 points while Serhiy Lishchuk got 13 for the guests, that led 22-34 early in the second quarter. Sakota and Booker fueled a mamooth 18-2 run that allowed Oostende to regain the lead, 40-38, at halftime. A layup by Rakocevic gave Valencia its last lead, 73-74, with less than 6 minutes to go. Djordjevic had 5 points in a 9-0 run that sealed the outcome, 82-74, enough for Oostende to control the game until the final buzzer.
Lishchuk got Valencia going with a three-point play that Winston matched in the other end and added a four-meter jumper for a 5-3 Oostende lead. Lishchuk stayed on fire with another layup-plus-foul and Kuksiks struck from downtown for a 7-9 Valencia edge. Martinez hit a jumper and free throws by Lishchuk boosted the guests' lead to 7-13. Sakota and Rodrigo San Miguel traded baskets but free throws by Winston kept Oostende within 13-15. Dusan Katnic and Rakocevic traded foul shots and a three-pointer by Nando De Colo restored a 14-19 Valencia edge. Rakocevic shined with a three-point play by Sakota and Winston kept Oostende within 20-22 after 10 minutes. Rakocevic dunked it early in the second quarter, as De Colo left the game with a bleeding nose. Martinez followed a triple with a layup in a 0-10 that Larry Abia capped with his own shot from downtown, 20-32. Katnic stepped up with a close basket while Martinez and Dragisa Drobnjak traded jumpers for a 24-34 score. Winston followed a driving basket with a fast break layup and Booker capped an 8-0 run to get Oostende within 32-34. Rakocevic shined with a tip-in but Winston and Booker led an 8-0 run that Sakota capped with free throws for a 40-36 Oostende lead. A layup by Rakocevic fixed the halftime score at 40-38.
Winston hit free throws right after the break and a long jumper by Djordjevic made it a six-point game, 44-36. Rakocevic scored down low but Quentin Serron matched that with a layup. Martinez nailed a triple but erased Sakota's layup-plus-foul with another shot from downtown for a 49-46 Valencia deficit. Rakocevic took over with an off-balance basket but Serron and Sakota allowed Oostende to regain the lead, 52-49. Kuksiks fired in a jumper but Sakota, Djordjevic and Booker extended Oostende's lead to 58-52. Lishchuk dunked it and Martinez added a three-point play for a 58-57 score. Booker dunked it and Katnic added free throws but Martinez singlehandedly kept Valencia within 62-60 after 30 minutes. Back-to-back layups by Rakocevic and a triple by Kuksiks put Valencia back ahead, 64-67, with 8 minutes left. Djordjevic struck twice from downtown but Martinez and Kuksiks kept the guests ahead, 70-72. Sakota buried a three-pointer and even when Rakocevic scored again, Katnic and Djordjevic made Valencia call timeout at 77-74. Djordjevic buried another three-pointer and added free throws to boost Oostende's lead to 82-74 with less than 3 minutes to go. Alberto Perez struck from downtown but a layup by Booker sealed the outcome, 84-77, as Valencia never recovered.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011