Trento hands Metropolitans first loss in Top 16
Dolomiti Energia Trento collected a crucial victory in its fight for the 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinals by registering a 67-57 win at home over Boulogne Metropolitans 92. Luke Maye scored 15 points to lead Trento while Gary Browne, Jeremy Morgan and JaCorey Williams all tallied 12 points. Trento used a 14-2 run to close the game and move to 2-2 in Group F. Metropolitans fell to 3-1 despite David Michineau and Bastien Pinault both scoring 11 points. The French missed its chance to book its ticket for the quarterfinals with a victory.
Neither team scored in the first 2 minutes until Lahaou Konate’s three-pointer for the guests. Trento needed more than 3 minutes until Morgan’s first triple. Michineau sparked a 0-8 run over nearly 3 minutes with 5 points for a 5-13 lead. Trento shot just 2-of-11 from the field to start the game until Morgan drained another three-pointer to stop the rot and help the hosts get within 12-13, but Metropolitans led 12-15 after 10 minutes. Williams scored the first 4 points of the second quarter to start an 8-0 spurt and a 20-15 lead. Maxime Roos hit from deep for Metropolitans’ first points after more than 2 minutes and Michineau evened the contest 20-20. Morgan drained another triple for Trento while Tomer Ginat tallied 6 points for Metropolitans to keep it within 27-26. Gary Browne answered with a pair of three-pointers for a 7-point gap and it was 33-28 at the break.
Michineau opened the second half with a dunk only to see Maye drain a three-pointer in an 8-0 charge as the advantage grew to 41-30. Metropolitans used tough defense and three-pointers to get back into the game with Pinault, Konate and Paul Stoll all hitting from deep to trim the deficit to 44-42. Maye answered with a three-pointer, but Pinault added another triple and the score was 47-45 after 30 minutes. Metropolitans continued its hot long-range shooting with Anthony Brown and Pinault both hitting three-pointers to pull ahead 49-51. Chikoko’s score made it 53-55, but the visitors struggled to get any scoring after that. Browne answered with a three-pointer to start a 14-2 run, which also included another Morgan triple and 4 points from Victor Sanders, whose floater ensured the win at 67-57 with 65 seconds left in the game.
Molin wins first game on sidelines
Trento over the weekend parted ways with head coach Nicola Brienza and replaced him with assistant coach Emanuele Molin, who prevailed in his first game in the spot.
Turnover woes all game
Metropolitans struggled with turnovers all game, finishing with 22 of them in the loss. Trento forced 7 turnovers in the opening frame and Metropolitans committed 8 turnovers in the second quarter and 4 more in the third quarter.
Because of the 22 Metropolitans turnovers, Trento attempted 58 field goal attempts to 47 shots for Metropolitans. Trento also took the points off turnovers category 34 to 5 in the win.
Trento will head into the break with a better feeling as it will next host Partizan NIS Belgrade on Wednesday, March 3. Metropolitans will try to get back to its winning ways when it hosts Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar the same day.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021