Wrong step but the chances remain


Wrong step but the chances remain
Larry O'Bannon (Lukoil Academic)
09-01-2008 05:50

Lukoil Academic lost for first time at home this season after was beaten by Italian Benetton Treviso 90-93. In a dramatic game "the students" recorded very bad loss but the chances to go through from the group remain. The team needs only one more win to be sure for the next phase of ULEB Cup.

Benetton took a quick 7-0 lead as the hosts missed their first six shots. Then Lukoil Academic answered with 9 straight points to take the lead but the visitors quickly came back to take 16-11 lead and 25-16 capped by a Fantoni basket at the end of the quarter.
In the first minutes of the second quarter Benetton took a 29-19 lead, its biggest of the game. Then Stefanov and Canak scored two three-pointers followed by other basket to make the score 29-31. Stoykov scored a three for 34-35, but Engin Atsur made two straight from beyond the arc and Benetton took a 45-39 lead at the half.

Lukoil Academic continued to push up in the third quarter and finally took the lead at 51-50 after a Dean basket. Unfortunately then he picked up his fourth foul and had to sit on the bench. However Nenad Canak scored three 3-pointers as Lukoil held its biggest lead at 62-56 as the quarter finished 69-65.

The last quarter started with a dunk by Gaines as Benetton managed to take back the lead at 75-73. Then few good minutes by Mario Austin took the score to 85-77 for the visitors. Then Dean came back on the field and scored two 3-pointers as Benetton replied only once with a basket to make it 83-87. Gaines scored but new triple by Dean and a basket for Lukoil made the score 88-89. Chalmers hit two free throws and in the next attack three point attemp by Stoykov was blocked by Soragna. Then again Chalmers was fouled to score two times from the line as in the final second Antic scored just to fix the final result and the first loss for Lukoil Academic at home.

Lionel Chalmers was unstoppable and finished with 30 points and 3 assists. Mario Austin also played good ending up with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

For Bulgarian champion Willie Dean scored 28, while Antic added 17 and 14 rebounds.
 
FULL STATS FROM THE GAME LUKOIL ACADEMIC - BENETTON TREVISO
 
CURRENT STANDING IN ALL GROUPS IN ULEB CUP
 
INDIVIDUAL STATS OF LUKOIL ACADEMIC
 
INDIVIDUAL STATS OF BENETTON TREVISO
 

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