Haynes, Reyer Venezia too strong for Donar Groningen in Italy
VENICE (FIBA Europe Cup) - MarQuez Haynes put the cherry on top of Umana Reyer Venezia's 82-72 first-leg triumph over Donar Groningen in the Semi-Finals with a last-second triple to extend the Italian side's cushion to double figures before next week's return fixture in the Netherlands.
Turning Point: Having entered the half-time break down 43-42, the Walter De Raffaele-coached home side took matters into their own hands in the third quarter, using an 11-1 run at the end of the period to take a 66-57 lead into the final frame.
L’Umana #Reyer #Venezia 🦁🇮🇹 fa sua la gara d’andata della semifinale di @FIBAEuropeCup 🇪🇺: +10 il vantaggio da difendere in Olanda 🇳🇱 giovedì prossimo! Bravi ragazzi 💪💪💪! #LaStoriaContinua #FIBAEuropeCup #finoallafine pic.twitter.com/TG9F8Tdmw6— Reyer Venezia (@REYER1872) April 11, 2018
Game Hero: It was symbolic that Haynes had the last say in the contest with a game-closing long-range basket, with the 31-year-old veteran putting his skills on display all night long. The point guard finished the evening with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and only a single turnover.
Stats Don't Lie: Donar Groningen did a good job of limiting second-chance points, allowing Reyer Venezia to grab only one offensive rebound, while taking down 14 themselves. The Dutch side outscored the hosts 14-2 in second-opportunity points.
Bottom Line: Reyer Venezia registered their third consecutive home victory in the Play-Offs but should not get too comfortable with their 10-point cushion, since Donar beat their previous opponents U-BT Cluj-Napoca and Mornar Bar by 27 points at home on both occasions.