03 October 2019 - Unicaja Malaga showed its character by downing Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 83-70 at home in EuroCup Group D on Wednesday. Volodymyr Herun paced the winners with 19 points in less than 19 minutes and Josh Adams added 15 on 5-of-7 three-point shots for Unicaja. Scott Bamforth led Buducnost with 19 points and Justin Cobbs added 16. Bamforth had 11 first-quarter points to lead Buducnost to an 18-25 lead after 10 minutes. Carlos Suarez and Jaime Fernandez rescued Unicaja and Adams allowed the hosts to get a 48-42 margin at halftime. Unicaja led throughout the second half and took off midway through the fourth quarter to seal the outcome.
Suad Sehovic got Buducnost going with a three-pointer and a layup by Bamforth soon gave his team a 2-5 lead. Unicaja found a go-to guy in Herun, who singlehandedly gave the hosts their first lead, 9-7. Herun kept pacing Unicaja, scoring 12 points in the opening 6 minutes for a 14-9 margin. Bamforth struck from downtown, igniting a 0-12 run in which Cobbs had 7 points, good for a 14-21 lead. Bamforth remained unstoppable, leading the visitors to an 18-25 margin after 10 minutes. Carlos Suarez and Alberto Diaz each nailed a triple to make it 24-27 early in the second quarter. Nikola Ivanovic and Hassan Martin stepped up for Buducnost, but Frank Elegar, Fernandez and Suarez fueled an 11-0 run that put Unicaja in charge, 35-31. Aleksa Avramovic took over with a backdoor layup and Adams did better with back-to-back three-pointers for a 43-35 Unicaja cushion.
Ivanovic and Cobbs tried to change things for Buducnost, but Fernandez and an unstoppable Adams kept Unicaja in charge, 48-42, at halftime. Herun and Fernandez scored around the basket soon after the break and another triple by Adams made it a double-digit game, 55-45. Adams hit his fifth shot, getting help from Deon Thompson and Diaz to keep Unicaja way ahead, 63-51. Martin and Bamforth brought Buducnost a bit closer, 67-59, after 30 minutes. A three-pointer by Danilo Nikolic gave the visitors hope at 69-62 with 7 minutes left. Waczynski answered from downtown, igniting a game-breaking 12-0 run which Herun capped with a layup that sealed the outcome, 81-62, long before the final buzzer.
Adams blew up the game with his shots from downtown; he hit 3 of them late in the first half to put Unicaja ahead for good and added 2 more after the break to ignite the crowd. Adams finished the game with 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 fouls drawn and a performance index rating of 15 - all in his first-ever EuroCup game.
Buducnost managed to get within 69-62 with 7 minutes left and Unicaja was struggling on offense. Waczynski and Diaz each hit a three-pointer in a 12-0 run that helped the hosts put the victory on ice. The great fourth-quarter defense made it possible, too - Unicaja allowed 11 points in the final 10 minutes.
Three-point shots and its overall aggressiveness allowed Unicaja to win the game. Unicaja hit 10 of 29 three-pointers (34.5%) and limited Buducnost to just 4 of 17 (23.5%). Unicaja won in offensive rebounds (12-9), steals (7-3) and blocks (3-2). The game went to the team that wanted it more.
For the second time in three EuroCup campaigns, Unicaja opened the regular season against Buducnost. Back on October 19, 2016, Unicaja downed Buducnost 62-86 in Podgorica behind 19 points from Jamar Smith. Unicaja went on to win the EuroCup title that season. Suarez, Waczynski and Diaz played that game and are still with the team.
Both teams return to EuroCup action on Wednesday, October 9. Unicaja visits Adecco Arka Gdynia in what will be a very special game for Polish swingman Adam Waczynski. Later that evening, Buducnost hosts Dolomiti Energia Trento.
Source: EuroCup 7Days News
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September 26, 2019 - The first leg of 7th Thousand Islands Race that started at noon on Sunday from the Rijeka Harbour on a 278 NM long course to the finish line at the marina Porto Montenegro in Tivat could, in short, be described as: „from lull to lull“. However, between two calms at the start and the finish, there was everything that makes offshore racing interesting and demonstrates why this is one of the most beautiful race courses nature designed. Fleet not numerous but profoundly international consisting of crews from Austria, Croatia, Great Britain, Hungary, Montenegro, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The hope that many sailors wanted the bura (NE) in Rijeka before the regatta to stay proved to be wishful thinking and tradition of starting in light wind prevailed.
Optimistic was the prognosis calling for jugo (SE) over almost the entire course the first two days into the race, meaning a lot of close-hauled sailing and longer routes. However, as long as there is wind, the sailors are happy. The boat speeds that could be traced on the Internet in real-time more significantly increased only after passing island Rab.
The forecasted jugo reached 15 knots with gusting 20 knots. In the first part of the race, three teams retired. The first one was due to the mast falling down of the Austrian Sayg I, the only multihull competing, with luckily no injured crew members. This meant that the end of the race for them was Punat.
A crew member of Austrian Abracadabra required medical assistance, forcing her to stop in Biograd. The bad news continued and Croatian Mowgli lost its mast at Žirje island and forced them to retire. Mowgli, luckily without any injury to the crew, first called at Kapri island and next morning continued to Tribunj.
Last year's winner Slovakian Lucia X with a Croatian crew ripped their foresail that required the crew to climb up the mast and needed to detour to find shelter to complete the repairs. This caused the loss of valuable time and the chance of good result on the first leg. The rest of the fleet was sailing SE avoiding several local thunderstorms before jugo (SE) gave way in the middle Adriatic to forecasted tramontana (N) and northwesterly winds.
Four boats - Slovenian Macropus, Austrian Vento Cadela, Slovakian Lucia X and British Atame with an Italian crew on board were exchanging the lead. Hungarian Sunday Morning, the biggest in the fleet, was the only one choosing the course close to the shore through the Zadar channel and north of Korcula and Mljet islands. Weather conditions almost ideal until Dubrovnik and Cavtat turned into a lull from the beginning of the story. Nearly all night from Tuesday to Wednesday before and after entry to the Bay of Boka Kotorska, the boats were crawling at a speed of 1-2 knots.
The first boats came close to finishing around six o'clock on Wednesday morning, but they needed more than three hours for the last few bouts of NM. Slovenian Macropus and Austrian Vento Cadela were match racing using every breath of the wind available. At the end, Macropus crossed the finish line first at 09:34:13 after more than 69 hours of racing, making this the slowest first leg in the history of the Thousand Islands Race. Austrian Vento Cadela with Christian Pfann at the helm crossed the line 12 minutes later, and that was enough to win the race under corrected time. It very soon became apparent that no other boat still racing could endanger their overall lead.
The long-lasting first leg caused the cancellation of Thousand Islands Race + 2 planned in Bay of Boka Kotorska for the layover between two legs. There will be almost no rest for Montenegrin Sofia that finished last because the start of the second leg follows soon – at noon on Thursday 26th September 2019.
September 8, 2019 - The 52nd Balkan Sailing Championship continues. After a rainy morning with no wind, the weather changed over the day in favor of sailors and organizers. The second day of the competition brought a lot of excitement. Three regattas in all classes were sailed.
September 5, 2019 - The 52nd Balkan Sailing Championship begins Friday in Tivat, the first major international competition in this sport in Montenegro. More than 250 competitors from the countries of the Balkan Sailing Federation and surrounding states arrived in Tivat. The regatta will be inaugurated at 7 pm on the Pine waterfront, officially opened by the Minister of Sport of the Government of Montenegro, Nikola Janovic.
An exceptional sailing regatta - from Lustica Bay Marina to Lastavica Island and back, will surely be one of the most exciting routes for this sport in the Boat area and provide undoubted challenges for sailors as well as enjoyment for sailing enthusiasts watching the competition from the mainland.
On Saturday, August 31, a regatta transfer will be organized, from Rose to Lustica Bay Marina, where a berth is provided for all regatta participants. The Cup will be held on Sunday, with the finals being awarded at 5 pm.
Boaters have access to the coast provided by the marina, as an undoubtedly attractive destination for the development of nautical tourism. The infrastructure and logistics of the company have made sailing in the Bay of Traste accessible and thus an outing to the high seas, which is very important for sailors. In early June, a small regatta was held in Traste Bay, for Optimist and Laser classes, the organizers said.