Qualifying Round Round 1 - September 29, 2009 CET: 20:15 Local time: 20:15 - RTL SPIROU DOME

Records

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0-0 Qualifying Round 0-0
0-0 Overall 0-0

Referees

Crew Chief
FACCHINI, FABIO, Italy
Referee
CONDE, ANTONIO, Spain
Umpire
ZASHCHUK, SERGIY, Ukraine

Team Stats

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0 O. Rebounds 0
0 D. Rebounds 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 Index 0

Player Stats

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0 OR 0
0 DR 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
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THE TAKE

Two teams from neighboring countries will start their seasons with high goals when Spirou Basket hosts Entente Orleans Tuesday in Charleroi in the first leg of their Euroleague qualifying phase tie. The Belgian champs seek a Euroleague berth for the first time since the 2001-02 season, while Orleans, the French League runner-up, makes its European competition’s debut at any level. After successful domestic campaigns last season, both teams have opted to build upon the existing core of players. Accordingly, Spirou brings back nine players from last season, including guards Jerry Johnson and Dwayne Broyles, forward Wesley Wilkinson and big men Andre Riddick and Len Matela. Veteran head coach Giovanni Bozzi took the reins and will have a few newcomers to work in to the rotation, led by small forward Nick Jacobson. Meanwhile Philippe Herve returns as Orleans head coach along with eight players from last season, including playmaker Aldo Curti, top scorer Cedrick Banks, veteran swingman Laurent Sciarra and big man Ryvon Covile. Additionally, Orleans inked center Ludovic Vaty, power forward Justin Doellman and Austin Nichols, who led the French League in scoring last season. On paper these two teams match up very well together. Among the matchups that could be deciding factors are at point guard, where Johnson and Curti will duel and inside, where Spirou’s veterans Riddick and Matela will have experience in their favor against Vaty, Covile and Justin Doellman. Hardly anyone will be surprised if this game goes to the wire, setting up an equally thrilling return leg on Friday in Orleans for a ticket to the last of the two qualifying rounds.

REFEREES: Fabio Facchini, Antonio Conde, Sergey Zashchuk

 
Spirou Basket
Spirou Basket
#
Name
Pos.
Height
4
Chris Hill
G
1.91
5
Jerry Johnson
G
1.83
6
Dwayne Broyles
F
1.96
7
Justin Hamilton
F
1.90
8
Nicholas Jacobson
F
1.92
9
Beye Tabu Eboma
G
1.90
10
Andre Riddick
C
2.08
11
Wesley Wilkinson
F
2.06
12
Sacha Massot
F
2.04
13
Jure Lalic
C
2.06
14
Leonard Matela
C
2.06
15
Gerrit Major
G
1.88
-
Ioann Iarochevitch
C
2.07
-
Yannick Moray
F
1.96
Head Coach: Giovanni Bozzi
Orleans
Entente Orleanaise
#
Name
Pos.
Height
4
Cedrick Banks
G
1.90
5
Ryvon Covile
C
2.06
6
William Herve
G
2.00
7
Justin Doellman
F
2.06
8
Mael LeBrun
F
1.92
9
Frenc Jowe Casseus
C
2.11
10
Aldo Curti
G
1.80
11
Austin Nichols
F
1.98
13
Elio Sadiku
G
1.87
14
Ludovic Vaty
C
2.06
15
Adrien Moerman
F
2.01
16
Laurent Sciarra
G
1.92
17
Anthony Dobbins
F
1.92
-
Jeremie Douillet
F
2.04
Head Coach: Philippe Herve
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Euroleague.net

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Players

Jerry Johnson - Spirou BasketSpirou Basket held on to beat Entente Orleans 55-53 on Tuesday night at the Spiroudome, but will surely feel disappointed after letting almost all of a 21-point fourth-quarter lead slip away. The two teams will meet again on Friday with the aggregate winner advancing one step closer to the Euroleague regular season. Spirou seemed destined to advance as it outscored Orleans 25-3 over a 10-minute period from early in the third quarter to early in the fourth to take a 51-30 advantage. But Cedrick Banks sparked Orleans and Austin Nichols took over with 10-fourth quarter points as the visitors dominated the rest of the way. Jerry Johnson led Spirou with 10 points and 6 assists and Dwayne Broyles and Nicholas Jacobson scored 9 apiece. Nichols paced Orleans with 14 points, Ryvon Covile scored 13 and Banks added 12.

It was Orleans that won the opening tip, but Spirou that struck first as Jure Lalic scored on the offensive glass. Orleans quickly took the lead as Banks and Justin Doellman drilled back-to-back three-pointers. Spirou stayed close on a Johnson triple and another Lalic basket, but Doellman’s second three kept Orleans on top. Broyles brought Spirou within 13-14 after 10 minutes. Banks opened the second quarter with a three-pointer only for baskets by Jonathan Tabu and Len Matela to tie the score and a pair of Jacobson threes to cap a 10-0 run that gave Spirou a 23-17 advantage. Orleans did not fold and Covile scored twice as the visitors reeled off 8 unanswered points to regain the lead. Johnson ended the half with a three-pointer that put Spirou up 26-25 at the break.

Austin Nichols - Entente Orleanaise (Photo EO-Sébastien Léger)Covile’s basket saw Orleans regain the lead at the start of the second half, but Spirou went on another charge. This time Jacobson hit again from downtown and Sacha Massot scored 3 in an 8-0 spurt for a 34-27 edge midway through the third quarter. Covile stopped the bleeding, but it was only temporary as Johnson dished to Andre Riddick for a slam and then Johnson sank 2 free throws to give Spirou a double-digit advantage. Tabu further added a triple and despite a Ludovic Vaty free throw for Orleans, Tabu and Lalic combined to wrap up a 20-5 third-quarter that made it 46-30 heading into the fourth. Spirou didn’t let up as Broyles scored from downtown and Lalic hit a layup to stretch the lead to 21. Banks tried to revive Orleans with 6 quick points. Covile followed with a basket-plus-foul and then Laurent Sciarra stole the ball and coasted in for a layup, causing Spirou to call for timeout. Still Nichols stepped up with a three and later scored a bucket to cap a 0-16 run and restore hope for Orlenas heading into the second leg. Johnson ended the Spirou drought, but Nichols fired in another three further narrowing the gap to 55-53 before the final buzzer.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Euroleague.net
Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO (ITA), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP), ZASHCHUK, SERGIY (UKR)
Attendance: 6000
By Quarter1234
Spirou Basket1313209
Entente Orleanaise1411523
End of Quarter1234
Spirou Basket13264655
Entente Orleanaise14253053
Head coach: BOZZI, GIOVANNI
Spirou Basket
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 JOHNSON, JERRY 30:50 10 1/3 2/6 2/2   2 2 6   5   1 2 2 6
6 BROYLES, DWAYNE 32:49 9 1/1 2/5 1/2   4 4 1 2 1     3 4 12
7 HAMILTON, JUSTIN 17:03     0/1     2 2 1   2     3   -3
8 JACOBSON, NICK 21:55 9 0/2 3/4     1 1           1   6
9 TABU, JONATHAN 18:29 7 1/1 1/2 2/2 1 5 6 2 1 1     2 5 17
10 RIDDICK, ANDRE 23:12 3 1/1   1/2 4 3 7     5 1   3 1 3
12 MASSOT, SACHA 16:51 5 2/3 0/1 1/2 1   1 1   2       1 3
13 LALIC, JURE 16:23 8 4/7     1   1 1   1   1 2 2 5
14 MATELA, LEN 22:28 4 2/3 0/2     4 4 1   3     3 1 1
15 MAJOR, GERRIT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 MORAY, YANNICK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 IAROCHEVITCH, IOANN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 55 12/21 8/21 7/10 7 21 28 13 3 21 1 2 19 16 49
57.1% 38.1% 70%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Head coach: HERVE, PHILIPPE
Entente Orleanaise
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 BANKS, CEDRICK 30:23 12 3/3 2/7   3 2 5 2   4     3 2 9
5 COVILE, RYVON 28:17 13 6/10   1/2   2 2     1 1 1 3 4 10
7 DOELLMAN, JUSTIN 27:48 7 0/1 2/6 1/2 1 1 2     4 1   1 1  
8 LEBRUN, MAEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 CASSEUS, JOHWE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 CURTI, ALDO 21:25   0/4           2 1 3     1 2 -3
11 NICHOLS, AUSTIN 24:57 14 3/7 2/5 2/2   2 2 1 1       3 2 10
14 VATY, LUDOVIC 11:19 3 1/3   1/2 3   3   1       4 3 3
15 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 12:12   0/2 0/2           1 1     2 2 -4
16 SCIARRA, LAURENT 21:39 2 1/1 0/1     1 1 3 1 1         5
17 DOBBINS, ANTHONY 22:00 2   0/1 2/3   2 2 2 1 2       3 6
18 SADIKU, ELIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 53 14/31 6/22 7/11 7 10 17 10 6 16 2 1 17 19 36
45.2% 27.3% 63.6%
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Head Coaches

BOZZI, GIOVANNI
Spirou Basket
"I’m not very satisfied tonight by the final score. We’ve played a good game if we consider that our preseason was not very good, and the third quarter must be a reference for us. But in the last one, we lost our organization and we finished with a small success. We know what we must do Friday. Win again."
HERVE, PHILIPPE
Entente Orleanaise
"We were not efficient enough in the first half, that’s why Charleroi led. The third quarter was not like us. We played without inspiration. But we knew that the game will be decided on Friday and without panic, we controlled the fourth quarter with our two best scorers, Banks and Nichols. We lost today, but we will work to be back for the second game."

Players

TABU, JONATHAN
Spirou Basket
"In the key moments, my team was not there. I think we have a better team and I feel deceived by the final score. We can be better using our fast break more, like we did in the second half for 12 minutes. That’s how we play."
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