Qualifying Round Round 1 - September 29, 2011 CET: 17:00 Local time: 18:00 - SIEMENS ARENA

Records

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

Referees

Crew Chief
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB, Poland
Referee
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal
Umpire
LATISEVS, OLEGS, Latvia

Team Stats

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0 Points 0
0 Rebounds 0
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 Points 0
0 Rebounds 0
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
0 Index 0

THE TAKE

KK Cibona
Cholet Basket
RECORDS
0-10 (Sixth place, Group C)
Regular season 2010-11
4-6 (Fifth place, Group C)

PROBABLE STARTERS
Guard
Guard
Forward
Forward
Center

THE STAKES

Like every game in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, it’s now or never for these teams. Cibona aims to extend its streak of 20 straight seasons in Europe’s premier basketball competition. Cholet looks to return after a promising 4-6 regular season last year.

INJURIES

Cholet has lost projected starter and high-scoring guard Robert Hite to injury, but signed forward Demetris Nichols to take his place.

THE TAKE

An interesting contest features two teams sprinkled with Euroleague veterans and unproven rookies. With Cibona leaning on the likes of Antwain Barbour, Demonte Harper and Goran Suton, while Cholet looks to Talor Battle, Chandler Parsons and Vafessa Fofana, the end result could come down to which of these untested players can stand out with the pressure on.

REFEREES
Crew Chief
Referee
Umpire
Jakub Zamojski
Jakub Zamojski

Poland
Fernando Rocha
Fernando Rocha
Portugal
Olegs Latisevs
Olegs Latisevs
Latvia
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

Players

Fans CibonaKK Cibona Zagreb broke open a close game with stellar defense to defeat Cholet of France 77-70 in Vilnius on Thursday to advance in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds. Cibona will play the winner of host Lietuvos Rytas vs. KK Buducnost in Saturday's second round. Cibona trailed 47-53 midway through the third quarter but held Cholet to only free throws for more than 13 minutes while turning the scoreboard in its favor, 71-61, and holding on for victory. Antwain Barbour led the winners with 16 points, while Demonte Harper had 13, Damjan Rudez 11 and Brian Chase 10. For Cholet, Talor Battle pumped in 23 points and Fabien Causeur 14, but low shooting percentages except for at the foul line hurt the losers.

Chase split the defense before a trio of dunks -by Jure Lalic for Cibona, Luc-Arthur Vebobe and Romain Duport for Cholet- tied it up 4-4. The teams continued trading baskets as Vebobe's acrobatic layup and Andrija Zisis's basket-plus-free throw for Cibona forged another tie, 11-11. Cholet pushed ahead to the game's biggest lead yet, 13-17, on Battle's 4 consecutive points. Barbour answered with his own 4 straight points, including a rim-swinging dunk, before Harper's corner triple gave Cibona a brief lead, 20-19. But free throws by Demetrius Nichols left Cholet in front, 20-21, after a very even 10 minutes.

A steal-and-dunk combo by Harper regained the lead for Cibona to start the second quarter, but Battle made the next spectacular shot, a hang-time reverse. However, his follow-up triple was answered within seconds by Rudez. Battle wasn't impressed and hit a fade-away three-pointer from out top - nothing but net! After Cibona tied again, another circus shot - this one by Fabien Causeur - came with a free throw that put Cholet up 29-32. Yet another tie was broken by Randall Falker's free throws for Cholet but Rudez answered with a layup-plus-free throw that put Cibona back up, 37-36. Cholet closed out the half stronger, however, clinging to a 39-40 edge at the break.

It remained a neck-and-neck scoreboard after halftime until a technical foul on Case got Battle back on the scoreboard and Causeur blasted a triple to make it 47-53, forcing a Cibona timeout. With some tough defense, Cibona proceeded to turn things around by going to Goran Suton for 3 baskets inside before Rudez finished a 12-3 takeover run with a pair of layups that had Cibona in front 59-56 after 30 minutes.

Cibona's defense continued to rule as its lead stretched to 65-56 as Suton continued scoring. Cibona held Cholet scoreless for more than 6 minutes while lengthening its lead to 67-56 on Pavle Marcinkovic's driving layup. Derrick Byars finally broke Cholet's scoring drought by hitting 2 of 3 free throws. But foul shots was all that Cholet got while Harper drilled a triple to make it 70-59 for Cibona. Cholet tried full-court pressure, which disrupted Cibona, and finally got its first points without free throws in more than 13 minutes when Battle finished a fastbreak with 1:41 to play. It was 71-63 then, and after a Cibona timeout, Caseur went coast to coast for another basket, cutting the difference to 6 points. Forced to foul, Cholet put Rudez on the line, and when his second free throw missed, Causeur rained a three-pointer to make it 72-68 with 1:05 to play, but Barbour and Chase were perfect at the line and Cibona advanced to the next do-or-die game in Vilnius.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Euroleague.net
Referees: ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 850 (Tentative)
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Head coach: VRANKOVIC, JOSIP-JERKO
Cibona Zagreb
# 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 CHASE, BRIAN 22:57 10 1/3 1/3 5/5   1 1 1   1     4 3 6
6 SUTON, GORAN 22:32 8 4/6     3 4 7 1 1 4 1   1   11
7 ZUBCIC, TOMISLAV 1:26   0/1                   1 2   -4
8 BARBOUR, ANTWAIN 32:03 16 5/8 0/1 6/7   3 3 3 2 3     2 7 21
9 RUDEZ, DAMJAN 28:40 11 3/6 1/1 2/3   6 6 1 1 1 1   3 2 14
12 MARCINKOVIC, PAVLE 10:02 2 1/3       2 2 1 2 1     2 1 3
13 BLAJIC, JOSIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 LALIC, JURE 9:27 2 1/1               1     3   -2
20 ROZIC, MARIN 18:41 6 1/5 0/1 4/6   2 2   1 2 1 1 3 4 1
22 HARPER, DEMONTE 18:53 13 3/5 2/2 1/2   1 1   1 1     4 2 9
31 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 12:46 5 2/5   1/1 2 2 4     1     2 2 5
55 KOVACEVIC, HRVOJE 22:33 4 2/3 0/3   1 4 5 1       1 2 1 4
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 77 23/46 4/11 19/24 7 26 33 8 8 15 3 3 28 22 70
50% 36.4% 79.2%
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: KUNTER, ERMAN
Cholet 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 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 33:24 14 2/5 2/5 4/7 1 3 4 6 2 3   1 3 6 16
6 FOFANA, VAFESSA 1:09                              
7 VEBOBE, LUC-ARTHUR 13:35 5 2/3   1/2 2 3 5   1 1 1   1 3 11
8 BYARS, DERRICK 18:39 2 0/2 0/3 2/3   1 1   1 1     3 2 -4
12 BATTLE, TALOR 20:05 23 4/7 3/7 6/6 1   1     2   1 2 3 15
13 DUPORT, ROMAIN 6:26 6 3/4     1 1 2           1   6
14 FALKER, RANDAL 28:02 5 1/4   3/4 1 5 6     1 1   2 3 8
15 GOBERT, RUDY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 ONA EMBO, CARL 25:22 8 2/4 1/3 1/2 1 2 3 1   1     3 4 7
17 GRADIT, WILLIAM 14:31   0/1 0/1   1 1 2 2 1 2     2   -1
18 PARSONS, CHANDLER 16:13 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 2 3 5 2   1     3 2 5
19 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 22:34 5 1/5 0/2 3/4   4 4 1   5 1 1 2 4  
Team           5 1 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 70 15/36 6/22 22/30 15 24 39 12 5 18 3 3 22 27 68
41.7% 27.3% 73.3%
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Head Coaches

VRANKOVIC, JOSIP-JERKO
Cibona Zagreb
"We expected a hard game because we are a completely new team. In the beginning, it was hard but we played much better after the halftime break. Especially on the defensive end. I think it was the key to our victory. Obviously, we would like to play Buducnost in the next round because Lietuvos Rytas would have the homecourt advantage."
KUNTER, ERMAN
Cholet Basket
"It was tough for us because it was perhaps the first time we played together. We had a lot of injuries, and it's not easy to do everything right. We changed a lot after last season. And when you change a lot, it's an important thing to play as a team. But like I said, we couldn't really prepare to play as a team. Cibona was much better prepared than us. Now, we must get more aggressive, turn the page, prepare for Eurocup and the national league. I think we need another 15 days."
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