Qualifying Round Round 4 - October 09, 2009 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - ZENITH

Records

Ave.   Ave.
2-1 Qualifying Round 1-2
2-1 Overall 1-2

Referees

Crew Chief
BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS, Lithuania
Referee
GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS, Spain
Umpire
VYKLICKY, ROBERT, Czech Rep.

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
72.0 Points 78.0
25.0 Rebounds 37.7
7.3 O. Rebounds 13.0
17.7 D. Rebounds 24.7
10.7 Assists 13.0
9.0 Steals 8.3
1.7 Blocks 1.0
16.0 Turnovers 14.3
57.0 % 2PT 46.8 %
40.3 % 3PT 32.8 %
60.4 % FT 70.0 %
72.7 Index 79.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.3 / BANKS, CEDRICK Points 12.7 / MARTIN, CARTIER
5.3 / VATY, LUDOVIC Rebounds 6.7 / NEAL, GARY
2.7 / BANKS, CEDRICK OR 3.0 / NEAL, GARY
3.0 / VATY, LUDOVIC DR 5.0 / Wallace
3.3 / SCIARRA, LAURENT Assists 3.3 / NICEVIC, SANDRO
2.0 / DOBBINS, ANTHONY Steals 2.0 / Hackett
1.0 / Doellman Blocks 0.7 / NICEVIC, SANDRO
3.0 / BANKS, CEDRICK Turnovers 3.0 / Wallace
100.0 % / CASSEUS, JOHWE 2PT 100.0 % / SANDRI, DANIELE
55.0 % / BANKS, CEDRICK 3PT 75.0 % / Wallace
100.0 % / BANKS, CEDRICK FT 100.0 % / Kus
16.3 / BANKS, CEDRICK Index 15.3 / Wallace

THE TAKE

Entente Orleanaise will try and take the final step towards a dream-come-true for its players and fans when it hosts Benetton Basket Treviso on Friday in the return leg of the second round of Euroleague qualifying. After Orleans stunned Benetton 73-82 in the first leg in Italy, the French League runner-up is closer than ever to making its first appearance in Europe’s elite competition. But the result is anything but a foregone conclusion after Cartier Martin led Benetton on a fourth-quarter run in Tuesday’s game to ensure that his team still has a realistic hope of flipping the result and securing a Euroleague berth. Orleans has surprised many so far with its play in the qualifying rounds, but head coach Philippe Herve’s men have played intelligent basketball using their best weapons. Aggressive defense sparked by Austin Nicholas and Tony Dobbins (a combined 7 steals in Game 1) leading to fast break points and a shrewd passing game led by veteran playmaker Laurent Sciarra leading to open jumpers for shooters Cedrick Banks and Justin Doellman (a combined 10 for 17 from downtown against Benetton) have been the keys this far. Orleans dominated Game 1 in the second period, when it outscored Benetton 6-27. Benetton committed 18 turnovers in Game 1 and was hurt by rookie point guard Daniel Hackett’s off night, but still got promising showing from a number of players, including big men Sandro Nicevic, C.J. Wallace and rookie Donatas Motiejunas as well as veteran point guard Davor Kus. Head coach Frank Vitucci knows that his deep bench and experienced players have what it takes to turn things around at Orleans. Nevertheless, heading into the return led with a 9-point edge is a significant advantage for Orleans as it heads into arguably the most important game in club history. Be sure to follow this game as the Euroleague delivers an early season thriller with a ticket to the promised land at stake.

REFEREES: Romualdas Brazauskas, Juan Carlos Garcia, Robert Vyclicky
Friday, October 9, 2009
Euroleague.net

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Players

Adrien Moerman - Entente Orleanaise (Photo EO-Sébastien Léger)Entente Orleanaise will play in the Euroleague fir the first time in club history after a surviving a thriller against Benetton Gioco Digitale Treviso on Tuesday night at Zenith Arena in Orleans, France. Benetton won Game 2 of the home-and-away series 80-82, but Orleans’s 9-point win from the opener gave it the aggregate victory and a spot in Regular Season Group B, alongside classic Euroleague teams like Olympiacos, Partizan, Unicaja and Efes Pilsen. It was a roller coaster of a game as Ryvon Covile’s 10 points gave the hosts a 38-33 halftime lead and a 14-point aggregate edge. Gary Neal dominated with 16 third-quarter points to lead a 13-26 comeback and turn the tables on Orleans. Benetton led by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter – 4 points aggregate – but young Adrien Moerman, scoreless through three quarters, came alive with 3 three-pointers and 15 points in the last 10 minutes to rescue Orleans and lead it to victory and the Euroleague. Moerman and Austin Nichols led the winners with 15 points apiece, Cedrick Banks added 14, Ryvon Covile scored 10 and veteran playmaker Laurent Sciarra dished 7 assists. Neal paced Benetton with 29 points, Sandro Nicevic scored 17, Jasmin Hukic posted 10 points and 9 rebounds and Daniel Hackett had 10 points and 5 assists for Benetton, which will continue its season in the Eurocup.

Orleans won the opening tip and got the ball to Covile, who scored the opening point from the line. An Anthony Dobbins steal led to a Nichols basket moments later before Nicevic got Benetton first score on the offensive glass. Nichols and Covile had the hosts up 7-2 and then back-to-back triples by Aldo Curti and Dobbins made it 13-3, leading to Benetton head coach Frank Vitucci calling a timeout. The break helped as C.J. Wallace, Neal and Hukic all connected from downtown to lead Benetton back to 15-12. But a Dobbins layup and Covile slam helped Orleans take a 20-14 advantage after 10 minutes.

Nicevic’s basket-plus-foul further narrowed the gap as the second quarter got underway, however in no time a pair of Ludo Vaty baskets sandwiched a Banks triple and Orleans was back up by double figures, 27-17. Neal heated up for the visitors with 5 straight points and Andrea Renzi added a bucket to make it 29-26. Banks and Covile stretched the lead to 9 again only for Cartier Martin free throws and a Hukic three-pointer to keep Benetton within 38-33 at halftime and down 14 on aggregate.

Gary Neal - Benetton TrevisoJustin Doellman started the second half with a pair of free throws, but Neal fired back with a three-pointer and he was just getting started. Hukic also hit a triple and Neal scored twice more in a 0-10 run that put Benetton ahead for the first time. Doellman answered with a three that knotted the game at 43-43, but Neal scored the game’s next 9 points as Benetton soared to even the score of the series. Banks hit back with a triple for Orleans, only for Nicevic to score inside and Hackett from downtown to make it 46-57, silencing the Orleans crowd. Only a Nicholas three-point play got the hosts back within the needed margin by the end of the third quarter, 51-59.

A showdown was on as the fourth quarter began. A Hackett jumper was met by a Nichols triple, cutting the gap to 7. Hackett soon made it 10 again with his second three-pointer, but Moerman was there to answer for Orleans. Neal scored from downtown and mid-range as Benetton built a 58-71 advantage. After Vaty and Nicevic traded baskets, Moerman came alive with back-to-back triples. A Nichols three capped a 9-0 burst that put Orleans back in control, 69-73. Hackett scored twice from the line only to see Moerman drill another three-pointer. Nicevic’s basket and 2 free throws by Wallace revived Benetton’s hopes at 72-79 with two minutes to play. But the visitors would get no closer. Banks sealed the win with a triple with a minute to go and an unsportsmanlike foul on Neal wrapped it up as the fans in Orleans celebrated a berth in the Euroleague.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Euroleague.net
Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE)
Attendance: 5200
By Quarter1234
Entente Orleanaise20181329
Benetton Basket14192623
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Entente Orleanaise20385180
Benetton Basket14335982
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 23:50 14 1/1 4/8     2 2 4   2   1   1 14
5 COVILE, RYVON 22:50 10 4/8   2/3   1 1   1 1     2 2 6
7 DOELLMAN, JUSTIN 22:05 9 0/2 1/4 6/8 1 4 5 2 1 2     2 4 10
8 LEBRUN, MAEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 CASSEUS, JOHWE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 CURTI, ALDO 18:51 3 0/4 1/1 0/2 1 1 2 4 1 1   1 2 3 3
11 NICHOLS, AUSTIN 31:39 15 3/5 2/6 3/3   3 3 1   1 1   2 4 15
14 VATY, LUDOVIC 16:59 6 3/4       3 3     2     2   4
15 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 17:55 15 2/4 3/3 2/2 1 3 4   1 1     4 1 14
16 SCIARRA, LAURENT 21:09 3   0/2 3/4 1 5 6 7 2 1     2 4 16
17 DOBBINS, ANTHONY 24:42 5 1/1 1/4   2 6 8 3 3 1     2   13
18 SADIKU, ELIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 80 14/29 12/28 16/22 6 28 34 21 9 12 1 2 18 19 95
48.3% 42.9% 72.7%
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: VITUCCI, FRANCESCO
Benetton 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
4 DE NICOLAO, ANDREA 4:05           1 1 1             2
5 KUS, DAVOR 1:10   0/1     1   1                
7 HUKIC, JASMIN 27:53 10 0/1 3/5 1/2 1 8 9 2   1     4 6 18
8 MARTIN, CARTIER 34:09 8 3/5 0/6 2/2   2 2 1   1     2 2 2
10 NICEVIC, SANDRO 25:19 16 6/9 1/1 1/2 2 5 7   1 1 2   4 2 19
11 MOTIEJUNAS, DONATAS 4:44   0/2 0/1           1 2       1 -3
12 SANDRI, DANIELE 2:53     0/1     1 1   1           1
13 HACKETT, DANIEL 38:31 10 1/2 2/5 2/2   3 3 5   3     5 2 8
14 NEAL, GARY 31:57 29 6/9 5/8 2/2 1 3 4 4 1 3   1 4 3 27
18 WALLACE, C.J. 23:05 5 0/1 1/5 2/2 3 2 5 2 1 2       1 7
19 RENZI, ANDREA 6:14 4 2/4   0/1 1 1 2     1       1 3
20 SACCAGGI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 82 18/34 12/32 10/13 11 28 39 15 5 14 2 1 19 18 88
52.9% 37.5% 76.9%
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Head Coaches

HERVE, PHILIPPE
Entente Orleanaise
"There's a feeling of great satisfaction for a team that has met the objectives, a qualification to the Euroleague, with great mental strength. Benetton was able to come back. By setting up a zone defense and playing with two power forwards, we were unsettled, but then we reacted accordingly. In our new group, there are no weak teams."
VITUCCI, FRANCESCO
Benetton Basket
"We played a good game but it started badly. What hurt us in the end was the sharp shootng of Moerman and Banks. They have reversed the direction of the match. Orleans is a good team. Despite having played well, we knew that qualifying would be tough because we have young people, who have learned a lot this evening, and then older players who are still in bad shape."

Players

SCIARRA, LAURENT
Entente Orleanaise
"The match was very tough, worthy of a Euroleague game. Benetton made considerable changes in their game since Tuesday. Our luck was to react at the right time, that Adrien Moerman was able to score decisive baskets, and that Cedrick Banks managed to make the final important shot. Zenith is a beautiful arena for the Euroleague. I always felt the pressure from fans. The atmosphere is extraordinary. The coaches are very interesting and give young people the ability to play. It is a great opportunity."
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