2015-16Regular SeasonRound 7
November 25, 2015 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 ANTARES
Mouphtaou Yarou - Le Mans Sarthe Basket - EC15 (photo Dominique Breugnot-MSB)

Le Mans downs Brindisi, snaps losing streak

Le Mans Sarthe got back to the winning ways, using its defense and a two big fourth quarter runs to beat Enel Basket Brindisi 66-45 on Wednesday night. Victory snapped four-game losing streak for Le Mans which improved to 2-5 in the fifth place in Group B, while Brindisi dropped to 1-6, and only has mathematical chances to advance in its Eurocup debut season. Le Mans scored last four points of the third quarter, then opened fourth with an 11-0 run that opened 51-40 lead. The hosts went on to a 30-3 spurt, and ran away with a huge win. Mouphtaou Yarou amassed 16 points plus 15 rebounds in victory. Lahaou Konate scored 11, while Pape-Philippe Amagou and Robert Dozier each had 10 points for Le Mans. David Cournooh and Kenneth Kadji scored 11 apiece in defeat.

Teams traded blows in the early going, with Yarou scoring consecutive baskets for Le Mans, but buckets from Kadji and Nemanja Milosevic gave Brindisi 8-9. Teams continued trading leads, as Konate scored for Le Mans, but Brindisi regained slim lead with a triple from Alex Harris and another basket from Kadji. Amagou scored 4 points to give Le Mans 17-14 after 10 minutes, and Dozier had a pair of buckets, including a put-back, helping make it 23-14 in the second. But Harris had a three-point play, and Marco Cardillo scored on consecutive possessions, including a fastbreak that cut it to 25-23. Milosevic and Domenico Marzaioli helped put the visitors in the slim lead again, before Petr Cornelie made the halftime score 29-28.

Cournooh hit from downtown for the visitors in the third quarter, and as Le Mans was held scoreless for more than 4 minutes, Kadji and Djordje Gagic opened 31-36 margin. However, Yarou and Cornelie got the hosts going, and Tywain McKee’s baskets tied it at 40-40 going into the fourth. That’s when the hosts pulled away as Yarou started the run, Amagou had a three-point play and Chris Lofton hit a triple. A fastbreak basket from Amagou capped an 11-0 run. Kadji snapped Brindisi’s drought, but Konate answered with a triple of his own, and contributed with another basket to spark a 15-0 run, in which Dozeir contributed with 6 points, capping 30-3 spurt and big victory.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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Referees: BULTO, VICENTE (ESP), KALPAKAS, APOSTOLOS (SWE), LUCIS, OSKARS (LAT)
Attendance: 3200 (Tentative)
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Enel Basket Brindisi1414125
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Enel Basket Brindisi14284045
Le Mans Sarthe Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 McKEE, TYWAIN 25:02 8 2/7 0/3 4/4 2 3 5 4 1 1     1 4 12
2 DOZIER, ROBERT 19:16 10 5/11 0/1   4 2 6     1 1 1 3 2 7
3 BENGABER, GREGORY 1:25     0/1               1        
4 LOFTON, CHRIS 21:37 3 0/1 1/6         1   1   1 1 1 -4
5 KONATE, LAHAOU 26:58 11 4/6 1/1   2 1 3 3 2 2 1 1 3 1 13
7 PITARD, GEDEON 14:58 2 0/1   2/2   2 2 1 2 2     2 1 3
11 DALLY, JEAN-PHILIPPE 1:59   0/1     1   1     1         -1
12 CORNELIE, PETR 18:29 4 2/7 0/1 0/1 2 3 5     1     2 1  
13 YAROU, MOUPHTAOU 26:46 16 7/10   2/4 6 9 15 1 1 1     2 4 29
14 ISSA, DOUNIA 14:04 2 0/2   2/4 4 5 9     1 1   3 2 6
17 AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE 28:01 10 3/8   4/5   1 1 6   2     2 3 10
21 JEANNE, JONATHAN 1:25                              
Team           3 4 7     2         5
Totals 200:00 66 23/54 2/13 14/20 24 30 54 16 6 15 4 3 19 19 80
        42.6% 15.4% 70%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN
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
Enel Basket Brindisi
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 BANKS, ADRIAN 28:36   0/3       1 1 2   3     2 3 -2
3 COURNOOH, DAVID 25:28 11 3/6 1/2 2/2   3 3 1 1 4     3 2 7
7 HARRIS, ALEX 20:29 7 1/4 1/3 2/3 2 1 3     2     1 3 4
9 CARDILLO, MARCO 28:29 5 2/3 0/1 1/2   7 7 4   1     4 1 9
10 MILOSEVIC, NEMANJA 17:19 5 1/2 0/2 3/4 2 2 4 1 1 1     5 3 4
11 PACIFICO, GABRIELE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 GAGIC, DJORDJE 23:59 4 0/10   4/6 4   4 3     1 3 1 5 1
15 DE GENNARO, MATTEO 3:23     0/1             2   1     -4
33 MARZAIOLI, DOMENICO 20:39 2 1/5 0/1 0/1   2 2           2   -4
35 KADJI, KENNY 31:38 11 4/8 1/4   1 2 3   3 2 2   1 2 11
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 45 12/41 3/14 12/18 11 19 30 11 5 15 3 4 19 19 29
        29.3% 21.4% 66.7%
Head coach: BUCCHI, PIERO

Head Coaches

KUNTER, ERMAN
Le Mans Sarthe Basket
"Our team put more intensity on defense and that made the difference. It was a good defense because at the end of the third quarter time we held them to 40 points. It's good to win, three games remain and now we have to win everything, but it will not be easy."

Players

ISSA, DOUNIA
Le Mans Sarthe Basket
"We are still alive in this competition.. We finally played in the last quarter with intensity. Both teams were nervous, we knew that the team that lost could say goodbye to the Eurocup."
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