2010-11Qualifying RoundRound 2
September 24, 2010 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 ANTARES
Marc Antoine Pellin - Le Mans (photo Le Mans Sarthe)Le Mans Sarthe Basket reached the Turkish Airlines Euroleague second Qualifying Round by downing Banvit BK 78-66 in Game 2 of the two-way series in France on Friday. Le Mans swept the series and stayed alive in the race to reach the Euroleague regular season. On the other hand, Banvit will make its Eurocup debut in the upcoming season. Antoine Diot paced the winners with 18 points. Alain Koffi added 14 while Ben Dewar had 12 for Le Mans. Mutlu Akipinar led Banvit with 18 points. Vladimir Golubovic added 16 while Chuck Davis got 14 for the guests. The game was very close in the first half and free throws by Ibrahim Yildirim gave Banvit its last lead, 32-33, late in the second quarter. Dewar and Marc-Antoine Pellin allowed Le Mans to get a 38-33 halftime edge. Le Mans improved its defense after the break and a dunk by Charles Kahudi boosted the hosts' lead to 50-40. Akpinar and Davis brought Banvit within 60-56 but an outstanding Diot shined in crunch time to keep Le Mans out of trouble until the final buzzer.

Koffi got Le Mans going with a jumper but back-to-back layups by Baris Ermis soon gave Banvit a 2-4 lead. JP Batista and Akpinar traded baskets and a three-pointer by Dewar put the hosts back ahead, 7-6. Banvit kept trying to control the game tempo and Davis followed a layup with a jumper for a 9-10 lead. Both teams went scoreless for more than 2 minutes but Banvit entered the foul bonus midway through this period. Free throws by Alex Acker and Diot allowed Le Mans to regain the lead, 13-10. Golubovic followed a three-point play with a layup but Diot struck from downtown and Pellin added free throws for a 18-17 Le Mans lead after 10 minutes. Diot collected a steal and raced downcourt for a three-point play early in the second quarter. He soon added a jumper to give the hosts a 23-19 edge. Akpinar split free throws and added a triple to tie it at 23-23. Dewar and Batista stepped up with consecutive baskets but a layup-plus-foul by an unstoppable Golubovic kept Banvit as close as 27-26. Davis kept pacing Banvit and free throws by Yildirim restored a 32-33 Banvit edge. Thierry Rupert and Dewar, however, led a 6-0 run that Pellin capped with a layup for a 38-33 halftime score.

Yigitcan Turna followed a jumper with a three-pointer right after the break for a 40-38 Banvit deficit. Le Mans improved its defense early in the third quarter and made Banvit go scoreless for more than 2 minutes. Meanwhile, a dunk by Kahudi and free throws by Koffi gave the hosts a safe 44-38 lead. Dewar capped a 6-0 run that put Le Mans ahead for good, 46-38. Golubovic tried to change things with a layup but free throws by Batista and another dunk by Kahudi made it a double-digit game, 50-40. Golubovic kept pacing Banvit but he didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, Acker and Ryvon Covile allowed Le Mans to keep a 58-49 edge after 30 minutes. It was do-or-die time for Banvit and Akpinar tried to ignite his team's comeback with a power basket. Free throws by Davis and another basket by Akpinar got the guests even closer, 60-56, forcing Le Mans to call timeout. Diot took over with a triple and Koffi soon put Le Mans out of trouble, 65-56. The outcome of the series was clear but both teams kept fighting for a prestigious win. Diot struck again from downtown to send all Le Mans to their feet, 74-61, as even when Banvit kept fighting, it was already too little, too late of the guests.
Friday, September 24, 2010
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Referees: TAURINO, PAOLO; LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO
Attendance: 4900 (Tentative)
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Le Mans Sarthe
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 COVILE, RYVON 14:39 6 3/4       1 1         1 3   2
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 16:41 4 2/2 0/2     2 2 3 1       2   6
6 DIOT, ANTOINE 31:35 18 3/5 3/5 3/3 1 2 3 3 4 2 1     4 27
7 KOFFI, ALAIN 26:42 14 4/7   6/6 2 3 5 3   3 1   3 6 20
9 ACKER, ALEX 15:40 4 0/4 0/1 4/4   1 1     2     3 3 -2
10 DEWAR, BEN 29:16 12 3/3 2/8 0/1   3 3 2 2 2     3 1 8
11 PELLIN, MARC-ANTOINE 24:57 8 3/4 0/2 2/2   2 2 7 1 3     2 4 14
12 RUPERT, THIERRY 13:18 4 2/2     1 4 5 1         3   7
13 BATISTA, J.P. 25:21 8 3/5   2/4   3 3 3         2 2 10
15 KAHUDI, HENRI 1:51                              
16 MENDY, KEVIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 78 23/36 5/18 17/20 5 23 28 22 8 12 2 1 21 20 95
        63.9% 27.8% 85%
Head coach: JACKSON, JD
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
Banvit BK
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 EDGE, SAFAK 21:23 3   1/4     1 1 3   3     2   -1
5 YILDIRIM, IBRAHIM 23:16 2   0/3 2/2   2 2 1 1 1     2 3 3
6 WILLIAMS, LANCE 19:15   0/5       2 2 1 1       1   -2
7 AKPINAR, MUTLU 30:30 18 4/7 3/3 1/3 1 2 3 3   1     2 2 18
8 DAVIS, CHUCK 26:56 14 3/8 0/1 8/10   6 6 1 1 1 1 2 4 6 14
9 CINKO, EROLCAN 2:14   0/1 0/2                       -3
10 TURNA, YIGITCAN 22:11 5 1/2 1/3   1 1 2 1   4     3 1 -1
11 GOLUBOVIC, VLADIMIR 23:07 16 7/10   2/2 7 5 12 1   1     1 6 30
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET 4:54   0/1                         -1
13 ERMIS, BARIS 25:48 8 3/3 0/2 2/2   1 1 3 3 4     3 3 9
14 PACUN, BORA HUN 0:26     0/1                   2   -3
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 66 18/37 5/19 15/19 10 21 31 14 6 15 1 2 20 21 65
        48.6% 26.3% 78.9%
Head coach: ENE, ORHUN

Head Coaches

JACKSON, JD
Le Mans Sarthe
"It's difficult to put everything together in such a short time. We fought hard and deserve to move on. I congratulate Banvit on their quality of play in spite of many injuries. I wish them good luck."
ENE, ORHUN
Banvit BK
"First of all, I want to congratulate Le Mans for this victory. It's an advantage to play at home for the second game. We have so many young guys and we made some mistakes, but we were better tonight than in the first game. It's the first time our club plays at this level and the first year we play in an elimination group of Euroleague. It's a good experience for us. It can help us for the season."

Players

DEWAR, BEN
Le Mans Sarthe
"After the first game, we had a lot of confidence, but we knew it was going to be difficult tonight. We played very hard and did not panic when Banvit played good basket ball. We played well but we can play better and we hope to show that in the next games."
GOLUBOVIC, VLADIMIR
Banvit BK
"The guys gave all in this game. We believed in our chances because we played better tonight that in the first game, even if we lost balls and made mistakes. We can't forget, too, that we played without two important players who are injured."
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