2006-07Regular SeasonRound 2
November 02, 2006 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 OLIVIA SPORT HALL
Christian Dalmau - Prokom Trefl A back-and-forth game of big leads that disappeared quickly ended with Prokom Trefl Sopot hanging onto a 69-67 victory in its Group A home opener against Le Mans in Poland on Thursday. Prokom withstood a late 0-9 run, the last of several by Le Mans, to improve to 1-1 in the group. Le Mans is 1-1 also. Christian Dalmau led the winners with 16 points, but it was largely its first-half defense, which limited Le Mans to 17 points, that won it for Prokom. Adam Wojcik added 12 points and Jasmin Hukic 11, both of them off the bench, for Prokom. Eric Campbell was unstoppable for Le Mans, with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Kenny Gregory followed him with 14 points and Sandro Nicevic with 12.

Prokom suprised everyone with a three-guard starting lineup, with Dalmau making the first basket of new Euroleague season in Oliwia Gym. Campbell responded with a triple, which would prove to be the visitors' only basket from beyond the arc in the half. Prokom used a 6-0 run for a 8-4 lead, but Le Mans came back. Skelin and Campbell both scored from inside for the last tie of the first half, 10-10. That's when former Le Mans center Besok started to shine for Prokom, scoring 4 consecutive points even though he took his second foul. But it didn't hurt Prokom much, because the hosts played high-level defense and had the boards under control. Dalmau closed the quarter with a three-pointer as the scoreboard showed a 17-10 margin.

To start the second quarter, Wojcik extended the run and Prokom's lead to a double digits with a triple of his own. When Dalmau followed it with a lay-up, Le Mans took a timeout. That seemed to work for the guests, who forced the game inside and scored 6 consecutive points. Campbell, Nicevic and Adjiwanou closed the gap to 22-16 in the 15th minute. Le Mans also put more pressure on Prokom's guards, but the hosts controlled the tempo anyway. Wojcik scored 4 points in a row and Prokom was ahead by 10 again. Hukic arrived with huge help from the bench, making a bomb from a downtown that extended the lead to 30-16 in the 17th minute. Le Mans was struggling on offense and points came really hard for the visitors. Gregory finally snapped the slide with a free throw, but Prokom continued scoring. Rashid Atkins and Dalmau used screens for jumpers as the hosts doubled Le Mans on the scoreboard, 34-17, at the half.

Eric Cambell - Le MansBesok extened Prokom's egde to open the third quarter, but Le Mans hit the court with a strong desire to come back. Tyson Wheeler was much more active and got the guests going. He made a jumper and followed it with a layup before Campbell took over. The Le Mans forward scored the next 8 points, finding his rhythm on the perimeter. It was 36-29 following his second bomb from a downtown, but Atkins finally answered for Prokom and the hosts regined a double-digit advantage again, 40-29, on Besok's tip-in. The Prokom defense was not as tough as in the first half, however. Both teams traded baskets before Le Mans used another run to come back completely to the game. Campbell made another triple, Nicevic scored 4 points in a row, while Bogavac added his own bomb from a downtown. Finally, Filip Dylewicz answered for Prokom with a layup and the quarter ended with a scoreboard showing 46-43.

Nicevic opend the final period with points from the line to close the gap to 46-45. Dalmau and Gregory traded baskets, before the latter missed the chance to retake the lead for Le Mans with a pair of missed free throws. Prokom took advantage with a 10-0 run that included triples from Hukic and Donatas Slanina for a 58- 47 led. Neither of two Le Mans timeouts during the run helped the visitors as Prokom took control. With 4 minutes remaining it was 63-49 following Wojcik's three-pointer. However, Le Mans didn't give up as Campbell's 4 points and Gregory's triple made it a seven-point game, 63-56. Atkins dished out the ball for another triple, this time from Hukic, and it seemed that nothing was in Prokom's hands now. Gregory made his second triple of the quarter and followed it with another just 8 seconds from the finish, leaving a 68-64 scoreboard. And when Wojcik missed 2 attempts from the foul line, Campbell buried his fifth three-pointer of the night, cutting the difference to a single point, 68-67. Just four-tenths of a second remained, however, and when Dalmau made a free throw, it was enough for Prokom to escape victorious.
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Referees: MITJANA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), OBRADOVIC, PETAR (BIH), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP)
Attendance: 4200
By Quarter1234
Prokom Trefl Sopot17171223
Le Mans1072624
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Prokom Trefl Sopot17344669
Le Mans10174367
Prokom Trefl Sopot
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HUKIC, JASMIN 18:30 11 1/3 3/4     1 1           1   8
5 ATKINS, RASHID 32:15 6 3/6 0/2   3 1 4 5   1 1   1   9
6 HAMILTON, JUSTIN 25:45 4 2/5 0/2     4 4 2 2 2       1 6
7 MASIULIS, TOMAS 24:45 4 2/4 0/1   5 1 6 1 1 1     2 2 8
8 DYLEWICZ, FILIP 12:15 2 1/1       1 1           1 1 3
9 DALMAU, CHRISTIAN 26:45 16 6/7 1/4 1/2   2 2 2   2     1 2 14
10 WOJCIK, ADAM 24:00 12 2/7 2/3 2/4 2 3 5 1 2 1 1   3 5 14
12 BESOK, HUSEYIN 19:00 8 3/6   2/2 1 6 7     1     2 3 12
13 SLANINA, DONATAS 16:45 6 1/3 1/6 1/2       3 1 1     4 4 1
14 ANDERSEN, MICHAEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 ZAMOJSKI, PRZEMYSLAW DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 NORDGAARD, JEFF DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 69 21/42 7/22 6/10 11 19 30 14 6 9 2 0 15 18 75
        50% 31.8% 60%
Head coach: KIJEWSKI, EUGENIUSZ
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
Le Mans
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BOGAVAC, NEBOJSA 26:30 3 0/1 1/4     2 2 2       1 1 1 2
5 GREGORY, KENNY 35:00 14 2/5 3/4 1/4 2 4 6 2   4     2 3 12
6 AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE 15:15   0/3 0/2         1   2     2 1 -7
7 SKELIN, MATE 23:00 5 2/3   1/2   1 1 3         2 2 7
8 BATUM, NICOLAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 BOKOLO, YANNICK 13:00   0/1 0/2         1         4 1 -5
10 NICEVIC, SANDRO 21:15 12 5/8   2/2 2 5 7   2 4     1 2 15
11 ADJIWANOU, FREDERIC 4:00 2 1/2       2 2           2   1
12 CEL, AARON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 CAMPBELL, ERIC 31:45 27 6/6 5/7 0/1 1 7 8 2 2 4     3 3 32
20 WHEELER, TYSON 30:15 4 2/2 0/3     1 1 5 1 1   1 1 2 7
Team                                
Totals 200:00 67 18/31 9/22 4/9 5 22 27 16 5 15 0 2 18 15 64
        58.1% 40.9% 44.4%
Head coach: COLLET, VINCENT
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Head Coaches

KIJEWSKI, EUGENIUSZ
Prokom Trefl Sopot
“We played a very good first half, but we lost our concentration after that and our opponent executed well and got back in the game. We shouldn't so easily lose such a big advantage, but this is the Euroleague and anything is possible. Joventut Badalona led by 22 points and lost, fortunately we were able to survive. We had big problems on offense. We couldn't find our rhythm. We missed many open and easy shots, which we should make.”
COLLET, VINCENT
Le Mans
"It was a very hard game. The first half was so horrible for us that I can't remember another one like this. The we changed our defense, became more aggressive, and Campbell scored many triples and we were in the game. The crucial moment was when the score was 48-47. Prokom was under pressure, but we couldn't execute. Prokom went ahead and our second come back was too late."

Players

HUKIC, JASMIN
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"It was a tough game for the team and for me. I've missed some practices over the past two weeks because of injury, but the team needed me today, so I played. 'm happy how we played in the first half, it was our best defense this season and I hope we can play at this level more often. The second half was much worse, but the most important thing is the final result. Next week we're going to Olympiacos, which is in my opinion one of four best teams in Europe right now. But we will fight."
WOJCIK, ADAM
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"The first half was very, very good, particularly on defense. We didn't let Le Mans play their game. But after the break, everything completely changed. Maybe we thought that it's over. Campbell's triples let Le Mans come back to the game and we lost all of our advantage. Fortunately at the key moments, we made our big shots, which let us control the game till the final buzzer."
CAMPBELL, ERIC
Le Mans
“We could not find our rhythm in the first half. It was not our game. After the break we played faster, ran more and that made a difference. I`m satisfied that I made some tough shots, but I regret that these points did not give us the victory. I hope it will be better next time.”
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