2015-16Regular SeasonRound 2
October 22, 2015 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 DRAZEN PETROVIC ZAGREB

Boungou-Colo shines as Limoges wins at Cedevita

Limoges CSP led for almost the entire game in beating Cedevita Zagreb 80-84 on Thursday night in the Croatian capital. The French champs improved to 1-1 in Group B, spoiling Cedevita’s home opener at Arena Drazen Petrovic Zagreb, on the night the one and only Croatian great, the late Drazen Petrovic would have celebrated his 51st birthday. Limoges hit 8 triples in the first half and held a 32-44 lead, but Jacob Pullen fueled Cedevita’s rally at the start of the second half. However, the visitors did not relinquish the lead until a Pullen layup 63 seconds before the end, but Nobel Boungou-Colo scored a key tip-in and then sealed the outcome with free throws in the final seconds. Boungou-Colo finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, and Leo Westermann also scored 15 in victory. Will Daniels scored 12 of his 14 points in the opening quarter, and Heiko Schaffartzik netted 12, on 4-for-7 three-point shooting, and dished 7 assists. Ali Traore chipped in with 10 for Limoges. Pullen scored a career-high 21 for the hosts, Miro Bilan had 19 points and 9 rebounds, while James White scored 17 in defeat.

First quarter: Westermann and Daniels on fire from downtown

A corner triple from Daniels started the scoring for Limoges, and after Bilan scored a put-back on the other end, Westermann nailed a triple to make it 2-6. Bilan and Traore traded baskets inside, before White hit a jumper and then White finished a Luka Babic fast break with a layup to tie it at 8-8. Westermann and Babic traded three-pointers, and Bilan scored a fastbreak layup giving Cedevita its first lead, 13-11. Points continued to come in bunches, without many defensive stops. Daniels nailed another corner triple, and after Marko Arapovic made a reverse layup for the hosts, Westermann banked in his third triple in the opening five minutes for a 15-17 edge. Daniels followed it up with a layup in traffic, and after a timeout, Frejus Zerbo scored inside before Daniels added a jumper and a pair of free throws for a 10-point gap. Cedevita was without a single basket for almost four minutes before Zganec scored a layup to snap 0-11 run, and Bilan added a tough contested layup in the final 25 seconds, but missed the additional free throw, leaving it at 19-27 at the end of first quarter.

Second quarter: Strong finish of the half for Limoges

After a high-scoring start to the game, it took the teams almost two minutes to score the first points of the second quarter when Bilan split foul shots. Cedevita dominated the offensive glass, and Babic nailed a jumper to get within 22-27. Schaffartzik and Pullen traded triples, before Mark Payne hit a short jumper. White's triple cut the deficit to 4 points, but after a timeout, Randy Culpepper answered with one of his own from long range. Bilan knocked down a long baseline jumper, but Zerbo made a jump shot of his own for Limoges to lead 30-37, sparking another run for the visitors. This time, Boungou-Colo was the main protagonist, driving the baseline for a big dunk, then adding a put-back to the tally. After a Cedevita timeout, Bilan made free throws, but Schaffartzik extended the visitors’ run with another three-pointer. Limoges kept the hosts without a field goal for more than five minutes to finish the first half, and went into halftime with a 32-44 lead.

Third quarter: Pullen fuels Cedevita rally

Pullen wasted no time after the break to get Cedevita back into the game. He opened the quarter with a three-point play, then had a steal and raced for a fast break layup, before sinking a triple. A Babic fastbreak layup capped a 10-0 run in less than two minutes to get within 42-44. The hosts held Limoges without a basket for almost dour minutes before Daniels ended the drought. Traore banked in a shot that made it 43-48. Babic and White scored for the hosts, and after Culpepper buried a long jumper, however White and Karlo Zganec cut the deficit to 51-52. But in the final two minutes of the quarter, Limoges replied with back-to-back big dunks. First, Daniels fed Traore for an easy slam, then Payne led a breakaway and dished it for a Boungou-Colo dunk and a 51-56 cushion. Culpepper nailed jumper off the dribble to extend the margin to 8, but Tomislav Zubcic hit a corner triple as time expired to make it 54-59.

Fourth quarter: Boungou-Colo saves Limoges

After Traore and Gordic traded baskets, Boungou-Colo hit a wide-open triple in transition to open a 56-64 advantage. Bilan remained a force inside, grabbing an offensive board and then finishing with a reverse layup, but Westermann hit a triple and added free throws to make it 60-69. But Bilan hit foul shots of his own, then dished a bounce pass for a White layup. After Zerbo displayed a soft touch from close range, Pullen had a steal and a fastbreak layup and fed Pilepic for a corner triple to close within 1. After a timeout, Schaffartzik answered with a triple off the glass and after White made a jumper for the hosts. Schaffartzik nailed a catch-and-shoot three-pointer for a 72-77 lead, which resulted in a Cedevita timeout. Pullen scored a driving layup, and after Bilan made free throws. Then Pullen used a trick on an inbounds play, using an opponent’s back to pass the ball to himself and score a layup that gave Cedevita the lead with 63 second to go, 78-77. But Boungou-Colo came to the visitors’ rescue with a tip-in on the ensuing trip down the floor, and then the same player secured a defensive rebound and made both free throws. Pullen drove the length of the court to make it 80-81 with only 21.3 seconds on the clock, but after Westermann only split fouls shots, Zubcic took an ill-advised triple that allowed Boungou-Colo to seal the deal with free throws 9.7 seconds before the final buzzer.

Nobel Boungou-Colo - Limoges CSP - EB15
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Referees: PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), FOUFIS, IOANNIS (GRE), ZASHCHUK, SERGEY (UKR)
Attendance: 2556
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Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 27:33 21 6/8 2/7 3/5 1 4 5 4 3 2   1 3 7 25
4 WHITE, JAMES 36:24 17 6/8 1/3 2/2   5 5 2   1 1   1 1 20
5 ZUBCIC, TOMISLAV 14:10 3 0/1 1/6   1 4 5 1   2     4   -3
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 12:45 3   1/3                       1
9 BABIC, LUKA 31:07 9 3/5 1/5   2 1 3 2 2 1     4 2 7
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 15:58 4 1/1   2/2 3 3 6           2 1 9
13 MUSA, DZANAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BILAN, MIRO 30:57 19 6/9   7/10 4 5 9 3   7     5 9 22
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 20:51 2 1/1 0/2         4 1 2     3 1 1
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 10:15 2 1/3 0/2   1   1     2     1   -4
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 80 24/36 6/28 14/19 14 24 38 16 6 17 1 1 23 21 82
        66.7% 21.4% 73.7%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO
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
Limoges CSP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 31:46 12 0/2 4/7   2 1 3 7   1     2 4 18
3 CULPEPPER, RANDY 17:42 8 2/4 1/1 1/2   1 1     1     1 3 7
5 WOJCIECHOWSKI, MATHIEU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 DANIELS, WILL 28:27 14 3/4 2/4 2/3 2 2 4 3 1 3     4 3 14
8 GATENS, MATT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 30:45 15 0/1 4/8 3/4   2 2 3   3 1   3 2 11
11 PAYNE, MARK 23:20 3 1/1 0/2 1/2 1 3 4 3 1       1 1 8
16 BOUNGOU-COLO, NOBEL 30:49 15 4/7 1/5 4/4 2 5 7 5 1       2 6 25
24 TRAORE, ALI 19:00 10 4/7   2/4   4 4           5 2 6
55 ZERBO, FREJUS 18:11 7 3/4   1/2   3 3   2 6   1 3 2 2
74 DIALLO, ABOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 84 17/30 12/27 14/21 9 21 30 21 5 15 1 1 21 23 92
        56.7% 44.4% 66.7%
Head coach: HERVE, PHILIPPE

Head Coaches

MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
“We didn’t show up in the first half of the game. We were too afraid to play against such a good team. We managed to turn the game around at halftime and we started the third quarter with much more energy. Our mistakes on defense at the end of the game cost us. The three-pointer by Westermann from the corner and offensive rebound by Nobel Boungou-Colo were also crucial. Zubcic’s decision to shoot the ball so early wasn’t smart, but we must focus on the next game against Zadar."
HERVE, PHILIPPE
Limoges CSP
“It was a big win for us, of course. We lost the game when we played here last season and it if you want to compete for the Top 16, you must win against teams that are at your level. We started the game very well, but we lacked intensity at the start of the second half. Mentally we stayed strong, we didn’t give up and scored some important points at the end.”

Players

PULLEN, JACOB
Cedevita Zagreb
“It was a tough game. The Euroleague is a tough league and every team can win anywhere. We had our chance to prevail, but we didn’t finish some important plays at the end and it costed us. After a poor start, in the second half we turned the game around. We played really well in transition, but we had some problems in half court. We don’t blame Zubcic for the loss, because that wasn’t the play that lost the game.”
BOUNGOU-COLO, NOBEL
Limoges CSP
“It wasn’t an easy game, but we did what we had to do. We missed some chances to take the control of the game, but we didn’t give up and managed to get a win. The important thing is we didn’t panic. We were aggressive and stayed in the game until the end.”