2010-11Qualifying RoundRound 4
October 01, 2010 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 ASTROBALLE
Angel Daniel Vassallo - Asvel Basket (photo asvelbasket.com)Le Mans Sarthe Basket overcame a tough situation and stayed alive in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds despite a 71-63 road loss against Asvel Basket in Game 2 on their Round 2 two-way series on Friday. Le Mans had registered a 85-75 home win in Game 1 and reached Round 3 due to points differential. As such, Le Mans faces BC Khimki in Round 3 in a direct fight for a Euroleague regular season spot while Asvel will play the 2010-11 Eurocup. Antoine Diot paced Le Mans with 18 points. He had 10 of those in the final 5 minutes to lead the guests to the next round. Charles Kahudi added 11 while Ben Dewar had 10 for Le Mans. Davon Jefferson led Asvel with 18 points and 13 rebounds. AD Vassallo added 17 points while Cliff Hammonds had 11 for the hosts, that led 54-42 midway through the fourth quarter. Diot struck twice from downtown and had 9 points in a 5-14 run that put Le Mans ahead in the series for good, 59-56. Asvel managed to get a 68-59 lead in the final seconds but Marc-Antoine Pellin and Alex Acker were ice cold from the foul line to lead Le Mans to the next round.

Dewar got Le Mans going with back-to-back baskets and Diot dunked it off a steal for a 0-6 Le Mans lead. Asvel went scoreless for almost 4 minutes until Jefferson stepped up with a layup. Andrija Zizic added a put-back basket that Diot erased with a jumper. Asvel had adjusted its defense and Jefferson shined with 5 unanswered points - including a dunk - that gave the hosts their first lead, 9-8. Acker nailed a jumper but Vassallo bettered that with his first triple and Paul Lacombe added a layup for a 14-10 score. Free throws by Acker got Le Mans within 14-12 after 10 minutes. Edwin Jackson sank a jumper early in the second quarter but Alain Koffi followed a dunk with a mid-range jumper to put Le Mans back ahead, 16-17. Hammonds stepped up with a layup, igniting a 7-0 run in which Kim Tillie shined with consecutive baskets, good for a 23-17 Asvel lead. Le Mans struggled to score for 3 long minutes until Kahudi sank free throws. Asvel kept controlling the game with good defense. Meanwhile, Vassallo scored again and a dunk by Tillie made Le Mans call timeout at 28-19. A three-pointer by Dewar and free throws by Hammonds fixed the halftime score at 30-22.

Kahudi scored down low immediately after the break but Jefferson and Hammonds fueled a 6-0 run that allowed Asvel to get the lead in the series, 36-24, for the first time tonight. Kahudi sank free throws and fed Dewar for a three-pointer that brought Le Mans within 38-29. Jefferson scored again and a layup by Mickael Gelabale made it a 13-point game, 42-29. JP Batista had 4 points in a 0-6 Le Mans run but Asvel did not panic. Jefferson and Hammonds kept pacing Asvel and free throws by Vassallo allowed the hosts to get a 49-35 margin after 30 minutes. A three-point play by Acker and a jumper by Diot put Le Mans back ahead in the series, 49-40. Pellin soon added a jumper but Gelabale struck from downtown and a layup by Vassallo send the crowd to their feet at 54-42. Kahudi made free throws and Diot followed a triple with a layup to bring Le Mans back to life, 55-49, with under 4 minutes left. Vassallo sank free throws that an outstanding Diot bettered with a three-pointer. Kahudi also struck from downtown and a foul shot by Diot seemed to seal the outcome, 59-56. An outstanding Jefferson shined in the final minute to give Asvel some hope at 68-59. Pellin and Acker combined for 4-of-4 free throws in the final seconds to seal the outcome down the stretch, allowing all Le Mans to dream on in the Euroleague Qualifying Rounds!
Friday, October 1, 2010
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Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS; CONDE, ANTONIO; SAHIN, TOLGA
Attendance: 4237 (Tentative)
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Asvel Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 JEFFERSON, DAVON 35:31 18 7/13 1/2 1/2 3 10 13 1 2 1     3 3 25
6 LACOMBE, PAUL 9:55 2 1/1 0/1     3 3 1 2 3 1   1   4
7 HAMMONDS, CLIFF 33:31 11 3/4 1/4 2/2 1   1 6   5     4 1 6
8 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 31:46 7 3/5   1/2 3 5 8   2       1 4 17
9 WESTERMANN, LEO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 FOFANA, BANGALY 5:11   0/1       1 1                
11 VASSALLO, ANGEL DANIEL 34:34 17 3/3 1/8 8/9   3 3     1 1   3 7 16
14 TILLIE, KIM 6:39 6 3/4 0/1 0/1 1 1 2             1 6
15 GELABALE, MICKAEL 29:02 8 1/3 1/3 3/6 2 2 4 2 2 2     3 4 8
19 LEON, THEO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 JACKSON, EDWIN 13:51 2 1/2 0/1     2 2     1     5 2 -2
22 DEAL, RUDY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 2 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 71 22/36 4/20 15/22 12 29 41 10 8 15 2 0 20 22 82
        61.1% 20% 68.2%
Head coach: COLLET, VINCENT
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 Sarthe
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 COVILE, RYVON 15:23 1 0/2   1/2       1 1 1     3 3 -1
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 23:57 11 1/2 1/3 6/6 1 2 3 1         4 4 12
6 DIOT, ANTOINE 32:16 18 4/5 2/6 4/6   2 2 2 4 5     3 4 15
7 KOFFI, ALAIN 25:35 8 4/4     1 3 4           3   9
9 ACKER, ALEX 17:05 7 1/6 0/2 5/7 1 1 2 1         3 3 1
10 DEWAR, BEN 30:03 10 2/3 2/6     5 5 2 2 3   1 2 1 9
11 PELLIN, MARC-ANTOINE 19:14 4 1/2 0/2 2/4   1 1 2 1     1 1 4 5
12 RUPERT, THIERRY 15:29   0/3     1 2 3 1   2     1 1 -1
13 BATISTA, J.P. 20:58 4 2/4       3 3 2   1     2   4
15 KAHUDI, HENRI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 63 15/31 5/19 18/25 5 21 26 12 8 13 0 2 22 20 55
        48.4% 26.3% 72%
Head coach: JACKSON, JD

Head Coaches

COLLET, VINCENT
Asvel Basket
"The first game and the 10-point defeat made it difficult to change the trend. At 14 points ahead, Le Mans could have let go and set us free. Eventually, we didn't score and Le Mans immediately came back. So we stressed out. We were tired, too. Antoine Diot and Charles Kahudi played great and made the difference in the last minutes."

Players

GELABALE, MICKAEL
Asvel Basket
"I think we should have calmed the game down to let time go and keep our advantage. Unfortunately we couldn't and we paid immediately. Of course, we're disappointed. Our first goal was to qualify for the Euroleague. We 've had some problems to manage the last minute of the games in the qualifying rounds. We haven't been playing together for long, we have to work more to erase these mistakes. We need to use this experience for the championship games."
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