ASVEL rolls over club records and Ulm
In its first 7DAYS EuroCup home opener in three years, ASVEL Villeurbanne thrilled its crowd with a club-record performance in a 108-77 blowout win on Tuesday over visiting ratiopharm Ulm. Both teams now have 1-1 records. Fantastic shooting and a 14-0 run soon after halftime put the game out of reach as ASVEL nursed 20-point leads for much of the second half. John Roberson led six double-digit ASVEL scorers with 21 points and his twin buzzer-beaters at the end of the first two quarters pretty much summed up the evening. Justin Harper added 19 points, Nicolas Lang 18, AJ Slaughter 17, David Lighty 14 and Charles Kahudi 11 for the winners. Ulm, which didn't lead after the first quarter, got 12 points from Luke Harangody, 10 from Da Sean Butler. ASVEL shattered three club records from its seven EuroCup seasons until this one: 108 points, 10 more than its previous best; 17 three-pointers made, 5 more than ever; and a performance index rating of 130, which was 8 better than before. ASVEL played without injured DeMarcus Nelson and Amine Noua, who had both scored in double figures a week earlier.
Harper's smooth triple and reverse in transition led ASVEL to a quick 7-2 advantage, but Ulm exited a timeout scoring in bunches on consecutive triples by Butler followed by a third in a row from Harangody to lead 12-13. ASVEL answered every score, however, and went up 18-15 on a slam by Darryl Watkins. Roberson was not to be outdone, however, and drilled twice from deep to put ASVEL up 24-17 after a quarter. Slaughter's 5 points in a row soon jacked the ASVEL lead to double digits, 40-27. Harangody and Per Guenther drilled threes for Ulm, but Lighty scored 7 quick points before Roberson beat the buzzer again for a 52-41 halftime lead. A 14-0 run early in the third, sparked by Kahudi and finished by Lighty, put Ulm's back against the wall at 66-43. The visitors used a 2-9 run to get closer but and Lang answered from deep as ASVEL cruised by 77-54 after 30 minutes. The fourth quarter was more of the same as a lot of young players for both teams got a chance to show their stuff but nothing would affect the fact that it was ASVEL's night, marking the team's great return home in the EuroCup!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017