2015-16Regular SeasonRound 2
October 21, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAPENTASSUGLIA
Pape-Philippe Amagou - Le Mans Sarthe Basket - EC15 (photo Enel Basket Brindisi)

McKee fuels Le Mans for win in Brindisi

Le Mans Sarthe Basket went on the road, and led for all but the opening four minutes of the contest on the way to 65-72 win over Enel Brindis Basket. The visitors, who improved to 1-1 in Group B, spoiled Eurocup home debut for Brindisi, which dropped to 0-2. Tywain McKee fueled a 0-9 run for Le Mans in the first quarter, giving it lead for good, before a big 3-17 run in the second quarter opened the largest margin of the night, 22-39. Brindisi caught up late in the third period, getting within 47-51, but three threes from McKee paved way for Le Mans’ win. McKee finished with 24 points, Mickael Gelabale scored 11, and Damion James collected 10 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Alex Harris paced the hosts with 19 points, while Kenneth Kadji scored 9 in defeat.

Gelabale helped Le Mans get a good start with a triple and a blocked shot, before McKee scored 6 points, sparking a 0-9 run capped by a three-pointer from Pape-Philippe Amagou for 9-18. Harris snapped Brindisi’s drought, and a three-point play from Durand Scott helped cut it to 17-22 at the end of first quarter. Early in the second, however, Jones scored four points for the visitors, before Chris Lofton knocked down back-to-back triples to help extend the margin to 22-34. A three from McKee capped a 3-17 spurt and opened 22-39 advantage. Harris and Nemanja Milosevic stopped the leaking, but the visitors went into halftime up 26-41.

It was Gelabale again with a pair of buckets making sure Le Mans gets going at the start of the half, but Andrea Zerini answered for Brindisi to keep the margin at 32-45. The hosts held Le Mans without a single basket for four and a half minutes, but only managed to cut it to 39-47. A pair of baskets from Djorjde Gagic in the final minute of the third quarter, and a bucket from Harris at the start of the fourth got the hosts within 47-51. However, McKee hit back-to-back-to-back threes, then a pair from foul line to open 53-64 margin. Brindisi needed to find offense quickly, but Scott and Harris only managed to bring the hosts within 63-68 in the final minute. Mouphataou Yarou and Lahaou Konate sealed things with free throws.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Referees: PEREZ NIZ, MIGUEL ANGEL (ESP), LUCIS, OSKARS (LAT), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO)
Attendance: 1850 (Tentative)
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Enel Basket Brindisi
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 BANKS, ADRIAN 26:54 8 2/8 1/3 1/2   1 1 1   3     1 4 1
2 SCOTT, DURAND 30:10 7 2/3 0/1 3/3   6 6 1 1 2     4 3 10
3 COURNOOH, DAVID 34:33 8 1/3 1/3 3/4 1 2 3 3 1 1 1   1 2 11
7 HARRIS, ALEX 29:16 19 4/8 2/5 5/6       1 1     1 3 5 14
9 CARDILLO, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 MILOSEVIC, NEMANJA 14:54 4 2/3     1 1 2 1   1   1 1 1 4
11 PACIFICO, GABRIELE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 GAGIC, DJORDJE 22:10 6 2/4   2/6 5 2 7 2   1 1 1 3 6 11
19 ZERINI, ANDREA 20:11 4 2/3 0/2     2 2 3   2 1 1 5   -1
33 MARZAIOLI, DOMENICO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 KADJI, KENNETH 21:52 9 2/5 1/4 2/2 1 3 4     1 1   5 4 6
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 65 17/37 5/18 16/23 11 19 30 12 3 11 4 4 23 25 61
        45.9% 27.8% 69.6%
Head coach: BUCCHI, PIERO
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 Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 McKEE, TYWAIN 33:36 24 4/6 4/6 4/4   2 2 2 1 3     3 6 25
3 BENGABER, GREGORY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 LOFTON, CHRIS 18:50 6 0/1 2/5         5 2 1     2   6
5 KONATE, LAHAOU 10:01 4 1/1   2/2 2 2 4     1     1 1 7
6 JAMES, DAMION 24:07 10 3/10 0/2 4/4 2 4 6         1 3 5 8
11 DALLY, JEAN-PHILIPPE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 CORNELIE, PETR 19:32 5 2/4   1/2 2 3 5     2 1   5 1 2
13 YAROU, MOUPHTAOU 28:16 7 2/8   3/4 4 4 8   1 4 1 2 3 4 5
15 GELABALE, MICKAEL 29:59 11 4/6 1/1   1 3 4       1 1 3 2 12
17 AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE 27:34 5 1/6 1/2 0/2   1 1 5   1     1 3 4
74 FALL, YOUSSOUPHA 8:05   0/1       2 2     1 1   5   -4
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 72 17/43 8/16 14/18 14 23 37 12 4 13 4 4 26 22 70
        39.5% 50% 77.8%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN

Head Coaches

BUCCHI, PIERO
Enel Basket Brindisi
"Our team was more tired than theirs, probably due to the fact that they had 48 hours rest more than us. We played with less energy than usual, but we tried to fight almost until the end. Despite the loss I congratulate with my team, because we tried to win without such an important player, Scottie Reynolds. "
KUNTER, ERMAN
Le Mans Sarthe Basket
"This is an important game, because it is the first win. We played well in the first half, but in the second Brindisi gave us a lot of problems. They struggled a lot without Scottie Reynolds. But this is just the beginning of this long and difficult competition."

Players

MILOSEVIC, NEMANJA
Enel Basket Brindisi
"Le Mans had a good start and we let them score easy baskets. In the second half we played better, but at this level if you want to win you have to play good the entire game. Now we have to focus for the next league game against Trento."
McKEE, TYWAIN
Le Mans Sarthe Basket
"This was a hard and difficult game and, because of it, I'm really happy for this win. The points that I scored were the result of the good teamwork that we had on the court."
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