2006-07Regular SeasonRound 3
November 09, 2006 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Kenny Gregory - Le Mans Le Mans provided another Group A shocker by thrashing previously undefeated Efes Pilsen 53-64 on Thursday in Istanbul. Le Mans not only raised its record to 2-1, tying Efes and two other teams in second place, but broke a defensive record by holding Efes to just 3 points in the third quarter. Those are the least points ever scored by a Euroleague home team in one quarter. Kenny Gregory led the winners with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds while Sandro Nicevic added 14 on 7-for-9 shooting and 8 rebounds. Cenk Akyol had 14 points for Efes while Niksa Prkacin added 13. Before the game, Efes announced that point guard Horace Jenkins is set to leave the team for the foreseeable future. The name of the game was defense from the start as Efes led 11-9 after 10 minutes and Le Mans took over by 33-36 at halftime. Then Le Mans beat Efes at its own game, however, holding the hosts to just 3 points in the next 10 minutes and 2 more through the midway point of the final quarter. By then, the visitors already had the outcome settled and cruised to an impressive road win.

Efes started four Turkish players in the absence of Jenkins and injured Antonio Granger. Le Mans was the first team to struggled to score, behind limited by the Efes defense to just 2 points in the first 7 minutes, 10 seconds of the ggame. Meanwhile, Efes had 5 points from Akyol, including a three-pointer, and 4 from Gonlum, the second of which a dunk that made the score 9-2. Gregory finally got Le Mans going with a basket, while Pape Philippe Amagou added a three-pointer and Mate Skelin a layup for a 9-9 tie. Akyol ended the quarter by penetrating the Le Mans defense to beat the clock with a layup and give Efes an 11-9 edge.

Cenk Akyol - Efes PilsenLe Mans took its first lead to open the second quarter as Gregory's basket-plus-free throw made it 11-12. Both teams was getting warmer minute by minute and Efes soon surged ahead by 5 points as Prkacin’s inside basket made it 21-16. The hosts continued to guard that distance until Skelin went inside, too, for a 31-26 lead. They would be the last easy points of the night for Efes. Le Mans responded by going to Gregory to key an 0-8 run of mostly fastbreaks that gave the visitors a 31-34 lead. Gregory was far from finished as he used the last second of the half to can a layup that left Le Mans in charge, 33-38, going to the lockers.

After no scoring for more than 2 minutes of the third quarter, Gregory stepped up again with consecutive inside baskets, knifing between Ermal Kuqo and Gonlum, that put the visitors 9 points ahead, 33-42. Efes had no response as the Le Mans defense grew in self-confidence with stop after stop. Skelin free throws made it 36-46 midway through the quarter as Efes turned to zone defense to stop Le Mans. Gregory punished the zone with a spectacular dunk and Tyson Wheeler added a layup to boost Le Mans in front by 14 points, 36-50. The last basket by Efes had been a tip-in by Gonlum in the 24th minute, and after that the hosts didn't score again in the third quarter, setting a record for offensive futility by a Euroleague home team. Amagou scored a final Le Mans basket to end the third quarter, 36-52.

Le Mans continued to play defense that Efes could not solve as the hosts now managed to score just 2 points in the first 5 minutes of the last quarter. Meanwhile, Le Mans took the game away, as Eric Campbell's alley-oop midwy through the quarter was the best action of the game and made it 38-58. In the remaining time, Efes tried to cut down the big differance but were only able to get as close as 11 points, 53-64, at the finish, leaving Le Mans with a valuable Group A road win.
Thursday, November 9, 2006
Gokhan Ture, Istanbul
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Referees: REMS, IZTOK (SLO), MIKHAYLOV, SERGEY (RUS), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 6500
By Quarter1234
Efes Pilsen1122317
Le Mans9291412
End of Quarter1234
Efes Pilsen11333653
Le Mans9385264
Efes Pilsen
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 NICHOLAS, DREW 33:15 3 0/3 1/6         4 1         3 3
6 ERMIS, BARIS 12:15 3 1/2 0/2 1/1 1 1 2 3   2     1 1 3
8 PRKACIN, NIKOLA 22:00 13 5/8   3/4 2 1 3   1 2     1 6 16
10 ABI, MUSTAFA 8:00                   1       1  
11 ERDEN, CUNEYT 30:30 2 1/1 0/4         1   1     2 1 -3
12 GONLUM, KEREM 21:30 6 3/4     3 6 9   2   2   1   17
13 HAISLIP, MARCUS 18:15 7 2/4 1/2   1 5 6   1 1 3 2 2   9
14 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 PACUN, BORA HUN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 BAYAV, EMRE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 KUQO, ERMAL 18:00 5 2/10 0/2 1/2 1 2 3 1 2       4 2 -2
41 AKYOL, CENK 36:15 14 4/6 2/6     3 3   2 1 1   1 3 15
Team                     2         -2
Totals 200:00 53 18/38 4/22 5/7 8 18 26 9 9 10 6 2 12 17 56
        47.4% 18.2% 71.4%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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
5 GREGORY, KENNY 38:15 21 10/18 0/1 1/2 3 7 10 2 2 3   3 2 2 19
6 AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE 21:45 5 1/1 1/2     1 1 3 1 2     3   4
7 SKELIN, MATE 26:00 6 2/5   2/2   7 7 3   1   1 3 2 10
8 BATUM, NICOLAS 8:00 2 1/1       1 1           2   1
9 BOKOLO, YANNICK 25:00 2 0/3 0/4 2/2 1 3 4 4 1 1   1 2 3 3
10 NICEVIC, SANDRO 30:30 14 7/9     1 7 8 2   3 1   2   18
11 ADJIWANOU, FREDERIC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 CEL, AARON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 CAMPBELL, ERIC 23:15 6 2/6 0/1 2/2 3 2 5     1 1   1 3 8
15 LELOUP, JEREMY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 WHEELER, TYSON 27:15 8 1/2 2/7         2 2 3   1 2 2 2
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 64 24/45 3/15 7/8 9 29 38 16 6 14 2 6 17 12 67
        53.3% 20% 87.5%
Head coach: COLLET, VINCENT
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Head Coaches

COLLET, VINCENT
Le Mans
"I think we knew before the game that both teams were not playing well. We are both struggling in our national leagues. Before the game, we knew that the only way to beat Efes at home was to play great defense. We tried to concentrate on that the whole game. We allowed post up space for Nikola Prkacin and Ermal Kuqo, but we kept those guys from freeing up space for Drew Nicholas and Cenk Akyol. We kept Nicholas locked up for the whole game and that was the key to our win."

Players

ERDEN, CUNEYT
Efes Pilsen
First of all, I'd like to congratulate Le Mans for a well-deserved win. They did a real good job on defense, playing aggressive for the whole game. We weren't able to respond the same way both on defense and offense. We had a very bad night, especially offensively. That was too much of a handicap for a team to handle in the Euroleague. We played bad and lost bad, that's all."
GREGORY, KENNY
Le Mans
"It's a good win for us tonight. We tried to play more aggressive than the last week and did it the way we want. We got good shots in the second and third quarters and had a good advantage. Our defense was the key of our win. We didn't expect Efes Pilsen like this. We were expecting the game was going to be close until the end and we would try to win it at the end. Even if it's a surprise or not, we are very happy what we got at the end."
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