Qualifying Round Round 1 - September 29, 2009 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - ANTARES

Records

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0-0 Overall 0-0

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI, Italy
Referee
PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO, Spain
Umpire
GELLER, RENAUD, Belgium

Team Stats

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0 Points 0
0 Rebounds 0
0 O. Rebounds 0
0 D. Rebounds 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 Index 0

Player Stats

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0 Points 0
0 Rebounds 0
0 OR 0
0 DR 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 Index 0

THE TAKE

A pair of teams that featured in the Euroleague last season will battle for a chance to return to Europe’s elite club competition via the qualifying rounds starting on Tuesday when Le Mans hosts Alba Berlin. Le Mans had a rough time last season, going 2-8 despite a number of close games, while Berlin managed to advance to the Top 16. Both teams decided to build on that experience and bring back many players from last year’s squad. Le Mans head coach J.D. Jackson has five players back from last year, including rising star Antoine Diot, electric scorer Dee Spencer and trusty big man Joao Paulo Batista. In addition the club has added former Euroleague scoring champ Marc Salyers, playmaker Zack Wright and athletic forward Guillaume Yango. Meanwhile Berlin head coach Luka Pavicevic has a whopping 11 players back in uniform from last year, including his top four scorers: Immanuel McElroy, Julius Jenkins, Blagota Sekulic and Rashad Wright. Berlin’s primary new signing was seasoned big man Kenan Bajramovic. The team’s figure to play different styles with Le Mans using its speed and athleticism to run as often as possible, while Alba employs a number a players best suited for a half-court game. Accordingly, the backcourt duel, with Zack Wright and Diot at one end and Rashad Wright, Jenkins and Steffen Hamann at the other could prove critical. A key matchup to look out for pits the eternal mismatch Salyers against Bajramovic and Dragan Dojcin, with the Le Mans forward trying to use his speed to get past the Berlin big men and to generate points. If Bajramovic or Dojcin can stop him, Berlin’s chances increase greatly.

REFEREES: Luigi Lamonica, Emilio Perez Pizarro, Renaud Geller

 
Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Le Mans
#
Name
Pos.
Height
4
Zack Wright
G
1.86
6
Dewarick Spencer
G
1.91
8
Antoine Diot
G
1.93
9
Maleye N'Doye
F
2.02
11
Guillaume Yango
F
2.04
12
Thierry Rupert
F
2.02
13
Joao Paulo Batista
C
2.06
15
Marc Salyers
F
2.06
16
Negueba Samake
C
2.11
18
Pierre Etienne Drouault
G
1.94
-
Henri Kandolo
G
1.94
-
Charles Lombahe
F
1.96
-
Babacar Niang
F
2.08
-
Geoffrey Renon
C
2.07
Head Coach: J. D. Jackson
Alba Berlin
Alba Berlin
#
Name
Pos.
Height
6
Steffen Hamann
G
1.94
7
Philip Zwiener
F
2.01
8
Dragan Dojcin
F
2.04
10
Blagota Sekulic
C
2.09
11
Julius Jenkins
G
1.87
12
Rashad Wright
G
1.89
14
Adam Chubb
C
2.08
15
Kenan Bajramovic
F
2.06
16
Andreas Seiferth
C
2.06
17
Oliver Clay
F
2.05
19
Oskar Fassler
G
1.98
23
Immanuel McElroy
G
1.94
-
Alexander Schachowzew
-
-
-
Brian Wenzel
G
-
Head Coach: Luka Pavicevic
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Marc Salyers - Le Mans (Photo: msb.fr-David Piolé)Le Mans took a one-point lead in the first qualifying round by edging Alba Berlin 61-60 in the first leg in France on Tuesday night. Both teams are set to meet again at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany this Friday. The winner by aggregate score after the two games will advance to the second qualifying round next week. Marc Salyers led the winners with 28 points. JP Batista added 13, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Le Mans. Adam Chubb led Alba with 16 points on 8-for-11 two-pointers. Julius Jenkins added 15 points for the guests. Le Mans opened the game with a 15-0 run that allowed the hosts to keep a double-digit lead, 17-7, after 10 minutes. Alba managed to get within 34-27 at halftime and used a 0-10 run to return to the game, 47-44, late in the third quarter. Alba made Le Mans go scoreless for 7 minutes and used a 0-7 run that Jenkins capped with a layup to get a 53-59 edge with 2 minutes to go. Maleye Ndoye, Salyers and a free throw by Batista helped Le Mans to regain the lead almost at the buzzer.

Salyers got Le Mans going with a layup that Batista followed with a put-back basket for a 4-0 lead. Alba could not find the way to the basket and struggled to find easy shots. Meanwhile, Zack Wright scored around the basket and Batista added a layup to give the hosts an 8-0 margin. Le Mans kept feeding its big men, as Batista and Salyers shined with consecutive baskets to make it a 12-point game, 12-0. Dee Spencer struck from downtown to cap a 15-0 opening run. Alba missed as many as 9 shots and committed 2 turnovers until Chubb stepped up with consecutive layups. Alba, that had been scoreless for more than 7 minutes, had finally adjusted its defense and started to dominate the boards. Kenan Bajramovic shined with a three-pointer that gave the guests some hope, 15-7. Antoine Diot beat the buzzer with a jumper that made Le Mans restore a double-digit lead, 17-7, at the end of the first quarter.

Adam Chubb - Alba BerlinBoth teams struggled to score early in the second quarter, as Le Mans failed to get Batista involved while Rashad Wright could not make Alba find the right rhythm in offense. Wright got the crowd involved with a three-pointer while Batista added free throws for a 22-7 Le Mans margin. An off-target Jenkins returned to the bench while Chubb tried to ignite the guests' comeback with a layup. Thierry Rupert made free throws but Immanuel McElroy answered from downtown to bring Alba withim 24-12. Chubb added another layup, as Alba improved its intensity in defense. Back-to-back layups by Phillip Zwiener and Steffen Hamann brought Alba as close as 24-18, after a 0-6 run. Salyers followed a layup with a triple to give Le Mans some fresh air, 29-18. Alba did not panic, however, as Jenkins, Wright and an outstanding Bajramovic stepped up to give the guests in the game, 32-27. Salyers scored again to fix the halftime score at 34-27.

Batista kept pacing Le Mans with a power layup immediately after the break, as Alba now tried to run its offense through Barjamovic without much success. Salyers scored again to make it an 11-point game, 38-27. Alba went scoreless for more than 2 minutes until Blagota Sekulic silenced the crowd with a dunk. Batista stayed on fire but a three-pointer by Dragan Dojcin kept Alba alive at 42-32. Salyers answered from downtown and soon added a put-back layup but Alba kept its momentum going. The guests managed to stop Salyers and Jenkins followed Chubb's jumper with a triple for a 47-39 score. The hosts struggled to find its scoring reference, while Jenkins and Chubb scored again to made it a three-point game, 47-44, after a 0-10 run. Rupert scored inside but Jenkins buried his third three-pointer in as many minutes for a 49-47 Alba deficit. A layup by Salyers and a free throw by McElroy fixed the score at 51-48 after 30 minutes.

Salyers stayed unstoppable with free throws early in the fourth quarter, good for a 53-48 Le Mans edge. Alba stayed focused, however, as Jenkins sank foul shots with Chubb followed a layup with a dunk to complete the guests' comeback, 53-54. Le Mans called a much-needed timeout and improved its defense, but struggled to find good shots. As such, both teams went scoreless for more than 2 minutes, trading missed shots and turnovers until McElroy shined with a second-chance layup - and the free throw that came with it. Le Mans had been scoreless for more than 7 minutes already, while a layup by Jenkins capped an 0-11 run and gave Alba a six-point margin, 53-59, with 2 minutes to go. Ndoye, that has been scoreless until that moment, followed a layup with a critical three-pointer to keep the hosts as close as 58-59. Salyers capped a 7-0 run with a layup that put Le Mans back ahead, 60-59. Wright tied the game with a free throw and Alba opted to foul on Batista, who gave the hosts a 61-60 edge. Jenkins missed in the other end and even when Le Mans got the lead in the series, anything can happen at the O2 World on Friday.
Monday, September 28, 2009
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), GELLER, RENAUD (BEL)
Attendance: 4600
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Head coach: JACKSON, JOHN-DAVID
Le Mans
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 WRIGHT, ZACH 24:59 5 1/4 1/1   1 6 7 4 1 4   1 3 2 8
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 2:52                              
6 SPENCER, DEWARICK 33:20 4 0/3 1/4 1/2 1 5 6 3 1 1     3 1 4
7 KAHUDI, HENRI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 25:34 2 1/2 0/2   1 1 2     2 1   1 1  
9 NDOYE, MALEYE 30:27 5 1/2 1/2     4 4 1 2 1 1   2 1 9
11 YANGO, GUILLAUME 4:37                         1   -1
12 RUPERT, THIERRY 19:30 4 1/3   2/2 1 2 3     1 1   2 1 4
13 BATISTA, JOAO PAULO 26:03 13 5/9   3/5 2 4 6 4 1 3     2 5 18
15 SALYERS, MARC 32:38 28 10/20 2/5 2/2 2 2 4 1   2   2 3 3 16
16 SAMAKE, NEGUEBA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 61 19/43 5/14 8/11 10 27 37 13 5 15 3 3 17 14 62
44.2% 35.7% 72.7%
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
Head coach: PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Alba Berlin
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
6 HAMANN, STEFFEN 11:37 2 1/1 0/1     1 1 1 1       1 1 4
7 ZWIENER, PHILLIP 15:27 2 1/3     1 1 2   1 1     1 1 2
8 DOJCIN, DRAGAN 22:24 3 0/2 1/1     1 1 1     1   1   3
10 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 14:57 2 1/5       3 3       2   3 1 1
11 JENKINS, JULIUS 32:17 15 2/8 3/5 2/2 1 1 2 3   2     1 4 13
12 WRIGHT, RASHAD 30:14 5 2/6 0/2 1/2   5 5 2 1 1   1 2 2 4
14 CHUBB, ADAM 25:03 16 8/11       5 5   1 3   1 2 2 15
15 BAJRAMOVIC, KENAN 17:36 8 2/7 1/4 1/1   2 2 1 1     1 1 3 5
17 CLAY, OLIVER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 FASSLER, OSKAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 30:25 7 1/3 1/1 2/5 3   3 5 1 1     2 3 11
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 60 18/46 6/14 6/10 8 20 28 13 6 8 3 3 14 17 62
39.1% 42.9% 60%
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Head Coaches

JACKSON, JOHN-DAVID
Le Mans
"Our physical intensity at the start of the game gave us confidence that we would be able to beat this good team. If we had been able to maintain our rhythm on offense perhaps the score would have been a little more advantageous heading into the return game. But our defense held strong in the last quarter in spite of our offensive mistakes. This gives us a reason to believe that even on the road, we can do a better job and go on to the next round."
PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Alba Berlin
"I would like to congratulate JD Jackson and his players. I think that we prepared for a game against a team that played in the Euroleague last year and has quality. The start of this game was difficult. We missed opportunities to score so it became a very difficult situation."

Players

SALYERS, MARC
Le Mans
"It was a tough game. We didn’t make the shots that we normally make. We fought hard on defense. It will be another tough game on Friday and we believe in our chances."
CHUBB, ADAM
Alba Berlin
"The game was played strong in the beginning. We were not ready. It’s the first game of the season and we were not focused enough. We have no excuse. We had to be ready. It’s the Euroleague and we excepted to play a tough game, but didn’t except this star. We stayed focused and came back. We have a chance to play at home now to qualify for the Euroleague."
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