2013-14Regular SeasonRound 1
October 16, 2013 CET: 18:00
Local time: 18:00 DRAZEN PETROVIC
Dashaun Wood - Le Mans (photo msb.fr)In Group A opener, Le Mans Sarthe Basket survived a thriller ending to hold off Cibona Zagreb 76-78 on Wednesday in Basketball Center Drazen Petrovic. Led by DaShaun Wood, Le Mans was in front by as many as 18 points late in the third quarter, but the hosts put together a spirited comeback. It all resulted in late drama that ended with Jerel Blassingame missing a potential game-winning wide open three-pointer as time expired. Wood scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half for Le Mans. J.P. Batista had 14, and Pape Sy 11 points in victory. Matthew Janning had 19 points for Cibona, D.J. Strawberry netted 15, Dario Saric had 11 points plus 8 rebounds, while Andrija Zizic collected 10 points plus 12 rebounds.

Blassingame, Strawberry and Zizic helped Cibona to 9-5 lead early on, but Vaughn Duggins and Charles Kahudi strung together 7 points, including Kahudi's triple for 9-12, and Le Mans never trailed again. After Janning tied it 16-16, Le Mans once again scored 7 consecutive points, and Antoine Eito's three helped make it 17-23. With baskets from Sy and another triple from Eito, margin grew to 20-30, before Janning's 7 points in a row, including his first shot behind the arc, kept Cibona in range, 27-31. However, triples from Sy and Wood, coupled with baskets inside from J.P. Batista, got the margin back into double-digits, and Le Mans went into halftime up 33-44. At the start of the second half, another triple from Wood made it 33-49, putting visitors in complete control. Le Mans seemed to have too many scoring options, with Batista, Duggins and Kahudi all contributing, and Wood's third three-pointer made it 45-63 midway through the third quarter. Cibona finally got some spark through Saric and Janning, with latter making a put-back to end the third, and a triple to start the fourth quarter, helping cut it to 59-69. Cibona's run continued with hustle plays from Strawberry, and some aggressive defense, and Strawberry's fastbreak dunk cut it to 67-71. Wood answered with a triple to give Le Mans some breathing space, but 7 more baskets from Strawberry, including a triple, kept Cibona's hope alive, cutting it to 76-78. In the final 20 seconds, the hosts forced two more turnovers, but Zizic and Saric missed from close range, and Blassingame's potential game-winning triple hit the rim, leaving Cibona just short of completing a great comeback, as Le Mans pulled off an all-important away win to start the season.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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Referees: BIRICIK, MURAT (TUR), PEREA, OSCAR (ESP), MICHAELIDES, MARKOS (SUI)
Attendance: 1000 (Tentative)
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Cibona Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 KUS, DAVOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 PLANINIC, DARKO 15:06           1 1     2     1 1 -1
7 BLASSINGAME, JEREL 28:50 8 1/6 1/5 3/4       3   1   2 3 2 -3
9 SARIC, DARIO 29:14 11 4/8 0/2 3/4 3 5 8 4 3   2   3 3 21
20 ROZIC, MARIN 22:35 6 3/5   0/1 1 1 2 2 1       2 2 8
21 JAGODIK, MARKO 8:10 5 2/2   1/2 2 1 3 1         3 3 8
22 JUNAKOVIC, MARTIN 11:10 2 1/2 0/1         1         1 1 1
23 JANNING, MATT 26:59 19 4/6 3/4 2/2 2 3 5 3 1 3     1 2 23
24 STRAWBERRY, D.J. 25:50 15 6/10 1/4 0/1 1 3 4   4 3     2 3 13
31 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 21:36 10 3/12   4/4 5 7 12     3   1 4 3 8
32 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 5:54   0/1       1 1     1     2   -3
44 GABRIC, TOMISLAV 4:36     0/1 0/2                   1 -2
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 76 24/52 5/17 13/20 17 24 41 14 9 13 2 3 22 21 78
        46.2% 29.4% 65%
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN
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
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 21:46 7 1/4 1/4 2/2 3 3 6 2   2   1 3 3 6
6 TERRY, REYSHAWN 19:08 4 1/4 0/3 2/2 2 1 3       1   2 2 2
7 KOFFI, ALAIN 14:04 2 1/5       4 4   1 1     2    
8 EITO, ANTOINE 10:29 6   2/4   1 1 2           1 1 6
10 SY, PAPE 28:18 11 3/4 1/3 2/2 1 2 3 8   4     2 3 16
13 BATISTA, J.P. 25:38 14 5/12   4/6 2 1 3   2 3     3 5 9
18 MENDY, KEVIN 9:59           3 3           2   1
24 ISSA, DOUNIA 22:48 3     3/6 2 8 10       1   3 3 11
30 WOOD, DASHAUN 33:02 22 5/8 4/8     1 1 2 3 4 2 1 1 2 19
44 DUGGINS, VAUGHN 14:48 9 3/3 1/3     1 1           2 3 9
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 78 19/40 9/25 13/18 11 27 38 12 6 14 4 2 21 22 81
        47.5% 36% 72.2%
Head coach: JACKSON, JOHN-DAVID

Head Coaches

SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Cibona Zagreb
"We played good 7 minutes in this game, but I want my players to play like that for 40 minutes. I congratulate them for showing energy that brought us back in the game, but that is not enough if we want to be a serious team. We want to become type of team Le Mans is. In the last seconds, we had a play where we went for two points and forcing overtime. Dario Saric had a nice drive, Andrija Zizic caught an offensive rebound, but the ball just did not want to go in. The last second three-pointer, that shot I don't even want to comment. We got to bounce back from this, and get better. We will do it through the games, not through practices."
JACKSON, JOHN-DAVID
Le Mans Sarthe Basket
"I am angry after the game. Because of our mistakes, this feels like a loss. We played great for three quarters, but in the last 10 minutes Cibona showed what it can do. I think we have talent to go through to the next stage. I said before the game, a win here means a lot, cause I look at Cibona as a team that will grow as season goes."
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