2008-09Regular SeasonRound 4
November 13, 2008 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 ANTARES
Eric Williams - Air AvellinoAir Avellino registered its second consecutive win in Group A by downing Le Mans 78-73 at home on Thursday night. Avellino won its second consecutive game to improve to 2-2 in the Group A standings, joining Unicaja and Maccabi Electra in a three-way tie for third place. Meanwhile, Le Mans went down to 0-4 and needs to start winning right away to keep its Top 16 options alive. Eric Williams led the winners with 16 points on 5-for-6 two-pointers and 8 rebounds. Chris Warren added 13 points, Tamar Slay added 11 - all in the second half - while Daniele Cinciarini got 10 for Avellino. Dewarick Spencer led Le Mans with 26 points. Joao Batista added 12 while Brian Chase got 10 for the guests, that led 18-19 after 10 minutes. Cinciarini and Drake Diener stepped up late in the first half to give Avellino a 40-35 edge at the break. Slay had 9 points in the third quarter to keep the hosts ahead, 63-57, after 30 minutes. Travis Best became Avellino's go-to guy to lead the hosts to a well-deserved win, as Le Mans only rallied once the outcome was clear.

Spencer got Le Mans going with consecutive baskets for a 0-4 lead. Best fed Williams for a power layup but Alain Koffi took over with a turnaround jumper that kept the guests ahead, 2-6. Williams scored again but Batista answered with a jumper that touched the rim, went up and fell down. Avellino kept running its offense through Williams, who followed Marko Tusek's triple with a dunk for a 10-10 tie. Spencer stayed unstoppable with another layup that Warren matched with a fast break basket - and the free throw that came with it for a 14-12 edge. Le Mans kept attacking the basket and Maleye Ndoye sank free throws, but Warren simply took over with an outstanding dunk in traffic. Badiane made a free throw that David Bluthenthal followed with a put-back layup to put the guests back ahead, 16-17. Another big basket by Warren and free throws by Antoine Diot fixed the score at 18-19 after 10 minutes.

Dewarick Spencer - Le MansNikola Radulovic took over with a three-point play right at the start of the second quarter but Chase answered from downtown for a 21-22 Le Mans edge. Radulovic scored again while Cinciarini sank a triple to provide another lead change, 26-22. Spencer sank a catch-and-shoot three-pointer off a timeout but free throws by Warren kept Avellino ahead, 28-25. Batista found space for an easy layup that Cinciarini matched with a huge jumper. Batista insisted with an incredible turnaround jumper but Tusek answered with a follow-up layup. Avellino had improved its defense, while Diener scored for a 34-29 edge. Cinciarini made free throws but Badiane nailed a turnaround jumper for a 36-31 Le Mans deficit. Diener and Ndoye traded free throws while Chase sank a five-meter jumper to get Le Mans within 38-35. Best scored in penetration to restore a 40-35 Avellino edge at halftime.

Koffi dunked it immediately after the break that Slay matched with a big basket. Batista stayed on fire with another layup but Slay answered with an outstanding driving basket. Chase sank free throws while Spencer buried a jumper but a red hot Slay answered from downtown for a 49-43 Avellino lead. Spencer and Bluthenthal took over with consecutive triples to tie it at 49-49, in an outstanding run-and-gun show. Diener joined the three-point shootout while Koffi beat the shot clock buzzer with a layup, making Avellino call timeout at 52-51. The hosts improved their defense while Warren and Williams made free throws. Batista scored around the basket but Slay - who else? - answered with a layup. Ndoye sank a four-meter shot but Williams kept fighting in the paint - but missing free throws, too. Chase rescued its team with a layup that Cinciarini bettered with a three-point play for a 63-57 Avellino edge after 30 minutes.

Williams got the crowd involved with a dunk early in the fourth quarter while Slay also slammed it for a steal to make it a double-digit game, 67-57. Chase tried to ignit the guests' comeback with a three-pointer while Spencer added free throws for a 67-62 Le Mans deficit. Best struck from downtown off a screen and soon added a four-meter jumper to restore a 72-62 Avellino margin. Bluthenthal sank a wide open triple but Avellino called timeout to readjust its defense. Le Mans stopped finding easy shots while Best scored again for a 74-65 Avellino lead with 4 minutes remaining. Time was running out for Le Mans and the guests kept struggling to find the way to the basket. Best fed Williams for an easy basket and Warren added a put-back layup that sealed the outcome, 78-65, with 2 minutes to go, allowing all Avellino fans to celebrate yet another Euroleague win!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
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Referees: MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO (CRO), KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL), JAVOR, DAMIR (SLO)
Attendance: 3045
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Air Avellino
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WARREN, CHRIS 35:21 13 4/8 0/4 5/5   6 6 4 1 1     1 6 20
5 RADULOVIC, NIKOLA 14:17 5 2/2 0/1 1/1   1 1           3 2 4
8 BEST, TRAVIS 28:21 9 3/6 1/3     4 4 5 2 2 1 1     13
10 CINCIARINI, DANIELE 21:39 10 2/2 1/2 3/3 2 4 6   2 2     2 4 17
11 CROSARIOL, ANDREA 3:41         1   1           2   -1
12 LISICKY, PETER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SLAY, TAMAR 23:52 11 4/5 1/2     1 1   1 3     3   5
17 TUSEK, MARKO 17:51 5 1/1 1/2   2 1 3     2     1   4
20 WILLIAMS, ERIC 20:25 16 5/6   6/9 5 3 8   2 3     3 5 21
21 DIENER, DRAKE 26:37 9 2/5 1/2 2/2   3 3 1 2       1 4 14
30 NARDI, MIKE 7:56     0/1     1 1           1 1  
Team                   1 3         -2
Totals 200:00 78 23/35 5/17 17/20 10 24 34 10 11 16 1 1 17 22 95
        65.7% 29.4% 85%
Head coach: MARKOVSKI, ZARE
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
4 GOMIS, ANTOINE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CHASE, BRIAN 35:05 10 2/7 2/6   1 1 2 4 3 1     3 1 7
6 SPENCER, DEWARICK 35:22 26 5/8 4/7 4/4   2 2 1 3 3     4 4 23
7 KOFFI, ALAIN 22:34 6 3/7       1 1   1 1 1 1 1 3 5
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 8:52 2 0/1 0/1 2/2           1     3 1 -3
9 NDOYE, MALEYE 29:36 6 1/3 0/1 4/4   3 3           3 3 6
10 LELOUP, JEREMY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 BATISTA, J.P. 20:06 12 6/9 0/1   1   1 1 1 1     3 1 8
12 BADIANE, PAPE 12:20 3 1/3   1/2 1 1 2     3     3 1 -3
13 BLU, DAVID 36:05 8 1/2 2/2   2 3 5   2 2     2 3 13
Team             1 1   5           6
Totals 200:00 73 19/40 8/18 11/12 5 12 17 6 15 12 1 1 22 17 62
        47.5% 44.4% 91.7%
Head coach: JACKSON, JD

Head Coaches

MARKOVSKI, ZARE
Air Avellino
“I’m very happy because we won a difficult game against a good team. We had an excellent approach and we were able to lead this game for all 40 minutes. In my opinion we deserved to win. Now we can get a week’s rest and after we can think about the next game in Cibona. Best was wonderful during the last minutes, but Cinciarini played a good game too."
JACKSON, JD
Le Mans
“We have lost only by 5 points. This is the only good news for us. Avellino could kill the game in such situations, but we resisted and recovered and that’s good. Offensively we didn’t play well, actually we missed different open shots. While Avellino played hard and for us it has been a very difficult game."

Players

BEST, TRAVIS
Air Avellino
"We have to play together to get these wins. We have been playing well, practicing hard, and we are a really good team, with a deep bench. I think coach did the right thing by not starting me in the second half, because I have been battling injuries. I had enough energy to come back in the fourth quarter and attack a little bit. It worked out. We definitely have an option to get to the next round. This win at home is very important one, because we had two tough losses early on. We found different ways of winning even though we are still trying to learn what kind of team we are. We have a really good chance to go further."
SPENCER, DEWARICK
Le Mans
"It was a very tough game for us. Le Mans just didn’t play good enough to win the game. We had to win to keep on going, but we lost. Now we should hope to win the next game and try to get to the Top 16."
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