2011-12Regular SeasonRound 4
November 10, 2011 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAIS DES SPORTS JEAN WEILLE

SLUC Nancy defeat Caja Laboral 90-85

SLUC Nancy picked up its second victory of the season and handed Caja Laboral its first loss with a 90-85 decision in a thrilling back-and-forth Group A encounter. Akin Akingbala scored 26 points to lead Nancy in scoring while Nicolas Batum collected 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists as Nancy improved to 2-2. Pape Philippe Amagou added 16 points and Adrien Moerman chipped in 13 points for the winners. Caja Laboral, who were facing Nancy for the first time since 1997, dropped to 3-1 despite 24 points from Mirza Teletovic, 19 points by Fernando San Emeterio and 12 from Kevin Seraphin.

Akingbala started the scoring with an inside basket and converted a three-point play. Brad Oleson answered right back with a two three-pointers and Teletovic hit a tough jumper to put Caja Laboral ahead 5-8. Akingbala made a jump hook and dunk before Richard Dorsey’s basket in the paint gave the guests the lead back 9-10. Akingbala continued his superb play with two more baskets – the second a three-point play for a 14-10 Nancy advantage. Teletovic came back at the other end with back-to-back triples for a 14-16 Laboral lead. Nancy continued to get easy baskets as Batum dunked his own miss and Moerman grabbed a steal and breakaway dunk for an 18-16 lead. San Emeterio and Teletovic both scored to even the game at 20-20 but Laboral would not score the rest of the first quarter. Akingbala hit a three-point play – to increase his total to 15 points in the first period – and Amagou made two free throws and a three-pointer for a 28-20 Nancy lead after 10 minutes – the biggest lead of the game thus far.

Milko Bljeca opened the second quarter with a layup to cut the margin to 28-22. Akingbala’s free throw and a three-point play by Amagou increased the Nancy cushion to 10 points – 32-22. San Emeterio was unfazed, answering with back-to-back three-pointers from the left corner and right wing to bring Laboral within 32-28. The Nancy advantage was again down to four points – 34-30 – following Reggie Williams’s driving lay-up but Moerman nailed a three-ball and then hit a tough lay-up to extend the lead back to 39-30. Laboral would not go away with Seraphin sandwiching two dunks around a long Williams jumper to get back to within 39-36. Abdel Kader Sylla got a tip-in and free throw for Nancy but watched as Pau Ribas’s triple made it 42-39. Amagou’s three-ball from the left wing would give Nancy a 47-41 lead before San Emeterio’s jumper in the lane and Teletovic’s lay-up made it 47-45. But the Bosnian international Teletovic missed his and-one free throw and chance to cut the margin to 1. And Batum and Oelson each hit free throws for the halftime score 49-47.

Shuler started the scoring in the second half with a rainbow jumper but a San Emeterio lay-up and Teletovic triple gave Laboral the lead 51-52. Batum and San Emeterio swapped triples and then Akingbala continued his great night with two jump hooks for a 58-55 Nancy lead. The guests punched right back with a Seraphin spin move and dunk and a Teletovic throw-down for a 58-59 lead. After four lead changes – the fourth on a Pablo Prigioni three – John Linehan nailed a three-pointer for a 65-64 Nancy lead. Batum followed with a triple from the left corner and Akingbala dunked yet again for a 70-64 margin after three quarters.

Linehan pushed the gap to 72-64 with a steal and basket in transition to open the fourth quarter with Teletovic responding with a triple. But Akingbala dunked again and Linehan nailed a long jumper as the Nancy cushion was nine points again – 76-67. Caja Laboral scored three straight baskets – all inside by Ribas, San Emeterio and Williams – to climb back within 76-73 with five minutes left. The margin was back to nine points less than two minutes later after two jumpers by Moerman and two Batum free throws to make it 82-73. A Laboral timeout did not help as Batum hit a driving layup for the biggest lead – 84-73 with less than three minutes to play. Ribas converted a break-away layup to stop an 8-0 run and then Ribas hit a jumper to pull back within 84-77. Teletovic would not let his team die and nailed a triple to make it a two-possession game, 86-80. After Batum made one of two free throws with 52 seconds left, Teletovic also made just one of two foul shots before Amagou put the nail in the coffin with a three-pointer from the left corner to make it 90-81 with 26 seconds left. Seraphin and San Emeterio hit to close the gap, but the game was already decided.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Referees: GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT), GELLER, RENAUD (BEL)
Attendance: 6027
By Quarter1234
SLUC Nancy28212120
Caja Laboral20271721
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SLUC Nancy28497090
Caja Laboral20476485
SLUC Nancy
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 AKINGBALA, AKIN 38:27 26 11/16   4/5 1 6 7     2       5 30
6 GRANT, KENNETH 4:23     0/2     1 1 1         1   -1
7 BADIANE, MOUSSA 1:33   0/1               1 1 1 1   -3
8 SHULER, JAMAL 27:49 4 2/4           4 1 1 1   1 1 7
9 SYLLA, ABDEL KADER 4:43 3 1/2   1/1 1   1           1 1 3
11 LINEHAN, JOHN 23:30 7 2/4 1/2   1 2 3 3 1 2       2 11
13 SAMNICK, VICTOR 9:34   0/1 0/2     1 1 2         2   -2
14 PINDA, KINGSLEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 KURTIC, DZENAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE 24:18 16 2/2 3/5 3/5   1 1 1   1     2 5 16
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 25:43 13 5/7 1/2   1 5 6 1 1 3     5   10
55 BATUM, NICOLAS 40:00 21 4/6 2/3 7/8 2 7 9 4   1 1   2 7 35
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 90 27/43 7/16 15/19 7 24 31 16 3 11 3 1 15 21 108
        62.8% 43.8% 78.9%
Head coach: MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
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
Caja Laboral
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RIBAS, PAU 15:06 9 3/3 1/4   2 3 5 3 1       1 1 15
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 25:26 3   1/6   2 1 3 6 3 1     1 2 10
9 DORSEY, JOEY 4:42 2 1/1           1         2   1
11 BJELICA, MILKO 11:56 2 1/3     2   2 1       1 4 1 -1
13 SERAPHIN, KEVIN 25:14 12 6/10   0/1 3 2 5   1   1   3 1 12
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 32:12 19 5/7 3/5   4 3 7 6   4   1 2 2 23
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 1:40     0/1                   1   -2
24 OLESON, BRAD 22:09 8   2/5 2/2   1 1 4   2     2 2 8
33 TELETOVIC, MIRZA 38:08 24 4/10 5/12 1/3 4 9 13 3   1     1 6 29
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 6:18     0/2     1 1           2   -3
55 WILLIAMS, REGGIE 17:09 6 3/7 0/2           1     1 2   -2
Team           3   3     2         1
Totals 200:00 85 23/41 12/37 3/6 20 20 40 24 6 10 1 3 21 15 91
        56.1% 32.4% 50%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO

Head Coaches

MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
SLUC Nancy
"A great collective match, it was a real challenge, and we managed to succeed. I hope that this victory will make the audience come back for the next matches. We are very happy for the moment to have won against Caja Laboral, but there are other great teams to come, and playing game after game is very tiresome."
IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Caja Laboral
"I'm not surprised by this excellent team, that is Nancy: good players and a good game. Unfortunately we made things easy for them and Akingbala took advantage to score 18 points in the frist quarter. This group is very homogeneous and we will not know until the last day who will qualifies to the Top 16. We have to play each game with serenity."

Players

MOERMAN, ADRIEN
SLUC Nancy
"it was a super game and a super victory with a great audience again, it's nice for all of us. We dominated this game because we were aggressive right from the beginning. We had a big defense. We won this game thanks to a great second half. This is good for our confidence and we are still in for the Top 16."
SERAPHIN, KEVIN
Caja Laboral
"We started the match in a bad way, we defended badly, but thanks to the offensive rebounds we managed to survive. Right from the beginning they kept a good lead. Nancy didn't panic when we nearly came level. In this game I wanted to test myself against Akingbala, but he played a great game, he was impressive. I know now what to do for the return game."
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