2013-14Regular SeasonRound 1
October 16, 2013 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 BROSE ARENA

Bamberg opens new season in style

Brose Baskets Bamberg fell behind early, but rallied back in style to take total control of Strasbourg en route to an 84-70 victory to open up the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. The German champs used a 19-1 run to finish the first half up 43-29 and Strasbourg never got within single digits again. Bamberg dominated the glass 37-23 and made an astounding 12 of 24 attempts from downtown, as Jamar Smith, Anton Gavel and Casey Jacobsen each made 3. Smith was the hero of the night as he triggered the big second-quarter with 11 points and finished his Euroleague debut with 19 points on near-perfect shooting in just 14 minutes on the floor. Gavel added 16 points and 6 assists, Sharrod Ford scored 11, Maik Zirbes 10 and John Goldsberry ran the offense with 9 assists. Alexis Ajinca paced Strasbourg with 19 points, Romain Duport scored 13 and Antoine Diot 12.

First quarter: Ajinca strong early to give Strasbourg lead

Coach Chris Fleming’s starting five for Bamberg featured Jacobsen, Gavel, Zirbes, Zack Wright and Ford. Strasbourg coach Vincent Collet started Ricardo Greer, Kevin Murphy, Louis Campbell, Ajinca and Jeremy Leloup. Ajinca started the game with a three-point play ,which Gavel answered with a triple for his team’s first points of the season. While Bamberg used two more three-balls to go ahead 9-7, Ajinca increased his point total to 7 points in knotting the game at 9-9. The Strasbourg center got a breather but the French team scored the next six points with center Duport’s long jumper making it 9-15. A long ball by Bamberg guard Goldsberry cut the deficit to 16-17, but Strasbourg’s bench continued to provide production as Duport scored again and Tim Abromaitis’s tip-in left the guests ahead 16-21 after one quarter.

Second quarter: Smith scores 11 points off bench, triggers 19-1 charge

Ajinca came back to start the second quarter and continued where he left off with another inside score. Smith took over the game for the next couple minutes with two jumpers, a three-pointer and a driving layup in getting Bamberg to within 25-26. Paul Lacombe increased the margin back to 25-28 but Goldsberry completed a three-point play to knot the game at 28-28. That started a run in which Ford twice was found for open dunks and Rakim Sanders nailed a three-ball with the shot clock winding down as Bamberg led 35-28. Collet called a timeout but his team still couldn’t solve the Bamberg defense and the host side pushed the margin to 37-28 on a Smith jumper. Duport’s free throw snapped a 12-0 Bamberg spurt and made it 37-29. A Gavel-to-Wright alley-oop dunk made it a double-digit lead before two Gavel’s free throws and a triple from the corner had the hosts up 43-29 at the break. All told, Bamberg finished the final six minutes on a 19-1 run.

Third quarter: Strasbourg unable to come up with defensive stops

Zirbes opened the second half with a dunk and a three-ball by Jacobsen grew the Bamberg advantage to 18 points at 48-30. Abromaitis hit a driving layup for Strasbourg’s first basket of the half – trimming it to 48-32. But Zirbes sandwiched two free throws around a Gavel three-pointer and Bamberg led 53-32. Strasbourg could not consequently come up with defensive stops as Ford dunked and Wright and Sanders both got to the rim for layups to off-set a Leloup three-ball and a Duport jumper as Bamberg still led 59-41. Duport hit another long jumper and Antoine Diot made two free throws as the lead was down to 59-45. But Smith answered with a jumper and nailed a three in the waning seconds of the third period for a 66-45 lead.

Fourth quarter: Bamberg holds off all rallies

Strasbourg would not go down without a fight and Diot opened the fourth quarter with a triple and Ajinca completed a three-point play to get the deficit down to 66-51. Smith got Bamberg on the board with another trey but the hosts watched Diot hit again from long range and Greer knock down a jumper after an offensive rebound as the Bamberg lead was down to 69-56. Fleming called a timeout and the hosts responded with a Jacobsen three-ball from the right corner and a Zirbes score in the lane for a 74-58 advantage. But Ajinca was on target with a baseline jumper and hook in the lane as the guests pulled to within 74-60 with five minutes to play. Ford converted in the paint after a timeout but Murphy’s three-point play and a free throw by Ajinca had Bamberg’s faithful getting nervous with the cushion down to 76-64 with three minute to play. And it was a 10-point game after an Ajinca hook shot. But Gavel nailed a three-pointer and a free throw after a Murphy unsportsmanlike foul with two minutes left as Bamberg led 80-66. Duport got the lead back to 12 but there wasn’t enough time to mount any bigger of a comeback.

Jamar Smith - Brose Baskets - EB13
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
David Hein, Bamberg
Referees: BULTO, VICENTE (ESP), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), FOUFIS, IOANNIS (GRE)
Attendance: 6800 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Brose Baskets Bamberg16272318
Strasbourg2181625
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Brose Baskets Bamberg16436684
Strasbourg21294570
Brose Baskets Bamberg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GOLDSBERRY, JOHN 20:35 6 1/1 1/3 1/1   3 3 9   2     4 2 12
7 SANDERS, RAKIM 18:36 5 1/1 1/2     1 1   1 3 1   3 1 2
8 WRIGHT, ZACH 19:21 4 2/5   0/2   5 5 4 1 1   1 2 3 8
9 TADDA, KARSTEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 SCHMIDT, DANIEL 0:04                         1   -1
14 NEUMANN, PHILIPP 6:04 2 1/2     1   1     2   1     -1
15 FORD, SHARROD 31:14 11 4/5 1/4 0/1 1 6 7 2 1 2 1 1 3 1 12
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR 18:53 2 1/3 0/1   2 4 6   1 1     1 2 6
23 JACOBSEN, CASEY 24:14 9 0/1 3/5     2 2 1 1     1 1 2 10
25 GAVEL, ANTON 29:19 16 2/4 3/5 3/4 1   1 6 2 2   1 2 4 19
31 SMITH, JAMAR 13:52 19 5/5 3/4   1 2 3 1 1 1         22
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 17:48 10 4/7   2/4 2 2 4 1   3     4 3 6
Team           3 1 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 84 21/34 12/24 6/12 11 26 37 24 8 18 2 5 21 18 98
        61.8% 50% 50%
Head coach: FLEMING, CHRIS
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
Strasbourg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 TOUPANE, AXEL 12:03 2 1/1 0/1     1 1           2    
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 21:57 12 1/2 2/7 4/5   2 2 4 3 4 2   1 6 17
9 LELOUP, JEREMY 24:44 5 0/2 1/3 2/2 1 3 4 2   1   1 3 2 4
10 LACOMBE, PAUL 15:57 2 1/2       1 1 1 1     1     3
13 CAMPBELL, LOUIS 20:43 2 1/3 0/1     1 1 3 2 3     1 2 3
14 GREER, RICARDO 23:32 4 2/3     1 1 2 3   1     3 1 5
15 DUPORT, ROMAIN 23:34 13 6/9   1/2 2 3 5 1 1   3     2 21
19 IMHOFF, ARNAUD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ABROMAITIS, TIM 16:47 5 2/2 0/1 1/2 2 3 5 1   2     2 2 7
42 AJINCA, ALEXIS 21:19 19 8/13 0/1 3/4   1 1 4   1     4 3 15
55 MURPHY, KEVIN 19:24 6 2/7 0/1 2/3           1     2 3 -1
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 70 24/44 3/15 13/18 7 16 23 19 7 13 5 2 18 21 75
        54.5% 20% 72.2%
Head coach: COLLET, VINCENT

Head Coaches

FLEMING, CHRIS
Brose Baskets Bamberg
" I think we rode a really good second quarter where we gained some confidence. We thought our bench would be important for us. And Smith was outstanding. He hit every big shot. Goldsberry gave us great stability at the point. I think we could have played a little bit better in the fourth, but in general, we’re really, really happy to get the first win. It’s important for our guys’ confidence. And a win by 14 points means a lot in the Euroleague. "
COLLET, VINCENT
Strasbourg
"I think we started the game very well, the way we wanted to do it. We had a good rhythm on offense and a lot of good shots inside. The only regret from the beginning is that we didn’t find the outside shots. We were scoring, but only in the paint. The first 10 minutes were good for us. But unfortunately we had a terrible period after that until halftime. We lost control. We had good actions on offense, but we couldn’t score. Being down 14 at halftime was not good after leading by 5 points. In the second half we did a better job, especially defensively. In the second half we played a tie game with Bamberg. We tried to come back closer, but we couldn’t do it because of the turnovers."

Players

WRIGHT, ZACH
Brose Baskets Bamberg
" The most important thing for us is to get a win to start it off. Every game is important. You only have 10 games to go to the next round. We have to try to take care of home. If we can take care of home, we have a very high chance of making it to the next round. Tonight we played well defensively a lot of the game, we moved the ball a lot better, and guys were making shots. We controlled the glass. If they got offensive rebounds it would have been difficult. But we got the rebounds and were actually able to push the ball and get more possessions. So that was a good job. This is very important for us. It’s important for our morale. "
CAMPBELL, LOUIS
Strasbourg
"We have a lot of guys who haven’t played Euroleague so this is the introduction to it. We have to learn. Learn about the intensity, intensity for 40 minutes. Coach has been telling us all week, but now we saw it first hand. Bamberg is a great team. We just now have to go back and learn from it and go from there. The biggest positive is that we didn’t give up. We came back and cut the lead. We were back in it. So now we have the feel for how we’re going to have to fight and play in Euroleague."