Qualifying Round Round 1 - September 26, 2012 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - PALADESIO

Records

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0-0 Overall 0-0

Referees

Crew Chief
DOZAI, SRDAN, Croatia
Referee
HIERREZUELO, DANI, Spain
Umpire
KOWALSKI, MARCIN, Poland

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

The French League runner up, Le Mans, and the Ukrainian champion, BC Donetsk, clash in the fourth and final game of the first round of Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying knowing that only the winner will live to play another game and keep its chance of joining Europe’s best teams alive. Le Mans targets a return to the Euroleague for the first time since 2009 with an experienced squad led by Coach J.D. Jackson, point guard Khalid El-Amin and big men Alain Koffi and J.P Batista. Donetsk seeks to reach the Euroleague for the first time on the back of Coach Vlada Jovanovic, playmaker Doron Perkins and big men D’Or Ficher and Dairius Songaila.

The game features plenty of interesting matchups. Each team has a savvy, team-leading point guard – El-Amin and Perkins; a low-post scoring threat – Batista and Songaila; and a defensive anchor in the paint – Koffi and Fischer. Where the game could then be decided is by the play of the second bigs and the wing players. Le Mans’ athletic forward Pape Sy will need to use his speed and strength against Ivan Radenovic to deny Donetsk its size advantage inside. Meanwhile Cuthbert Victor, Cam Long and Charles Kahudi will try to generate point for Le Mans against counterparts Ramel Curry, Vojdan Stojanovski and co.

With a bit more depth, Donetsk may look to push the ball more to wear out Le Mans, which could develop into a central theme in the game. Likewise, rebounding could prove to be the difference in a game between such evenly matched foes. Both teams arrive focused to play 40 tough minutes on what they all hope will be the road to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.

REFEREES
Crew Chief
Referee
Umpire
Srdan Dozai
Srdan Dozai
Croatia

Daniel Hierrezuelo

Spain
Marcin Kowalski
Marcin Kowalski
Poland
Thursday, September 20, 2012
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Players Le Mans Sarthe celebrates - Qualifying Round Desio 2012A stellar defensive effort spelled the difference as by Le Mans Sarthe Basket won 61-55 over BC Donetsk of Ukraine on Wednesday at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds in Desio, Italy. Le Mans advances to play Unics Kazan of Russia in the semifinals of qualifying on Thursday, while Donetsk will go home and get ready to participate in the Eurocup again this season. Le Mans held Donetsk to just 8 points in the final quarter to decide what had been a close, defensive battle all along. Cameron Long led the winners with 14 points, while Alain Koffi and Khalid El-Amin added 12 each and Pape Sy 10. For Donetsk, Doron Perkins put up 15 points, Vojdan Stojanovski 11 and Ramel Curry 10, while D'or Fischer registered 5 blocks.

Alain Koffi - Le Mans - Qualifying Round Desio 2012Fischer's early basket and monster block sparked a Donetsk run to a 4-8 lead as Stojanovski scored twice. Another Fischer block and Darius Songalia's baseline layup offset a fastbreak dunk by Sy as the score was 6-10 for Donetsk halfway through the opening quarter. Tough defense continued to dominate at both ends of the floor as Joao Paolo Batista got Le Mans closer from the free throw line. Long broke a series of free throws with a sweet three-pointer at 11-14, but Songaila answered with a hook shot for Donetsk. When Maxym Pustozvonov climbed off the bench for a big triple, Donetsk was able to finish the first quarter with a 13-19 advantage.

Le Mans fans could only be overjoyed to see Koffi score 4 points early in the second quarter after more than a year that the club's homegrown veteran center was sidelined with injury. After a Unics timeout, Koffi also did the honor of taking back the lead, 21-20, on his second wide-open dunk in as many minutes. The Le Mans defense held Donetsk without a basket for almost 6 minutes until Stojanovski's jumper forced a 22-22 tie. it was the first of three ties until El-Amin drilled a triple from the top and then dished to Koffi for another dunk. Stojanovski answered the triple, but Le Mans held onto a 35-31 advantage at the half.

Doron Perkins - BC Donetsk - Qualifying Round Desio 2012Donetsk tied it up right away after the break with Songalia's feed to Perkins for a dunk. But Songalia was soon out of the game with his fifth foul, a technical. Curry's second basket of the half had Donestk back in front, 40-41, but his team contiunued committing more fouls even though it limited its high turnover rate. Long put Le Mans back in front, 43-41, at the foul line, but Donetsk got those back and more as a one-handed fastbreak finish by Perkins put Le Mans up by 43-47. But El-Amin had the last word with a buzzer-beating three-pointer that meant Le Mans was in charge, 48-47, after three quarters.

An El-Amin-to-Koffi connection raised the Le Mans lead to start the fourth quarter, but otherwise points remained hard to come by for either team. Despite a slip while he passed, El Amin found Koffi again and his 2 perfect free throws gave Le Mans its highest lead so far, 52-47, with 7 minutes left. Perkins got Donetsk's first basket of the quarter before Fischer slammed an offensive rebound to make it 52-51 with under 5 minutes left. Long assisted Batista for a dunk as Le Mans breathed easier, then Charles Kahudi's free throws made it 56-51 with 2:30 to play. Then came the clincher, a five-pass play that finished with Long hitting nothing but net from downtown to make it 59-51. Curry got a quick basket back and Fischer his fourth block, but Donetsk ran out of time as Le Mans looked forward to Thursday's semifinals.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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Referees: DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), HIERREZUELO, DANI (ESP), KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL)
Attendance: 300 (Tentative)
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Head coach: JACKSON, JOHN-DAVID
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# 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 EL-AMIN, KHALID 28:44 12 2/6 2/2 2/2   2 2 5 1 2   1 3 2 12
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 33:16 3 0/2 0/4 3/4 2 6 8   1       2 2 5
7 KOFFI, ALAIN 21:50 12 4/6   4/4   2 2     1     2 3 12
9 VICTOR, CUTHBERT 24:07 1 0/5 0/3 1/2 2 4 6   2 2 1 1 3 2 -3
10 SY, PAPE 27:49 10 3/5 0/1 4/7   3 3 1   1   2 2 6 9
11 ISSA, DOUNIA 10:19 2     2/4 1 2 3           5 3 1
13 BATISTA, J.P. 22:00 7 1/7   5/6 1 1 2 2 1 2 1   2 5 7
15 KAHUDI, HENRI 2:57   0/1               2         -3
16 CECI, THOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 LONG, CAMERON 28:58 14 1/2 2/5 6/8   3 3 2 2 1   1 2 6 17
Team           3 2 5     2     1   2
Totals 200:00 61 11/34 4/15 27/37 9 25 34 10 7 13 2 5 22 29 59
32.4% 26.7% 73%
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: JOVANOVIC, VLADE
BC Donetsk
# 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
5 LUKASHOV, DENYS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 FISCHER, D'OR 29:45 2 1/2 0/2   2 5 7 2   4 5   3 1 7
7 CURRY, RAMEL 22:38 10 4/7 0/3 2/2 1 2 3 1   2   1 2   3
8 STOJANOVSKI, VOJDAN 21:09 11 3/3 1/3 2/2   2 2     2     5 4 8
9 SONGAILA, DARIUS 11:56 4 2/4       1 1 1 1 1     5 1  
10 MALYSH, ANDRIY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 LYPOVYY, OLEKSANDR 6:41   0/1               2     1   -4
12 RADENOVIC, IVAN 18:11 2 0/1 0/1 2/2   5 5     4     2 3 2
14 PUSTOZVONOV, MAKSYM 18:20 5 1/2 1/1     1 1           4 2 3
23 PERKINS, DORON 32:03 15 5/9 0/3 5/7 2 8 10 2 3 4   1 3 7 20
24 GLIEBOV, DMYTRO 19:07 4 2/4 0/1     1 1           3   -1
55 IVANOV, KALOYAN 20:10 2 0/1 0/2 2/2 1 4 5 3   1     2 3 7
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 55 18/34 2/16 13/15 6 30 36 9 4 20 5 2 30 21 46
52.9% 12.5% 86.7%
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