Qualifying Round Round 2 - September 27, 2012 CET: 18:00 Local time: 18:00 - PALADESIO

Records

Ave.   Ave.
1-0 Qualifying Round 1-0
1-0 Overall 1-0

Referees

Crew Chief
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Referee
DOZAI, SRDAN, Croatia
Umpire
KOROMILAS, ELIAS, Greece

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
87.0 Points 83.0
37.0 Rebounds 37.0
13.0 O. Rebounds 6.0
24.0 D. Rebounds 31.0
12.0 Assists 12.0
3.0 Steals 4.0
5.0 Blocks 6.0
9.0 Turnovers 13.0
55.8 % 2PT 54.5 %
33.3 % 3PT 46.2 %
88.2 % FT 64.7 %
93.0 Index 85.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
18.0 / Tyus Points 15.0 / Abrams
8.0 / Leunen Rebounds 11.0 / Houska
2.0 / Leunen OR 2.0 / Houska
6.0 / Leunen DR 9.0 / Houska
5.0 / Smith Assists 3.0 / Pavkovic
2.0 / Smith Steals 2.0 / Taylor
4.0 / Cusin Blocks 3.0 / Benda
3.0 / Cusin Turnovers 5.0 / Houska
88.9 % / Tyus 2PT 100.0 % / Naymick
50.0 % / Aradori 3PT 75.0 % / Houska
100.0 % / Smith FT 100.0 % / Benda
26.0 / Smith Index 22.0 / Benda

THE TAKE

In a direct fight to get closer to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Mapooro Cantu and CEZ Basketball Nymburk face each other in Game 2 of the Qualifying Rounds in Desio, Italy on Thursday at 18:00 CET. Cantu wants to make it to its second consecutive Euroleague season for the first time since 1983-84. Meanwhile, Nymburk wants to reach the Qualifying Round final for the second consecutive season. If it wins the next two games, Nymburk will be the first Czech team to play the Euroleague regular season since Slavia Praha did it in 1981-82.

Cantu relies on its experienced backcourt to make the difference in this game. Veteran playmaker Nicolas Mazzarino offers clutch, high basketball IQ and the know-how required to have a big impact in games like this. Jerry Smith will see most time at the off-guard position, providing defense, athleticism and driving skills. He will get plenty of help from sharp shooter Pietro Aradori and do-it-all swingman Manuchar Markoishvili at both wings. Mazzarino and Smith face an interesting matchup against Nymburk's point guards A.J. Abrams and Miljan Pavkovic, who thrives in critical showdowns, especially if it is a close game. Smith must use his power and physical skills against talented guard Mike Taylor, in arguably a critical matchup in this game. Markoishvili and Jonathan Tabu are more experienced than Lukas Palyza and Vojtech Hruban, who comes off a really solid game against Telenet BC Oostende. The battle in the paint will be interesting, as Nymburk has a size advantage down low with players like Petr Benda, Pavel Houska and Drew Naymick. Benda will have a strong test against Maarty Leunen at power forward while Houska and Naymick are ready to battle under the baskets against Mario Cusin and Alex Tyus. Nymburk's versatile forward Christos Tapoutos may be his team's X-factor due to his experience and character. Expect a big showdown in PalaDesio, as both teams keep fighting for Euroleague glory.

REFEREES
Crew Chief
Referee
Umpire
Ilija Belosevic
Ilija Belosevic

Serbia
Srdan Dozai
Srdan Dozai
Croatia
Elias Koromilas
Elias Koromilas
Greece
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Mazzarino and Leunen celebrates - Mapooro Cantu - Qualifying Round Desio 2012Mapooro Cantu is only one win away from a return to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season after seeing off CEZ Basketball Nymburk 89-83 in the second stage of the qualifying rounds in Desio, Italy, on Thursday. Maarty Leunen nailed back-to-back three-pointers to end the third-quarter and start the fourth as Cantu used a 13-0 run to surge ahead 74-57. Nymburk fought its way back within 6 in the final minute, but Cantu held on. Cantu advances to play the qualifying rounds final on the same floor on Friday, while Nymburk will continue its European season in the Eurocup. The Czech champs had a 43-44 lead at halftime, but foul trouble plagued Nymburk as Cantu took a slim lead, which grew rapidly behind Leunen and co. Pietro Aradori led all scorers with 19 points, Jerry Smith added 16 points and 5 assists and Jeff Brooks scored 13 off the bench for the winners. Mike Taylor and A.J. Abrams led Nymburk with 16 points apiece, Lukas Palyza netted 13 and Christos Tapoutos and Drew Naymick scored 12 each in defeat.

Pietro Aradori - Mapooro Cantu - Qualifying Round Desio 2012Both teams went inside for the opening points with Petr Benda making a nice basket for Nymburk and Marco Cusin matching him for Cantu. A fast pace produced lots of action in the early going as Palyza and Taylor nailed threes for Nymburk and Aradori and Smith generated offense for the hosts. A smith steal lead to a Manu Markoishvilli fast break layup-plus-foul – Abrams’s second in less than five minutes – which lifted Cantu to 16-10. Brooks added to Cantu’s lead as Nymburk suffered through a costly four-plus minute drought, during which Cantu reeled off 10 unanswered points. Taylor found a hole in the Cantu defense to dart in for a dunk to end the drought. Nymburk closed the gap after a Tapoutos three and a Taylor floater, but Leunen kept Cantu on top with a big three, which left his team ahead 23-17 through 10 minutes.

Nicolas Mazzarino lifted Cantu to a 9-point advantage after swishing a deep three early in the second quarter, but Nymburk never quit and before long a Taylor triple followed by a Benda move in the paint made it 28-26. A brilliant Taylor dish in transition to Tapoutos tied it and then the Greek forward capped a 0-12 surge for the Czech champs with a three-pointer. Brooks penetrated to get Cantu going, but Abrams extended Nymburk’s lead with a second-chance three-pointer, 30-34. After Aradori scored twice from the line, Smith tied it with a pull-up jumper and then put Cantu on top with a layup. Abrams and Smith moved into a duel with successive triple that left Nymburk in the lead. Aradori had the last basket of the half, but Nymburk remained ahead, 43-44.

Things started brilliantly for Cantu as Markoishvili nailed a triple and then took a pass from Smith for a layup. However Taylor stepped up with a three to show that Nymburk would not fold. The Nymburk playmaker followed that with a drive for a three-point play that tied the score at 50-50, but on the successive play was whistled for his fourth foul – with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter. Even without Taylor, Tapoutos managed to give Nymburk the lead, but Smith drove for a basket-plus-foul of his own. Aradori made it 56-52 before Nymburk coach Ronen Ginzburg called for timeout midway through the third quarter. Just as Aradori seemed to take charge, he also took a seat with 4 fouls. An Abrams turnover led to an unsportsmanlike foul, which Brooks took advantage of with 2 free throws to make it 61-55. Alex Tyus’s first basket and Mazzarino free throws padded the lead before Leunen put Cantu up by double figures for the first time with a three at the end of the quarter, 68-57.

Leunen picked up where he left off with his third three of the game to open the fourth quarter before Mazzarino connected from downtown to cap a 13-0 run. Naymick’s hook shot ended the Nymburk drought, but soon Jonathan Tabu further extended the lead and Taylor fouled out. A Palyza jumper and Abrams triple gave Nymburk a sliver of hope at 77-64. Despite a Cantu timeout, the hosts’ offense went quiet and Palyza hit another triple. However a basket-plus-foul by Brooks restored a comfortable 80-67 lead with four minutes to go. Abrams and Palyza kept firing away, but the visitors had no answers on defense. And when Aradori went through the Nymburk defense for a three-point play to make it 89-76 with 76 seconds left, the outcome was clear and the home fans began celebrating. A late Aradori turnover left Nymburk with a slim chance, down 6 with the ball and 12 seconds to go, but
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE)
Attendance: 3000 (Tentative)
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CEZ Basketball Nymburk17271326
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CEZ Basketball Nymburk17445783
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Mapooro Cantu
# 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 KUDLACEK, JAKUB 0:56                              
5 ABASS, AWUDU 0:56                              
8 SMITH, JERRY 27:13 16 5/8 0/1 6/6   3 3 5 1 3 1   3 4 20
9 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 23:30 8 2/4 1/2 1/1   3 3 1   1     3 4 9
10 LEUNEN, MAARTEN 25:37 9 0/1 3/3     4 4 3 1       2   14
12 MAZZARINO, NICOLAS 21:38 8   2/3 2/2   2 2 1   2     1 2 9
13 CASELLA, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BROOKS, JEFF 23:58 13 4/7 0/2 5/5   1 1   1 1   1 3 3 8
16 TYUS, ALEX 16:11 2 1/2   0/4 2 4 6     4 1     2 2
18 TABU, JONATHAN 11:51 6 1/2 1/1 1/2   2 2 2         2 1 7
21 ARADORI, PIETRO 24:21 19 7/11 0/2 5/6 1 3 4 2 1 1   2 4 6 18
22 CUSIN, MARCO 23:49 8 4/5   0/1 2 1 3     1 2   5 3 8
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 89 24/40 7/14 20/27 5 25 30 14 4 14 4 3 23 25 96
60% 50% 74.1%
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: GINZBURG, RONEN
CEZ Basketball Nymburk
# 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 BENDA, PETR 21:52 6 3/7 0/1     1 1     3   1   1 -1
5 SOKOLOVSKY, LADISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 HRUBAN, VOJTECH 24:29 6 2/3 0/1 2/2 1 2 3   1       1 4 11
8 ABRAMS, ADRIAN 29:09 16 2/6 4/6     3 3 2 1 1   1 4 2 12
10 HOUSKA, PAVEL 20:22 2 0/3 0/1 2/4 1 1 2 2       1 1 2  
11 PALYZA, LUKAS 18:58 13 1/1 3/4 2/2           1     4 3 10
12 NECAS, RADEK 10:55         1 1 2 2 1 1     3 1 2
14 TAYLOR, MIKE 23:07 16 3/7 3/7 1/3 2   2 5   4   1 5 4 7
21 TAPOUTOS, CHRISTOS 21:11 12 3/4 2/4     6 6     1     2 2 14
41 NAYMICK, DREW 20:42 12 3/4   6/7 1 4 5 1     3   4 4 19
44 PAVKOVIC, MILJAN 8:07   0/1 0/1           1       1   -2
55 POMIKALEK, TOMAS 1:08           1 1               1
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 83 17/36 12/25 13/18 8 22 30 12 4 11 3 4 25 23 78
47.2% 48% 72.2%
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