Qualifying Round Round 1 - September 29, 2011 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - RTL SPIROUDOME

Records

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Referees

Crew Chief
PUKL,SASA, Slovenia
Referee
JOVCIC, MILIVOJE, Serbia
Umpire
JASEVICIUS, TOMAS, Lithuania

Team Stats

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Player Stats

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THE TAKE

Belgacom Spirou Charleroi
BC Donetsk
RECORDS
3-7 (Sixth place, Group B)
Euroleague
Regular season 2010-11
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PROBABLE STARTERS
Guard
Guard
Forward
Forward
Center

THE STAKES

Basketball fever took over Charleroi last autumn and winter with Spirou Basket surviving the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds before going toe to toe with Europe’s best in the regular season. Now hosting the qualifying rounds event, Spirou knows what it takes to get through. Donetsk is one of the fastest-rising teams in European basketball and its next mountain to climb is reaching the Euroleague.

INJURIES

Spirou and France forward Mickael Gelabale returned from EuroBasket 2011 injured and will miss the weekend’s games.

THE TAKE

Simply by playing the game at the Spiroudome, the home team becomes a big favorite. However Spirou also has pressure to deal with. Projected starting forward Mickael Gelabale is injured and rising star Tornike Shengalia missed most of the preseason. Caleb Green is one of the players that must carry the extra burden. On the other hand, Donetsk has an advantage with a deep backcourt led by Avdalovic and Nelson, who know each other well. Guard play could be what this game comes down to.

REFEREES
Crew Chief
Referee
Umpire
Sasa Pukl
Sasa Pukl

Slovenia
Milivoje Jovcic
Milivoje Jovcic
Serbia
Tomas Jasevicius
Tomas Jasevicius
Lithuania
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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Quotes Head Coaches

Players

Justin Hamilton - Spirou BasketBelgacom Spirou Basket survived the first Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round by edging BC Donetsk 61-59 in Charleroi, Belgium on Thursday. Spirou keeps the chance to return to the Euroleague for a second consecutive season and will face Alba Berlin in the next round at the Spiroudome on Saturday. Both teams met in last season's final Qualifying Round, which Spirou won to seal its ticket to the 2010-11 Euroleague. Donetsk will make its Eurocup debut in the 2011-12 season. Jiri Welsch led the winners with 13 points. Justin Hamilton added 10, including a key three-pointer in the final minute. Michael Lee had 13 points for Donetsk while Ivan Radenovic added 11. Donetsk led for the best part of the game, getting a 21-28 margin at halftime behind an outstanding Lee. Free throws by Dmytro Glebov gave Donetsk its only double-digit lead, 24-34. Welsch led Spirou's comeback and the hosts got a 51-47 margin midway through the fourth quarter. Spirou missed 6 free throws in the final 33 seconds, giving Donetsk the chance to win the game at the buzzer but Vule Avdalovic missed a desperation shot from downtown.

Christophe Beghin got Spirou going with a five-meter baseline jumper, as the hosts held Donetsk scoreless in the opening 2 minutes. A backdoor layup by Toko Shengeila soon gave Spirou a 4-0 lead. Avdalovic rescued Donetsk with a three-pointer from the right wing and a jumper by Maksym Pustozvonov allowed his team to get its first lead, 4-5. Vitaliy Kovalenko capped a 0-7 Donetsk run with a driving layup, as Shengeila quickly answered from downtown to tie the game at 7-7. Jiri Welsch stepped up with a corner jumper but the hosts struggled against Donetsk's effective zone defense. Meanwhile, Pustozvonov and DeMarcus Nelson led a 0-6 run that Radenovic capped with a big basket to give Donetsk a 9-13 lead. Free throws by Welsch and Glebov fixed the score at 10-14 after 10 minutes.

Donetsk kept dominating the game with outstanding defense, as Spirou could not find the way to the basket. Radenovic split free throws but Welsch did not miss from the line to get the hosts within 12-15. Glebov scored off a steal and a jumper by Lee allowed Donetsk to boost its margin to 12-19. Ramel Curry fed Lee for a bid dunk that soon made it a nine-point game, 12-21. A huge diving save by Beghin allowed Welsch to knock down an open jumper and a three-pointer by Hamilton forced coach Sasa Obradovic to stop the game at 17-21. Lee stepped up with a six-meter jumper and Nelson collected a midcourt steal for an easy layup that gave Donetsk some fresh air, 17-23. Nelson kept finding easy points for Donetsk but Beghin and Caleb Green kept Spirou within 21-28 at halftime.

Glebov scored right after the break but Dwayne Broyles answered from downtown to get Spirou as close as 24-30. Points came the hard way too in a very defensive start of the second half but another dunk by Lee restored a 24-32 Donetsk edge. Free throws by Glebov soon allowed the guests to get their first double-digit lead, 24-34. Riddick hit his trademark jump hook in the low post and soon added a power layup to bring Spirou back to life, 28-34. Chris Hill followed free throws with a bomb from downtown that made it a one-point game, 33-34, after a 9-0 run. Radenovic made 4-of-4 foul shots but a fast break layup by Broyles kept Spirou within 35-38. Beghin downed foul shots but Advalovic and Kovalenko allowed Donetsk to restore a 37-41 lead. Green shined with a three-point play but free throws by Lee helped the guests to keep a 40-43 edge after 30 minutes.

Donetsk tried a 3-2 zone defense early in the fourth quarter but Hamilton punished it with a three-pointer to tie it at 43-43. Lee briefly silenced the crowd with a dunk, as the game turned into a physical battle, with players diving for loose balls. Welsch followed a jump hook witth a wild driving layup that made Spirou regain the lead for the first time since the opening minutes, 47-45. Beghin hit a jump hook that Vyacheslav Kravtsov matched with a two-handed dunk. Welsch - who else? - knocked down a jumper but free throws by Nelson and another dunk by Kravtsov tied it at 51-51. Green buried a critical three-pointer by Kratsov took over with a wild alleyoop slam. Riddick split foul shots and a reverse layup by Radenovic provided a 55-55 tie with 2:45 left. Green made 1-of-2 free throws and a big block by Riddick allowed Hamilton to nail a critical three-pointer, 59-55, already in the final minute. Free throws by Mallet and Hamilton seemed to seal the outcome, 61-56, with 18 seconds left. Spirou missed 4 free throws in crunch time and Donetsk had a final chance to win the game but Avdalovic missed from downtown at the buzzer.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Euroleague.net
Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), JASEVICIUS, TOMAS (LTU)
Attendance: 3000 (Tentative)
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BC Donetsk14284359
Head coach: BOZZI, GIOVANNI
Belgacom Spirou Basket
# 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 HILL, CHRIS 12:06 5 0/1 1/1 2/4   3 3           3 4 6
5 WELSCH, JIRI 33:26 13 5/11 0/1 3/4 2 3 5 2   4     2 3 9
6 BROYLES, DWAYNE 15:07 5 1/3 1/5     1 1 1 1 2   1 4   -5
7 HAMILTON, JUSTIN 26:33 10 0/2 3/3 1/2   3 3 2   1     3 1 9
8 GREEN, CALEB 27:01 9 1/4 1/5 4/9 6 5 11 1 1 1   1 3 6 11
10 RIDDICK, ANDRE 17:38 5 2/3   1/3 1 3 4     1 1   4 3 5
11 JADIN, AMAURY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MALLET, DEMOND 32:48 1 0/3 0/4 1/4 2 2 4 5 2 1   2 2 4 1
13 PENNINCK, BORIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 MORAY, YANNICK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 BEGHIN, CHRISTOPHE 22:22 8 3/8   2/6 3 6 9 1   1     3 6 11
20 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 12:59 5 1/5 1/1     2 2     1     2 1 1
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 61 13/40 7/20 14/32 15 30 45 12 4 12 1 4 26 28 51
32.5% 35% 43.8%
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: OBRADOVIC, SASA
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
4 PUSTOZVONOV, MAKSYM 14:08 4 2/3 0/1 0/2   1 1   1 1     4 1 -2
5 LEE, MICHAEL 30:38 13 5/7 0/4 3/6   5 5 1   2     2 4 10
7 CURRY, RAMEL 25:44 2 0/1 0/3 2/4 1 4 5 3   2     1 4 5
9 AVDALOVIC, VULE 31:27 5 1/5 1/3     2 2 1   1   1 3 3  
11 LYPOVYY, OLEKSANDR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 RADENOVIC, IVAN 27:17 11 2/4 0/1 7/10   8 8 1   2     3 7 16
14 SALTOVETS, OLEG 3:38                              
15 KOVALENKO, VITALIY 7:54 3 1/2   1/2 1   1       1   3 1 1
20 NELSON, DeMARCUS 30:05 8 3/7   2/2   3 3 2 1 1     4 3 8
22 GLIEBOV, DMYTRO 18:27 7 2/3   3/4   3 3   1 1     3 3 8
24 BOYARKIN, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 KRAVTSOV, VIACHESLAV 10:42 6 3/4       2 2     2 3   5   3
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 59 19/36 1/12 18/30 3 31 34 8 3 12 4 1 28 26 53
52.8% 8.3% 60%
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Head Coaches

BOZZI, GIOVANNI
Belgacom Spirou Basket
"The important thing was to win and we did that. We made the adjustment at half time, but mainly insisted on certain things. The first half went terribly bad, we missed three layups, missed free throws. There is a problem that we are aware of as well: it is a competition in which, I hope, we will have to play three games. It’s like the Spanish Copa del Rey or the French Semaine des As, and in those competitions, the first game is always very special for the host, so we have to control better our emotions in the next game. Berlin is a very athletic team, maybe more athletic than us, they also have a couple of superb German shooters and they have a point guard (Deshaun Wood) – the MVP of the German league last season – who creates a lot, he penetrates a lot, he can dish or score himself. So our team defense will be crucial. But surely if we don’t do better than today on offense, that will be impossible for us. "
OBRADOVIC, SASA
BC Donetsk
"We clearly lost the rebounding battle, and that gave them confidence. Offensively we did not do well in the second half and we lost physicality from the third quarter. We could look as well at the poor free-throw percentage. Ideally we’d play this qualification round after five more preparation games, because it’s natural that we have ups and downs now. This was not the best level this team can play, but that’s the way it goes. We tried our best and that did not work out for us."

Players

BEGHIN, CHRISTOPHE
Belgacom Spirou Basket
"In the first half, we could see we were not that bad on defense, but we struggled to find our rhythm on offense. In the second half, there was a lot more movement and things worked better. We have focused exclusively on this game so we’ll start the preparation for Saturday’s semi-final now."
WELSCH, JIRI
Belgacom Spirou Basket
"Yes, it was exciting for a first one. To be honest it was not pretty, in the first half we could not find our offense, we were too static. But in the second we found some strength inside ourselves. We made up for the lack of offense with that strength. We missed a lot of players in preseason, we are still building the team, so such a big and tight victory is definitely good to build the team. Sometimes it’s more valuable to win when you don’t play well. We were a bit nervous at the beginning of the game too, it’s true that playing at home is an advantage but there is also a lot of expectations, and that can make things difficult. I remember for example that CSKA organized a Final Four a few years ago and they lost. Same for me when I was in Malaga, we had the chance to host the Copa del Rey and we lost in the first round. It’s not easy. "
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