2011-12Regular SeasonRound 6
November 24, 2011 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAIS DES SPORTS JEAN WEILLE

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.0 Points 74.8
31.2 Rebounds 33.4
9.6 O. Rebounds 10.0
21.6 D. Rebounds 23.4
14.6 Assists 17.8
8.8 Steals 4.0
2.2 Blocks 2.8
14.8 Turnovers 12.6
50.8 % 2PT 50.0 %
43.1 % 3PT 33.0 %
69.1 % FT 78.7 %
87.2 Index 75.2

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
18.2 / BATUM, NICOLAS Points 10.2 / Shermadini
7.0 / Moerman Rebounds 5.4 / Shermadini
2.3 / AKINGBALA, AKIN OR 2.0 / Shermadini
5.8 / Moerman DR 4.4 / Leunen
5.6 / BATUM, NICOLAS Assists 3.6 / Cinciarini
1.8 / Moerman Steals 0.8 / Micov
0.6 / Moerman Blocks 1.8 / Marconato
4.6 / BATUM, NICOLAS Turnovers 2.4 / Micov
64.3 % / SAMNICK, VICTOR 2PT 75.0 % / Shermadini
80.0 % / Shuler, J. 3PT 50.0 % / Markoishvili
85.7 % / Shuler, J. FT 100.0 % / Marconato
26.6 / BATUM, NICOLAS Index 14.2 / Shermadini

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
2-3 Regular Season 3-2
2-3 Overall 3-2

Referees

Crew Chief
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal
Referee
JOVCIC, MILIVOJE, Serbia
Umpire
LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS, Lithuania

The Take

SLUC Nancy
Bennet Cantu
RECORDS
2-3, Group A
Regular season 2011-12
3-2, Group A

PROBABLE STARTERS
Guard
Guard
Forward
Forward
Center

THE STAKES

In a very anticipated Group A showdown, SLUC Nancy hosts Bennet Cantu on Thursday. Cantu is tied for first place at 3-2 but Nancy is right behind at 2-3, so it is no surprise to consider this game as a pivotal one for both teams. Cantu is still looking for its first road win and Nancy is undefeated at home. Only three home losses in 15 games have been recorded in Group A, so Cantu would take a huge step forwards - with a 2-0 record against Nancy - if it gets back to Italy with a victory. Cantu registered an 11-point win against Nancy in Game 1 and points difference will also be a very important issue in this game. Nancy has a psychological advantage in that Nicolas Batum has earned MVP honors in his team's two home games so far this season, both victories.

INJURIES

Nancy is injury-free and ready to face Cantu in this very important game. Cantu will be without Marko Scekic, who will miss this game due to a knee injury. Vladimir Micov sat out in the Italian League this weekend but is expected to play on Thursday. Andrea Cinciarini was elbowed in the nose last week, but is also expected to face Nancy.

THE TAKE

Of course, Cantu's main goal will be slowing Batum, who has been unstoppable in front of his fans in Nancy. Olympiacos managed to do so last week, denying him options in the low post and making him work hard just to get his hands on the ball. Cantu will rely on Micov and Manuchar Markoishvili to guard Batum. Nancy needs to stop Cantu’s big men, especially Maarten Leunen and Giorgi Shermadini, whose dynamism and aggressiveness allowed Cantu to win their previous showdown. Both players are set to see extended playing time with Scekic sidelined. Akin Akingbala, Victor Samnick and Adrien Moerman – all in great shape recently – will be ready to battle them. The point guard confrontation will be equally interesting, as tall playmaker Cinciarini faces steals specialist and pass-first ace John Linehan. Nancy thrives in transition and Cantu likes to slow down the tempo, so dictating the pace will be critical for both teams.

Game notes, SLUC Nancy
 
Game notes, Bennet Cantu
  • Adrien Moerman has scored in double digits in all five Euroleague games this season.
  • Nicolas Batum leads the Euroleague this season in minutes played (38:24) and is tied with EA7 Emporio Armani Milano's Danilo Gallinari for first place in fouls drawn (8.6).
  • Nancy is ranked second to last in three point attempts (13.0 per game) in the Euroleague this season.
  • Batum was close to a triple double in the first game against Bennet Cantu this season when he had 13 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds.
  • Akin Akingbala was the top scorer for Nancy against Cantu on opening with 20 points.
  • Gianluca Basile is 5 assists away from a spot in the Euroleague career top 10 in that category. Basile has 439 career assists, but the player in 10th place, Nikos Zisis, is also active.
  • Basile has made 9 consecutive free throws.
  • Cantu's top scorer is Giorgi Shermadini with only 10.2 points per game. However seven other players average between 6.8 and 9.4 points per game.
  • Cantu is hunting for its first ever road win in the Euroleague.
  • Andrea Cinciarini was the top scorer for Cantu in its opening night Euroleague win against SLUC Nancy this season with 15 points.
  • REFEREES
    Crew Chief
    Referee
    Umpire
    Fernando Rocha
    Fernando Rocha

    Portugal
    Milivoje Jovcic
    Milivoje Jovcic
    Serbia
    Jurgis Laurinavicius
    Jurgis Laurinavicius
    Lithuania




    SLUC Nancy
    Min Pts 2FG
    M-A
    3FG
    M-A
    FT
    M-A
    Rebounds As St To Blocks Fouls Rkg
    O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
    Totals 1000:00 410 125/247 28/65 76/110 48 108 156 73 45 75 11 11 100 119 435
    Average 200:00 82.0 50.6% 43.1% 69.1% 09.6 21.6 31.2 14.6 09.0 15.0 02.2 02.2 20.0 23.8 87.0

    Totals 1025:00 374 96/192 36/109 74/94 50 117 167 89 20 63 14 11 125 100 376
    Average 205:00 74.8 50.0% 33.0% 78.7% 10.0 23.4 33.4 17.8 04.0 12.6 02.8 02.2 25.0 20.0 75.2
    Bennet Cantu
    Monday, November 21, 2011
    Euroleague.net

    Quotes Head Coaches

    MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
    SLUC Nancy
    "Before the first game of our Euroleague season, we already knew that Bennet Cantu was playing well, with many players working together for the last three years and with the addition of a few great players. The confirmation arrived on the court where we lost by more than ten points. And now, after the half of the Euroleague regular season, Cantu is the leader of our group! If we want a chance to beat the leader, we really have to play with a minimum of mistakes. Let’s see if we can do better than in the first leg."
    TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
    Bennet Cantu
    "We finished the first leg of Euroleague accordingly with our plan, but now we need a win on the road to encourage our Top 16 dream. I ‘m aware that Nancy is a very good team, especially when they play at home. They can count on Nicolas Batum, a great player. We have to overcome the injury of Marko Scekic and I expect a compact answer from the rest of the team. They will try to put us under pressure at the beginning with their physicality and we can stay in the game as long as play with aggressiveness."

    Players

    SYLLA, ABDEL KADER
    SLUC Nancy
    "It's gonna be tough game against a good team. We will come out with all our will to get the win at home. We must protect our home court. I think we have a good team that fights hard every night, so we are all on the same page."
    BASILE, GIANLUCA
    Bennet Cantu
    "The match against Nancy is the key game of our path in the Euroleague. An eventual win on the road could represent a crucial step towards the Top 16. I think that all the pressure is on Nancy because they can’t lose a game at home in such an even group. We have to take advantages on this opportunity. After Istanbul our consciousness has increased a lot therefore we want to be ready for a great battle."

    SLUC Nancy topped Bennet Cantu 76-75

    SLUC Nancy outlasted Bennet Cantu in a game that went down to the wire 76-75. Cantu had the last shot down 3 points, but came up with just 2 in the last second allowing Nancy to celebrate a tough win. Pape Philippe Amagou drained 18 points and Jamal Shuler added 12 for the winners. The victory turned group A into a feast of possibilities, as Nancy joined three other teams in second place with 3-3 records, including Cantu, with four games to go. Nancy managed to pull out the win despite committing 16 turnovers – double Cantu’s total – and getting only 4 points from star Nicolas Batum as Amagou came up big and the team outshot the visitors across the board. Cantu was led by Maarten Leunen’s 18 points and Vladimir Micov’s 14.

    Both teams scored their initial points in the paint before Leunen buried a three-pointer to put Cantu out front 6-7. Cantu scored the next 6 points on layups by Micov and Giorgi Shermadini, and a short-range jumper by Manuchar Markoishvili to take a 6-13 lead. Victor Samnick quickly answered for Nancy with a rainbow three-pointer and cut the deficit to 9-13. After Andrea Cinciarini knocked down a three-pointer and Markoishivil added a baseline floater, Jamal Shuler banked in a layup to make it 11-18. Micov spun to the basket to extend Cantu's lead, but then Amagou scored 4 for the hosts on free throws and a jump shot to slice the lead to 16-20 after 10 minutes.

    Nancy charged ahead with 7 points to start the second quarter as Samnick drove hard for a layup, Amagou drained a three-pointer and Shuler darted to the rim for another layup, which gave the hosts the lead 23-20. Gianluca Basile silenced the run with a three-pointer and a foul shot to reclaim the lead. Samnick and Denis Marconato exchanged layups, then Bantum hammered home a dunk to put Nancy out front 27-26, as the game settled into a seesaw battle. After Basile’s free throws and Adrien Moerman’s whirling layup in the paint, Amagou found the range from downtown again. Shermadini answered down low, then Samnick downed free throws to give Nancy a little daylight at 34-30. Cinciarini pulled Cantu within 2 points, but Kenneth Grant’s free throws and three-pointer in transition pushed it back up to 39-32. After free throws, John Linehan buried a deep three-pointer and soon added free throws to give Nancy a double-digit lead at the half, 45-33.

    Micov scored 8 in a 12-point Cantu surge to open the half – including knocking down 2 triples – as the visitors quickly pulled even at 45-45. Nancy got its footing back and hit 3 consecutive baskets to reclaim the lead, 51-45, but then Leunen buried a triple and Micov hit free throws get within 51-50. After Shuler tore to the basket for 2 points, Leunen stroked another bomb to knot the game again, 53-53. Amagou split free throws, then Shermadini drove right for a layup and Cinciarini lofted a triple from the corner to put the visitors’ out front 54-58. The lead stayed at 4 points until Markoishivili powered to the rim with 3 second to go in the quarter, giving Cantu a 56-62 lead.

    Both teams racked up points in a hurry in the opening minute-and-a-half of the final quarter, capped off by a one-handed Akinbala slam-dunk that put Nancy close again at 64-66. Amagou found Moreman down low on a laser pass to answer Basile free throws. Amagou then made a layup and Linehan dished off to Akinbala for another dunk that gave Nancy a 10-2 run and the lead, 70-68. The margin increased to 74-68 on Moerman’s flying offensive put-back and Shuler’s slashing drive, prompting a Cantu timeout with a 1:40 on the clock. The visitor’s cut the lead to 74-73 with 10 seconds left on a Leunen layup and three-pointer, then Shuler knocked down 2 free throws and set up a final possession for the visitors. But rather than look for a triple, Cantu opted for Leunen’s 2-pointer under the basket as time ran out, giving Nancy the win by a nose, 76-75.

    Thursday, November 24, 2011
    Euroleague.net
    Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS (LTU)
    Attendance: 5750
    By Quarter1234
    SLUC Nancy16291120
    Bennet Cantu20132913
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    SLUC Nancy16455676
    Bennet Cantu20336275
    SLUC Nancy
      Rebounds Blocks Fouls
    # Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
    4 POURCHOT, VINCENT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    5 AKINGBALA, AKIN 27:44 7 3/5   1/3 3 7 10     3 1   3 5 13
    6 GRANT, KENNETH 7:40 5   1/1 2/2       2 2       1 1 9
    7 BADIANE, MOUSSA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    8 SHULER, JAMAL 28:37 12 5/8   2/2   4 4 2 1 2   1 2 3 14
    9 SYLLA, ABDEL KADER 3:14 2 1/1     1   1     1         2
    11 LINEHAN, JOHN 21:49 9 2/4 1/4 2/2   3 3 2   1     3 4 9
    13 SAMNICK, VICTOR 23:23 11 3/4 1/3 2/2 1 2 3 1   3 2   2 2 11
    14 PINDA, KINGSLEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    17 AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE 28:11 18 3/5 3/3 3/4   1 1 1   1     2 6 20
    18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 25:39 8 4/8 0/1   3 5 8 2         3   10
    55 BATUM, NICOLAS 33:43 4 2/2 0/2     5 5 3 1 5 1   2 1 6
    Team             1 1               1
    Totals 200:00 76 23/37 6/14 12/15 8 28 36 13 4 16 4 1 18 22 95
            62.2% 42.9% 80%
    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
    Bennet Cantu
      Rebounds Blocks Fouls
    # Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
    4 LIGHTY, DAVID 6:39   0/1 0/1                   1   -3
    5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 29:47 14 3/7 2/3 2/3 1 2 3 5 3   1 1 2 2 19
    8 ORTNER, BENJAMIN 3:25   0/1                         -1
    9 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 23:38 10 5/7 0/2   1 1 2   1 1     3 4 9
    10 LEUNEN, MAARTEN 35:46 18 3/10 4/10   4 5 9 5 1 1   1 2 1 17
    11 MARCONATO, DENIS 10:18 6 3/5     2 2 4     2     4   2
    12 MAZZARINO, NICOLAS 13:32   0/1 0/3             2     2   -8
    17 DIVIACH, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    19 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 26:07 9 4/4   1/2 1 2 3           3 5 13
    20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 29:36 8 1/3 2/3 0/2   1 1 2 1     1 3 1 4
    21 BOLZONELLA, FEDERICO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    55 BASILE, GIANLUCA 21:12 10 0/2 1/3 7/7   2 2 6 1 2   1 2 4 14
    Team           3 1 4               4
    Totals 200:00 75 19/41 9/25 10/14 12 16 28 18 7 8 1 4 22 17 70
            46.3% 36% 71.4%
    Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA

    Head Coaches

    MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
    SLUC Nancy
    "It was an up and down game all along. We stayed on the right track, but we are very disappointed about not having kept our 12-point lead, which would have given us a favorable point average over Cantu (in the event of a tie). But it was a beautiful win against a very solid team, excellent both in away games and home games. We were good on the boards, and very courageous and tenacious throughout."
    TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
    Bennet Cantu
    "This time we were very close to victory, but we didn't manage to go ahead at the right time. Now every game becomes a big game, because in this group nobody is the real boss, every single point can count. You've got to make the right choice as to which player you send on the floor – that’s what I'm paid to do."

    Players

    AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE
    SLUC Nancy
    "It's a good victory for our mental state. The two teams were very close, so this third victory was good, although we didn't manage to equal or beat the base average."
    SHULER, JAMAL
    SLUC Nancy
    "It was a difficult game but this victory keeps us on the road to the Top 16. We are still here. After half-time we were a little out of rhythm and Cantu came back, thanks to their blocks and great shots. Amagou's performance was unbelievable, he's a great mentor."
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