2013-14Regular SeasonRound 6
November 22, 2013 CET: 20:15
Local time: 20:15 RHENUS SPORT

Strasbourg breaks losing streak, beats Bamberg

Strasbourg registered its first Turkish Airlines Euroleague win since 2005 by downing Brose Baskets Bamberg 83-72 in Group B on Friday. Strasbourg improved to 1-5, while Bamberg ties with Zalgiris Kaunas for fourth place, each with a 2-4 record. Ricardo Greer paced the winners with 21 points. Alexis Ajinca added 16, Jeremy Leloup had 12 and Tim Abromaitis 11, while Louis Campbell dished 8 assists for Strasbourg. Zach Wright had 13 points for Bamberg while Jamar Smith added 10. A three-pointer by Greer gave Strasbourg a 17-14 lead after 10 minutes. A 0-8 run that Karsten Tadda capped with a fast break layup gave Bamberg a 25-28 margin midway through the second quarter. Greer and Campbell allowed Strasbourg to tie the game, 37-37, at halftime. The hosts improved their defense after the break, while Ajinca and Greer fueled a game-breaking 16-0 run that put Strasbourg ahead for good, 57-43. Bamberg managed to get within 62-54, but Strasbourg stayed focused and cruised to a long-awaited Euroleague win.

First quarter: Ajinca, Greer give Strasbourg the lead

Ajinca got Strasbourg going with a layup, as Bamberg picked up three early turnovers. Wright stepped up with a reverse layup, which Abromaitis matched with a close basket. Ajinca kept pacing Strasbourg with a layup in transition for a 6-2 lead. Bamberg struggled to score, as Strasbourg was all over the passing lines, not allowing open shots. A good defensive stop by Ajinca allowed Paul Lacombe to score off the baseline at the other end for an 8-2 Strasbourg margin. Wright slashed for a slam and Anton Gavel bettered Ajinca's jump hook with a three-pointer. Greer came off the bench and immediately scored in transition to extend the hosts' lead to 12-7. Wright made free throws and a mid-range jumper by Philipp Neumann brought Bamberg as close as 12-11. Romain Duport hit foul shots, but Neumann singlehandedly tied the game, 14-14. A catch-and-shoot triple by Greer put Strasbourg back ahead, 17-14, after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Bamberg holds on through a team effort

Casey Jacobsen nailed a wide open triple early in the second quarter and a fast break layup by Jamar Smith gave Bamberg its first lead, 17-19. Duport buried a four-meter jumper and Abromaitis followed a put-back layup with a fast break basket to put Strasbourg back ahead, 23-19. Neumann split free throws and Ajinca shined with a big basket in the low post. Damir Markota swished a six-meter jumper and a jump hook by Maik Zirbes brought Bamberg within 25-24. Rakim Sanders scored around the basket and a fast break layup by Karsten Tadda gave the guests a 25-28 edge, after a 0-8 run. Greer made free throws, but Zirbes matched that with another jump hook. Greer insisted with a layup in transition and a free throw by Antoine Diot tied it at 30-30. Sharrod Ford, Gavel and Diot made free throws. Smith struck from downtown, but a layup by Greer kept Strasbourg within 34-37. A three-pointer by Louis Campbell tied the game, 37-37, at halftime.

Third quarter: 16-0 run puts Strasbourg in charge

Wright scored in penetration immediately after the break, but Diot quickly answered with a baseline jumper. Gavel made free throws and Greer tied the game again, 41-41. Ford scored down low, but Ajinca shined with a jump hook and a layup by Jeremy Leloup put Strasbourg back ahead, 45-43. Ajinca hustled for a two-chance power slam that forced Coach Chris Fleming to call timeout at 47-43. Lacombe finished a broken play with a layup, as Bamberg continued to struggle against the hosts' 2-3 zone defense. Meanwhile, Greer struck from downtown and Ajinca provided a highlight with an alley-oop slam for a 54-43 Strasbourg lead. Bamberg was scoreless for more than five minutes and another triple by Greer broke the game open, 57-43, after a 16-0 run. Neumann made free throws, which Leloup bettered with a three-pointer. Smith and Ford tried to change things for Bamberg and a triple by John Goldsberry gave the guests hope, 62-52, after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Strasbourg celebrates, Bamberg saves tie-breaker

Ford dunked early in the fourth quarter, but Duport answered with a five-meter jumper for a 64-54 Strasbourg lead with over eight minutes left. Strasbourg tried to run the game clock down with Diot and Campbell together on court. Campbell finished a long possession with a triple and Abromaitis also struck from downtown to make it 70-54. Greer beat the shot clock with a fallaway jumper, which Wright bettered with a three-point play. Campbell split free throws. Sanders knocked down a six-meter jumper, but Ajinca scored down low for a 75-59 Strasbourg lead with four minutes to go. The outcome was clear but both teams fought for point-differential now. Abromaitis and Wright traded baskets and free throws by Zirbes kept Bamberg within 77-63. Zirbes got some help from Gavel to get the guests a bit closer, 80-67. Novica Velickovic and Smith allowed Bamberg to get the tie-break advantage if both teams are tied at the end of the regular season.

Alexis Ajinca - Strasbourg - EB13
Friday, November 22, 2013
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Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO)
Attendance: 3750 (Tentative)
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Strasbourg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 TOUPANE, AXEL 1:09       0/2 1   1             1  
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 34:41 8 2/2 0/1 4/6 1 2 3 3 4 2     3 3 13
9 LELOUP, JEREMY 23:55 12 2/3 2/3 2/2 1 1 2 3         4 4 15
10 LACOMBE, PAUL 18:00 2 1/3 0/1     2 2 1 1 1     3 1  
13 CAMPBELL, LOUIS 34:06 7 0/2 2/4 1/2   3 3 8 2 2     4 3 12
14 GREER, RICARDO 26:06 21 5/8 3/6 2/2 1 3 4 5 1 2   1 3 3 22
15 DUPORT, ROMAIN 15:44 6 2/4   2/2   3 3     2 1   2 1 5
17 FRANCOIS, XAVIER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 IMHOFF, ARNAUD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ABROMAITIS, TIM 26:28 11 4/5 1/2 0/2 2 2 4   1     1 2 3 12
42 AJINCA, ALEXIS 19:51 16 8/13     2 1 3 2   3 1   5 3 12
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 83 24/40 8/17 11/18 9 17 26 22 9 12 2 2 26 22 92
        60% 47.1% 61.1%
Head coach: COLLET, VINCENT
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
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 17:35 3   1/3     1 1 2 3 1     1 1 6
7 SANDERS, RAKIM 18:19 4 2/2 0/1   1 2 3   1 2     3 3 5
8 WRIGHT, ZACH 22:23 13 5/7   3/5   2 2 1   3     2 5 12
9 TADDA, KARSTEN 4:09 2 1/1                         2
14 NEUMANN, PHILIPP 7:46 8 2/3   4/6 1   1       1   1 3 9
15 FORD, SHARROD 18:28 8 3/3 0/2 2/2 3 2 5     2 1   2 3 11
21 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 3:29 2 1/2       1 1           1   1
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR 18:24 2 1/2 0/3     1 1 2 1       1   1
23 JACOBSEN, CASEY 17:57 3 0/1 1/2     1 1 1   1     3   -1
25 GAVEL, ANTON 26:11 9 0/2 1/4 6/6 3 1 4 5   2     2 4 13
31 SMITH, JAMAR 24:35 10 2/5 2/6   1 1 2 1   2   1 1 3 5
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 20:44 8 2/6   4/4 2 1 3     2   1 5 4 3
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 72 19/34 5/21 19/23 12 17 29 12 5 15 2 2 22 26 72
        55.9% 23.8% 82.6%
Head coach: FLEMING, CHRIS

Head Coaches

COLLET, VINCENT
Strasbourg
"We are very happy to win the first one in that manner. I am a little disappointed because I thought we could win by more points. We were plus-18 with two minutes to go and they managed to come back to minus-11. But for us it was our life. To stay alive we had to win this game. We did it. Now we know we must try to keep going. But we are very pleased with this win."
FLEMING, CHRIS
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"They for sure played a lot harder than we did. Our effort level, especially in the third quarter was absolutely unacceptable. And we’ll have to look at the consequences of that."

Players

ZIRBES, MAIK
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"It was really important for us but we were not able to play our basketball. At the end, Strasbourg played very good defense. And in the important situations we had no answer for that. In the third quarter, Strasbourg got some momentum. We really weren’t fighting. In games like that, that cannot happen. At the end we tried not to lose by more than 14 points. We should have won this game because of the importance of the game, but we weren’t able to do that and that’s pretty bad."