Qualifying Round Round 2 - October 02, 2009 CET: 20:00 Local time: 20:00 - O2 WORLD

Records

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

Referees

Crew Chief
VOREADIS, LAZAROS, Greece
Referee
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal
Umpire
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ, Slovenia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
60.0 Points 61.0
28.0 Rebounds 37.0
8.0 O. Rebounds 10.0
20.0 D. Rebounds 27.0
13.0 Assists 13.0
6.0 Steals 5.0
3.0 Blocks 3.0
8.0 Turnovers 15.0
39.1 % 2PT 44.2 %
42.9 % 3PT 35.7 %
60.0 % FT 72.7 %
62.0 Index 62.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.0 / Chubb, A. Points 28.0 / SALYERS, MARC
5.0 / Chubb, A. Rebounds 7.0 / Wright
3.0 / McELROY, IMMANUEL OR 2.0 / Batista
5.0 / Chubb, A. DR 6.0 / Wright
5.0 / McELROY, IMMANUEL Assists 4.0 / Wright
1.0 / Chubb, A. Steals 2.0 / Ndoye
2.0 / SEKULIC, BLAGOTA Blocks 1.0 / RUPERT, THIERRY
3.0 / Chubb, A. Turnovers 4.0 / Wright
100.0 % / Hamann 2PT 55.6 % / Batista
100.0 % / DOJCIN, DRAGAN 3PT 100.0 % / Wright
100.0 % / Jenkins FT 100.0 % / RUPERT, THIERRY
15.0 / Chubb, A. Index 18.0 / Batista

THE TAKE

Alba Berlin and Le Mans Sarthe Basket, two teams from last season’s Euroleague looking to return to Europe’s elite competition, square off at o2 World in the German capital on Friday night aiming to get a step closer to that goal. Le Mans edged Alba 61-60 Tuesday in the first leg of the home-and-away series on a J.P. Batista free throw, but it cannot afford to lose its slim advantage in Germany. The aggregate winner of this series advances to face the winner of the Maroussi BC-Aris BSA 2003 Mans series for one of the two remaining tickets to the Euroleague regular season. The losing side will play in the 2009-10 Eurocup. Le Mans relied on former Euroleague scoring champ Marc Salyers and Batista to beat Berlin. Salyers with 28 points and Batista with 13 off the bench accounted for more than two-thirds of the team’s points. Head coach J.D. Jackson will expect more production from the likes of starters Zach Wright, Dee Spencer, Maleye Ndoye and Thierry Rupert to advance in Germany. Meanwhile Alba, which trailed 15-0 after six minutes in Game 1, is surely pleased with the result and the fact that it is returning home for the deciding leg. Although, like his counterpart, Berlin boss Luka Pavicevic did not get ideal contributions from all his starters, Adam Chubb scored 16 off the bench, Julius Jenkins hit for 15 and Immanuel McElroy produced a solid all-around game. The team’s only newcomer, Kenan Bajramovic, did not look out of place with 8 points in 17 minutes. With the second leg in Berlin, it is safe to say that Berlin is the favorite, but as Le Mans showed at the start of the Game 1, when it has the momentum, it’s a tough team to stop.

REFEREES: Lazaros Voreadis, Fernando Rocha, Matej Boltauzer

 
Alba Berlin
Alba Berlin
#
Name
Pos.
Height
6
Steffen Hamann
G
1.94
7
Philip Zwiener
F
2.01
8
Dragan Dojcin
F
2.04
10
Blagota Sekulic
C
2.09
11
Julius Jenkins
G
1.87
12
Rashad Wright
G
1.89
14
Adam Chubb
C
2.08
15
Kenan Bajramovic
F
2.06
16
Andreas Seiferth
C
2.06
17
Oliver Clay
F
2.05
19
Oskar Fassler
G
1.98
23
Immanuel McElroy
G
1.94
-
Alexander Schachowzew
-
-
-
Brian Wenzel
G
-
Head Coach: Luka Pavicevic
Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Le Mans
#
Name
Pos.
Height
4
Zack Wright
G
1.86
6
Dewarick Spencer
G
1.91
8
Antoine Diot
G
1.93
9
Maleye N'Doye
F
2.02
11
Guillaume Yango
F
2.04
12
Thierry Rupert
F
2.02
13
Joao Paulo Batista
C
2.06
15
Marc Salyers
F
2.06
16
Negueba Samake
C
2.11
18
Pierre Etienne Drouault
G
1.94
-
Henri Kandolo
G
1.94
-
Charles Lombahe
F
1.96
-
Babacar Niang
F
2.08
-
Geoffrey Renon
C
2.07
Head Coach: J. D. Jackson
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

Players

Adam Chubb - Alba BerlinAlba Berlin dominated the first three quarters en route to a 77-62 win and a spot in the final Euroleague qualifying round on Friday at o2 World in the German capital. Alba will face Maroussi in a home-and-away series next week with the winner advancing to the 2009-10 Euroleague regular season. Le Mans leaves the Euroleague after three seasons and will instead compete this year in the Eurocup. Le Mans – like in Game 1 – dominated early and led 2-13 midway through the first quarter, but Berlin bounced back with 15 unanswered points and would never trail again. Julius Jenkins scored 12 and dished 5 assists and Adam Chubb netted 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds as Berlin outrebounded Le Mans 37-25. Blagota Sekulic added 11 points and Immanuel McElroy and Rashard Wright had 9 apiece for Berlin. Dee Spencer led Le Mans with 16 points, Marc Salyers and J.P. Batista each scored 15 and Zach Wright had 10 points and 4 steals in defeat.

Le Mans started the way it wanted as Spencer scored on his team’s first possession. McElroy evened the score, but Le Mans then unreeled 11 unanswered points from four different players to grab a commanding lead. When all seemed lost for Berlin, Dragan Dojcin drilled a three, Steffen Hamann added another and Jenkins fired in a third, sparking a 15-0 blitz to take a 17-13 lead after 10 minutes. Thierry Rupert finally snapped Le Mans’s five-plus minute drought, however the Berlin reserves were set to make their mark. Hamann’s steal led to a Phillip Zwiener layup and then Rashad Wright set up Blagota Sekulic twice to make it 26-16. Le Mans started to get wild and despite a Salyers triple, Berlin continued to pad its lead, reaching 37-23 by halftime on a McElroy three.

Batista scored down low hoping to ignite a Le Mans charge at the onset of the third quarter, but back-to-back baskets by Kenan Bajramovic and Sekulic squashed that hope. Sekulic stayed hot with a basket-plus-foul and Bajramovic added a free throw as the lead reached 17. Zach Wright scored for Le Mans, but Jenkins answered with a three and Bajramovic made a layup to make it 52-32. Another Zach Wright basket didn’t help my much as Dojcin hit from downtown and a Jenkins steal led to a Hamann layup and a 23-point Berlin advantage, which is how it stood heading into the fourth quarter. Spencer nailed a pair of triples as Le Mans started the deciding period with a 1-11 charge to get within 62-49, but a Rashad Wright triple awoke the hosts and Le Mans never got closer than 11 the rest of the way as Berlin celebrated a spot in the last qualifying round.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Euroleague.net
Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO)
Attendance: 11310
By Quarter1234
Alba Berlin17202416
Le Mans13101524
End of Quarter1234
Alba Berlin17376177
Le Mans13233862
Head coach: PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Alba Berlin
# 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
6 HAMANN, STEFFEN 16:44 6 1/1 1/2 1/2 1 2 3 5 2       2 3 15
7 ZWIENER, PHILLIP 12:46 5 2/3 0/2 1/2 1   1             1 3
8 DOJCIN, DRAGAN 28:01 8 1/2 2/3   3 2 5 2   1       1 13
10 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 18:04 11 5/6   1/1   3 3           2 2 13
11 JENKINS, JULIUS 33:02 12 3/4 2/7   1 1 2 5 2 2   1 3 3 12
12 WRIGHT, RASHAD 24:00 9 0/2 1/6 6/6 1 5 6 3   1     3 5 12
14 CHUBB, ADAM 21:54 12 6/9     3 5 8   2 2     3 2 16
15 BAJRAMOVIC, KENAN 11:57 5 2/3 0/2 1/2   2 2 1         3 1 2
16 SEIFERTH, ANDREAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 CLAY, OLIVER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 FASSLER, OSKAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 33:32 9 1/2 1/3 4/5 2 5 7 3 1 3     1 2 14
Team                                
Totals 200:00 77 21/32 7/25 14/18 12 25 37 19 7 9 0 1 17 20 100
65.6% 28% 77.8%
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: JACKSON, JOHN-DAVID
Le Mans
# 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 WRIGHT, ZACH 28:17 10 4/7 0/1 2/3 2 4 6 3 4 1     4 6 19
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 1:46                 1           1
6 SPENCER, DEWARICK 37:48 16 2/4 4/9 0/2 1 1 2 4   2     3 3 11
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 22:16 1 0/4 0/4 1/2 3 1 4 2 1 1     4 1 -5
9 NDOYE, MALEYE 29:47 2 1/2       3 3     1 1   3   1
11 YANGO, GUILLAUME 2:59                   1         -1
12 RUPERT, THIERRY 10:09 3 1/1   1/2       1         2 1 2
13 BATISTA, JOAO PAULO 32:02 15 7/11   1/2 1 2 3   1 1     2 4 15
15 SALYERS, MARC 34:28 15 3/6 2/6 3/3 1 3 4 1   3     2 2 10
16 SAMAKE, NEGUEBA 0:28                              
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 62 18/35 6/20 8/14 8 17 25 11 7 10 1 0 20 17 56
51.4% 30% 57.1%
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Head Coaches

PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Alba Berlin
"We all know that nobody is quite ready for such difficult games so early in the season. This practically is a playoff competition, which comes in the sixth week of training. There's a lot of stress, physical and psychological, involved in it. I think that my players responded to this situation in a good way, accepted their responsabilities and played in a way that was strong enough to take this win in a strong way. I think that throughout the game - except for the start - we succeeded in establishing control defensively, and that meant good rebounds and good transition. We controlled all that and that's why we controlled the game. Offensively we had certain struggles, which is to be expected at this early stage of the season, but we worked most of the situations with the proper speed and space, which allowed us to run this game in a quality way. Now we have to forget this round immediately, as there is another and even bigger challenge waiting for us."
JACKSON, JOHN-DAVID
Le Mans
"Of course, we are very disappointed now. But you have to take into account that during summer a lot of key players left our team and we had several of our players playing with their national teams during summer. So we tried to get our new group of players organized in time. But you could see especially now in the second game that Alba is pretty much the same, with players who know how to play together. They stick to their rules and have a very good timing, while our rhythm and coherence as a team broke down as the game went on. Especially in the second and third quarters, we were dominated, because our rotations still are very limited right now. As a player, I stepped into the Euroleague with this team four years ago. But now after three years in this competition, we have to make a step down and make a new start in the Eurocup, which in financial terms looks more appropriate to us."

Players

JENKINS, JULIUS
Alba Berlin
"We came out very aggressive and were ready for what they run on offense. We kept their main players low in points and controlled the rebounds, which helped us a lot today. OK, our start again was a little slow and in the end we did not execute against their zone as we should. So for sure we have to go over a few things and work on them. But there is no reason to worry about that. We have four days left to prepare the games against Maroussi and I think that will be enough to travel with confidence to Athens."
WRIGHT, ZACH
Le Mans
"Like last game, we started out good defensively, pushing the ball and scoring easy baskets. But then - also like last game - we had minutes where we we were not able to score, while Alba started to hit their shots. We could not really get over that hump, tried to fight back, but ran short in the end. You could see that Alba is playing together now with almost the same players as last season. They had the rhythm, which we were lacking. We have quite a new team and have to work a lot, but I think we will be more ready when our season in the Eurocup begins."
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