Qualifying Round Round 3 - September 28, 2012 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - PALADESIO

Records

Ave.   Ave.
2-0 Qualifying Round 2-0
2-0 Overall 2-0

Referees

Crew Chief
ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS, Spain
Referee
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Umpire
KOWALSKI, MARCIN, Poland

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
88.0 Points 73.5
33.5 Rebounds 31.0
9.0 O. Rebounds 8.5
24.5 D. Rebounds 22.5
13.0 Assists 11.0
3.5 Steals 7.0
4.5 Blocks 1.0
11.5 Turnovers 12.0
57.8 % 2PT 49.4 %
39.5 % 3PT 29.0 %
79.5 % FT 74.6 %
94.5 Index 74.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.5 / Aradori Points 13.5 / Batista
6.0 / Leunen Rebounds 6.0 / Batista
2.0 / Cusin OR 2.0 / Victor
5.0 / Leunen DR 5.0 / Batista
5.0 / Smith Assists 4.5 / El-Amin
1.5 / Smith Steals 2.0 / Long
3.0 / Cusin Blocks 0.5 / Victor
3.0 / Tyus Turnovers 2.0 / H. Kahudi
81.8 % / Tyus 2PT 62.5 % / Koffi
57.1 % / Leunen 3PT 57.1 % / El-Amin
100.0 % / Smith FT 100.0 % / El-Amin
23.0 / Smith Index 17.5 / Batista

THE TAKE

The golden ticket to Group A of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season comes down to two teams. Mapooro Cantu and Le Mans Sarthe Basket won their respective semifinals in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds semifinals Thursday in Desio, Italy, to advance to the winner-take-all final. Mapooro Cantu held off CEZ Nymburk 89-83 in Thursday’s first semifinal and Le Mans Sarthe Basket bested Unics Kazan 78-86.

The standout player for Cantu thus far has been point guard Jerry Smith, though backcourt mate Pietro Aradori led the team in scoring Thursday. Le Mans will look to counter with veteran playmaker Khalid El-Amin, whose 7 points in the last three minutes were crucial to his team’s win Thursday, and Charles Kahudi, whose physical presence could cause problems for Aradori. One of the most important matchups in the game could be at center, where Le Mans’s go-to guy J.P. Batista, will have to hold his own against the Cantu duo of Marco Cusin and Alex Tyus. The experience of the Cantu forward tandem, Manu Markoishvili and Maarty Leunen, could also benefit the hosts in a close game, as counterparts Pape Sy and Cuthbery Victor are both fresh to this level of European basketball.

The home court advantage will surely work in Cantu’s favor, as will the team’s depth; Coach Andrea Trinchieri’s team goes nine deep and no one played more than 27 minutes Thursday. Le Mans’ coach J.D. Jackson used one fewer player in his primary rotation and had three players on court for 30 minutes. After three days of great basketball, Cantu and Le Mans have proven worthy competitors and the 40 minutes of basketball drama on tap will make for a special season for one group of players and heartbreak for the other.

REFEREES
Crew Chief
Referee
Umpire
Juan Carlos Arteaga
Juan Carlos Arteaga

Spain
Ilija Belosevic
Ilija Belosevic

Serbia
Marcin Kowalski
Marcin Kowalski
Poland
Friday, September 28, 2012
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 Players Mapooro Cantu celebrates - Qualifying Round Desio 2012 (Photo Chiara Turati)Mapooro Cantu is back in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague after dominating Le Mans Sarthe Basket 80-66 for 40 minutes to win the Qualifying Rounds tourney in Desio, Italy. Maarty Leunen scored 7 in a 15-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to put Le Mans away early. The hosts took charge early and led by double figures in the first quarter. It was 44-38 at halftime. Le Mans rallied to within 8 in the third, however Cantu went on its run right after that and never looked back. Cantu was aided greatly by its sixth men, the local fans known as The Eagles, who packed PalaDesio and kept the arena rocking throughout the game. Le Mans suffered from a poor shooting night in which the team did not make its first three-pointer until the fourth quarter. Le Mans finished the evening 1 of 12 from behind the arc (8.3%) and 17 for 29 from the free throw line (58.6%). Cantu, on the other hand, played great team offense with twice as many assists as Le Mans (16-8). Leunen paced the Cantu attack with 15 points with just 1 missed shot. Pietro Aradori added 12 points and 4 assists, Marco Cusin scored 11 and Manu Markoshvili 10. J.P. Batista led Le Mans with 15 points and Cuthbert Victor scored 12. Cantu will be back at PalaDesio in just under two weeks to host Union Olimpija Ljubljana in the opening week of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. Cantu will battle it out with Panathinaikos Athens, Real Madrid, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and BC Khimki Moscow Region to try to reach the Top 16 for the second season in a row. Le Mans will continue its European campaign in the Eurocup.

Charles Kahudi went through the Cantu defense for the game’s first basket. Aradori countered for the hoists, then Jerry Smith drove and slammed for Cantu’s first lead and Cusin then found a cutting Markoshvili for 6-2. Batista asserted himself down low for Le Mans, but Aradori connected from downtown. Leunen and Markoishvili connected on back-to-back triples, which sandwiched a missed Khalid El-Amin layup, as Cantu soared to 17-6 midway through the opening quarter. Batista remained Le Mans’s top weapon with 2 from the line, but Cantu continued to dictate the action. Cuthbert Victor added 2 more free throws for the visitors, but a vicious Alex Tyus slam got the crowd rocking again. Le Mans blew a chance to get back when Dounia Issa was fouled and a technical foul was assessed to Cantu, but Le Mans players missed all 4 free throws and El-Amin missed from outside on the resulting possession. Instead, Markoishvili hit a jumper at the buzzer for a 23-12 lead through one quarter.

 Pietro Aradori - Mapooro Cantu - Qualifying Round Desio 2012 (Photo Chiara Turati)Jeff Brooks took the Cantu lead to new heights with the first basket of the second quarter. Baskets by Cam Long and Pape Sy – the latter with a fortunate roll – gave Le Mans hope. But then Markoishvili found a wide-open Tyus for slam and Aradori came through with a three-point play to bring the fans back to song. A Cusin basket made it 34-19 midway through the second quarter. A pair of Jonathan Tabu free throws coupled with a jumper by Smith capped an 11-0 Cantu run, which gave the hosts’ double Le Mans’s points, 38-19. El-Amin ended a nearly-five minute scoring drought with a basket-plus-foul, but Leunen’s tip-in kept Cantu in control. A two-handed slam by Tyus punctuated Cantu’s first-half dominance. Issa made 3 free throws over the next two possessions, but missed 2 more and Aradori hit a sweet shot to make it 44-28 at the half.

Cuthbert Victor - Le Mans Sarthe Basket - Qualifying Round Desio 2012 (Photo Chiara Turati)Aradori had the lead up to 18 early in the third quarter, but Le Mans was not ready to throw in the towel. Sy converted a basket-plus-foul and Victor dunked in a miss to narrow the gap to 13. Smith hit right back with a triple, but Cusin soon took a seat with 4 fouls and Le Mans continued to play with a fire. Batista scored a second-chance basket and after Brooks picked up his fourth foul on the offensive end, Long made it 52-40 midway through the quarter. Issa brought Le Mans within 10 before Cantu called for timeout. El Amin capped a 0-8 Le Mans run, but after Cantu deflected Le Mans’s push, Tabu and Nicolas Mazzarino hit back-to-back three-pointers to re-extend the lead to 58-44. Leunen fired in a long jumper and then a triple for an 11-0 surge. The Cantu fans celebrated in the aisles as Tabu completed a wild play with a layup for Cantu’s first 20-point lead, 65-44, through three quarters.

Leunen added another score to cap a 15-0 run. Batista and El-Amin continued playing for pride, but as Cusin converted a basket-plus-foul, the outcome was looking clear. Charles Kahudi opened some eyes with a rare four-point play. But Cantu was content to trade baskets and Markoshvili followed with a three-point play. Batista gave Le Mans a bit of hope, scoring to get within 73-59, but another Leunen triple and a Cusin jumper settled any doubts. The Cantu chorus sang away the closing minutes in anticipation of another season with Europe’s best in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.
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Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL)
Attendance: 4250 (Tentative)
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Mapooro Cantu23212115
Le Mans Sarthe Basket12161622
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Le Mans Sarthe Basket12284466
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 0:34                              
5 ABASS, AWUDU 0:34                              
8 SMITH, JERRY 19:41 7 2/3 1/2     1 1 2         4 2 6
9 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 30:35 10 3/12 1/3 1/3 1 3 4 3 1 1     4 5 5
10 LEUNEN, MAARTEN 24:05 15 3/3 3/4 0/1 1 4 5 1   1     3 1 16
12 MAZZARINO, NICOLAS 17:48 3 0/2 1/4     1 1 2             1
13 CASELLA, ANDREA 0:34                              
15 BROOKS, JEFF 13:31 5 2/2 0/3 1/1   4 4     1     5 1 1
16 TYUS, ALEX 19:31 8 4/4     1 3 4 1   2     3   8
18 TABU, JONATHAN 23:28 9 1/1 1/2 4/4   1 1 2 1 1   1 3 5 12
21 ARADORI, PIETRO 29:44 12 4/7 1/2 1/1   4 4 4 1 3     2 4 16
22 CUSIN, MARCO 19:55 11 5/6   1/1 1 2 3 1   1     4 1 10
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 80 24/40 8/20 8/11 6 26 32 16 3 11 0 1 28 19 79
60% 40% 72.7%
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 Sarthe 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 EL-AMIN, KHALID 26:40 8 2/7 0/3 4/5 1 1 2 2 1 2     3 6 5
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 29:04 8 2/3 1/3 1/1 1 3 4 2   1     4 3 9
7 KOFFI, ALAIN 6:57 4 2/2 0/1   1 1 2     1     3   1
9 VICTOR, CUTHBERT 26:32 11 4/5 0/1 3/4 2 1 3           3 3 11
10 SY, PAPE 26:09 6 2/2   2/2 1 6 7     2     4 4 11
11 ISSA, DOUNIA 17:11 5 1/3   3/8 1 3 4 1 1       1 4 7
13 BATISTA, JOAO PAULO 29:20 15 6/16   3/3 3 3 6           1 5 15
15 KAHUDI, HENRI 14:43 2 1/4 0/1 0/2   1 1     2 1     1 -3
16 CECI, THOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 LONG, CAMERON 23:24 7 3/5 0/3 1/4 2 2 4 3 1 1       1 7
Team           1 1 2     2          
Totals 200:00 66 23/47 1/12 17/29 13 22 35 8 3 11 1 0 19 27 63
48.9% 8.3% 58.6%
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