2011-12Regular SeasonRound 7
November 30, 2011 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 BILBAO ARENA

Gescrap BB trounced SLUC Nancy 97-75

Gescrap Bilbao rejoined the Top 16 race in Group A by downing Sluc Nancy 97-75 at home on Wednesday. Both teams are now tied in Group A with a 3-4 record, but Gescrap managed to overcome its 14-point loss in Nancy to get the tie-break advantage if both teams remain tied at the end of the regular season. Alex Mumbru led 6 Gescrap players in double digits with 15 points. Janis Blums and Marko Banic each added 12, Raul Lopez and Aaron Jackson had 11 while Kostas Vasileadis got 10 for Gescrap. Jamal Shuler had 19 points to lead Nancy while Adrien Moerman added 16. A three-pointer by Roger Grimau tied the game, 22-22, after 10 minutes and a fast break layup by Pape-Philippe Amagou brought Nancy within 40-39 at halftime. Gescrap did not trail from that moment and an outstanding D'or Fischer allowed the hosts to get a 69-62 margin at the end of the third quarter. Nancy managed to get as close as 72-68 with 7 minutes left but Josh Fisher, Vasileadis and Banic fueled a 19-3 run that allowed Bilbao to seal a critical, important win.

Banic got Gescrap going with a layup and Blums struck from downtown for a 5-0 lead in just 45 seconds. Shuler answered from downtown but a driving layup by Mumbru gave his team a 7-3 lead. Akin Akingbala took over with a dunk but Mumbru singlehandedly boosted Gescrap's lead to 10-5. Mumbru kept pacing the hosts with an acrobatic basket but a turnaround jumper by Moerman and free throws by John Linehan kept Nancy within 12-9. Blums fired in his second three-pointer and Jackson added a layup off a steal to keep Gescrap out of trouble, 17-9. Moerman sank a baseline jumper off a timeout and a backdoor layup by Victor Samnick brought Nancy closer, 17-13. A three-pointer by Shuler forced Gescrap to stop the game, 17-16, after a 0-9 run. Dimitris Mavroeidis and Blums split free throws but Moerman struck from downtown in transition for a 19-19 tie. Kenny Grant and Grimau joined the three-point shootout to fix the score at 22-22 after 10 minutes.

Grant buried another three-pointer early in the second quarter to give Nancy a 22-25 edge. Mavroeidis made free throws but Amagou took over with a wild coast-to-coast layup for a 24-27 score. Lopez sank a five-meter jumper, as Gescrap improved its defense off a timeout. Banic beat the guests' matchup zone defense with a layup to put his team back ahead, 28-27. Moerman shocked the crowd with an eight-meter bomb but Lopez and Mumbru answered from downtown to set the crowd on fire at 34-30. Shuler stepped up with a fast break layup but Banic matched that with foul shots. Samnick shined with a dunk but a layup by D'Or Fischer gave Gescrap a 38-34 edge. Both teams had entered the foul bonus and kept playing physical to go to the free throw line often. Akingbala split foul shots and Blums did not miss for a 40-35 score. A jump hook by Akingbala and a fast break layup by Amagou allowed Nancy to get within 40-39 at halftime.

Blums split free throws right after the break but an alleyoop layup by Akingbala tied the game, 41-41. Blums kept pacing Gescrap with a jumper and a three-pointer by Jackson made his team get a 46-41 edge. Nancy had started to miss open shots but a layup by a rock-solid Akingbala kept the guests withim 46-43. Moerman buried a corner triple but Nancy entered the foul bonus right after that. Mumbru answered from downtown and Mavroeidis fed Banic for a layup that gave Gescrap some fresh air, 51-46. Moerman - who else? - nailed another three-pointer but Axel Hervelle rescued the hosts with a layup. Linehan quickly nailed a jumper in the other end but Lopez matched it with foul shots. Linehan did not miss from the foul line but Grimau answered from downtown for a 59-53 Gescrap edge. Shuler and Vasileadis joined the three-point shootout but Abder Kader Sylla and Lopez traded free throws for a 64-58 score. Shuler took over with consecutive baskets but Fischer followed a jumper with a wild dunk and soon added a free throw for a 69-62 Gescrap margin after 30 minutes.

Vasileadis sent the crowd to their feet with a corner three-pointer early in the fourth quarter, good for a double-digit Gescrap lead, 72-62. Nancy struggled to score for almost 2 minutes until Moussa Badiane took over with back-to-back dunks. Shuler added a floating layup to bring Nancy back to life, 72-68, with 7 minutes to go. Josh Fisher stepped up with a big triple and Jackson fed Fischer for a two-handed dunk that allowed Gescrap to extend its lead to 77-68. Fischer and Badiane were disqualified for fighting and action resumed with free throws by Amagou and Vasileadis. Banic scored down low and another corner three-pointer by Fisher sealed the outcome, 84-69, with 4 minutes left. Both teams now fought for points difference, as Nancy had registered a 14-point home win earlier on this season. Amagou hit free throws but back-to-back layups by Mumbru and Vasileadis made it an 18-point game, 89-71. By the time Banic finished a long Gescrap offense with a layup, everything was said and done already, as a sellout crowd in Bilbao was celebrating a critical, important win.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), LUCIS, OSKARS (LAT)
Attendance: 7460
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Gescrap Bilbao Basket22182928
SLUC Nancy22172313
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Gescrap Bilbao Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 FISHER, JOSH 5:32 6   2/3     1 1             1 7
7 JACKSON, AARON 23:13 11 2/3 1/1 4/4 1 3 4 5 1 3     2 2 17
10 HAMPL, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS 15:45 3     3/4 1 2 3 2 2 1 2   2 5 13
13 BANIC, MARKO 28:43 12 5/9   2/2 2 2 4     1     1 1 11
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 27:28 15 4/4 2/7 1/2   3 3 4 1       2 5 20
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 11:17 2 1/1       1 1 1 1 2     2   1
21 FISCHER, DOR 18:42 9 4/5   1/2 1 3 4 1   2     3 3 10
31 LOPEZ, RAUL 21:15 11 1/1 1/5 6/8   2 2 5   1   1 3 5 12
34 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 20:12 10 1/1 2/6 2/2 1 4 5   2       2 2 13
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 10:16 6   2/2     5 5 1   2     2   8
45 BLUMS, JANIS 17:37 12 1/2 2/5 4/6   1 1 1 1 4     2 4 7
Team           3 1 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 97 19/26 12/29 23/30 9 28 37 20 8 17 2 1 21 28 122
        73.1% 41.4% 76.7%
Head coach: KATSIKARIS, FOTIS
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
SLUC Nancy
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 AKINGBALA, AKIN 30:15 9 4/6 0/1 1/2 2 3 5 2 1 1     4 3 11
6 GRANT, KENNETH 10:49 6 0/1 2/3     1 1 1 1 1     1 2 7
7 BADIANE, MOUSSA 6:12 4 2/2     1   1       1   4 1 3
8 SHULER, JAMAL 28:23 19 5/8 3/9     4 4 3 1 2   1 3 1 13
9 SYLLA, ABDEL KADER 13:38 2 0/2   2/2   2 2 1 1       1 2 5
10 THALIEN, KEVIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 LINEHAN, JOHN 34:48 8 2/3 0/2 4/6   1 1 4 2 5     4 4 5
13 SAMNICK, VICTOR 9:33 4 2/3 0/1             3     3   -4
14 PINDA, KINGSLEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE 26:36 7 2/5 0/2 3/4   1 1 1 2     1 4 2 2
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 39:46 16 2/7 4/8 0/2   3 3   1 2     5 5 7
Team           4 2 6               6
Totals 200:00 75 19/37 9/26 10/16 7 17 24 12 9 14 1 2 29 20 55
        51.4% 34.6% 62.5%
Head coach: MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC

Head Coaches

KATSIKARIS, FOTIS
Gescrap Bilbao Basket
"A big win for us, we needed a good result because of the basket average. We knew our group chances and options to qualify for the Top 16. We played a good first half; we read well their weak defense points. In the second half, the team came out strong, with Raul as a leader. We played so simple the second half and we played harder in defense. The Miribilla effect was part of the win today; they gave us more confidence. About the fight, we were so focused and so many minutes without playing is dangerous. With all this we still were so focused in defense and the attack. The team feels so strong right now and we have options of getting into the Top 16."
MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
SLUC Nancy
"Congratulations to Bilbao. They accomplished their goal to win the two games because they won the basket average. We had to play without Batum and we don’t have many players in the outside positions. We committed many fouls, which complicates our game. Our first half was excellent. The game was difficult, but we think we played well. We were still playing for the win five minutes before the end. The fight completely changed the game, but even with this we had chances to win."

Players

MUMBRU, ALEX
Gescrap Bilbao Basket
"It was a very important game for us, not just wining; we needed to win the basket average. The team played so good for 40 minutes. Nancy played a good game even without Batum, we were both so serious. We played so much better at home than abroad and the team feels so much better now. We are playing better. Winning in the Euroleague by 20 points is so complicated, so we are happy right now. Nancy had no pressure, when a team loses its star this usually happens, they were in the game for 32 minutes, but after the break they came down. I feel so good about my game right now."
SHULER, JAMAL
SLUC Nancy
"The atmosphere was completely different from what we had in Nancy. Gescrap Bizkaia took advantage of the situation of playing home and the fans supporting so much, it was too much pressure. We did not take advantage of all the steals and in the end we lost."
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