2015-16Regular SeasonRound 6
November 17, 2015 CET: 21:00
Local time: 20:00 GRAN CANARIA ARENA
Xavi Rabaseda - Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas - EC15 (photo Gran Canaria)

Gran Canaria alone atop Group B after beating Le Mans

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas established sole possession of first place in Group B on Tuesday following a 77-62 victory over Le Mans Sarthe Basket. After trailing by 3 at halftime, Gran Canaria used a strong third quarter to take control and led by as many as 17 after a pair of Albert Oliver baskets to start the fourth quarter. Chris Lofton singlehandedly outscored Gran Canaria 2-13 early in the fourth quarter to give Le Mans a chance at 61-55, but the hosts used triples from Xavi Rabaseda and Kevin Pangos to ice the victory. Gran Canaria improved to 5-1 in Group B and following ALBA Berlin’s loss early in the evening now sits alone atop the group standings. The loss dropped Le Mans to 1-5. Alen Omic paced the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds, Kevin Pangos scored 14 and Pablo Aguilar tallied 12 points and 9 boards. Lofton scored 23, Lahaou Konate 10 and Mouphtaou Yarou corralled 13 rebounds in defeat.

Le Mans scored the game’s first 7 points with Konate posting a basket-and-foul. Nearly four minutes passed before Sasu Salin’s three-pointer got Gran Canaria on the scoreboard. Omic narrowed the gap to 2 points, but Yarou responded to make it 7-11. Omic’s next basket tied the game and Aguilar’s tip-in gave the hosts their first lead, 13-11. Lofton tied it, but baskets by Aguilar and Omic lifted Gran Canaria to 17-13 after 10 minutes. Brad Newley stretched the difference to 6 at the start of the second quarter. Roberto Dozier converted free throws and a shot from downtown as Le Mans came back to tie the score at 20-20. The teams traded shots with Omic twice putting Gran Canaria ahead, but free throws by Tywain McKee and Lofton pushed Le Mans ahead 26-32. Rabaseda closed the gap to 29-32 at halftime.

Gran Canaria stormed ahead with a 10-1 run to start the second half, in which Omic and Pangos each scored twice. Pangos drilled a triple that stretched its lead to 48-39 midway through the quarter. Ovidijus Galdikas gave the hosts their first double digit lead. Gran Canaria had an answer for every Le Mans points and Albert Oliver’s three-pointer made it 55-42 through three quarters. Oliver scored the first two baskets of the fourth quarter to establish a promising 17-point advantage. Lofton scored the next 7 points and after a basket by Omic, Lofton buried back-to-back triple to bring the visitors within 61-55 with five minutes to go. A three by Pangos and Omic free throws gave Gran Canaria a 68-57 edge. Rabaseda’s triple all but sealed the outcome.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), JAVOR, DAMIR (SLO), OBRADOVIC, PETAR (BIH)
Attendance: 3803 (Tentative)
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Le Mans Sarthe Basket13191020
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Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PANGOS, KEVIN 21:54 14 2/4 3/6 1/4   1 1 4         4 3 10
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 18:06 9 2/3 1/3 2/2 1 4 5 3   2     1 4 15
7 SAVANE, SITAPHA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 NEWLEY, BRAD 19:23 2 1/3       2 2 1   1     2 2 2
9 SALIN, SASU 20:37 3 0/1 1/4 0/2 1 1 2 2         3 2  
13 BAEZ, EULIS 20:17 2 1/3 0/2           1 3   1 2 1 -6
21 PAULI, ORIOL 16:32 4 1/4   2/2 1   1 1   2 1   1 1 2
22 RABASEDA, XAVI 23:28 9 2/5 1/4 2/2 1 3 4 3   1     4 1 6
23 OMIC, ALEN 26:09 19 8/10   3/4 3 5 8 1   1     3 6 27
34 AGUILAR, PABLO 19:43 12 3/5 2/5   3 6 9 1 1 1 1   1   17
44 GALDIKAS, OVIDIJUS 13:51 3 1/3   1/2 1 4 5 1     2     1 9
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 77 21/41 8/24 11/18 11 27 38 17 2 11 4 1 21 21 83
        51.2% 33.3% 61.1%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO
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
Le Mans Sarthe Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 McKEE, TYWAIN 28:25 9 1/6 1/3 4/6 1 1 2 2   5   1 3 4 -1
2 DOZIER, ROBERT 27:10 8 1/6 1/1 3/4 2 6 8     1 1 1 4 2 7
3 BENGABER, GREGORY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 LOFTON, CHRIS 29:35 23 4/8 3/7 6/6   3 3 1 1 1     1 4 22
5 KONATE, LAHAOU 29:22 10 4/6 0/3 2/3 1 2 3 2 1 3   1 4 3 5
7 PITARD, GEDEON 10:54   0/2 0/1   1 1 2           2 1 -2
11 DALLY, JEAN-PHILIPPE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 CORNELIE, PETR 23:51   0/1 0/1     3 3     1     2 3 1
13 YAROU, MOUPHTAOU 25:49 8 4/6     5 8 13     2     3 1 15
17 AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE 21:44 4 2/7 0/1     1 1     2   1 2 2 -4
74 FALL, YOUSSOUPHA 3:10   0/1                       1  
Team           3 3 6               6
Totals 200:00 62 16/43 5/17 15/19 13 28 41 5 2 15 1 4 21 21 49
        37.2% 29.4% 78.9%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"We played a bad first half, there was only one player focused on the game, Alen Omic. In the second half we improved, with normal scoring and normal mistakes, but with strength and concentration. Le Mans missed Gelabale. They are a team that has improved a lot since our game in the first leg with Lofton and Dozier and that's the reason why they are second in their league."

Players

PANGOS, KEVIN
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"I think we learned from the things we didn't do well and achieved this win. I was trying to get my teammates involved in the first half and I didn't make the shots I took. In the second half my teammates got me good shots and they went in. We are missing Kyle, he was a big scorer. I just think we are maybe playing as fast, but not shooting as well."
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