Eighthfinals Round 2 - February 13, 2007 CET: 20:00 Local time: 20:00 - PALAIS DES SPORTS JEAN WEILLE
Nancy 74 - 86 Strasbourg
EIGHTHFINALS, ROUND 2
GROUP Eliminatory H
GROUP Eliminatory J
GROUP Eliminatory M
GROUP Eliminatory N
GROUP Eliminatory O

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-0 Eighthfinals 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
7-4 Overall 6-5

Referees

Crew Chief
TAURINO, PAOLO, Italy
Referee
HIERREZUELO, DANI, Spain
Umpire
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
84.5 Points 78.5
38.4 Rebounds 32.8
10.7 O. Rebounds 10.2
27.6 D. Rebounds 22.6
16.8 Assists 14.9
8.1 Steals 8.7
3.9 Blocks 3.1
16.4 Turnovers 14.8
54.1 % 2PT 53.9 %
40.5 % 3PT 33.0 %
76.8 % FT 75.9 %
100.1 Index 88.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.1 / KIRKSAY, TARIQ Points 15.7 / Eidson
9.7 / KIRKSAY, TARIQ Rebounds 7.5 / SANDERS, AERICK RASHAL
2.3 / ZIANVENI, M. OR 3.1 / SANDERS, AERICK RASHAL
8.1 / KIRKSAY, TARIQ DR 4.4 / SANDERS, AERICK RASHAL
3.5 / KIRKSAY, TARIQ Assists 3.7 / COOPER, L.
2.5 / KIRKSAY, TARIQ Steals 1.4 / McCORD, J.
1.3 / KIRKSAY, TARIQ Blocks 1.2 / SANDERS, AERICK RASHAL
2.5 / ZIANVENI, M. Turnovers 2.6 / Eidson
69.7 % / MCCLINTOCK, DANIEL 2PT 68.4 % / Madrich
58.8 % / MILISAVLJEVIC, BRANKO 3PT 100.0 % / MARQUIS, CLAUDE
100.0 % / HAYES, D. FT 86.3 % / Eidson
23.2 / KIRKSAY, TARIQ Index 21.7 / Eidson

THE TAKE

Sluc Nancy and Strasbourg face each other in a heated match on Tuesday in Nancy with a spot in the ULEB Cup quarterfinals at stake. Strasbourg recorded a slim 89-86 victory in the first game of the two-leg series behind 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists from Chuck Eidson, who earned ULEB Cup MVP of the week honors for the second time this season. The narrow margin leaves great hope for both teams. The two teams know very well from the French League and both coaches may try something different for this crucial challenge. The offense prevailed in the previous leg, but it could be defense that makes the difference this time. Eleven players scored in double figures – six for the winners from Strasbourg and five for Nancy – as there was a great involvement on both sides. Nancy must limit its turnovers and improve on the boxing out after conceding 11 offensive rebounds last time. It has a full arsenal outside with Branko Milisavkjevic (16 ppg., 3.5 apg.) and Cedric Banks (11.5 ppg., 3.2 apg.) leading the way. The team boasts a rock-solid duo underneath with Cyril Julian (12.6 ppg., 7.9 rpg.) and Dan McClintock (11 ppg.), while star small forward Tariq Kirksay (17.1 ppg., 9.7 rpg., 3.5 apg., 2.5 spg., 1.3 bpg.) is a threat all over the court. Much of Strasbourg's hopes will rest on the shoulders of Gauthier Darrigand and Afik Nissim (9.7 ppg.), the team's only point guards after starter Lonnie Cooper (8.6 ppg., 3.7 apg.) went down with a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. His absence means that Strasbourg may try to rest more on its inside game of Claude Marquis (11.4 ppg.), Aerick Sanders (10.6 ppg., 7.5 rpg.) and Eidson (15.7 ppg., 6.3 rpg., 4 apg.). This game has all the potential to come down to the wire. If Darrigand and Nissim can run the show for the visitors, Strasbourg can think about a spot in the quarters. But if Milisavkjevic and Banks get the best of the backcourt battle, Nancy will be the favorite to move on.
Monday, February 12, 2007
ULEBCup.com

Quotes Head Coaches

MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
Nancy
"Strasbourg made an exceptional first game, unfortunately they lost Lonnie Cooper but his back-up, Gautier Darrigand, can lead Strasbourg and Afik Nissim could be on fire. We lost in the semifinal against Le Mans at home during the Semaine des As but I think we must not regret it because it was a day without a good percentage for us, that's it. Now, we are focused on Tuesday's game."
GIRARD, ERIC
Strasbourg
"With only a 3-point lead on the previous game, this game versus Nancy, the best French team at the moment, is meant to be tricky. Moreover, the absence of our playmaker Lonnie Cooper, not yet replaced, will force us to realize an exploit on Lorraine’s territory."

Players

Chuck Eidson - Lietuvos Rytas SIG Basket Strasbourg became the first-ever French team to advance to the ULEB Cup quarterfinals by downing archrivals Sluc Nancy Basket 74-86 to sweep their two-way eighthfinal series. Strasbourg had already beaten Nancy 89-86 in the 1st leg at home and will face Lietuvos Rytas in the next round.  Chuck Eidson, who earned ULEB Cup MVP honors in the eighthfinals' 1st leg, shined again with 25 points on 8-of-13 two-pointers and 6 assists. Afik Nissim added 15, Aerick Sanders and Sacha Giffa each had 13 while Claude Marquis got 11 apiece for Strasbourg, that overcame Lonnie Cooper's injury in style. Cedrick Banks had 20 points on 9-of-12 two-pointers for Nancy, that was without center Maxime Zianveni. Ricky Soliver added 17 points, Tariq Kirksay 12 and Cyril Julian 11 for the hosts. Strasbourg broke the game in the second quarter and got a 19-38 margin led by an outstanding Eidson. Strasbourg still led 57-71 with 4 minutes to go and even when Nancy got within 70-76, Eidson rounded a big game with 4 key points down the stretch.

Eidson shined with back-to-back baskets in a 0-6 Strasbourg opening run that Sanders capped with a put-back dunk. Julian got Nancy going with a mid-range jumper and Branko Milisavljevic added a floating jumper to bring the hosts within 4-8. Marquis scored around the basket but Kirksay answered from downtown and Banks shined with a driving layup for a 9-10 Nancy deficit. Eidson scored again and fed Sanders for a reverse layup, but Banks followed a jumper with a layup to get Nancy within 13-14. Nissim stroke twice from downtown and Giffa added a turnaround jumper to give Strasbourg a 15-22 lead at the end of the first quarter. Nissim kept pacing Strasbourg with free throws, as Nancy went scoreless in the opening 3 minutes of the second quarter. Eidson scored off a steal but Julian matched it with a short shot. Giffa shined with a three-point play to make Nancy call timeout, while Michael Smith buried one from downtown for a 17-31 Strasbourg margin. Julian and Marquis traded layups but Strasbourg kept dominating the game tempo with intense defense. Eidson scored in the low post and Giffa hit a running triple to make it a 18-point game, 19-38. Julian and Dan McClintock fueled a 7-0 Nancy run but Sanders scored inside and Eidson added a five-meter jumper for a 28-42 Strasbourg margin at halftime.

Ricky Soliver - Sluc NancySanders scored inside right after the break and Marquis added a put-back basket, as Nancy struggled to score early in the third quarter. The hosts called timeout and improved their defensive pressure but Eidson beat the shot clock buzzer with a triple, good for a 28-49 Strasbourg margin. Julian stepped up with a three-point play but Nissim answered from downtown. Soliver and Giffa also traded baskets while Kirksay hit his second triple for a 36-54 Nancy deficit. Strasbourg had now opted to use long possessions without much success. Meanwhile, free throws by Banks and Kirksay got Nancy within 40-54. Giffa found a three-point play, Marquis dunked it and Smith beat the buzzer with a three-pointer for a 44-63 Strasbourg margin after three quarters. The outcome of the series was clear but Nancy kept battling to return to the game. Soliver made free throws and McClintock added a jumper but Eidson found another electric driving layup and fed John McCord for a jumper, good for a 50-67 SIG lead. Soliver stepped up with consecutive layup but Nissim banked in a short jumper and Eidson hit free throws to keep his team ahead, 57-71, with 4 minutes to go. Banks and Kirksay brought Nancy within 63-73, forcing Strasbourg to call timeout. Free throws by Soliver and a power basket by Banks gave Nancy some hope at 67-74. Eidson followed free throws with a dunk, sealing his big game and allowed Strasbourg to keep fighting for ULEB Cup glory.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
ULEBCup.com
Referees: TAURINO, PAOLO (ITA), HIERREZUELO, DANI (ESP), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR)
Attendance: 5057
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Nancy15131630
Strasbourg22202123
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Nancy15284474
Strasbourg22426386
Head coach: MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
Nancy
# 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 BANKS, CEDRICK 36:45 20 9/12 0/6 2/4 1 3 4 1 2 5   1 2 4 12
5 PIAULT, MATTHIAS GUILLAUME 6:30     0/1                   2   -3
6 NJOYA, SAIDOU 7:15     0/1           1 2     2   -4
7 JULIAN, CYRIL 25:15 11 5/7   1/1 1 2 3 1 1 1   1 3 2 11
8 MCCLINTOCK, DANIEL 19:15 7 3/7   1/2   2 2     2     2 1 1
9 SOLIVER CARRASCO, RICARDO 20:30 17 5/8 0/1 7/10 3 1 4 1 2 1 1   2 8 23
10 ZIANVENI, MAXIME DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 SAMNICK, VICTOR 17:30 3 0/3 1/1   1 3 4   1 5     3 1 -2
14 HAYES, DERON 9:15   0/1 0/1                 1 2   -5
15 KIRKSAY, TARIQ 38:15 12 2/7 2/2 2/2 1 7 8 2 5 6 1   4 1 14
16 ABOUBAKAR ZAKI, AMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 MILISAVLJEVIC, BRANKO 19:30 4 2/3 0/3   1 3 4 3   1     1 4 9
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 74 26/48 3/16 13/19 9 22 31 8 12 23 2 3 23 21 58
54.2% 18.8% 68.4%
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: GIRARD, ERIC
Strasbourg
# 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
5 DARRIGAND, GAUTHIER 18:45   0/2 0/1   2 1 3 1 1 3     5 4 -2
7 MARQUIS, CLAUDE 26:15 11 5/12   1/2 2 3 5 1 4 2   1 1 3 12
8 SANDERS, AERICK 28:15 13 5/6   3/4   5 5 1 3 2 1   2 2 19
9 SMITH, MICHAEL 23:00 7 2/4 1/3   2 5 7 1   1 1   3   8
10 GIFFA, SANYA 24:00 13 4/6 1/1 2/2 1 2 3 3   1 1   2 2 17
11 NISSIM, AFIK 21:45 15 1/2 3/5 4/4   2 2 3 1 5     4 4 13
12 McCORD, JOHN 23:45 2 1/6   0/2   5 5   1 2   1 1 1 -2
13 EIDSON, CHUCK 34:15 25 8/13 1/2 6/6 1 5 6 6 2 5     3 7 32
14 BACH, JASON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 MADRICH, DIRK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 86 26/51 6/12 16/20 10 28 38 16 12 21 3 2 21 23 99
51% 50% 80%
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Head Coaches

MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
Nancy
“Yesterday, my assistant played [in practice] because there were too many injured players. It’s not an excuse, but tonight we improvised. I say good luck to Strasbourg because it will be the only French team in the quarterfinals.”
GIRARD, ERIC
Strasbourg
“We worked hard between the two games. Nancy suffered from the absence of Maxime Zianveni. When Nancy came back, we didn’t stress because we had 3 points in advance. I’m little disappointed because I think if both French teams would have been in different groups, there would be two French teams in the quarterfinals.”

Players

SOLIVER CARRASCO, RICARDO
Nancy
“We started really slow and during the whole game we played slow. I’m very disappointed. I hope the rest of the season is going to be better.”
EIDSON, CHUCK
Strasbourg
“I think we made it a hard game. We made a lot of mistakes at the end of the game, but it’s also a great win for us. Against Rytas Vilnius, it will be a tough game. I’m pretty excited.”
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