Mapooro Cantu roars back into Euroleague!

Oct 01, 2012 by Euroleague.net Print
Mapooro Cantu roars back into Euroleague!
Nicolas Mazzarino celebrates - Mapooro Cantu - Qualifying Round Desio 2012 (Photo Chiara Turati)Mapooro Cantu is back in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague! Cantu dominated Le Mans Sarthe Basket 80-66 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. Leunen paced the Cantu attack with 15 points with just 1 missed shot and Pietro Aradori added 12 points and 4 assists. 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.