Limoges defends French League title
CSP Limoges defended its French League title, pulling away late in the contest to down Strasbourg 82-75 in Game 4 of their best-of-five final series. Limoges won the series 3-1, lifting its second consecutive title and 11th in club history, while also earning a place in 2015-16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. Pooh Jeter paced the winners with 21 points. Nobel Boungou-Colo netted 17, Frejus Zerbo scored 16, and Ousmane Camara had 10 points plus 8 rebounds in victory. Jeremy Leloup scored 17, and Antoine Diote had 14 for Strasbourg. In the early going, after each team hit a pair of triples to start the game, defenses stepped up and slowed the scoring down. Camara sparked a run to give Limoges 14-8 lead, but Tadija Dragicevic finished the first quarter with a pair of triples for 14-14, before Axel Toupane and Paul Lacombe added to the run making it 14-18 early in the second. Matt Howard scored 5 points in a 0-7 run for 25-32, and Strasbourg led 28-32 at halftime. Diot kept Strasbourg in front early in the third, and with help from Leloup and Toupane the visitors led 43-48. Jeter carried Limoges, however, which finally tied the game late in the third on Mickael Gelabale's triple for 52-52. Nobel Boungou-Colo tied it at 58-58, and teams briefly traded leads before Jeter strung together 7 points, then fed Boungou-Colo for a fastbreak dunk and 73-63 with less than 2 minutes to go. It was a margin Limoges knew how to hold on to in the final minute, celebrating big victory and another title.
Sassari needs overtime to tie the series at 2-2
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari hit 16 triples and held a 22-point third quarter lead, but needed overtime to edge Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 94-90 in Game 4 of the Italian League finals. Sassari tied the best-of-seven series to 2-2, as each team has won on the home floor after four games in the series. It was a game Sassari trailed for only one possession during regulation. Achille Polonara gave Reggio Emilia its only lead, 20-21, but Rakim Sanders finished the opening quarter with a triple for 25-21, before Shane Lawal sparked an 8-0 run early in the second quarter. Giacomo Devecchi's three gave Sassari 36-25 midway through the second quarter. The hosts hit 9 triples in the first half, including Edgar Sosa converting a four-point play for 43-30. With another triple from Sanders margin reached 14 points before teams went into halftime with Sassari up 48-36. The hosts continued with their productive offense after the break, Sanders hit a triple to spark a 10-0 that broke a 20-point barrier. Polonara and Andrea Cinciarini tried to keep Reggio Emilia in the game, but the margin reached 63-41, and Dyson’s second three from way downtown made it 66-46. However, the visitors turned to 3-2 zone defense, and answered with a 0-8 run, but did not get the deficit below 10 points until Ojars Silnis scored for 71-62 in the fourth. Sassari dominated the offensive glass, but Reggio Emilia often ran fastbreaks, and Rimantas Kaukenas converted couple of those for 76-69. Back-to-back three-point plays from Amedeo Della Valle and Silins got Reggio Emilia within 78-75 with 2:13 to go in the regulation. Dyson nailed a step-back jumper to end Sassari's draught, but a triple from Silins with 19 seconds remaining sent the game into overtime, 80-80. Teams traded leads in the extra session, but Dyson hit twice from downtown for 88-84. His basket entering the final minute made it 90-86, and after buckets on the other end from Darjus Lavrinovic and Polonara, it was Lavrinovic who committed an unsportsmanlike foul with 8 seconds to go, allowing Jeff Brooks and Dyson to ice the game from the foul line. Sassari grabbed 24 offensive rebounds –Reggio Emilia caught 17 with their effort late in the game – as Dyson led all scorers with 28 points on 5-for-10 from long range, and dished 7 assists. Sanders scored 18 before leaving the game for ankle injury early in the fourth quarter. David Logan scored 11, while Lawal amassed 10 points and 14 rebounds and 3 blocks. Lavrinovic scored 20, and Silins had 17 points for Reggio Emilia. Polonara collected 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Cinciarini had 14 points, 8 assists and 7 boards in defeat.