2019-20Regular SeasonRound 13
December 13, 2019 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 ASTROBALLE

ASVEL roars past Milan in second half

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne pulled off an incredible comeback to end a four-game losing streak by beating AX Armani Exchange Milan 89-82 at home at The Astroballe on Friday. AVEL improved to 6-7 and sits tied for ninth place, just outside the playoff spots. Milan, whose record fell to 7-6 with a fourth consecutive defeat, led by 38-45 at halftime, but ASVEL exploded to life in the third, scoring 32 points to Milan's 16. That momentum and the support of the home fans turned into a wave that the visitors could not break. The winners were led by David Lighty, with 19 points, and Jordan Taylor, with 18, including a pair of key, late three-point shots. For the visitors, Luis Scola scored 14 while Sergio Rodriguez, Kaleb Tarczewski and Arturas Gudaitis hit for 12 each. Rodriguez dished 10 assists.

It was neck and neck to start the game as both sides exchanged several scores for an 8-8 tie midway through the first quarter. Michael Roll landed the game's first three-pointer to put Milan ahead and Rodriguez extended that to 8-13. That would become 8-16 thanks to a Scola triple. ASVEL made a comeback with a 5-0 run to within 13-18. Tarczewski scored on an alley-app and then he hit free throws, but ASVEL got back into it and Tonye Jekiri slammed to finish the first quarter at 20-24. Neither team could find their mark early in the second quarter but Milan raised its advantage to 20-28. The visitors extended that lead again with Riccardo Moraschini's three-pointer making it 20-32. Teenager Matthew Strazel answered with his second triple for ASVEL at 24-32. Lighty responded to Shane Mack's triple with his own s ASVEL stayed within 32-38. Ismael Bako and Lighty combined on 4 free throws, but a buzzer-beater from Rodriguez left Milan in charge 38-45 at halftime. ASVEL struck back with a tripe from Taylor and a basket from Livio Jean-Charles to make it 44-45 soon after the break. Milan edging back further in front before Lighty hit another triple at 48-49. A put-back by Bako finally tied it and ASVEL completed the comeback with Jean-Charles and Taylor combining on 5 points to make it 61-57. ASVEL rolled up 32 points in the quarter as Amine Noua's buzzer-beating put-back left a 71-61 score after 30 minutes. ASVEL extended that lead further, to 74-61, early in the fourth. Milan never quit, though, as Tarczewski threw down a dunk at 76-69 and Jeff Brooks scored from distance to give the visitors further hope. However, Jean-Charles and Taylor landed massive threes to keep ASVEL in front 85-74. Milan did its best to come back again but ASVEL was not to be denied on its way to victory.

Pivotal performer

Lighty was the game's leading scorer and came up big time and again when ASVEL needed him. Among his 19 points were some important buckets in the third and fourth quarter. With Milan coming back late, Lighty scored a bucket to ease the pressure again that might have been the straw that broke Milan's back.

Did you notice?

ASVEL came into Round 13 as the lowest-scoring Euroleague team, with 70.6 points per game. Despite that, ASVEL scored 32 points in the third quarter and ended that period with a big lead. The hosts obliterated their season average with 89 points for the confidence-inspiring home win.

Game-changing moment

Milan were mounting an improbable comeback late in the game but Taylor launched a three-pointer with just under 2 minutes remaining in the game to dash the visitors' confidence. It was a dagger through the heart of Milan, which never threatened again.

Next game

Both teams visit Spaon on Tuesday in Round 14. ASVEL goes against FC Barcelona whiel Milan faces Real Madrid in the Spanish capital.

David Lighty - LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne - EB19
Friday, December 13, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: PEREZ, EMILIO; TRAWICKI, TOMASZ; NIKOLIC, UROS
Attendance: 5412 (Tentative)
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LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne20183219
AX Armani Exchange Milan24211621
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LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne20387089
AX Armani Exchange Milan24456182
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JACKSON, EDWIN 16:12 9 4/7 0/3 1/2   4 4 4 1         1 12
2 TAYLOR, JORDAN 22:51 18 3/6 3/4 3/4   2 2 4   1     3 7 22
3 JEKIRI, TONYE 28:13 8 3/5   2/4 3 9 12   1       2 2 17
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 18:21 9 3/4 0/3 3/3 2 3 5           3 2 9
6 MALEDON, THEO 6:39           1 1 1   1     1 1 1
9 LOMAZS, RIHARDS 4:12   0/1 0/1         1         1   -2
12 NOUA, AMINE 15:26 2 1/1 0/2   1 2 3 1   2     3 2 1
17 JEAN-CHARLES, LIVIO 20:45 9 3/5 1/2   1   1   1       4   4
19 DIOT, ANTOINE 2:09     0/1             1         -2
21 BAKO, ISMAEL 15:19 8 2/4   4/4 2   2 1     2 1 4 2 8
23 LIGHTY, DAVID 25:55 19 4/8 2/3 5/5   1 1 2 2 1   1 2 4 19
32 STRAZEL, MATTHEW 23:58 7 0/2 2/3 1/3 1   1 1 1       3 1 3
Team           5 2 7     2         5
Totals 200:00 89 23/43 8/22 19/25 15 24 39 15 6 8 2 2 26 22 97
        53.5% 36.4% 76%
Head coach: MITROVIC, ZVEZDAN
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
AX Armani Exchange Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 DELLA VALLE, AMEDEO 7:19   0/1       1 1           1   -1
1 MACK, SHELVIN 13:45 5 0/1 1/2 2/2           1     2 1 1
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 24:14 7 1/3   5/7   5 5 3   2     4 4 9
6 BILIGHA, PAUL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 13:31 12 2/5   8/9   1 1       1 1 2 6 13
9 MORASCHINI, RICCARDO 23:09 9 2/3 1/2 2/2   3 3 1         2 2 11
10 ROLL, MICHAEL 23:29 7 2/3 1/2         3 1       1 1 9
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 24:31 13 3/8 2/4 1/1   3 3 10 1 2     2 1 17
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB 24:56 12 4/6   4/4 3 1 4     2     4 4 12
30 WHITE, AARON 3:34     0/1                   1 2  
32 BROOKS, JEFF 19:28 3 0/1 1/2   1 3 4 2 1           8
40 SCOLA, LUIS 22:04 14 3/6 2/2 2/4   3 3 3 1 2 1 1 4 5 15
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 82 17/37 8/15 24/29 6 22 28 22 4 10 2 2 23 26 97
        45.9% 53.3% 82.8%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE

Head Coaches

MITROVIC, ZVEZDAN
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"Thanks everybody for the support and my team for the effort. I think it's the only way we can make victories in the EuroLeague: effort, defense. You see our shooting percentage. We shot okay tonight, we shot 36 from three. I think our fight, our offensive rebounds, our aggressiveness on defense, and after our productivity in offense we continued it. It's our only way and I'm really happy about these things."
MESSINA, ETTORE
AX Armani Exchange Milan
"Honestly I think there were two games, not one. The first was a game for children, the second was a match for mature men. In the third quarter, we gave up 32 points and only 1 assist. Every basket of ASVEL was on direct penetration to the basket or their offensive rebounds. I mean this when I say it was a second half for men. We know that physical and mental toughness are needed to win away. This is why we lost in Moscow to Khimki, where at the end of the first half we were ahead like today, also to Olympiacos or even in the first game of the season in Munich. It has happened so many times now. You have to have physical or mental toughness; you cannot buy it. I believe that our players, who are good people, have this quality, but it is hidden somewhere and it is up to us to help them pull it out as soon as possible."

Players

LIGHTY, DAVID
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"It's not unbelievable but it's just a team effort. Everybody going out there playing aggressive especially after the bad first half we had. We just wanted to come out and play our brand of basketball, and I think we did a great job on the defensive end, which helped us on the offensive end. I think we regret some of the losses that we had. I think we feel we could have a better record right now. But, I mean, EuroLeague is a grind. It's a tough season, every game is going to be hard so we have to keep battling, keep fighting and see what happens at the end of the year."
TAYLOR, JORDAN
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"I think in the second half, we just came out with more energy. We were more aggressive. For a team like us, with a lot of inexperience in terms of EuroLeague, that's key for us, especially at home. Me and Tonye are beating up the glass and we finally made some shots but the energy was the big thing. We know we're obviously not the favorite in the EuroLeague. We don't have a lot of experience. We're going to go through some bumps in the road with this. It's a process and we're just trying to compete in every game and give ourselves a chance to win, so that's what we did tonight."
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