2008-09Last 16Round 6
March 10, 2009 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 RTL SPIROU DOME
Matt Walsh - Spirou BasketSpirou Basket capped a great Eurocup season by treating the fans in Charleroi, Belgium to a farewell 88-79 victory over visiting Artland Dragons on Tuesday. The victory left Spirou with a 3-3 record in Group L, good for third place, while Artland finished last at 1-5. Matt Walsh was the big gun for the winners, with 4-for-5 three-point accuracy among his 25 points. Len Matela followed with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Wes Wilkinson chipped in 10 points. For Artland, Adam hess buried 23 points, Darius Hall a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Lamont McIntosh added 15 points.

The teams traded baskets to start the game until a Drew Neitzel drilled a triple between layups by Hess for a 0-7 run by Artland. When the same duro combined on 6 straight points, the visitors were ahead 10-17. Walsh scored the next 7 to tie for Spirou at 17-17, but Hess and Leo-Niklas Niebuhr restored Artland's lead at 21-23 after 10 minutes. Wes Wilkinson took the scoreboard back for Spirou with a three-point basket-plus-free throw early in the second quarter. Walsh soon had to do it again, with a triple at 29-27 to start a 9-1 run that finished with Matela's layup for a 35-28 Spirou advantage. The hosts' defense kept dominating and Spirou stretched the lead to double digits, 42-31, on a Wilkinson three-pointer on the way to a solid 48-34 halftime advantage.

Spirou was content to trade baskets again after the break, although Walsh's next triple threatened a 20-point difference, 57-39. Hall and Hess soon brought Artland as close as 59-46. Pankracije Barac restored Spirou's offense, but Paul Johnson ended the third quarter with a triple for Artland that left a 65-52 scoreboard after 30 minutes. As much as Hall and Hess tried to cut if further, Barac and Andre Riddick lifted Spirou in front by 73-56 early in the final quarter. Soon a pair of Walsh triples ended all doubt with the score at 79-64 and the Spirou fans able to celebrat the end of what has been a stellar season for the home team.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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Referees: JASEVICIUS, TOMAS; LATISEVS, OLEGS; PEREA, OSCAR
Attendance: 2000
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Spirou Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WALSH, MATT 34:11 25 4/4 4/5 5/7   1 1 4   6     1 5 25
7 HAMILTON, JUSTIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 BARAC, PANKRACIJE 31:11 8 4/8 0/2 0/2 1 2 3 5       1 4 2 5
9 TABU, JONATHAN 27:40 8 1/2 1/3 3/4 2 2 4 5 2 2 1 1 3 3 13
10 RIDDICK, ANDRE 14:12 8 4/4   0/2   5 5 1 1 2 1   5 2 9
11 WILKINSON, WES 23:11 11 3/4 1/2 2/3 2 4 6 1   1 3 1 1 2 17
13 LALIC, JURE 13:49 5 2/4 0/1 1/1 2 2 4   1 2 3   5 5 8
14 MATELA, LEN 28:31 19 6/8 1/3 4/4 4 6 10 1 2   1   3 5 31
15 MAJOR, GERRIT 22:59 2 1/5           4   2     5   -5
16 HOUNHANOU, SENNA 4:16 2 1/1                         2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 88 26/40 7/16 15/23 11 22 33 21 6 15 9 3 27 24 105
        65% 43.8% 65.2%
Head coach: ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN
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
Artland Dragons
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 STUCKEMANN, FLAVIO 12:30   0/1 0/1     2 2     2   1 5 1 -7
8 MCINTOSH, LAMONT 31:37 15 3/8 1/4 6/8 2 2 4 2   1 1 2 3 5 11
9 JOHNSON, PAUL 28:06 6 0/1 2/3   1 2 3 1   1     1   6
10 ROHDEWALD, JAN 20:12 6 0/1 2/4     1 1 1       1 3   1
11 HALL, DARIUS 23:09 18 6/12   6/10 7 4 11 2 4   1 1 5 11 31
12 NEITZEL, DREW 22:44 6 0/3 2/4     1 1 3 1 1   2 1 1 3
13 PREWITT, CHAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 HESS, ADAM 31:07 23 9/15 1/4 2/2 2 1 3 1   1   2 3 4 16
20 MADRICH, DIRK 16:04 3 0/1   3/4   2 2 3 2 4     4 4 4
23 NIEBUHR, LEO-NIKLAS 14:31 2 1/2 0/1     1 1               1
Team                     1     1   -2
Totals 200:00 79 19/44 8/21 17/24 12 16 28 13 7 11 2 9 26 26 64
        43.2% 38.1% 70.8%
Head coach: LEIBENATH, THORSTEN

Head Coaches

ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN
Spirou Basket
"Without four guys who are important for us, we finished the season like I wanted, with a success after a good second quarter. We can be proud of our run in spite of the elimination. We missed two important games, that's all."
LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
Artland Dragons
"If we take a look on all the second round, I only regret our game in Vilnius, the others were better, like this one in Charleroi tonight, where we lost control in the second quarter. Hess and Hall were very good. I hope Darren Fenn will be ready to play again for us in the German League."
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