2010-11Qualifying RoundRound 6
October 10, 2010 CET: 17:00
Local time: 17:00 O2 WORLD
Andre Riddick - Spirou Basket (photo spiroubasket.com)Spirou Basket has catapulted Belgium back to Europe's top competition for the first time in nine years! Spirou held on desperately to tie host Alba 70-70 before 11,840 fans in Berlin on Sunday to win the last of three Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds and thereby advance to the regular season, which starts October 18. Spirou had taken the first game of their two-leg series by 4 points at home in Charleroi, so the tie in Berlin gave Belgian champs enough to win the series on aggregate score. Spirou goes to Group B of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season and Khimki, the other qualifying winner, to Group A. Spirou's second straight Turkish Airlines Euroleague qualifying series victory on the road, following an upset of Unics Kazan in the last round, came thanks to a pair of late free throws by Demond Mallet - his first points all game - which turned back an incredible rally by Alba. Spirou had led by 11 points, 53-64, with under 4 minutes to play, but missed 4 of 6 free throws early in the final minute to give Alba a fighter's chance. A pair of three-point shots and free throws put Alba up 70-68, but Mallet's steady hand denied the hosts a chance to shoot at the buzzer for the series victory. Brian Greene topped Spirou's scorers with 17 points, while Chris Hill had 14, Andre Riddick 13 and 9 rebounds, and Joseph Gomis 10. For Alba, Derrick Allen had 20 points and Julius Jenkins 13, although none in the second half. Also, Spirou's defense held Immanuel McElroy scoreless until the game's next-to-last minute. With the series loss, Alba returns to the Eurocup, where it was runner-up for the title last season.

Greene provided Spirou's early spark, scoring all the points as the visitors raced ahead 2-6. Alba was able to turn the scoreboard in its favor, however, with a triple from Jenkins at 9-8. The lead changed once more before Allen's back-to-back baskets put Alba up 13-10. The hosts' defense proceeded to blank Spirou's scorers during more than 4 minutes until Riddick broke the slide for the guests, ending the first quarter at 16-12, making it a tied series. The point-for-point battle continued into the second quarter with Alba going up three times by 6 points, but Spirou quickly answering, the second and third times on three-point efforts by Hill. By the time his next three-point shot landed, Spirou was within 28-27. Alba reacted with the next 6 points in a row, including a pair of baskets by Allen, although Riddick again cut the margin before the end of two quarters to 34-29. In other words, Alba held a one-point series lead with 20 minutes to go.

The veteran Riddick scored 5 points early in the second half to put Spirou back within striking distance of the lead, which Gomis finally seized with a three-point strike. Patrick Femerling answered for Alba with 3 points the hard way, but Gomis and Greene hit back-to-back layups to put Spirou back ahead, 41-43. It was Spirou's defense that dominated now, with only Femerling scoring for Alba during 5 minutes until Allen was able to tie, 44-44, at the foul line following an offensive rebound. Greene brought back Spirou's offensive spark with a layup and a huge triple, which Gomis soon copied from downtown near the third-quarter buzzer for Spirou's biggest lead of the night so far, 46-52, or 10 points with 10 minutes to go in the series. A layup by Allen for Alba was offset by free throws from Hill to open the fourth quarter. The problem for Alba, however, was the slow scoring pace. When Riddick upped Spirou's lead to 48-56, the hosts were down 12 points with less than 7 minutes to play. Price gave Alba hope with a triple, but Greene matched it with a basket-plus-free throw. Marko Marinovic's 2-of-3 free-throw shooting made it a 53-59 game with 5 minutes to play. Spirou's lead on the scoreboard would eventually rise to 53-64 on layups by Hill and Justin Hamilton, leaving a 15-point difference in the series. Finally, Alba reacted with an 8-0 run to get within 61-64 in the next-to-last minute. After a timeout, Spirou found Riddick for an all-important basket. After McElro scored his very first point, the final minute started 62-66. Hill added a free throw for Spirou before McElroy canned a triple at 65-68. The same process happened with Greene and Price, producing a 68-68 tie. Fouling worked again for Alba, as Gomis missed both of his free throws, while Allen made 2 of 2, putting the hosts ahead 70-68. This time, Spirou got the ball to the right man, Mallet, who canned his first free throw attempt for his first point of the game. The all-important second one went down just as smooth, making Alba's rally too little, too late and putting Spirou in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for 2010-11.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL; TAURINO, PAOLO; VOJINOVIC, MILIJA
Attendance: 11840 (Tentative)
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Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
10 PRICE, HOLLIS 23:44 8 1/3 2/3     1 1 1 2 1   1   1 8
11 JENKINS, JULIUS 32:53 13 2/7 3/5     1 1 6 1 2     4 3 11
13 FEMERLING, PATRICK 10:13 6 2/4   2/3 1 2 3     2       3 7
14 MARINOVIC, MARKO 19:36 4 0/3 0/2 4/5   6 6 3   2     4 2 3
15 ALLEN, DERRICK 29:46 20 7/11 0/1 6/6 1 4 5     3     4 5 18
16 SEIFERTH, ANDREAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 DRAGICEVIC, TADIJA 26:27 8 0/2 0/2 8/8 3 3 6     1 1   5 4 9
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 36:53 4 0/3 1/3 1/2 1 2 3 5   4     1 3 4
24 STAIGER, LUCCA 0:18                              
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 13:11 7 3/4   1/2 3 3 6     1     3 3 10
44 TAYLOR, BRYCE 6:59   0/1       1 1 1       1 2 1 -1
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 70 15/38 6/16 22/26 11 25 36 16 3 16 1 2 23 25 73
        39.5% 37.5% 84.6%
Head coach: PAVICEVIC, LUKA
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
Spirou Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HILL, CHRIS 27:48 14 2/4 2/5 4/5 1 6 7 2         3 5 19
5 GOMIS, JOSEPH 27:45 10 2/8 2/4 0/2   5 5 3   2     3 4 7
6 BROYLES, DWAYNE 10:24 2 1/2     1   1     1       1 2
7 HAMILTON, JUSTIN 29:21 5 2/3 0/2 1/2   3 3   2 3     1 3 5
8 WRIGHT, BRENT 18:57 5 2/7   1/2 1 2 3   2       5 1  
9 GREENE, BRIAN 26:21 17 5/10 1/3 4/7 1 2 3 2       1 4 4 11
10 RIDDICK, ANDRE 23:42 13 6/9   1/2 5 4 9 1   1 2   3 4 21
11 JADIN, AMAURY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MALLET, DEMOND 30:02 2 0/3   2/2       4 1 4     2 1 -1
13 IAROCHEVITCH, IOANN 5:40 2 1/1             1 1     4   -2
14 MORAY, YANNICK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 HULSEN, GAEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 4 6     2         4
Totals 200:00 70 21/47 5/14 13/22 11 26 37 12 6 14 2 1 25 23 66
        44.7% 35.7% 59.1%
Head coach: BOZZI, GIOVANNI

Head Coaches

PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Alba Berlin
"In the second half, we did not succeed in establishing the speed and the flow we needed in our offensive game. We were not patient, we wanted to solve problems on the first hit against an opponent that needed to be stretched to the end of the offense. When we pushed the ball inside, we did not convert, missed a couple of layups which would have given us security in our inside game. As a team we did not work enough for our offense. This gave power to Charleroi, which reacted to some of our misses and turnovers with fastbreaks. They were living very comfortable in that period with playing on the road against us. Towards the end of the quarter, we even lost control over certain defensive situations. Charleroi lived very comfortable with that, too. Generally I think, that in the third quarter, we did not respond to the level of the aggressiveness."
BOZZI, GIOVANNI
Spirou Basket
"We had the goal for the game to not let Alba run, to control the tempo of the game, to avoid turnovers and to have good shot selection. I think we did all that really well. We had a problem in the first half with Jenkins, but after 16 minutes we found a solution with Justin Hamilton, who proved to be a Euroleague defender. Because we don't have big men who are able to play with their back to the basket, on offense we have to use pick-and-roll plays, driving and correct moving off the pick to get the the wide open shot. We did that very well, too. After 37 minutes the game looked over, but it was not, because we did not hit our free throws, which brought us into trouble again. But finally we scored the last two and tied the game, which was good for us to go to the Euroleague."

Players

ALLEN, DERRICK
Alba Berlin
"It's a bad day for us, because we did not play like we were supposed to. If we don't play the right way, we won't win and Charleroi deserves going to the Euroleague."
GREENE, BRIAN
Spirou Basket
"We don't have a lot of big players, but we have heart. We practice hard every day and we play hard, which you could see tonight. We came here to play in a very difficult arena and to win the series. Of course, we are very excited to play in the Euroleague now. For a lot of us this will be the first time, so it will be a very exciting and fun experience."
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