2007-08Regular SeasonRound 3
November 20, 2007 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 PALAIS DES SPORTS JEAN WEILLE
Sluc Nancy registered its first win in Group D by thrashing Azovmash Mariupol 80-57 at home on Tuesday. Both teams are now tied for the third place in the standings at 1-2, two wins away from the undefeated leaders, Khimki and Pamesa Valencia. Jeff Greer led the winners with 20 points. Ricardo Greer added 16, Michael Bauer had 11 while Zab Dowdell got 10 for Nancy. Yahor Meshcharakou had 18 points for Azovmash while Kris Long added 14. A red hot Meshcharakou buried 3 triples in the first quarter for a 16-18 Azovmash lead after 10 minutes, but once Nancy solved its defensive problems, the hosts simply rolled at both ends. Jeff Greer led a game-breaking 17-2 run that gave the hosts a 34-23 edge, while Dowdell boosted Nancy's lead to 41-25 at halftime. Azovmash did not rally after the break, as the Greer brother took over in a 10-0 run that sealed the outcome at the end of the third quarter, 63-43. Azovmash registered its second consecutive loss and Nancy rejoined the elimination round race while pleasing its fans.

Nancy opted to attack the basket in the early going, as a three-point play by Pape Amagou and free throws by Ricardo Greer gave the hosts a 5-3 edge. A three-pointer by Meshcharakou gave Azovmash its first lead, 7-8, but Michael Bauer answered from downtown while Ricardo Greer gave Nancy a 12-8 edge. Tyus Edney and Panos Liadelis fueled a 0-7 Azovmash run while Meshcharakou fired in his third triple for a 14-18 lead late in the first quarter. A three-point play by Tomas Delininkaitis gave Azovmash a 17-21 edge, but Jeff Greer hit consecutive three-pointers in a 8-0 run that put Nancy back ahead, 25-21. DJ Harrison added back-to-back baskets to make Azovmash call timeout at 29-23. The guests did not manage to fix their offense while TJ Parker and Jeff Greer boosted the hosts' lead to 34-23. Meshcharakou scored again, but he didn't find any help around. Meanwhile, Parker and Zab Dowdell led a 7-0 run that allowed Nancy to reach halftime with a 41-25 margin. Archibald and Edney tried to ignit the guests' comeback after the break, but Bauer buried a three-pointer and Victor Samnick added a layup for a 49-32 Nancy lead. Kris Long stepped up with 5 quick points to give Azovmash some hope, 51-38. It didn't last long, however, as the Greer brothers and Bauer combined for all points in a 10-0 run that broke the game open, 63-43, after 30 minutes. Long and Rodney Buford tried to change things for Azovmash but Nancy kept rolling, as consecutive baskets by Ricardo Greer gave the hosts a 76-51, enough to all fans to celebrate their team's first win in this ULEB Cup season.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
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Referees: AMOROS, XAVIER; OZOLS, ARNIS; PEREZ NIZ, MIGUEL ANGEL
Attendance: 3200
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SLUC Nancy16252217
Azovmash Mariupol1871814
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SLUC Nancy16416380
Azovmash Mariupol18254357
SLUC Nancy
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DOWDELL, ZABIAN 20:44 10 5/7     1 4 5 4 2 1       1 19
5 AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE 19:16 3 1/2   1/1   1 1 1 1 3     2 2 2
6 LEFEVRE, MATHIEU 1:06     0/1                       -1
8 GREER, JEFF 27:12 20 2/5 5/9 1/2 1 3 4 3 1   1 1 1 1 20
9 PARKER, TJ 19:50 5 1/4 1/3   1   1 1       1 3   -2
10 HARRISON, DENNIS 15:44 6 3/4       5 5 1 1 1     3 1 9
11 ABOUBAKAR ZAKI, AMADOU 18:28 6 3/5     4 4 8   1 1 4 1 3   12
13 SAMNICK, VICTOR 21:32 3 1/4 0/1 1/2 1 5 6     1 1   2 2 4
14 GREER, RICARDO 31:52 16 6/13   4/4 2 2 4 6   3   1 1 5 19
15 BAUER, MICHAEL 24:16 11 1/2 3/4     5 5   1 1 3   2 2 17
Team                                
Totals 200:00 80 23/46 9/18 7/9 10 29 39 16 7 11 9 4 17 14 99
        50% 50% 77.8%
Head coach: MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
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
Azovmash Mariupol
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 REESE, AUBREY 4:28     0/1     1 1     1         -1
5 EDNEY, TYUS 35:32 8 0/1 2/3 2/2   2 2 6 3 3     2 4 16
6 LIADELIS, PANAGIOTIS 22:48 2 1/6 0/1             1   2     -7
7 ARCHIBALD, ROBERT 14:16 5 2/3   1/4 1 4 5 1   3   1   4 7
8 SKUTYELNIK, OLEKSANDR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 DELININKAITIS, TOMAS 26:54 3 1/6 0/1 1/1   3 3 2   1   3 1 5 2
10 LANG, KRIS 28:58 14 6/11   2/2 5 2 7   2 5 1 1 1 3 15
11 LOKTIONOV, IGOR 1:40   0/1     1   1           1   -1
13 PODORVANNYY, YEVGENIY 3:32     0/1                       -1
14 MESHCHARAKOU, YAHOR 35:06 18 4/8 3/8 1/1 1 5 6 3   2 3 1 5 1 14
15 VAN DE HARE, REMON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 BUFORD, RODNEY 26:46 7 2/8 1/6   1 4 5 1       1 4   -3
Team                                
Totals 200:00 57 16/44 6/21 7/10 9 21 30 13 5 16 4 9 14 17 41
        36.4% 28.6% 70%
Head coach: BRAZYS, ALGIRDAS

Head Coaches

MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
SLUC Nancy
"It was a good game for us because we achieved several goals. We stay in the race to qualify for the next round. We stayed focused during the second half and we were very efficient from the three-point line. The final score is very good for us and it could us an advantage in tie-break situations."
BRAZYS, ALGIRDAS
Azovmash Mariupol
“We had got a lot of problems tonight and that didn’t help us against a good team like Nancy. Robert Archibald wasn’t 100% ready because of physical problems and Kris Long practised with us just once. Individually he played well but he didn't do well in team defense. We will be a different team when both teams meet again in Mariupol.”

Players

GREER, RICARDO
SLUC Nancy
“I think the team did an incredible job. My brother, Jeff, DJ Harrison and Zabian Dowdell came off the bench and played very well. It was a team win today. After the first two losses we had to start winning and before this game against Azovmash, we knew that if we won tonight we could improve our chances to qualify for the next round."
MESHCHARAKOU, YAHOR
Azovmash Mariupol
"We knew Nancy is a good team. I don’t know why we started well and suddenly nothing worked during the second quarter. Nancy scored a lot on fast breaks and they had a very good game in offense. Maybe we weren’t psychological ready for this kind of game."
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