2007-08Regular SeasonRound 3
November 07, 2007 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 ANTARES
Hollis Price - Lietuvos Rytas Lietuvos Rytas retained its undefeated record and a share of the Group B lead by invading Le Mans to come out with a 77-83 victory on Wednesday. Its second win in as many road trips left L. Rytas with a 3-0 record, tied in first place with Aris, which also won on Wednesday. Le Mans falls to 3-0 and last place in the standings. L. Rytas looked strong early but Le Mans made a game of it by tying at halftime and taking a two-point lead into the final quarter. But L. Rytas buckled down and made the big shots when it counted to come back and win. Hollis Price was there all night with big shots for the winners, and finished with 25 points and 6 assists. Marijonas Petravicius followed with 14 points for L. Rytas, while first-half pace-setters Matt Nielsen and Mindaugas Lukauskis added 13 and 11, respectively. Le Mans rode 20 points off the bench from Phil Ricci to get back in the game in the middle quarters. Sam Clancy added 15 points, Raviv Limonad 14, also in a reserve role, and Luka Bogdanovic 12.

Neilsen got L. Rytas on the board with a pick-and-roll dunk fed by Mindaugas Lukauskis. After Clancy got Le Mans started with a second-chance shot, Pietrevicius and Batum exchanged inside baskets for a 4-4 tie. Koffi hit a jumper for the first Le Mans lead, then another big man, Nielsen, answered with the game's first triple to make it 6-7. Clancy's two-pointer was answered by Hollis with a steal and fastbreak layup, then Nielsen broke underneath, making it 8-11 for L. Rytas. Luka Bogdanovic and Koffi got Le Mans within 12-13, but Hollis hammered in a triple in response. Nelsen's free throws boosted L. Rytas ahead by 13-18, but Phil Ricci came off the bench with a three-point hook-plus-free throw for Le Mans. L. Rytas finished the quarter strong, however, as Lukauskas free throws and a gutsy triple by Price left the visitors in charge again 16-23.

Phil Ricci - Le MansLukauskis added to the L. Rytas advantage with a running jumper to start the second quarter. Raviv Limonad sparked Le Mans by feeding Ricci for a dunk. Joao Batista came off the L. Rytas bench and hit a post-up shot. At 18-27, Le Mans took a timeout to talk about it, after which Clancy scored an inside basket and bonus free throw. Limonad's free throws and another Clancy two-pointer got the hosts as close as 25-29 before Lukauskis erupted for 5 consecutive points to reestablish the L. Rytas cushion. But Le Mans had a rhythm now. Nebojsa Bogavac made a three-point basket-plus-free throw before Ricci stepped out and matched him one one shot, cutting the difference to 31-32. L. Rytas was able to expand its lead again to 35-39 on Batista's turnaround jumper, but Ricci ruled the end of the half inside, putting back one offensive rebound, then tipping in his own miss on the buzzer for a 39-39 at the break.

Mindaugas Lukauskis - Lietuvos RytasLe Mans kept going inside to Clancy and Ricci to maintain its lead early in the third quarter, but soon the L. Rytas defense started paying more attention, particularly to second shots. Whenever the visitors from Lithuania needed a shot, however, Hollis was there to either take it or dish it to a teammate. He was getting some competition on offense from Limonad, now, who despite three fouls was a driving force for the hosts. Bogdanovic chose that moment to drill the first of his three-pointers, too, while on the L. Rytas side, Petravicius was stepping up his activity in the paint to counterbalance Le Mans. Nonetheless, the hosts held onto a 60-58 lead at the end of 30 minutes.

The final quarter was much like the previous one, with both teams looking for extra contributors, and L. Rytas got a major one in Chuck Eidson, who had made his first appearance of the season the previous quarter. Eidson did what he does best - a little of everything - collecting steals, getting to the foulline and hitting a big three-pointer from the corner that made things more comfortable as the guests took control. Just the same, it was still close in the final minute when Nicolas Batum of Le Mans was whistled for a technical foul, the free throws from which let L. Rytas put the wraps on a major road win.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
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Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO; GARCIA, JOSE RAMON; VYKLICKY, ROBERT
Attendance: 3800
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Le Mans
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BOGAVAC, NEBOJSA 17:52 3 1/2 0/3 1/1   2 2   2 1       1 3
5 BATUM, NICOLAS 25:27 4 2/5 0/2     2 2 3 3 4     4 3 2
6 DIOT, ANTOINE 6:02 2 1/1 0/1             1     2   -2
7 KOFFI, ALAIN 23:02 4 2/5       5 5 1 1 3 2   2 1 6
8 LIMONAD, RAVIV 21:20 14 2/6 2/3 4/4 2   2 5   1     3 5 17
9 BOKOLO, YANNICK 20:19 3 1/1 0/2 1/2 1   1 4         4 1 2
10 LELOUP, JEREMY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 BOGDANOVIC, LUKA 29:00 12 3/4 2/4     1 1 1   2         9
13 RICCI, PHIL 25:08 20 7/9 1/3 3/3 1 2 3 4   1     1 4 25
15 CLANCY, SAM 31:50 15 6/8   3/5 3 3 6 3 1 2     2 6 23
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 77 25/41 5/18 12/15 9 16 25 22 7 15 2 0 18 21 89
        61% 27.8% 80%
Head coach: COLLET, VINCENT
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
Lietuvos Rytas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 SLEZAS, ANDRIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 30:26 11 3/5 1/3 2/2 1 5 6 2 3 3     2 1 14
10 PRICE, HOLLIS 36:51 25 3/3 5/9 4/4   2 2 6 2 2     2 5 32
12 ANISIMOV, MICHAILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 BATISTA, J.P. 13:48 4 2/5       1 1           2    
15 PETRAVICIUS, MARIUS 26:12 14 5/7   4/4 1 2 3   1 4   1 4 2 9
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 27:34 7 3/7   1/2 1 1 2 2   3   1 2 3 3
22 MITCHELL, DARREL 3:09                   1     1   -2
31 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 6:43           1 1 1   1     2   -1
33 EIDSON, CHUCK 15:17 9 1/2 1/1 4/4   1 1 2 4 1     1 2 15
44 NIELSEN, MATT 20:30 13 3/3 1/2 4/4   5 5 1   1     4 3 16
51 BAJRAMOVIC, KENAN 19:30   0/2 0/3     2 2 1   1     1 1 -3
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 83 20/34 8/18 19/20 5 22 27 15 10 17 0 2 21 17 87
        58.8% 44.4% 95%
Head coach: TRIFUNOVIC, ALEKSANDAR

Head Coaches

COLLET, VINCENT
Le Mans
Against a very good and big team of Lietuvos Rytas, we played good on defense, but unfortunately we had problems with the last possessions. We can't finish with a victory. Hollis Price did a good job and thanks to him, his team won tonight. It's difficult to lose when we are so close to a victory, but we hope to win the next match."
TRIFUNOVIC, ALEKSANDAR
Lietuvos Rytas
"In the first half, we had problems at the inside positions. We were supposed to be dominant there, but with the turnovers we had, we gave Le Mans open spaces and that brought back their confidence. In the second half, we played a little bit more like a team on defense. With that, we took our chance to win."

Players

RICCI, PHIL
Le Mans
"We played really hard tonight. It's very difficult to lose like this, with the technical foul with 40 seconds to go. We should finish the last two minutes better. We have to be more focused."
PRICE, HOLLIS
Lietuvos Rytas
"It was a special game for me tonight. Le Mans was my first professionnal team. I was happy to play and to win in front of people who appreciate my game. Vincent Collet does a great job with his guys, but my team played a great match also."
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