In a thrilling showdown that went down to the wire, Le Mans Sarthe Basket grabbed a pivotal road win and avoided early elimination in Group A by edging CEZ Basketball Nymburk 69-71 in Prague, the Czech Republic, on Wednesday. Both teams now tie for third place in Group A, each with a 4-4 record, but Le Mans, which lost DaShaun Wood during the game due to a fractured left hand, has the tie-break advantage due to its two wins against Nymburk. Reyshawn Terry paced the winners with 16 points. Vaughn Duggins added 13 while JP Batista had 11 for Le Mans. Rado Rancik led Nymburk with 19 points. Dylan Page added 15 while Tre Simmons had 14 and a game-high 9 rebounds for the hosts, which led 33-28 near halftime. Pape Sy and Terry allowed Le Mans to get a 35-44 margin early in the second half. Nymburk managed to regain the lead, 48-47, at the end of the third quarter. Duggins and Terry gave Le Mans a 52-62 edge with 3 minutes left but Nymburk fought back. Welsch, Simmons and an outstanding Rancik allowed the hosts to tie the game, 69-69. Duggins stepped up with the game-winning shot seconds before the buzzer.
Batista and Wood combined for all points in an 0-7 opening run. Page sank a jumper but Duggins and Wood struck from downtown for a 2-13 Le Mans lead. Page got help from Simmons and Vlado Ilievski to bring Nymburk a bit closer, 9-15. Terry and Charles Kahudi stepped up for the guests but three-pointers by Page and Ilievski kept Nymburk within 17-19 after 10 minutes. Free throws by Rancik and a layup by Rasid Mahalbasic gave Nymburk its first lead, 21-19. Terry and Alain Koffi allowed Le Mans to regain the lead, 24-25. Nymburk found a go-to guy in Simmons, who quickly gave the hosts a 33-28 margin. Sy, Terry and Kahudi fueled a 0-12 run which gave Le Mans a 33-40 edge at halftime. Batista and Antoine Eito hit respective jumper for a 35-44 Le Mans margin right after the break. Ilievski, Simmons and Page combined for all points in a 11-1 run that made Nymburk regain the lead, 46-45. Free throws by Jiri Welsch gave Nymburk a 48-47 lead after 30 minutes. Duggins took over with 6 unanswered points early in the fourth quarter and a dunk by Kahudi gave Le Mans a 48-57 margin. A jumper by Terry soon made it a double-digit game, 49-59. Nymburk struggled to score right when it mattered most and another basket by Terry seemed to seal the outcome, 52-62, with 3 minutes left. Welsch, Simmons and a three-point play by Rancik brought Nymburk as close as 66-67 with 38 seconds to go. Duggins hit a layup that Rancik bettered with a triple to tie the game, 69-69. Duggins had the final word by hitting the game-winning jumper in the final seconds, allowing Le Mans to walk away with a big win.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013