2012-13Regular SeasonRound 3
November 20, 2012 CET: 18:30
Local time: 18:30 BASKETBALL CENTER DRAZEN PETROVIC
Marcus Goree - Cholet Basket - EC12 (photo Spartak SPB)_41537Cholet Basket of France got its first win of the Eurocup season the hard way, going on the road to defeat KK Cibona by 90-95 in Zagreb, Croatia on Tuesday, thereby rejoining the Last 16 race in Group G. Cholet is now 1-2 and will be one victory out of second place headed into the second half of the regular season. Cibona dropped to 0-3 and must win or face elimination soon. Cholet's 95 points set its Eurocup scoring high in a non-overtime game after the club's seven seasons, 45 games in the competition. Six players accounted for all but 5 of those points: Marcus Goree with 20, Travon Bryant with 19, A.J. Slaughter with 18, Derrick Obasohan with 16, Terrell Everett with 9 and Rudy Jomby with 8. Terrell had 11 of Cholet's 20 assists. Cibona wasn't far behind in scoring and made up deficits as high as 14 points to challenge - but never re-take - the lead. Veterans Davor Kus and Andrija Zizic led the hosts with 24 points each. Kus added 6 assists with perfect 4-for-4 three-point and 8-for-8 free throw shooting. Tomislav Zubcic followed them with 14 points while D.J. Strawberry had 10.

Goree got Cholet going with a three-point play and another layup that led to a quick 4-7 lead, but it wasn't long before Zizic and Demond Carter scored back-to-back baskets to put the hosts in front, 10-9. Cholet forced two ties after that until newcomer Obasohan's 5 points in a row gave the visitors back a 15-18 lead. Despite a second layup for Pavle Marcinkovic of Cibona, Everett matched Obasohan's previous shot from downtown to keep Cholet up 17-21 after 10 minutes. Goree and Bryant kept pushing their team early in the second quarter, while 5 points in a row by Kus let Cibona keep as close as 24-27. Soon, back-to-back three-pointers by Jomby and Slaughter upped the difference to 27-36. Jomby soon pushed Cholet ahead by double digits at the free throw line and Karim Souchu supplied the first half's bigges lead, 31-43, from downtown. Ante Masic and Marko Jagodik did what they could for Cibona, but the visitors from Cholet still led 36-47 at the half.

Goree's two-pointer meant a new high lead for Cholet, 36-49, to start the second half. Jomby upped it to 40-54 with a triple before Zubcic matched him and soon Kus buried a pair of his own shots from beyond the arc to suddenly cut the difference to 53-58. Zubcic then dunked to complete a 15-4 run for Cibona, although Bryant and Slaughter answered back with baskets for Cholet. Despite 5 free throws by Kus before the end of the quarter, giving him 14 points in 10 minutes, another three-pointer by Obasohan meant Cholet still led 6 4-69 after 30 minutes. Obasohan struck again from the arc early in the fourth, but Strawberry copied him for Cibona at 69-72. That was too close for Goree, who lifted Cholet with 5 points in a row before Bryant blasted a long-range shot to restore the visitors' 10-point lead at 70-80. It didn't take long, however, for Cibona to roar back, with Zizic and Strawberry sharing all the points in a 9-5 burst before Zubcic made it 81-85 with just over 2 minutes left. Goree and Zizic then traded baskets, as did Everett and Zubcic, although the latter's came with a free throw to make it 86-89 with 56 seconds left. Obasohan, Goree and Slaughter made 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch, however, as Cholet took a valuable first victory back home to France.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Referees: SHEMMESH, SEFFI; KRAUSE, OLIVER; ZASHCHUK, SERGEY
Attendance: 700 (Tentative)
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Cibona Zagreb17366490
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Cibona Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 KUS, DAVOR 29:15 24 2/5 4/4 8/8       6 1 2     3 5 28
7 ZUBCIC, TOMISLAV 26:38 14 5/7 1/4 1/1 4 2 6 4 1       3 1 18
8 MASIC, ANTE 4:27 3 1/1   1/1           1     2 1 1
9 CARTER, DEMOND 13:57 4 2/5 0/2         1 1         1 2
12 MARCINKOVIC, PAVLE 25:42 4 2/2       3 3 1 2 1 1   5 1 6
20 ROZIC, MARIN 13:54     0/1   1 3 4 1 1       2   3
21 JAGODIK, MARKO 10:26 2 1/2           1   1     2 1  
24 STRAWBERRY, DJ 28:56 10 2/4 2/4     4 4 1 1 4     4 2 6
31 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 31:24 24 11/17   2/2 3 4 7 1 1 3     3 2 23
41 HAMILTON, JUSTIN 6:56 3 1/2   1/2                 1 1 1
55 KOVACEVIC, HRVOJE 8:25 2 1/2 0/1         1         2   -1
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 90 28/47 7/16 13/14 8 16 24 17 8 13 1 0 27 15 86
        59.6% 43.8% 92.9%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO
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
Cholet Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 JOMBY, RUDY 23:20 8   2/6 2/2   3 3 2   2     2 1 6
8 SLAUGHTER, AJ 28:11 18 4/8 2/4 4/5 1 4 5 6 2       2 9 31
11 EVERETT, TERRELL 34:16 9 3/7 1/2 0/2 3   3 11 1 3     2 3 15
12 MORIN, YANNIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 FAROUX, CLEMENT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 ONA EMBO, CARL 8:46     0/1                   2   -3
17 GOREE, MARCUS 37:51 20 7/8 1/2 3/5 1 6 7 3 2 2       7 33
18 BRYANT, TRAVON 30:45 19 6/9 1/1 4/4 3 4 7     5     4 2 16
19 SOUCHU, KARIM 15:28 5 1/2 1/1     1 1     1     1   3
20 OBASOHAN, DERRICK 21:23 16 1/2 3/4 5/6   1 1   1 1   1 2 5 16
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 95 22/36 11/21 18/24 9 20 29 22 6 14 0 1 15 27 119
        61.1% 52.4% 75%
Head coach: SOUSA, JEAN MANUEL

Head Coaches

MRSIC, VELJKO
Cibona Zagreb
"We need to be in the game for the entire 40 minutes. We were bad in the first half, especially on defense. We played better in the second, but it was not enough. Their rebounds and several easy points were the key for the win that they entirely deserved. We need to get our heads together and figure out a way to get back in form. We must play better."
SOUSA, JEAN MANUEL
Cholet Basket
"We played a good game on offense. On defense it was so-so. Our transition from offense to defense was not good and we need to improve it. If we did not win this game we would be out of the Eurocup, so it is a very important win for us!"