2006-07Regular SeasonRound 7
December 12, 2006 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 RHENUS SPORT
Andrew Pluta - Anwil All but given up for dead two weeks ago, when it was the last winless team in the ULEB Cup, Anwil Wloclawek roared back into Group B contention with a thrilling 76-77 victory at Strasbourg on Tuesday. Anwil's first-ever ULEB Cup road win raised its record to 2-5, good for a fifth-place tie with Besiktas Cola Turka. The are two victories behind Strasbourg, which dropped to 4-3 record, and two teams with which it splits second place, Ventspils and Snaidero. Anwil surprised Strasbourg by coming out tough to lead 4-11 and taking a 16-29 advantage early in the second quarter. Strasbourg climbed within 36-42 at halftime, and took the lead for the first time at 50-49. The game became close, the leading team changed a lot of times, but Andrzej Pluta didn't miss his last 6 free throws to help Anwil seal the win. Pluta led the winners with 20 points. Seid Hajric added 18 points with 6 rebounds and Wiktor Grudzinski chipped in 11 with 6 boards. Aerick Sanders led five double-figure scorers for Strasbourg with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Lonnie Cooper tallied 16 and dished 6 assists, Afik Nissim bagged 15 with 7 assists, Claude Marquis netted 13 with 6 rebounds and Chuck Eidson contributed 10.

Hajric opened fire for Anwil before Pluta from downtown boosted the guests in front 2-5. Chuck Eidson answered for Strasbourg, but back-to-back baskets by Hajric pushed Anwil ahead 4-11. Cooper posted free throws and Pluta popped from mid-range as the score hit 10-15. Cooper helped Strasbourg get closer at 14-17 but Grudzinski had 4 points in a 0-10 run that pushed the visitors from Anwil to a 16-26 advantage as Bartlomiej Woloszyn hit a jumper to finish the first quarter. Pluta extended the lead with a bomb early in the second quarter, but Nissim close a scoreless stretch for Strasbourg to get within 19-29. Marck Dickel helped manage Anwil's lead as Claude Marquis tried to rally Strasbourg. Still, with a soft jumper and Hajric driving to the basket kept Anwil in charge at 23-35. Cooper and Sanders scored consecutive baskets to trim Strasbourg's deficit back to single digits, then the hosts used a 2-3 zone defense and another Sanders score to get within 32-38. The momentum stayed with Strasbourg as Afik hit free throws to lock in a 36-42 halftime scoreboard.

Marquis and Sanders - StrasbourgCooper opened the third quarter scoring from the baseline and then drilling a three-pointer to cut the margin to 41-42 after just 70 seconds. Sanders missed a potential go-ahead shot to go ahead and Hairic made a dunk to wake up Anwil. Dickel posted a triple from the corner and Anwil was leading 43-49, but Marquis dropped in a basket underneath, Eidson copied him from mid-range, and Nissim from beyond the arc gave Strasbourg its first lead at 50-49. Anwil did not wilt, however. Mladen Soskic fueled the guests until Hajric scored 4 points in a row to restor a 50-55 Anwil margin. Nissim made a miracle triple to beat the 24-seconds shot-clock buzzer and Sanders slammed to ball for another tie, 55-55, after 28 minutes. Nissim went again inside to Sanders and he was ready to convert the assist, adding a free throw to take a 58-55 advantage. Zbigniew Bialek rallied Anwil to tie 60-60 on his three-point play with 12 seconds left in the third quarter, before Dirk Madrich beat the buzzer for Strasbourg to enjoy a 62-60 cushion after 30 minutes. Grudzinski tied it up agin early in the last quarter and Woloszyn stole to find the easy go-ahead points at 62-64. Soskic drew a charge and then hit a three.pointer to beat Strasbourg's 2-3 zone, making it 64-69 and forcing the home team to call timeout. The hosts switched on man-to-man defense, but Dickel beat it going to the basket before Marquis stopped a long Strasbourg scoreless slide to keep his team within 68-71 with 4 minutes left. The drama heightened as Cooper beat the shot clock from beyond the arc to tie again at 71-71, and Sanders scored 1 of 2 free throws to retake the lead for Strasbourg. But Pluta wasn't giving up. He didn't miss his 4 free throws and they gave Anwil a new adavantage, 72-75 with 90 seconds to play. Sanders put Strasbourg closer and even though Pluta made 2 more free throws, Eidson converted an offensive rebound to make it 76-77. When Pluta missed his last layup attempt and Hairjc couldn't control the rebound, Mike Smith had a chance to win it for Strasbourg with a three-pointer at the buzzer. It missed, however, meaning that Anwil lived to fight another day in Group B.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
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Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO; AITCHESON, DALE; CUKALOVIC, CASLAV
Attendance: 3400
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Strasbourg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 COOPER, LONNIE 33:45 16 4/6 2/5 2/2   2 2 6   3     3 4 17
6 MENDY, ELSON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 MARQUIS, CLAUDE 30:15 13 6/11   1/2 2 4 6     2   1 2 3 11
8 SANDERS, AERICK 34:15 17 5/6   7/9 4 4 8 2   2 1   2 6 27
9 SMITH, MICHAEL 28:30 3 1/2 0/5 1/5 1 3 4 3 3 1     4 3 1
11 NISSIM, AFIK 25:00 15 2/3 3/7 2/2 1 1 2 7 2 2     1 1 19
12 McCORD, JOHN 18:00   0/2   0/2 2 2 4   1 1     2 1 -1
13 EIDSON, CHUCK 22:30 10 5/7     1 1 2 3   3     3 2 9
14 BACH, JASON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 MADRICH, DIRK 7:45 2 1/1 0/2         1         2   -1
Team             2 2   1           3
Totals 200:00 76 24/38 5/19 13/22 11 19 30 22 7 14 1 1 19 20 85
        63.2% 26.3% 59.1%
Head coach: GIRARD, ERIC
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
Anwil Wloclawek
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DICKEL, MARK 39:30 8 2/5 1/4 1/2   2 2 10 3 2   1 2 3 14
7 BIALEK, ZBIGNIEW 25:00 7 2/6 0/2 3/3 2 1 3 3 3 1     1 4 12
9 JAHOVICS, GATIS 22:15 2 0/2 0/1 2/2   4 4 3   2     3 1 2
10 PLUTA, ANDRZEJ 26:30 20 3/6 2/5 8/8       2   1     2 4 17
11 WOLOSZYN, BARTLOMIEJ 16:15 4 2/2 0/1   2 2 4     1     4 2 4
14 GRUDZINSKI, WIKTOR 28:00 11 4/5 1/3   1 5 6     2 1   2 2 13
17 PELKIC, BOJAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 OTASEVIC, NIKOLA 0:30                              
21 MICHALSKI, KAMIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 SOSKIC, MLADEN 15:00 7 2/2 1/2                   3 1 4
41 HAJRIC, SEID 27:00 18 9/13     2 4 6 1   2     3 2 18
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 77 24/41 5/18 14/15 9 18 27 19 6 11 1 1 20 19 86
        58.5% 27.8% 93.3%
Head coach: DEDEK, DAVID
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Head Coaches

GIRARD, ERIC
Strasbourg
"It already wasn't an easy game when we won in Wloclawek, so we knew tonight's game would be tough. Last time, we made the difference in the last 5 minutes. Tonight, it was really tough and Wloclawek played well as a team. We seemed not to have such a will to play one for the others, and to sacrifice for the team. Still, it shows that everything can happen when it comes to sport, and to basketball. ULEB Cup has a high level and tonight we weren't able to make it. Until Christmas we have hard games to come, for the ones we will have to fight."
DEDEK, DAVID
Anwil Wloclawek
"We knew Strasbourg was a great team with very good players. In the second half, we were very good defensively. We played as a team and thanks to that we won. It was important for us to win tonight. We've got two more games at home, against Italian and Turkish teams, and one game out, against Ventspils. We have 3 games to go, all possible to be won."

Players

MARQUIS, CLAUDE
Strasbourg
"I don't think we lost on the last possession. We started the game quite badly, and then we had to make a bigger effort. It was really a tough and intensive game, between two teams who really wanted to win, but Wloclawek was more lucky than we were. We lost tonight but we want to go forward, we’ll go back to work on Thursday, and prepare ourselves for our next Championship game. In the ULEB Cup, we’ll have to win one of our next road games, but even if we lost tonight, we still won the goal average on Wloclawek. So that’s a good point for us."
PLUTA, ANDRZEJ
Anwil Wloclawek
"It was a very close game, we fought until the last second. It is a satisfaction for me and for the whole team. We managed to keep pressure on Strasbourg all game long. For us it is very important and we can look the future positively."
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