2019-20Regular SeasonRound 1
October 02, 2019 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAIS DES SPORTS MAURICE THOREZ

Nanterre celebrates Eurocup comeback with a win

Nanterre 92 opened the 2019-20 7DAYS EuroCup season with a tight, but convincing 85-78 victory over short-handed Joventut Badalona, which missed five players with different injuries. The home team led by 6 at the half, extended the gap to 14 at the end of the third quarter and reached a game-high 17-point advantage, 68-51, early in the fourth. Even though a late rally brought the visitors within 79-74 with 90 seconds to go, 3 free throws by Kenny Chery in the last minute were good enough to seal the outcome. Chery led all Nanterre scorers with 24 points on 4-for-7 shooting from deep plus 9 assists. Dallas Moore chipped in 20 points with 5 threes of his own. Klemen Prepelic, with 23 points, was the best scorer on the losing side. Alen Omic and Albert Ventura netted 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Both teams got out to slow starts in their EuroCup comebacks after years away, trying to set a high pace but finding too much trouble to get a steady scoring flow. Nanterre managed to solve it from inside first with Youssoupha Ndoye and Jean-Marc Pansa combining for half of the 20 first-quarter Nanterre points and later from outside, with Moore and Chery running the show. The two guards combined for 18 points in the second quarter, helping Nanterre build a 45-39 halftime lead. Joventut showed unable to threaten the hosts because of awful shooting accuracy from long range, but tried to survive thanks to a solid offensive rebounding performance. That proved to be not enough, as Spencer Butterfield, Isaia Cordinier and Devin Oliver joined the party to build a 65-51 margin at the end of the third quarter. When Chery expanded it up to 18 points right after the break, Joventut had missed all of its 18 three-point attempts. Prepelic broke the trend at that moment and the visitors managed to find 3 more triples to close the gap and reach the last 2 minutes with hope, but Chery, once again, rose as the savior for his team and drew a foul on a three-point attempt that finally cleared the way to victory.

Almost 4 years later…

The last 7DAYS EuroCup home win for Nanterre took place on November 10, 2016, when it defeated Telekom Baskets Bonn 101-78. At long last, fans were able to celebrate another European win.

Not less than 20

Even though Nanterre struggled to find a good scoring rhythm in the early going, its backcourt came to the rescue and enabled a solid 20-25-20-20 scoring mark per quarter.

Is there anyone available?

Joventut Badalona missed five players in the game, as Luke Harangody, Xavi Lopez Arostegui, Conor Morgan and Shawn Dawson were out and didn’t travel. Nikos Zisis, who was expected to play, became also unavailable right before the game.

Blind from deep

The visitors needed 19 attempts to hit their first three-pointer of the night. 32 minutes had passed already. Even though they ended up nailing 4 in the last quarter, it was too late.

Next games

Nanterre will try to add a second win to its card in Istanbul when it visits Darussafaka Tefken on October 8. Joventut Badalona will try to bounce back from this loss with the help of its fans, also on October 8, when it hosts Germani Brescia Leonesa.

Kenny Chery - Nanterre 92 (photo Nanterre) - EC19
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
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Referees: KOROMILAS, ELIAS; KOLJENSIC, MILOS ; RACYS, SAULIUS
Attendance: 1482
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Nanterre 92
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 SMITH, TAYLOR 16:02 2 1/5     1 1 2   3 1     1   1
8 BOUQUET, DAMIEN 13:38 2 1/1                     3 1  
9 DA SILVA, ANTHONY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 CORDINIER, ISAIA 20:00 6 2/5 0/2 2/4 1 3 4 1   4 1   3 4 2
11 CHERY, KENNY 35:27 24 2/8 4/7 8/8   3 3 9 3 3     4 6 29
14 MOORE, DALLAS 28:37 20 2/7 5/7 1/1 1   1 4 1 1     2 3 19
20 EYANGO-DINGO, SAMUEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 BUTTERFIELD, SPENCER 26:38 8 1/4 2/5   4 3 7 4   2     3   8
22 MENSAH, ARMAND DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 OLIVER, DEVIN 33:44 9 3/5 1/3     9 9 3 1 2 2   1 4 21
27 PANSA, JEAN-MARC 7:43 6 3/3     2 1 3       2   5   6
35 NDOYE, YOUSSOUPHA 18:11 8 4/6     1 4 5     1     2 1 9
Team           4   4     2         2
Totals 200:00 85 19/44 12/24 11/13 14 24 38 21 8 16 5 0 24 19 97
        43.2% 50% 84.6%
Head coach: DONNADIEU, PASCAL
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
Joventut Badalona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DIMITRIJEVIC, NENAD 26:22 10 2/3 1/3 3/3 1 2 3 1   3     2 3 9
3 BUSQUETS, PEP 3:16                              
4 PARRA, JOEL 29:35 6 3/4 0/4   3 5 8   1       2 2 10
10 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 31:20 23 5/9 3/10 4/4 1 1 2 4 2 4   1 4 9 20
11 KANTER, KEREM 18:31 6 3/3 0/3   1 3 4     1     1 1 6
14 VENTURA, ALBERT 27:57 12 3/3 0/3 6/9 2 2 4 3 2       2 6 19
16 ZISIS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 OMIC, ALEN 19:02 13 6/12   1/1 3 2 5 3   1   2 3 3 12
32 ZAGARS, ARTURS 23:18 2 1/2 0/1         3 2 3   1 2   -1
35 BIRGANDER, SIMON 20:39 6 3/4       4 4 1   2   1 3   4
55 PARRADO, ARNAU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 78 26/40 4/24 14/17 12 22 34 15 7 14 0 5 19 24 83
        65% 16.7% 82.4%
Head coach: DURAN, CARLES

Head Coaches

DONNADIEU, PASCAL
Nanterre 92
​​"The first satisfaction is that we won. Badalona is a formidable team, even if they lacked players. We are still under construction, with nine new players. But it's two victories in four days (after the one against Gravelines-Dunkerque Sunday in French League) and it's always good to take. We mismanaged the timing of the game, several times we pulled away but without the ability to kill the game. At times we lacked concentration, lucidity, we played too easy."
DURAN, CARLES
Joventut Badalona
"Congratulations to Nanterre. But we were missing five players. My team tried. The young players played with intensity, but when we do not make shots, it gets complicated. I think we will play better when Nanterre comes to our house. My players played with more aggression and a better attitude in the end. "

Players

CHERY, KENNY
Nanterre 92
"We played as we wanted to play. As a leader, I think we did not control the game as we should and I take it for me. It's up to me to take care of that; we must continue to work. We got some big shots, but there are situations that I should have managed better. I will have to improve on that. "
PREPELIC, KLEMEN
Joventut Badalona
"Nanterre was better this night, we were missing players like Nikos Zisis, who was sick. We tried to take our responsibilities, but when we cannot score, it's hard. I played two years here and I know that Nanterre at home is complicated to play against.”
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