2009-10Last 16Round 4
February 23, 2010 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU OLIMPIC DE BADALONA
Clay Tucker - DKV JoventutWith just two games left in the Last 16, DKV Joventut became the exclusive leader of Group I when it outlasted visiting Le Mans 80-73 on Tuesday in Badalona, Spain. Joventut now has a 3-1 record, one victory more than both Aris BSA and Alba Berlin, while Le Mans is at the bottom of the table with a 1-3 record. After an even first half ended with Joventut getting a slim 48-46 advantage, the third quarter was all defense as the teams split only 15 points between them. The fourth quarter was all suspense as Dewarick Spencer tied 68-68 for Le Mans, but Joventut reacted with a 12-5 run to decide the outcome. Clay Tucker led the winners with 17 points, 8 of them posted in the last quarter. Pere Tomas added 12 and David Jelinek had 10. Spencer led all the scorers with 22 points but he went 0 for 5 from three-point distance. JP Batista amassed a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for Le Mans, while Maleye Ndoye contributed 12 points and Anotine Diot 10.

Luka Bogdanovic opened the fire from beyond the arc for Joventut before Batista answered with 5 points in a row for Le Mans. Mario Fernandez gave a new 7-5 advantage to Joventut, but the teams exchanged leads until David Jelinek tied at 16-16 with a rocket from long distance. Thierry Rupert put Le Mans in front again and Diot kept the guests there with a triple worth a 21-23 lead after 10 minutes. Jelinek remained on fire with another triple to start the second quarter, but Maleye Ndoye showed all his skills scoring 8 consecutive points as Le Mans led 28-30. The game remained balanced with Christian Eyenga tying again on 30-30, Tucker and Kristaps Valters with 3 shots from downtown returned a 39-36 edge to Joventut, while Batista kept his side on track from the free throw line. Spencer put Le Mans in front again 39-40 after scoring 4 free throws, then the lead changed hands seven times in the last 3 minutes of the second quarter before Tucker's free throw fixed a 48-46 halftime score in Joventut's favor.

Back from the lockers, Tomas ended 3 scoreless minutes from long distance to raise Joventut's margin to 51-46, Batista scored free throws for Le Mans, but the defenses remained dominant on both sides for several minutes. Edu Hernandez-Sonseca finally scored in the paint for the hosts, then Alain Koffi nailed a free throws for the game's biggest lead yet, 54-48. A three-pointer of Charles Kahudi and two easy points for Josep Franch moved the score before Rupert made it 56-53 after 30 minutes. Zack Wright slammed in the ball early in the last quarter to get Le Mans within 56-55. Tomas with another dunk and Tucker with a three-pointer restored a six-point Joventut difference, 65-59, with 5 minutes left. Batista pushed Le Mans with a three-point-play, Franch answered on the break and Spencer put Le Mans closer still at 67-66, forcing a Joventut timeout. Spencer completed the Le Mans surge by forging a 68-68 tie with free throws, but then Tucker matched him and added a triple in a 6-0 run that gave Joventut a 74-68 advantage entering in the last minute. After that, Fernandez was perfect scoring 4 of 4 free throw tries before Tomas sealed Joventut's first-place takeover win with a dunk on the buzzer that promised the home fans more big games ahead.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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Referees: DRABIKOVSKY, VOLODYMR; LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; MANTYLA, PETRI
Attendance: 3067
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DKV Joventut2127824
Le Mans2323720
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DKV Joventut21485680
Le Mans23465373
DKV Joventut
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
9 VALTERS, KRISTAPS 6:29 5   1/1 2/2   1 1 1   1     2 3 7
10 BOGDANOVIC, LUKA 23:14 6 0/2 1/4 3/4 1 2 3 2 1       1 3 8
11 BUENO, ANTONIO 15:20 6 3/6     1 2 3   1 2 2 1 2 2 6
14 FRANCH, JOSEP 9:56 7 2/2 1/2         3 1 1     3 2 8
15 JELINEK, DAVID 12:37 10 2/5 2/5   1 1 2 1       2 1   4
16 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU 16:22 4 1/5   2/2 1 2 3         1 4 1 -1
17 NOREL, HENK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 TOMAS, PERE 27:49 12 4/5 1/4 1/2   1 1 3 1 2     2 2 10
21 KOFFI, ALAIN 25:04 5 2/3   1/2 2 4 6   1   3   2 1 12
23 EYENGA, CHRISTIAN 7:25 2 1/1   0/1       1           1 3
24 TUCKER, CLAY 32:09 17 1/6 4/7 3/4   1 1 4 1 2   1 4 5 12
34 FERNANDEZ, MARIO 23:35 6 1/1 0/2 4/4 1 5 6 4 2 3       3 16
Team           5 1 6               6
Totals 200:00 80 17/36 10/25 16/21 12 20 32 19 8 11 5 5 21 23 91
        47.2% 40% 76.2%
Head coach: ALONSO, SITO
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
Le Mans
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WRIGHT, ZACH 21:57 4 2/5 0/1   1 3 4 3   3 2   2 2 6
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 18:38 3 0/1 1/1     4 4 1 1   1   2   7
6 SPENCER, DEWARICK 32:20 22 6/11 0/5 10/10 2 3 5 3 1 1     4 6 22
7 KAHUDI, HENRI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 26:02 10 2/4 2/4   1 1 2 2 1 5 1   2 3 8
9 NDOYE, MALEYE 21:03 12 2/3 2/4 2/2 1   1 1   1     3 1 8
11 YANGO, GUILLAUME 12:28 2 1/3     1   1 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 -1
12 RUPERT, THIERRY 20:50 4 2/10     3 4 7     1     1 1 2
13 BATISTA, J.P. 25:23 16 4/10 1/1 5/5 4 6 10 1 1 1   2 2 7 24
15 SALYERS, MARC 21:19   0/2       1 1         1 4   -6
Team           4 2 6     2         4
Totals 200:00 73 19/49 6/16 17/17 17 24 41 12 5 15 5 5 23 21 74
        38.8% 37.5% 100%
Head coach: JACKSON, JD

Head Coaches

ALONSO, SITO
DKV Joventut
"I'm happy with the victory. Every game now is a final, and at times that makes us anxious. For that reason, sometimes players who normally shoot good percentages, like Bogdanovic, don't see the ball go in as comfortably now. The third quarter tonight we controlled thanks to defense. Our young players gave us fresh legs and it helped us. Mario Fernandez directed the team well. Little by little we are feeling better and that translates into more confidence and gets our spirits up. Le Mans still has chances for the Quarterfinals, and today they created lots of problems for us."
JACKSON, JD
Le Mans
"I have been a lucky spectator for a game in which my players have given their best until the end against a team that plays in a great league. I am very proud of my players for having defended well against DKV and today we played without complexes. The young players on DKV surprised us and I liked them a lot. We were in the game until the end, and only their good shooting at the right moments has beaten us. DKV certainly showed its class."

Players

FRANCH, JOSEP
DKV Joventut
"It has been an intense game in which we were nervous and anxious at some point due to our desire to seal the outcome as soon as possible. This win will allow us to get confidence for future games. We need to get back our spirit and morale. Le Mans was not an easy opponent for us and made it tough for us until the very end of the game. Our effort and will stood out tonight."
DIOT, ANTOINE
Le Mans
"We are leaving with a good taste in our mouths. We were better than Joventut in the first quarter, and the first half was a back-and-forth battle in which both teams played really well. I think we played in a good game and DKV Joventut won it in the end because they were better than us."
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