Elan Chalon-sur-Saone sent a message that echoed all around Group B by rallying to beat EWE Baskets Oldenburg 73-83 on the road on Wednesday. Chalon improved to 3-4 and rejoined the race to reach the Last 32 in Group B. Oldenburg dropped to 4-3 and now ties for third place in Group B. A.J. Slaughter and Jon Brockman paced the winners with 16 points apiece. Brockman added 13 rebounds for a double-double. Clint Capela added 15 points, Kris Joseph had 12 while Steed Tchicamboud got 10 for Chalon. Julius Jenkins led Oldenburg with 20 points. Rickey Paulding added 15, Andrea Crosariol had 14 and Nemanja Aleksandrov got 11. Paulding and Crosariol combined for 21 first-quarter points to give Oldenburg a 27-13 lead after 10 minutes. A great team effort allowed Chalon to get within 36-35 but Jenkins struck from downtown for a 39-35 Oldenburg edge at halftime. Yakuba Ouattara gave Chalon its first lead, 55-57, at the end of the third quarter. Oldenburg led 70-68 midway through the fourth quarter but a 0-15 run allowed Chalon to win the game.
Paulding had 8 points, including a couple of triples, in a 10-3 opening run. Capela followed a jumper with a slam but Crosariol and an unstoppable Paulding kept Oldenburg way ahead, 16-7. Joseph shined with a three-point play and Tchicamboud struck from downtown but Paulding and Crosariol stayed on fire and a 6-0 run which Jenkins capped with a jumper gave the hosts a 27-13 lead after 10 minutes. Brockman and Slaughter fueled a 0-9 run which brought Chalon back to life, 27-22, early in the second quarter. Paulding made free throws and Jenkins added a three-pointer but Brockman and Joseph kept Chalon within 34-29. Capela and Jordan Aboudou managed to make it a one-point game, 36-35, but a buzzer-beating triple by Jenkins fixed the halftime score at 39-35. Aleksandrov and Crosariol took over after the break to restore a 46-38 Oldenburg lead. Joseph, Capela and Slaughter, however, stepped up to bring Chalon within 46-45. Slaughter struck from downtown and 5 points by Ouattara gave Chalon its first lead, 55-57, at the end of the third quarter. Brockman and Tchicamboud extended Chalon's margin, 58-62, forcing Oldenburg to call timeout. Jenkins and Crosariol made Oldenburg regain the lead, 70-68, but Brockman, Capela and Slaughter fueled a 0-15 run which sealed the outcome down the stretch, 70-83, allowing Chalon to get a very important road win.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013