2007-08Regular SeasonRound 8
January 08, 2008 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 RHENUS SPORT
Thomas Kelati - PGE Turow PGE Turow is the first team to qualify to the elimination rounds of the ULEB Cup as on Tuesday night it survived Strasbourg on the road by 61-64. On the year of its ULEB Cup debut, Turow qualifies from Group I with a 7-1 record while Strasbourg drops now to 3-5. The game was really tight throughout the 40 minutes even though the hosts reached the last minutes with a 56-49. However, a 5-15 run in the last moments y Turow allowed them to claim a much desired win thanks to a game-winning shot by Kelati, who led the winners with 22 points. David Logan also had 13 for Turow. Afik NIssim led the losers with 13 points while Aaron Pettway and Sacha Giffa had 10 apiece.

A starting 0-4 put Turow in command, and despite the blows by Strasbourg, two straight triples by Thomas Kelati allowed the guests to go for the 7-12. However, a three-point play by Aaron Pettway managed to tie the game at 12-12 as defenses didn't allow easy points now. Kelati was still the savior for Turow in offense but it was a basket by Slobodan Ljubotina which put an end to the first quarter with a 14-17 Turow edge. Things turned over when the second quarter started as a 12-2 Strasbourg run capped by Derrick Obasohan's triple made it 26-19. Harding Nana broke the spell for Turow but the hosts kept on firing baskets as Sacha Giffa hit a new three for 31-21. David Logan seemed to maintain Turow alive with 5 straight points that left a 35-29 at the break. The third quarter started with Turow back to work as Logan kept scoring from the arc, but Strasbourg regrouped in defense to maintain a slim margin. Five straight points by Afik Nissim gave back the confidence to the hosts who soared again to a 51-43 advantage in minute 30. Turow, knowing that it would advance with a win, stepped on the gas with a 0-5 to start the decisive period with Iwo Kitzinger's three. Obasohan soon put Strasbourg in safe place again with his basket, 56-49 in minute 34, but Kelati and Logan new threes soon made it a 2-point game, 61-59 with two minutes to go. With 61-61 on the scoreboard and the last seconds to go, Kelati found the space for an open shot beyond the arc that went in to put Turow in the elimination rounds the year of its ULEB Cup debut.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008
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Referees: POZZANA, MAURO; BULTO, VICENTE; ZURAPOVIC, ADEMIR
Attendance: 3900
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Strasbourg14211610
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PGE Turów Zgorzelec17294364
Strasbourg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PETTWAY, AARON 24:25 10 3/6   4/5 3 9 12     3     3 3 15
5 DARRIGAND, GAUTHIER 21:34 4 2/4 0/1         3   1     1 1 3
6 MENDY, ELSON 19:05 5 1/3 1/3   1 2 3   1 1     2   2
8 SOUMAHORO, ISSIFE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 GENTIL, DOMINIQUE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 GIFFA, SANYA 30:09 10 1/3 2/4 2/2   1 1 1   2     2 2 6
11 NISSIM, AFIK 25:19 13 2/6 3/5     1 1 2   2     1 4 11
13 OBASOHAN, DERRICK 28:36 9 3/4 1/3         2 1 5   1 3    
14 SHANNON, EDDIE 25:26 2 1/1 0/3     5 5 4 1 3 1   3 2 6
15 LEWIN, ROB 25:26 8 3/7   2/2 4 4 8 1 3 2     3 4 15
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 61 16/34 7/19 8/9 10 22 32 13 6 20 1 1 18 16 59
        47.1% 36.8% 88.9%
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
PGE Turów Zgorzelec
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SCEKIC, MARKO 17:28 3 1/1   1/2 1 3 4 1         3 2 6
6 SKIBNIEWSKI, ROBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 RODRIGUEZ, ANDRES 40:00 8 3/7 0/1 2/4 3 3 6 6 3 3     3 3 13
8 WITKA, ROBERT 15:17 3   1/1     3 3     2 1       5
9 LJUBOTINA, SLOBODAN 20:34 8 2/3   4/5 1 3 4     2     3 5 10
12 LOGAN, DAVID 27:27 13 2/8 3/7     2 2 2 3     1   2 11
14 DROBNJAK, DRAGISA 22:32 2 1/4 0/2   5 1 6     3     2 2  
22 KELATI, THOMAS 40:00 22 3/6 4/10 4/4   2 2 2 1 2     2 3 17
23 MARIN, HAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KITZINGER, IWO 12:33 3 0/1 1/3             2     2 1 -3
32 NANA, HARDING 4:09 2 1/1               1     1    
51 BOCHNO, BARTOSZ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 2 4     3         1
Totals 200:00 64 13/31 9/24 11/15 12 19 31 11 7 18 1 1 16 18 60
        41.9% 37.5% 73.3%
Head coach: FILIPOVSKI, SASO

Head Coaches

GIRARD, ERIC
Strasbourg
"I have no regrets. The players were all extraordinary, I cannot blame anyone. My players were brave all game, we shall not forget that we lost big in the first game. The last shot made the decision. We are going to fight for the last two games of the group, because we still have a small chance to advance."
FILIPOVSKI, SASO
PGE Turów Zgorzelec
"I am happy for this win, because we worked hard, we didn't have a break actually. Although, today, we didn't play good, we were sleepy and not enough aggressive on defense. Strasbourg played well, they had a good shot selection. But we showed character, we showed at the end of the game that we wanted to win. We were lucky though."

Players

GIFFA, SANYA
Strasbourg
"We fought well, we didn't want to give up easily. We lost, but we played aggressively. It was very close, and it was a very good game, even though we weren't lucky at the end."
KELATI, THOMAS
PGE Turów Zgorzelec
"It was a tough game, with two good teams. We were asleep in the first half, we didn't play defense. Fortunately, we woke up after halftime, David Logan and I hit big threes. For the last shot, I give all credits to the point guard, who set me up perfectly."
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