2006-07Regular SeasonRound 2
November 07, 2006 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MONS.HAINAUT
Dexia Mons-Hainaut registered its first-ever ULEB Cup win by downing EiffelTowers Den Bosch 92-84 at home in Group D on Tuesday night. Both teams join a four-way tie for second place in Group D along with Unics Kazan and Real Madrid, all one win away from the only undefeated team in this group, Crvena Zvezda. George Evans led the winners with 29 points on 14-for-18 shooting and 5 steals, proving once again that he is the heart and soul of his team. Kevin Houston posted an impressive double-double of 27 points on 8-for-11 shooting and 10 rebounds, while Yemi Nicholson added 11 points for Mons. Leon Rodgers had 20 points for EiffelTowers, Travis Young added 19 and Ray Weather 17 for the visitors. Houston and Evans combined for all the points during a 15-0 Mons run that gave the hosts a 28-16 lead after 10 minutes. Mons soon boosted its advantage to 44-24, but EiffelTowers didn't give in as free throws from Young tied the game at 60-60. Nicholson and an outstanding Evans allowed Mons to regain a 72-64 edge after 30 minutes, and even when EiffelTowers rallied to 80-79, a 10-2 run, capped by Monty Mack free throws, sealed the outcome of this back-and-forth Group D battle.

Young and Sam Jones opened the game with consecutive three-pointers for a 0-6 EiffelTowers lead, but Evans and Houston had other ideas in mind. Houston struck three times from downtown and combined with Evans for all the points in a mammoth 15-0 run that allowed Mons to get a 15-6 lead midway through the opening period. Erik Nelson got EiffelTowers going and Jones fired in a couple of jumpers to give the visitors some hope. Robert Owens dunked it and Weather hit another shot to get EiffelTowers within 19-16, but a three-point play by Houston and consecutive triples by Mathias Desaever and Evans allowed Mons to regain a 28-16 lead after 10 minutes. EiffelTowers struck back early in the second quarter, but its troubles kept coming on defense. Weathers found space for a layup, Young copied him soon after that while Sharone Wright dunked it, but EiffelTowers only managed to exchange baskets for a while. Evans paced Mons with three layups, and Houston and Dragan Markovic scored from downtown during a 12-2 run, which made it a 20-point game, 44-24. Everything seemed to be over for EiffelTowers, but the guests did not give up, as Rodgers took over with 7 unanswered points. Nicholson dunked it and Gerrit Major shined with a three-point play. However Weathers had 5 points on a layup-plus-foul and a final basket to cut the guests' deficit to 49-39 at halftime.

EiffelTowers continued its comeback after the break. Young and Nelson hit free throws and the team answered Houston's triple with a three from Young. Major scored around the basket and then erased Rodgers's jumper with another layup, good for a 56-47 Mons lead. Jones scored again, igniting a 4-13 run in which Rodgers hit a triple and Young had 6 points, including free throws to tie the game at 60-60. Mons regained its momentum right when it needed to, as Evans scored twice in the paint and Nicholson followed a jumper with a wild dunk in a 12-4 run, which Evas once again capped with a layup, enough to keep the hosts out of trouble, 72-64, after three quarters. Weathers and Rodgers opened the final period with consecutive baskets, which an outstanding Evans erased on the other end for a 76-68 Mons edge. Nelson fired in a three-pointer, but Houston answered with a layup to make it a 7-point game. Weathers hit 3 free throws and Young scored from downtown to get EiffelTowers back into the game, 78-77. Mons looked for its franchise player and Evans did not disappoint with a close basket, but Rodgers matched with free throws. Jim Potter hit a layup to allow Mons to enter the final three minutes with an 82-79 lead. Mack stepped up with a crucial three-point play and Evans scored again down the stretch to seal the win. EiffelTowers showed its courage to rally from a 20-point deficit, but Evans and Houston led Mons to a hard-fought win.
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Referees: CICORIA, GIANPAOLO; GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS; CARDUS, ANNA
Attendance: 3100
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Dexia Mons28212320
EiffelTowers16232520
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Dexia Mons28497292
EiffelTowers16396484
Dexia Mons
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MAJOR, GERRIT 23:00 9 4/5 0/1 1/1       6 2 1     2 4 16
5 MACK, MONTY 23:00 9 3/3 0/2 3/3   1 1 4 1 2     4 4 11
6 DESAEVER, MATHIAS 24:30 3   1/3   1 3 4     2     4   -1
7 HOUSTON, KEVIN 34:30 27 3/4 5/7 6/7 4 6 10 2 2 3   1 3 9 39
8 EVANS, GEORGE 36:45 29 13/17 1/1 0/2 3 1 4 8 5 5 1 3 4 4 33
9 BAUWENS, THOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 BAVCEVIC, MARIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 MARKOVIC, DRAGAN 18:00 3   1/2     2 2           2   2
12 NDOYE, MOUSTAPHA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 MARNEGRAVE, NIELS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 POTTER, JIM 18:30 2 1/2 0/6   1 1 2 4   1 1   4   -3
15 NICHOLSON, YEMI 21:45 10 5/10     3 5 8   1 3 3 1 2   11
Team                   1 2         -1
Totals 200:00 92 29/41 8/22 10/13 12 19 31 24 12 19 5 5 25 21 107
        70.7% 36.4% 76.9%
Head coach: BAVCEVIC, NIKSA
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
EiffelTowers
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 AKERBOOM, KEES 19:15 1   0/1 1/2   2 2 2   1     1 1 2
5 WEATHERS, RAY 24:15 17 6/10 0/1 5/10 1 3 4 1 1 2     1 5 15
6 VAN DER KAMP, REIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 FREDERIKS, JOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 YOUNG, TRAVIS 35:00 19 1/2 4/10 5/7   5 5   2 2     5 3 13
9 JONES, SAM 31:15 9 3/3 1/1     1 1 1 1 2     5 2 7
11 RODGERS, LEON 33:30 20 5/8 2/3 4/4       3 1 4   4 4 7 15
12 NELSON, ERIK 24:45 8 1/2 1/1 3/4 1 5 6 3 1 1 3 1 2 5 20
13 WRIGHT, SHARONE 21:00 8 3/4   2/2 1 1 2   1 2 2   2 2 10
14 OWENS, ROBERT 10:15 2 1/1 0/1             1     1   -1
15 AARTS, MARCEL 0:45                              
Totals 200:00 84 20/30 8/18 20/29 3 17 20 10 7 15 5 5 21 25 81
        66.7% 44.4% 69%
Head coach: WIEL, RANDY
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Head Coaches

BAVCEVIC, NIKSA
Dexia Mons
"Congratulations to the team. First, we arrived to dominate the rebound, especially in offense, and after, I say that Monty Mack played a very good game when I think he stayed in bed during two days. This success is a very good thing for the following competitition, and allowed us to come in the run for the four places of our group. It’s very important to have won, because in a few weeks, we’ll play with Rogers and Merriex which we cannot do until today."
WIEL, RANDY
EiffelTowers
"We have met a team very motivated, and we were dominated especially in the rebounds. In fact, Kevin Houston was the killer of this game,and I didn't expect such a performance from him. Mons was more complete than us, and now, we really know that there are no little teams in this competition. Maybe the fact of being over everyone in the Netherlands is not a good thing, but our victory against Madrid attests that we are able to beat anybody, but also to be beaten."

Players

MAJOR, GERRIT
Dexia Mons
”We played very good defense. With Shawnta Rogers unable to play, I was the leader of my team, but I found in Mack a very good substitute when I wanted to take a short rest. Coach told us that one of the keys of this game was Travis Young, and I think that he cannot explode as usually in the Dutch championship."
YOUNG, TRAVIS
EiffelTowers
"Mons was very strong. People was expecting a better score, but Mons made what he had to do for putting me sometimes out of the game. We created the surprise against Real, but now, everybody was expecting it again, and now, we know that the ULEB cup is quite different of the Dutch competition where we are undefeated.”
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