Paris Reflect On Defeat To Compatriots

23 January 2013

EUROCHALLENGE

Paris Levallois head coach Christophe Denis addresses his players during a time-out
Paris Levallois head coach Christophe Denis was not too unhappy despite the defeat to league rivals Dunkerque

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque prevailed 82-77 over Paris Levallois in the all-French clash of the EuroChallenge Last 16 on Tuesday night.

The Parisians had a catastrophic third quarter, were outscored 28-9 in that period and then found themselves trailing by 21 points with 4:08 left on the clock, before attempting a late comeback.

Time was not on their side and they could not turn the game around, but the late heroics reduced the gap to five points at the final buzzer.

Head coach Christophe Denis acknowledged it could have been much worse for his side.

"What's essential is that we saved to some extent the point differential for the reverse fixture (on 19 February)," a somewhat relieved Denis said after the game.

"In the EuroChallenge, this is very important."

Exactly because of its potential importance in case the two teams finish tied in the standings on the final day of Group J action, the final score did not allow the hosts to fully savour the big win.

"We didn't do well in managing the end of the game, that is the negative point of the night," BCM guard Aldo Curti said.

"[Maintaining] the 21-point difference would have been very nice."

Despite the impression the five-point margin at the end made on either side, a win is a win.

The visitors were hoping to escape victorious from the north of France to stay undefeated at the top of the group, and simply avoiding an embarrassing defeat is not satisfactory.

"We had a disastrous third quarter time and when we decided to come back, it was too late," Denis explained.

"There is a certain way to do things in order to win games, and we know what it is, because we have managed to win late several times this season already.

"But if we do not respect at all this way of doing things, we cannot win."

In other good news for BCM meanwhile, head coach Christian Monschau will soon be able to welcome power forward Cyril Akpomedah back into the side.

The 33-year-old sat out the Tuesday game with the flu, but his condition is not serious and he should be back in action in Friday night's game at Nancy in the French Pro A.

ALL GERMAN CLASH ON WEDNESDAY

4. David McCray (Telekom Baskets)
If it wasn't for their tough domestic season, David McCray and the Telekom Baskets would be considered favourites when they host Oldenburg

Following Tuesday's all-French clash in the EuroChallenge, an all-German clash dominates the Last 16 Week Two schedule on Wednesday night.

Telekom Baskets Bonn are playing host to EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Group L action and are expecting a full house at Telekom Dome arena, despite the bad weather conditions In Germany and around most of Europe.

Part of the reason has to do with the tradition between the two teams.

Despite the fact Oldenburg are in much better position than their hosts in the BEKO Bundesliga this season, sitting in fourth place on the table with a 12-6 record, compared to Bonn's 8-10, the latter have a psychological advantage.

Michael Koch's side registered their biggest win this season, 90-57, precisely against Oldenburg, when the two sides met in the Bundesliga on 3 November.

The two clubs have met on 33 occasions since the turn of the century, and Bonn have claimed 19 wins.

The last success for Oldenburg at the Telekom Dome dates back to June 2009, but it was especially painful for Bonn.

Oldenburg defeated their hosts 82-66 in the fourth game of the play-off finals, and then prevailed in the following game at home to win the series and the championship title.


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