|Blake Schilb hurt Cluj with his 17 points, 5 assists and 5 steals as Elan Chalon wnet on to win on the road|
Malcolm Delaney poured in 33 points to spark Elan Chalon in an 85-81 victory at CSU Mobitelco on Tuesday.
In the EuroChallenge Regular Season opener for both sides, Delaney hit nine of his 16 shots from the floor, including three of six from behind the arc.
After Blake Schilb scored six points in a row for Chalon to knot the Group E encounter at 65-65 with 7:13 to go in the game, Delaney struck with one of his shots from long range to put the visitors in front for good.
Kendall Dykes was sensational for the Romanian team and his dunk midway through the fourth quarter cut the French outfit's lead to 70-69.
Chalon then reeled off six consecutive points, including a jumper by Delaney and a three-ball by Nicolas Lang.
A Dykes three with five seconds to play trimmed the Chalon advantage to 83-81, but the hosts fouled Delaney and he sank two free-throws before time expired.
Schilb finished with 17 points and five steals.
Dykes had 23 points in defeat.
Elan Chalon Guard Malcolm Delaney:
"It was a tough game, they played extremely well. They didn't let us play, we really had to fight together as a team. They played a heck of a game and fought right till the end, so it was a really great game. I'm just glad it came out the way it did. Coming here we talked a lot about coming out with a lot of energy, come out fighting, we were expecting a tough game. It was a great atmosphere, their fans are crazy in a good way and gave energy so they made the game really intense. The atmosphere was really intense."
Elan Chalon Head coach Gregor Beugnot:
"I want to congratulate the public, which shows respect for the opponent team. It was really difficult. I want to sigle out the whole team who fought really hard. I think the group is very difficult and an away victory is always important."
U-Mobitelco Head coach Marcel Tenter:
"I want to thank the coach for the kind words for our team. I can only say I felt proud in our gym, in front of our fans who were making the right atmosphere as usually. We lost a game that we really felt we could have won. We fought 40 minutes but they put a lot of pressure on us forcing us to get in foul trouble."
U-Mobitelco Player Zoran Krstanovic:
"We played well, we fought in this game and had the chance to win, but in the last quarter we made some mistakes that cost us the match. We still believe in our chances and we're glad we represented Romania in a good way."