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Group:  D | 15.01.2008, 20:30h
Group:  D | 15.01.2008, 20:30h
77-82
23 - 2522 - 1918 - 2114 - 17
23 - 2522 - 1918 - 2114 - 17
Venue: Cholet (FRA) |
Spectators: 3000 |
Referees: Peter Bodnar (HUN), Vincent Delestrée (BEL), Charalampos Karakatsounis (GRE)

GAME REPORT


Cholet Can't Get Past Khimik

A decisive 10-0 run in the fourth quarter propelled Khimik to an 82-77 victory at Cholet.

The French team had trailed 62-55 with just under four minutes remaining in the third quarter but mounted an impressive comeback.

Claude Marquis (Cholet Basket)
Claude Marquis led Cholet with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Nando De Colo's lay-up gave the French a 69-67 advantage and their first lead since the start of the second half.

Martynas Mazeika then came up with the biggest shot of the game, burying a three-pointer to put the Ukrainian team ahead by one again.

Goran Cakic followed suit, hitting a three to take his points tally to 17 and both Sasa Bratic and Wykeen Kelly added lay-ups for a 77-69 lead.

Stunned Cholet weren't able to get back into the game and dropped to 1-3 in Group D while Khimik improved to 3-1.

Kelly had a game-high 20 points, Cakic poured in 19 and Bratic scored 18 for Khimik, who overcame 18 turnovers to win.

Khimik were good from long range, making 11 of 23 (47.8%).

Cholet got a team-high 18 points from Claude Marquis.

They made all 10 of their free throws but were just three of 13 (23%) from the arc.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Cholet Basket vs. Khimik

Erman Kunter, Cholet Coach:

"We lost but we began to play better. The little rotation, in particular in the paint, used us physically. It is a good victory for Yuzhny tonight."

Claude Marquis, Cholet:

"This fourth defeat for us in 2008 is worrying, in spite of the good work which we made at practice this week. The game of this evening is encouraging but we missed opportunities in the key moments of the game. The Ukrainians have taken benefits from it and were more realistic in offence."

Dmitriy Bazelevskiy, Khimik Coach:

"It was the first game for us on the road this year and it was a bit difficult for us as we were not used to playing at this time. It was a big fight between both teams for rebounds, defence and in the paint."

Wykeen Kelly, Khimik:

"I was happy to scored 20 points tonight. Our team was very realistic on offence and it permitted us to win this game tonight. Our good job on defence and rebounds helped us to stop Cholet Basket's attack."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

47.1%

32/68
FG
M/A

54.5%

30/55

52.7%

29/55
FG2P
M/A

59.4%

19/32

23.1%

3/13
FG3P
M/A

47.8%

11/23

100.0%

10/10
FT
M/A

78.6%

11/14

35

13/22
RT
RO/RD

31

6/25

14

AS

14

11

TO

18

11

ST

5

3

BS

2

21

PF

19

77

Pts

82

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