Cholet Win Thriller At Telekom Baskets


Cholet Basket struck an important blow in their bid to advance from the EuroChallenge Top 16 by winning on the road at Telekom Baskets Bonn.

Kevin Levelle Braswell (Cholet Basket)
Kevin Levelle Braswell had 17 points for Cholet
In the last game of the opening round of Top 16 play on Wednesday night, Kevin Braswell poured in 17 points to lead the French outfit to a 71-68 Group I victory.

Claude Marquis weighed in with 16 points and Vincent Grier 15 for Cholet.

Telekom Baskets led by nine late in the first half and went to the changing rooms on top 34-26 but they weren't able to press home the advantage.

Instead, Cholet fought back in the second half and the game remained tight until the very end.

Earl Rowland's jump shot for Bonn with 2:03 remaining knotted the contest at 66-66.

That's how it stayed until Grier caught a pass from Rodrigue Beaubois and went in for a lay-up with 1:21 to go.

Brandon Bowman tried to reply for home side Bonn but was off target with a jumper.

Cholet could have padded their lead but instead they left the door open as Grier missed two free throws.

But Bonn's Ken Johnson missed a jump shot with 34 seconds to go and Beaubois then added two free throws for a four-point advantage.

Earl Jerrod Rowland (Telekom Baskets)
Earl Jerrod Rowland
Telekom Baskets ended up having one more chance to pull level after Rowland was fouled with one second remaining.

He went to the line and made the first to take his points haul to 17 and cut the deficit to just three.

Rowland then intentionally missed the second and Bonn rebounded.

Moussa Diagne was able to launch a three attempt before the buzzer but he missed as Cholet held on.

Bonn were out-rebounded 42-31 and they struggled shooting the ball inside the arc, making 14 of 33. It was three-point shooting that kept the home side in the game, in fact, as Telekom Baskets drilled nine of 27 compared to Cholet's four of 17.

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