Cholet Basket kept up their perfect record atop EuroChallenge Top 16 Group I on Tuesday night with a 71-54 victory over Telekom Baskets Bonn.
Although their top scorer Kevin Braswell had an off-night, Nando De Colo scored 15 points while Randal Falker dominated inside with 20 rebounds to lead the French to their fourth win of the group stages.
Braswell, in contrast, was held to eight points as he shot just three of 16 (19%) from the field.
It would not matter as Cholet established a double-digit lead in the first quarter and kept the visitors at arm's length for the rest of the game.
A fourth quarter run saw Bonn cut the gap from 65-42 to 67-54, but by then there was only 1:21 left and no way back.
Michael Mokongo chipped in with 13 points for Cholet while Steeve Ho You Fat added 12.
Ken Johnson was the only Bonn player to reach double figures with 12 points.
Michael Koch, Coach (Telekom Baskets Bonn):
"It is a strange situation, as we knew that Vincent Grier and Claude Marquis were not playing tonight. We were thinking that it will be more interesting and easy for us, but it was different. The young players played more and always tried to improve. There are great players in Cholet Basket's team. We missed too many rebounds. We could not play in the paint. During the game we were in defense but not in offense."
Erman Kunter, Coach (Cholet Basket):
"It was a very important game. With this victory, now we are sure to be qualified for the Quarter-Finals. The next game against Liège will be important for us to be the first team in our group. It was very important to imply the whole team tonight, for this victory. I have not seen only one good player tonight, but the success of one team, our team : Cholet Basket."
Steeve Ho You Fat, Player (Cholet Basket):
"The coach asked us to prevent Bonn to score more than 65 points. It was our goal for this game. Even if I haven't played a lot of times since the beginning of the season, I am not interested in the game time - long or short it is the same work. I am always ready to do the job."