Scavolini Fall But Top Group


A stellar 27 point performance by Nicolas Lang helped Elan Chalon to an impressive 94-88 win over Group K winners Scavolini Pesaro but it proved to be in vain as the French side missed out on a place in the last eight.

The home team had started the day believing they might still be able to punch their ticket but their hopes evaporated before tip-off after news filtered through that Apoel had already secured second spot courtesy of their win over KK Buducnost.

All that was left to play for was pride and the hosts completed a truly bitter-sweet night by inflicting a second defeat in as many games on their Italian opponents thanks mainly to a blistering final quarter.

Chalon racked up a massive 32 points in the last ten minutes to take victory against the group winners having trailed by double digits as early as the first quarter when they trailed 25-15.

A surging run ahead of the interval changed the reflection of the game as the home team fought impressively to get themselves in front at 48-46 heading into the second half.

With the game hanging in the balance at 81-81 with just over three minutes remaining, Chalon held firm to take the win.

Joffrey Lauvergne and Maxime Zianveni combined for 28 points to support the contribution of Lang while for Scavolini, they must return to winning ways after back to back defeats.

Daniele Cinciarini claimed 22 points while Marques Green dished out 8 assists for the losing side.