David Noel and Roanne Basket won for the first time in the EuroChallenge Last 16 with a 76-53 demolition of Banvit BC.
|David Noel was soaring to 21 points and eight rebounds|
Noel led the way with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Roanne took command in this contest with a 15-0 run bridging the first and second quarters to lead 26-12.
Noel made two free-throws and Nicholas Lewis added a three-point play to start the spurt.
After going to half-time with a 31-22 lead, Roanne padded the advantage by outscoring Banvit 22-16 in the third quarter and they pulled away for a decisive win over the last 10 minutes.
Charles Davis had 11 points and six boards for Banvit, who lost for the second time in the Last 16.
Jean-Denys CHOULET, Roanne Coach:
"We had a game to win tonight, and we did it. We did it by playing good defense. It's good for the next game in Banvit. We stayed focus even if everything is not perfect. We made a good defense but we still have some problems in offense."
David NOEL, Roanne:
"We saw everybody smiling tonight, and that's what we needed to get back to, just having fun, playing basketball, playing the game as we know to play. We have to play the same defense on the road as well, we do good at home but now we have to do the same on the road. It's a big win for us."
Orhun Ene, Banvit Coach:
"I can't say a lot of things about this game tonight but we played very bad. Congratulations for Roanne. We played bad offensively and defensively all the game, all the quarters. We have a very difficult schedule with an important game this Friday in our championship, it's really a good experience for us to play this competition because we have six or seven players and the rest of the players in the team are young."
Baris Özcan, Banvit:
"We did not play well on offense, that helps Roanne to have a good defense and be confident."