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Group:  G | 11.12.2012, 20:30h
Group:  G | 11.12.2012, 20:30h
88-64
15 - 1428 - 2223 - 1122 - 17
15 - 1428 - 2223 - 1122 - 17
Venue: Gravelines (FRA) |
Spectators: 2800 |
Referees: Juris Kokainis (LAT), Tamas Benczur (HUN), Vilius Maciulaitis (LTU)

GAME REPORT


Gravelines Claim Top Spot With Victory

BCM Gravelines topped Apollon 88-64 to secure top spot in Group G of the EuroChallenge.

Gravelines were already assured of a ticket to the Last 16, but made sure it came with a top seed as they proved too strong for struggling Apollon, who finished 1-5.

It took until late in the second quarter for Gravelines to finally start to pull clear, but once they did they easily put Apollon away to take the win.

A 28-28 tie had become a 34-28 Gravelines lead after back-to-back baskets from Ludovic Vaty and they went in with a 43-36 lead at half-time.

Abdoulaye Loum and David Noel had three-pointers in a 10-3 start to the third quarter as Gravelines began to take control, and another Noel three made it 60-44 midway through the period.

They only continued to pull away, enjoying their biggest lead when Abdoulaye Mbaye's three made it 82-52 with 3:36 left in the game.

Vaty led Gravelines with 24 points while Noel added 15 and Julius Johnson 11.

Diego Kapellan had 18 points for Apollon with Andrew Warren adding 13 and Shane Walker 10.

The win sees Gravelines improve to 4-2, ahead of Tsmoki Minsk on the tiebreaker.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes BCM Gravelines vs. Apollon

Apollon Limassol player Diego Kapelan
"We were undersized tonight. Key players were hurt and didn’t play. We lost some points on the rebounds. I’m proud of my team for our last EuroChallenge game of the season, how we fought, giving one hundred percent of ourselves."

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque player David Noel
"An important win for us! We needed to come out.  It was an opportunity for us to play with determination. Playing together as a team with a lot of collective efforts. The first round, you got to go through it. At the same time, we have a long way to go. We need to stay healthy and to play better basketball."

Apollon head coach Chris Chougaz
"It was a very difficult game for us. We had a lot of problems. Brandon Brown didn’t play.  And we had the same problem with Jefferson. We played without three players. We had problems with the rebound and in the paint. In the second half, it wasn’t easy for us to follow the French team. We wish good luck for the French team in this competition!"

BCM haed coach Christian Monschau
"We wanted to finish in first place. But our new group in the Last 16 is very difficult. We played tonight against a team which had won against us in the first game, in Limassol. And tonight, despite some injured players, this team played with a lot of courage. We have managed to preserve Cyril Akpomedah, who didn’t play."

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

46.2%

36/78
FG
M/A

35.3%

24/68

51.9%

28/54
FG2P
M/A

34.8%

16/46

33.3%

8/24
FG3P
M/A

36.4%

8/22

47.1%

8/17
FT
M/A

72.7%

8/11

55

18/37
RT
RO/RD

37

8/29

15

AS

8

7

TO

10

2

ST

4

7

BS

2

12

PF

19

88

Pts

64

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