JDA Dijon ended their unsuccessful EuroCup Group L campaign on a high note by making a stirring fourth-quarter recovery to defeat BC Kalev in a dead rubber on Tuesday night.
With both teams out of the running for qualification, only pride was at stake at the Palais des Sport Jean-Michel Geoffroy.
Akasvayu Girona sped out to a massive lead before cruising their way to victory against shellshocked JDA Dijon as the Spanish side continued their 100% record in Round II of the EuroCup.
Fernando San Emeterio was the catalyst behind Akasvayu's 117-83 win with a stunning individual display.
Virtus Bologna took a giant step towards qualification for the EuroCup quarter-finals by registering a superb win at JDA Dijon to climb to the top of the Group L standings.
Kristoffer Lang's haul of 25 points was the personal contribution for the Italians, but it was a strong team performance from a side who have been wobbling of late, both domestically and in Europe.
JDA Dijon coach Jacques Monclar paid tribute to the tenacity of BC Kalev following his side's thrilling 75-74 Group L victory over the Estonians in the EuroCup.
Anthony Lux nailed two free throws with four seconds left, then made a vital interception in Kalev's final play as Dijon scraped home for their first triumph in three Round II games.
JDA Dijon Basket
|Palais des Sport Jean-Michel Geoffroy |
17, Rue Léon Mauris, 21000 Dijon, FRA
Tel: +33 (380) 48 84 52
Fax: +33 (380) 48 84 59
2 Avenue Raymond Poincare - Espace Poincare, 21000 Dijon, FRA
+33 (380) 28 85 10
+33 (380) 73 21 46
President: Michel Renault
General Manager: Olivier Meunier