Khimki Pile On The Agony For Strasbourg

10.11.2004

Strasbourg's sudden dip in form showed no sign of ending on Tuesday, as the French Pro A side suffered a crushing 86-66 defeat at Russian outfit BC Khimki in the FIBA Europe League.

Strasbourg got their season off to a flying start, winning their first six games in France and opening their European campaign with two victories but now they are reeling.

However ASVEL, Hyeres-Toulon and now Khimki have sent the Alsatians crashing to defeats.

Khimki jumped out to a 27-17 first-quarter lead and stretched the advantage to 45-32 at half-time.

Eric Girard's team showed determination and cut into the deficit to trail 58-53 after three quarters but they were demolished over the last 10 minutes, giving up 28 points.

James Potter had 18 points in Dexia's win over Tuborg
Girard said in Les Dernieres Nouvelles D'Alsace that the final score did not do his side justice.

"A 10-12 point gap would have been a better reflection of the game," he said.

"Unfortunately, we collapsed at the end of the match. I wanted to rotate the team but since we stayed in the game for a long time, I wanted them to fight and win.

"Now we must recover from that defeat."

The two sides now share the lead in Group C with five points apiece, with Bnei-Hasharon third on four points.

Sergerio Gipson scored 28 points to help Amsterdam claim an 80-74 success against Anwil Wloclawek.

Dexia Mons-Hainaut prevailed 77-73 over Tuborg in the other game in the group.

Marc Salyers had 25 points as Fenerbahce romped to a 109-60 victory over BC Fersped Rabotnicki.

The Turkish outfit have two wins and one defeat and top Group A along with BC Kyiv, who got 28 points from Lamarr Greer in a 101-87 triumph over Galil Elyon.

In Group B, French outfit Dijon prevailed 80-63 at BS/Energy.

Belgians Pepinster won at home over Ural Great, 76-63.

Strauss Iscar Nahariya lead the group after winning for the third time on the trot, beating Greek visitors Ionikos 104-69.

Erez Marckovich had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Israeli side.

Besiktas are level on five points with Dijon after a 105-83 home victory over Azovmash.

Ratko Varda, the Turkish club's center from Bosnia & Herzegovina, had 23 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Khalid El Amin dished out 15 assists.

In Group D, Ukrainians Khimik Yuzhny were too much for Cypriots Lemesos, romping to an 81-59 triumph.

Paris Basket Racing were in good form, trouncing home side Larissa 78-55.

St Petersburg piled on the points against hosts KK Lavovi 063, taking a 102-75 win back to Russia.

Champions UNICS Kazan host CEZ Nymburk on Wednesday night while Iraklis visit Hapoel.


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