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Group:  E | 04.11.2014, 18:30h
Group:  E | 04.11.2014, 18:30h
70-77
14 - 2314 - 1722 - 2020 - 17
14 - 2314 - 1722 - 2020 - 17
Venue: Joensuu (FIN) |
Spectators: 1680 |
Referees: Juris Kokainis (LAT), Simon Unsworth (ENG), Saulius Racys (SWE)

GAME REPORT


Nanterre Hang On For Road Win

Kyle Weems, MVP of the 2014 "Match des Champions" (photo: JSF Nanterre)
Kyle Weems led a balanced Nanterre offence with 14 points (photo: JSF Nanterre)

JSF Nanterre held off a late rally from Kataja Basket to open Group E play in the EuroChallenge with a 77-70 win on the road.

Kataja Basket have an impressive home record in this competition but were undone by a balanced Nanterre attack with five players finishing in double figures.

That was despite Nanterre shooting just 27-of-79 (34.2%) from the field, relying instead from some more assured finishing at the free-throw line.

Nanterre took control with a 12-0 run that started late in the first quarter, leading 25-14 on Joseph Gomis jump-shot early in the second.

They would never trail again with Kataja scrapping merely to stay in touch.

The lead maxed out at 45-28 when Keydren Clark sank a three-pointer early in the third period, but Kataja then began to claw their way back.

They were able to make a real game of it with a 13-0 run that continued into the fourth quarter cutting the gap to 60-59 when Kenneth Horton hit a three.

But Nanterre replied with seven unanswered points, and held off the hosts the rest of the way.

Kyle Weems led Nanterre with 14 points while Johan Passave-Ducteil had 13 and Jamal Shuler 12, with Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Clark adding 10 apiece.

Horton led Kataja with 22 points.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Kataja Basket vs. JSF Nanterre

Pascal Donnadieu, Nanterre Head Coach
"We knew that it wasn't going to be an easy game. This team (Kataja) has been successful before in the EuroChallenge and especially at home. Kataja switched a lot between different defences thus slowing down the game tempo. That had an effect on our execution the most. It might have been for some, but it wasn't a surprise for me that the game was so close. They always bring in good players and especially good shooters to this team."

 

Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Nanterre
"It wasn't an easy game. Kataja slowed down the tempo and the game was much slower that we would like it to be. Some key offensive rebounds at the end gave us second chance opportunities which we were able to capitalize on. Nevertheless, I am satisfied that we opened the EuroChallenge with a win."

 

Pekka Salminen, Kataja Head Coach
"Very good game from us against an exellent team. We executed our game plan very well by slowing down the game. Some early foul trouble with our bigs was one of the reasons Nanterre got the lead at the half way mark and even though we came close, we just couldn't come out with the victory. It has been very pleasant to see our young guys stepping up and playing like men. At the end a couple of details made the difference: offensive rebounds for Nanterre and some missed defensive assignments."

 

Kenneth Horton, Kataja
"A good game from us but it just wasn't enough. Couple of missed defensive assignments here and there, couple of missed rebounds where Nanterre scored eventually cost us the game."

Accumulated statistics

39.7%

25/63
FG
M/A

34.2%

27/79

39.4%

13/33
FG2P
M/A

37.3%

19/51

40.0%

12/30
FG3P
M/A

28.6%

8/28

61.5%

8/13
FT
M/A

78.9%

15/19

42

14/28
RT
RO/RD

48

23/25

20

AS

16

17

TO

9

4

ST

10

8

BS

2

21

PF

20

70

Pts

77

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