2018-19Regular SeasonRound 9
December 11, 2018 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 TOFAS SPOR SALONU

Limoges stave off elimination with win at Tofas

Limoges staved off elimination in the 7DAYS EuroCup by picking up a 92-98 victory at Tofas Bursa, meaning the final Top 16 ticket from Group B will be decided in Round 10. Jordan Taylor paced Limoges with 21 points in his debut, while William Howard added 19 points and 7 rebounds and Axel Bouteille had 16 points and 6 rebounds as the French side improved to 3-6. Tofas has the same 3-6 record and missed a chance to move into the next stage with the loss. Sammy Mejia led Tofas with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Diante Garrett collected 16 points and 6 assists.

Jerry Boutsiele scored the guests' first 6 points and Limoges was up 6-10 before Mejia and Kyle Weems hit back-to-back three-pointers for a 14-10 lead. Taylor and Bouteille answered with back-to-back triples to start a Limoges 0-10 run to go ahead 14-20. Isaiah Miles added a four-point play and the visitors led 22-28 after 10 minutes. Miles's three to start the second quarter made it a 9-point lead for Limoges. The second quarter went back and forth with Tofas's 11-0 surge opening a 35-33 lead before Howard hit 7 points as the guests went up 38-44. Tofas tallied 8 straight points, but it was Limoges on top at the break 46-47 thanks to Howard's buzzer-beater three from three-quarters court. Meija started the second half hot with 7 straight points to help Tofas open a 55-49 cushion, which Limoges took away immediately with 2 three-pointers. Garrett finally scored his second basket with three minutes left in the third quarter to put Tofas up 63-59 and it was 68-61 after 5 straight points from Weems. But Miles converted a three-point play and Howard hit another three-pointer in the waning seconds. It was even 68-68 after 30 minutes. Tofas used the long-range shot to pull ahead in the fourth with Weems starting the quarter with a three and Garrett hitting 3 straight triples to open an 81-73 advantage. But Limoges used the outside shot to gain control with Howard, Damien Inglis and Taylor all hitting from the perimeter to go up 85-89. Taylor added a big layup over Kenny Kadji and the game was decided on Bouteille's three-pointer with 15 seconds left that made it 90-96.

Great start

Limoges won its first game under new head coach Francois Peronnet, who was promoted from assistant coach to replace Kyle Milling before the national team break.

Game-changing sequence

Limoges had been fighting all game and finally finished off Tofas with execution in the final minute with Jordan Taylor hitting a layup over Kenny Kadji with 42 seconds left and then Axel Bouteille nailing a three-pointer with 15 seconds left to make it 90-96.

Pivotal performer

Taylor was great all around for Limoges with 21 points to go with 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals for a performance index rating of 19.

Telling numbers

Limoges nailed 14 of 25 three-pointers (56.0%) and made 14 of 15 free throws (93.3%), while also outrebounding Tofas 35-26, including 16 offensive rebounds.

In Round 10

Limoges will host Arka Gdynia looking for a win to go through. Tofas will finish the regular season with a road game at Cedevita Zagreb, needing a victory and a Limoges loss to claim the final Top 16 ticket from Group B.

Jonathan Rousselle - Limoges CSP (photo Ozan Demir - Tofas) - EC18
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR; VOJINOVIC, MILIJA; KOLJENSIC, MILOS
Attendance: 2465 (Tentative)
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Tofas Bursa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 GARRETT, DIANTE 29:01 16 2/4 4/8     3 3 6 1 1     2 1 18
3 DURMAZ, BERKAN 5:38   0/1                     2   -3
6 ERMIS, BARIS 23:32 10 3/4 0/1 4/5   1 1 5 2 1     2 3 15
7 ARSLAN, YIGIT 5:56     0/2         1             -1
9 MEJIA, SAMMY 32:39 21 7/10 1/4 4/4 4 4 8 4 1 1   1 1 5 30
15 ELEGAR, FRANK 14:08 3 0/3   3/6 1   1 1     1 1 3 4  
22 HARPER, DEMONTE 11:36 7 2/3 1/2     2 2           1   6
23 MUSTAFA, MUHAYMIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 WITHEY, JEFF 16:34 12 4/6   4/4 2 3 5 1   2 4   4 2 16
34 WEEMS, KYLE 28:16 13 1/1 3/5 2/2   2 2 1 1 1     4 1 11
35 KADJI, KENNY 26:14 10 2/3 1/3 3/3   2 2   1 3 1   3 3 8
77 YASAR, MUHSIN 6:26   0/2     1 1 2           1 1  
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 92 21/37 10/25 20/24 9 19 28 19 6 9 6 2 23 20 102
        56.8% 40% 83.3%
Head coach: ENE, ORHUN
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Limoges CSP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 INGLIS, DAMIEN 19:16 5 1/5 1/3   1 4 5 2   1     2 1 4
1 HARDY, DWIGHT 29:09 11 2/6 1/2 4/4 1   1 2       2 3 2 6
5 ROUSSELLE, JONATHAN 11:44 2 1/4 0/1     2 2 2   1   1 1 2 1
11 TAYLOR, JORDAN 28:16 21 4/8 4/7 1/1 1 1 2 4 3 4     3 3 19
15 MILES, ISAIAH 16:36 12 2/5 2/2 2/2 2   2     1     4 3 9
16 BOUTSIELE, JERRY 24:05 8 4/7     3 2 5 1   1   2 2 2 8
24 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 15:55 4 2/2     4 1 5     2 1   3 2 7
42 HOWARD, WILLIAM 28:20 19 2/4 4/7 3/4 2 5 7 3 2       1 5 29
45 DOUMBOUYA, SEKOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
83 BOUTEILLE, AXEL 26:39 16 3/5 2/3 4/4 2 4 6       1 1 1 3 21
Team             4 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 98 21/46 14/25 14/15 16 23 39 14 5 12 2 6 20 23 106
        45.7% 56% 93.3%
Head coach: PERONNET, FRANCOIS

Head Coaches

PERONNET, FRANCOIS
Limoges CSP
"I really appreciate the spirit of the team. Two times we were down by 6 or 8 and the players didn't give up. It was a great team effort and they showed a great cohesiveness. I don’t make any predictions [about Top 16 qualifications]. We have a game to play this weekend first. But it is not over."

Players

HOWARD, WILLIAM
Limoges CSP
"We were ready for a tough game because we knew it was do-or-die. We did a good job, so we are happy about that. But we still have one more game to win to be sure to make the top 16. We have to stay focused and get the win next week. My team needed me so I had to have a big game and I think I did a good one."
TAYLOR, JORDAN
Limoges CSP
Limoges We just hung in there. Coach all week since he took over the job just kept saying keep fighting. They made their run, we knew it was going to happen. We just stayed in the game and made enough plays to win.