2017-18Regular SeasonRound 9
December 20, 2017 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 ASTROBALLE

ASVEL downs Tofas, moves into Top 16

ASVEL Villeurbanne became the first team to qualify for the Top 16 from Group D by downing visiting Tofas Bursa 84-74 on Wednesday night. ASVEL improved to 6-4, while Tofas dropped to 4-5 and will play a do-or-die game in Round 10 at home against Zenit St. Petersburg. ASVEL spent most of the night with the lead, but could not pull away. The hosts held 59-47 in the third quarter before Raymar Morgan fueled a 1-13 run that tied the game early in the fourth. However, David Lighty, Charles Kahudi and John Roberson came up with big plays down the stretch to lift ASVEL to victory. Lighty led the way with 15 points and 7 assists and Roberson scored 10 of his 14 points in the final 2:11. Kahudi finished with 13, while Alpha Kaba collected 12 points and 12 rebounds in victory. Tony Crocker netted 17 points for Tofas, Sammy Mejia had 14, while Morgan scored 13 for the visitors. Pierria Henry had 9 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the losing effort.

ASVEL had a better start to the game with Roberson and Kahudi connecting on an alley-oop dunk and Lighty hitting a corner triple in a run that opened a 9-2 lead. Crocker snapped it with a three-pointer on the other end, but a pair of dunks by Darryl Watkins kept the hosts ahead. Crocker had a three-point play, but a triple from A.J. Slaughter and a fastbreak basket from Kaba made it 20-14. However, Kenny Kadji had an assist and a three-pointer that helped the visitors make a 2-11 run and hold a 22-23 lead after 10 minutes. Back-to-back triples from Justin Harper and Roberson put ASVEL back in front, 28-25, but the visitors countered through Crocker who made a couple of buckets and Mejia scored twice to give Tofas a 36-37 edge. However, ASVEL had a strong finish to the half, with Lighty hitting another three and finishing a fast break with a dunk that made it 44-37 at the break.

Triples from Amine Noua and Kahudi opened the first double-digit lead of the night, 51-41, before a dunk by Kaba and a three-pointer from Harper extended it to 59-47. But Morgan strung together 7 points, before Mejia drove to the basket to cut the lead to 59-57 at the end of the third quarter. Mejia’s triple tied it at 60-60 early in the fourth, but Kaba had a three-point play and Nelson scored on a fastbreak to give ASVEL some breathing room. Mejia hit another three, but Lighty had a thundering fast break dunk over Kadji and Nelson hit a jumper that helped open a 72-63 lead midway through the fourth. Morgan snapped a 7-0 run with a triple, but Kahudi nailed a tough jumper and also pulled down an important offensive rebound in penultimate minute before Roberson made a circus shot and followed it up with a three-pointer to make it 81-70, thus sealing the outcome.

David Lighty - ASVEL Villeurvanne (photo Tofas) - EC17
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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Referees: GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS (LTU), HALLIKO, AARE (EST)
Attendance: 5452
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ASVEL Villeurbanne
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MALEDON, THEO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 27:28 13 4/4 1/4 2/2 2 2 4 1 1   1   2 2 17
6 SLAUGHTER, AJ 13:25 7 2/3 1/6         1 1 3     1   -1
7 KABA, ALPHA 25:51 12 4/6   4/6 7 5 12     2 1   1 5 23
9 LANG, NICOLAS 11:15 2 1/1 0/1             1          
12 NOUA, AMINE 25:02 5 1/4 1/3     4 4 3 2 1     1 3 10
20 NELSON, DEMARCUS 21:54 5 2/5 0/2 1/2   2 2 4 1 1   2 4 3 2
21 ROBERSON, JOHN 18:06 14 1/1 3/5 3/3       4   1     4 1 12
22 WATKINS, DARRYL 10:42 5 2/4   1/2   3 3           3 1 3
23 LIGHTY, DAVID 28:27 15 2/5 3/7 2/3 1   1 7 2 3 1   4 4 15
32 HARPER, JUSTIN 17:50 6 0/1 2/2     5 5           2 1 9
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 84 19/34 11/30 13/18 11 22 33 20 7 12 3 2 22 20 92
        55.9% 36.7% 72.2%
Head coach: JACKSON, JD
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
Tofas Bursa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 MORGAN, RAYMAR 30:53 13 4/10 1/1 2/3 1 4 5 1 1 2 1 1 2 5 14
6 ERMIS, BARIS 7:56     0/1         2   2   1 2 1 -3
7 ARSLAN, YIGIT 10:28 1 0/1   1/2   2 2 1 1       1 1 3
8 CROCKER, TONY 27:13 17 5/8 2/6 1/1 1   1 1 2 1     2 4 15
9 MEJIA, SAMMY 26:21 14 4/4 2/3     1 1 3 1 1       1 18
15 HENRY, PIERRIA 32:04 9 3/6   3/4 2 6 8 8 2 2     3 6 24
17 TOPALOGLU, CANER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 OWENS, JOSH 21:53 7 3/5   1/2   3 3 1   1     2 1 6
28 BAYRAM, KADIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 PAUNIC, IVAN 16:39 6 3/4 0/1           1       3   2
35 KADJI, KENNY 21:24 7 1/6 1/1 2/2 2 2 4 2   4   1 5 3 1
77 YASAR, MUHSIN 5:09               1   1 1   1    
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 74 23/44 6/13 10/14 8 21 29 20 8 14 2 3 21 22 85
        52.3% 46.2% 71.4%
Head coach: ENE, ORHUN

Head Coaches

JACKSON, JD
ASVEL Villeurbanne
"We're happy because this was the biggest of all the games for us in the regular season. It gets us qualified. There was pressure before this game but we're happy now. We could even finish first if we win on the road next week. We're just very happy to be in the Top 16."
ENE, ORHUN
Tofas Bursa
"Generally speaking it's difficult. It's not easy to beat ASVEL here. They are a physical team and we felt that all game long. It made the difference. It's our first year in the EuroCup and in European competitions. I think that sometimes we miss that kind of experience. I can say that in the first leg we did a good job, but in the second one we struggled and also decayed physically. Also because of the toughness of the Turkish League for us. We lost to Trento last week, it was a crucial home game for us. If we had won tonight, we would have had a big chance to be in the Top 16. We still have it, but we must beat Zenit by 3 points at home now."