2015-16Regular SeasonRound 8
December 02, 2015 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PABELLON PRINCIPE FELIPE
Tomas Bellas - CAI Zaragoza - EC15 (photo CAI Zaragoza - Esther Casas)

CAI Zaragoza beats Nancy, moves into second place in Group C

CAI Zaragoza snapped a two-game losing streak and took a giant step towards the Eurocup Last 32 with a 75-71 home victory over SLUC Nancy. Stevan Jelovac collected 14 points and 9 rebounds while Joan Sastre had 13 points as Zaragoza improved to 5-3 in Group C. Tomas Bellas added 12 points and Henk Norel chipped in with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Zaragoza still must wait at least one more week to clinch a berth in the Last 32. Nancy dropped its fourth straight game and fell to 1-7 despite 16 points and 9 rebounds from Derwin Kitchen, while Florent Pietrus had 8 points and 12 rebounds. Benjamin Sene added 11 points and Andy Panko scored 10 points in the loss, which also saw Mickael Pietrus hit just 2-of-14 three-pointers in scoring 9 points in his Nancy debut.

Sene scored the game’s first basket for the guests and made it 0-4. Zaragoza missed its first 5 shots and turned the ball over twice before Bellas finally got the hosts on the scoreboard after nearly four minutes played. Bellas nailed a three-pointer to give Zaragoza its first lead 5-4. Nancy reclaimed the lead and Sene’s long ball made it 5-9. Sene scored nine of Nancy’s first 11 points and Mickael Pietrus knocked down a triple for a 9-14 advantage. Florent Pietrus’s free throws and put back pushed the cushion to 13-20 after 10 minutes. Sek Henry started the second quarter with a three-pointer and the deficit was down to 21-22 after Drake Diener’s triple. Zaragoza was back ahead on Nate Linhart’s three-point play to make it 26-24. Kitchen tallied 5 points to keep Nancy close at 31-31. Panko tied the game again at 37-37 for Nancy before Bandja Sy’s basket. Nancy went into the locker room ahead 39-42 thanks to Kitchen’s three-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

Sene opened the second half for a 39-44 lead before Zaragoza finally got on the scoreboard with Bella’s three-pointer after three minutes to make it 42-44. Mickael Pietrus’s three got the lead to 44-49 before Kitchen and Florent Pietrus free throws had Nancy up 46-54. Randal Falker’s basket made it 48-56 before Sastre took over the game with 2 free throws, a steal and layup, an assist and three-pointer in a 9-0 Zaragoza run for a 57-56 lead. Falker’s free throw evened the game 57-57 through three quarters. Jelovac scored 4 points for Zaragoza, while Nancy could not get any offensive rhythm going. Linhart’s basket increased the lead to 65-57 midway through the fourth quarter. Nancy missed its first 8 shots in the quarter and finally scored on Alexis Thomas free throws with 4:59 minutes to play. Panko’s triple cut the gap down to 65-62. The lead went back and forth between 3 and 5 points as Sastre scored two baskets, Norel put back a miss and Bellas hit 2 free throws to keep Zaragoza ahead. With the score 73-70, Mickael Pietrus was sent to the line in the waning seconds. After making the first free throw, he missed the second foul shot, but grabbed his own rebound only to see his three-pointer blocked by Sastre. Bellas made 2 more foul shots to ice the game.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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Referees: CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), HORDOV, TOMISLAV (CRO), CICI, GENTIAN (ALB)
Attendance: 4750 (Tentative)
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CAI Zaragoza
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LINHART, NATE 23:51 7 3/5 0/4 1/1 2 2 4   1       2 2 6
5 HENRY, SEK 14:58 7 2/5 1/1     3 3 4     1   1 1 12
10 GARCIA, SERGI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 BELLAS, TOMAS 25:02 12 1/7 2/3 4/4   1 1 2 1       3 4 10
15 SASTRE, JOAN 29:15 13 4/8 1/2 2/2   2 2 3 1 2 1 1 2 2 12
16 DIENER, DRAKE 7:33 3   1/2     1 1 1   1     3    
19 TOMAS, PERE 4:42 2 1/2 0/1     1 1           2   -1
21 BENZING, ROBIN 14:23 2 1/5 0/2           2 1     3 1 -5
25 NOREL, HENK 22:12 11 5/9   1/1 4 2 6   2 3     5 2 9
42 FOTU, ISAAC 20:47   0/3 0/1 0/2 2 5 7 2 1 2     2 1 1
45 KANACEVIC, HALIL 15:48 4 2/2 0/1   4 3 7     3     3   4
89 JELOVAC, STEVAN 21:29 14 6/8 0/4 2/3 3 6 9       1 1 1 7 22
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 75 25/54 5/21 10/13 18 28 46 12 8 12 3 2 27 20 75
        46.3% 23.8% 76.9%
Head coach: CASADEVALL, ANDREU
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
SLUC Nancy
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 FALKER, RANDAL 21:34 7 3/5   1/2 1 3 4 2   2     4 1 5
8 SENE, BENJAMIN 19:51 11 4/4 1/4 0/1   1 1 2 3 1     4 4 12
9 PANKO, ANDY 22:24 10 1/4 2/4 2/2 1 1 2 1       1 4 2 5
10 SY, BANDJA 19:39 8 2/4 0/1 4/6   3 3       2 1 1 4 10
11 PIETRUS, FLORENT 33:26 8 1/2   6/6 4 8 12 3   2     1 5 24
22 THOMAS, ALEXIS 2:06 2     2/2                   2 4
23 KITCHEN, DERWIN 34:34 16 3/5 1/4 7/8 1 8 9 5   4     1 6 25
24 PIETRUS, MICKAEL 33:00 9 1/1 2/14 1/2 2 1 3 1 1 3   1 4 3 -4
31 BELL, JAMES 9:31     0/2             1     1   -4
35 DELARBOULAS, GEOFFREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 CURRY, MORRIS 3:55     0/1     1 1                
Team                                
Totals 200:00 71 15/25 6/30 23/29 9 26 35 14 4 13 2 3 20 27 77
        60% 20% 79.3%
Head coach: WEISZ, ALAIN

Head Coaches

CASADEVALL, ANDREU
CAI Zaragoza
"We started very nervous missing open shots and easy lay-ups close to the basket. We did it better the second half improving our defense with more intensity and, over all, controlling the rebound, where we struggled during the first 20 minutes. This fact made us play with more rhythm and more decided. It’s a very important victory for us, but we’re not qualified yet so we have to keep working and improving."
WEISZ, ALAIN
SLUC Nancy
"First of all congratulations to CAI Zaragoza. I wanted to see a lot of energy by ourselves and I did. We have been very aggressive to get many points from the free throw line and keep an eight-point lead. But, as usually, we struggled at this point losing several possessions and letting CAI come back into the game and recover the lead."

Players

BELLAS, TOMAS
CAI Zaragoza
"The most important thing is the victory. It was a must-win game for us and when they were up by eight points we have still believed in what we do fighting to comeback in every quarter. Our defense raised our level in the second half and every detail that makes you grow during the game helps to get the win."
PIETRUS, FLORENT
SLUC Nancy
"The best team won the game. It was a very difficult game for both sides because of the respective losing streaks and both teams have put a lot of energy all the fourty minutes. It’s a tough loss for us but we have to focus now on French Championship Pro A."