2007-08Regular SeasonRound 6
December 11, 2007 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 LE COLISEE
The Koeln 99ers survived a tough test in Group B and took a crucial step to reach the elimination rounds by downing Elan Chalon 81-87 in France on Tuesday. The 99ers improved to 4-2 and tie for the second place in Group B with BK Ventspils. Meanwhile, Chalon is now two games behind the 99ers at 2-4. Aleksandar Nadjfeji led the winners with 26 points on 7-for-10 two-pointers, 3-for-5 triples and 7 assists. Immanuel McElroy added 16 points on 6-for-7 two-pointers, Milko Bjelica had 14 while Toby Bailey added 11, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the 99ers. Moussa Badiane led Chalon with 23 points on 8-for-9 two-pointers. John Ford added 16 while Rowan Barrett had 14 and 7 assists for the hosts, who led 28-21 after 10 minutes and boosted their margin up to 42-31 midway through the second quarter. Bailey and Nadjfeji helped the 99ers to get within 47-44 at halftime. Bjelica buried 3 triples late in the third quarter to make Koeln get a 67-73 edge after 30 minutes. The 99ers controlled the game tempo, while Nadjfeji and McElroy helped the guests to extend their lead to double digits, 75-85, and seal an important road win.

Chalon opened the game with a 6-0 run that Badiane capped with free throws but three-pointers by Bjelica and Bailey helped the 99ers to erase their deficit, 8-8. Nadjfeji and Yassin Idbihi stepped up to make Koeln get a 14-17 edge. It didn't last long, however, as Terquin Mott had 5 points in a 11-2 run in which Barrett and Xavier Corosine stroke from downtown for a 25-19 Chalon margin. Another triple by Joachim Ekanga boosted the hosts' lead to 28-21 after 10 minutes. A four-point play by Barrett gave Chalon a 32-24 margin but the 99ers used a 0-7 run that Misan Nikagbatse capped to bring his team within 32-31. Badiane and Barrett hit a triple apiece in a 10-0 run and boosted the hosts' lead to double digits, 42-31. Bailey and Nadjfeji brought the 99ers back to life, but a final basket by Philippe Braud kept Chalon ahead, 47-44, at halftime. Nikagbatse and a triple by Nadjfeji tied the game, 49-49, right after the break, as both teams started to trade baskets from that point. Badiane and Jermaine Guice stepped up for Chalon but a three-point play by Nadjfeji gave the 99ers a 55-56 edge. Bjelica buried consecutive triples in a 0-8 Koeln run that Nedzad Sinanovic capped with free throws for a 59-66 99ers edge. McElroy and an unstoppable Bjelica allowed Koeln to keep a 67-73 lead after 30 minutes. The guests slowed down the game tempo in the fourth quarter and Chalon found it hard to score. A three-pointer by Nikagbatse gave the 99ers a 69-78 lead. Ford and Badiane stepped up with consecutive baskets but the 99ers called timeout and regained its momentum. Nadjfeji and McElroy boosted the guests' lead to oduble-digits, 75-85, with 2 minutes to go, enough to seal the outcome.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
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Referees: MARTIN, JOSE (ESP), MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA (ITA), VOJINOVIC, RADOMIR (MNE)
Attendance: 3100
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Elan Chalon
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BRACEY, BRYAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 BRAUD, PHILIPPE 11:05 4 2/5 0/1     1 1   1   1   1   2
6 HOYAUX, JONATHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 EKANGA, JOACHIM 8:19 6   2/2         1   1     2   4
8 BARRETT, ROWAN 36:33 14 2/3 3/7 1/1 1 4 5 7 1 2     1 5 24
9 COROSINE, XAVIER 17:49 3   1/3         3 1 2   1 2 1 1
10 BADIANE, MOUSSA 29:26 23 8/9 1/1 4/6 2 4 6 1 2 1 2   4 4 30
11 GUICE, JERMAINE 24:03 4 1/1 0/2 2/2 1 1 2 5 4 1     2 2 12
12 ROGERS, SHAWNTA 22:11 4 2/3 0/1     3 3 2 1 2     3 4 7
14 FORD, JOHN 36:10 16 5/8   6/6   2 2     3 1   2 4 15
15 MOTT, TERQUIN 14:24 7 3/6 0/1 1/1 1   1 2 1 2   1 2 1 3
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 81 23/35 7/18 14/16 5 16 21 21 11 15 4 2 19 21 98
        65.7% 38.9% 87.5%
Head coach: BEUGNOT, GREGOR
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
Köln 99ers
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 BYARS, DERRICK 19:39 3 0/2 1/2   1 2 3 3 1 3     2   2
8 NADJFEJI, ALEKSANDAR 31:30 26 7/10 3/5 3/4   5 5 7 1 2 1 2 3 5 32
11 BJELICA, MILKO 14:59 14 1/4 4/6         1   1   1 4   4
12 BAILEY, TOBY 32:06 11 1/3 2/4 3/3 1 5 6 6 2 5     3 6 19
14 KESELJ, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP 1:58                         1   -1
21 SINANOVIC, NEDZAD 6:15 2     2/2             1   2 1 2
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 38:30 19 6/7 1/1 4/5 1 3 4 4 2 2     2 4 27
24 NIKAGBATSE, MISAN 27:47 6 3/6 0/1   1   1 4 1 4   1 1 1 3
33 IDBIHI, YASSIN 27:16 6 3/3 0/1   1 1 2 2   1     3 2 7
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 87 21/35 11/20 12/14 6 16 22 27 7 19 2 4 21 19 95
        60% 55% 85.7%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA
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