2015-16Regular SeasonRound 9
December 09, 2015 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 RATIOPHARM ARENA
Taylor Braun - ratiopharm Ulm - EC15 (photo Florian Achberger - Ratiopharm Ulm)

Henry's buzzer-beater triple makes CAI win in Ulm

CAI Zaragoza improved to 6-3 in Group C by edging ratiopharm Ulm 81-84 on the road on Wednesday. Sek Henry became the game hero by hitting the game-winning shot - an off-balance triple - at the buzzer. Ulm dropped to 3-6 and will fight with Proximus Spirou Charleroi for the only open Last 32 spot in Group C next week. Henry led the winners with 21 points. Isaac Fotu added 14 while Drake Diener and Pere Tomas each had 10 for CAI. Raymar Morgan led Ulm with 16 points. De'Sean Butler added 14, Per Guenther and Taylor Braun each had 11 while Chris Babb and Augustine Rubit got 10 apiece for the hosts. Diener had 10 points in the first quarter and got help from Henry and Fotu to give CAI a 16-24 lead after 10 minutes. An outstanding Henry boosted his team's lead to 19-32 early in the second quarter but Butler, Rubit and Braun allowed Ulm to tie it at 47-47. A three-pointer by Fotu put CAI back ahead, 48-50, at halftime. Morgan and Braun fueled a 7-0 run that gave Ulm a 55-50 lead but Tomas and Henry allowed CAI to regain a 63-64 edge after 30 minutes. Morgan and Butler shined in crunch time and a big three-pointer by Guenther tied it at 81-81 with 23.5 seconds. CAI almost picked up a turnover but put the balls in Henry's hands - and he beat the buzzer with a wild three-pointer to win it for the guests.

Morgan got Ulm going with a quick basket but Diener and Nate Linhart soon gave CAI a 2-5 lead. Babb struck from downtown but a jump hook by Henk Norel and a jumper by Diener put CAI back ahead, 6-9. Isaac Fotu shined with a tip-in but Morgan and Rubit kept Ulm within 10-11. Linhart buried his second triple and a red hot Diener bettered Rubit's layup with one from beyond the arc, good for a 12-17 CAI lead. Fotu and David Brembly exchanged baskets and a driving layup by Henry boosted the guests' lead to 14-21. Brembly banked in a shot and another triple by Diener boosted CAI's margin to 16-24 after 10 minutes. Halil Kanacevic made it a double-digit game, 16-26, early in the second quarter. Butler tried to change things with a three-pointer but Henry kept CAI way ahead, 19-32. Butler kept pacing Ulm with another basket and Guenther and Babb buried consecutive triples to keep the hosts within 27-34. Tomas shined with a put-back layup - and the free throw that came with it - and free throws by Fotu restored a 29-39 CAI margin. Tomas kept scoring but he didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, Guenther, Braun and Rubit brought Ulm as close as 41-43. Fotu and Norel stepped up for CAI but Rubit and an unstoppable Butler tied it at 47-47. Fotu nailed a catch-and-shoot triple and a free throw by Philipp Neumann fixed the halftime score at 48-50.

A three-pointer by Braun ignited a 7-0 run which Morgan had 4 points to give Ulm a 55-50 lead. Fotu tried to change things with a quick basket but free throws by Guenther and a layup byt Morgan made it a seven-point game, 59-52. Fotu struck from downtown, Babb and Henry traded free throws and Tomas hit one from beyond the arc to bring CAI as close as 61-60. Neumann shined with a big basket off the baseline but Norel did better with a three-point play. A free throw by Henry put CAI back ahead, 63-64, after 30 minutes. Henry banked in a close jumper early in the fourth quarter. Babb scored again but a three-pointer by Henry gave CAI a 65-69 lead. Braun answered from downtown, Robin Benzing took over with a big basket in the low post but Rubit kept Ulm within 70-71. Kanacevic followed a dunk with free throws and even when Morgan hit a triple, Linhart seemed to seal the outcome, 73-79, with under 4 minutes left. Butler struck from downtown and Morgan made free throws which Kanacevic erased with a layup for a 78-81 CAI lead in the next-to-last minute. Guenther took over with a catch-and-shoot corner triple which tied it at 81-81 with 23.5 seconds left. Henry solved a broken play with an off-balance three-pointer which allowed CAI to win the game in spectacular fashion!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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Referees: PAPAPETROU, PETROS (GRE), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO), DAVYDOV, ALEXEY (RUS)
Attendance: 4500 (Tentative)
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ratiopharm Ulm
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 GUENTHER, PER 33:20 11 0/2 3/6 2/2       11   3     1 4 17
7 FERNER, JOSCHKA 2:53                              
8 MORGAN, RAYMAR 20:41 16 5/7 1/1 3/4 2 5 7 2 2       3 6 27
14 NEUMANN, PHILIPP 10:25 5 2/4   1/2           1 1   2 3 3
17 BUTLER, DA SEAN 23:39 14 3/6 2/3 2/2 2 1 3 3 1 2     4 1 12
19 BABB, CHRIS 29:47 10 1/2 2/5 2/2   2 2 4   1     4 1 8
21 RUBIT, AUGUSTINE 29:23 10 5/7 0/1   1 2 3 3 1 3     5 3 9
22 ROHWER, BJOERN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 BRAUN, TAYLOR 35:58 11 2/6 2/4 1/1   1 1 4     1   4 4 11
30 BREMBLY, DAVID 13:54 4 2/4       3 3           1   4
44 KRAEMER, DAVID DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 81 20/38 10/20 11/13 6 18 24 27 4 10 2 0 24 22 96
        52.6% 50% 84.6%
Head coach: LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
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
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 15:53 10 0/4 2/4 4/4 2 2 4 1 1 1     4 2 7
5 HENRY, SEK 22:56 21 3/4 3/7 6/8 1 1 2 5 1 1   1 1 4 23
10 GARCIA, SERGI 6:09               2   1     1 1 1
11 BELLAS, TOMAS 19:13               5   1     3 1 2
15 SASTRE, JOAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 DIENER, DRAKE 15:22 10 2/3 2/4   1 2 3     2     3   5
19 TOMAS, PERE 27:30 10 2/3 1/2 3/3 3 5 8 1   1       3 19
21 BENZING, ROBIN 23:24 2 1/2 0/3     1 1 3   1     3 2  
25 NOREL, HENK 15:01 9 3/4   3/3 1 2 3     4     1 3 9
42 FOTU, ISAAC 31:10 14 3/6 2/4 2/2   4 4 1   2     4 5 13
45 KANACEVIC, HALIL 23:22 8 3/6 0/1 2/2 2 3 5         1 2 3 9
89 JELOVAC, STEVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 84 17/32 10/25 20/22 12 20 32 18 2 14 0 2 22 24 90
        53.1% 40% 90.9%
Head coach: CASADEVALL, ANDREU

Head Coaches

LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
ratiopharm Ulm
"We played 25 minutes of very good basketball. The first 15 minutes I wasn’t happy with our defensive and our rebounding effort. We won every statistical category, but the fouls and the rebounding. We did a lot of good things, but in the end it comes down to the first 15 minutes when we didn’t rebound well and to the free throws, of which Zaragoza had more than us. It was the most unlucky way to lose a game: We played strong defense at the end and they took the desperate three point shot for the win. If there is a basketball god, he wants us to make it to the next round the hard way."
CASADEVALL, ANDREU
CAI Zaragoza
"In the first quarter, we moved the ball very well and passed the ball inside for easy points. After that, with Ulm getting stronger, we lost the important battles and Ulm came back in the game. In the third quarter, Ulm surprised us with ery strong defense and we were down by 6 points. But we were able to make some adjustments in our pick-and-roll defense and we moved the ball better again in offense. In the end, we had the luck that we haven’t had in the previous games."

Players

GUENTHER, PER
ratiopharm Ulm
"It would be a mistake to reduce the game to the last shot. If we grabbed a few rebounds more or hit one of the open threes in the end, we win this game. Although the loss is tough, it was a step towards the right direction. Now we go to Nancy and play a do-or-die game; we should enjoy that, cause games like that are rare."
HENRY, SEK
CAI Zaragoza
"The game was amazing; we were up, they came back, fought back hard and made it a close game. We needed a game like this. It was our second game where we had to fight even at the end of the game and I am happy we got the win. The shot was an amazing one. I saw the ball loose, grabbed it, turned around and when I shot it, when it left my hands, I knew it was going in, just the rotation of the ball and the trajectory; I knew it was going in. I am happy we won. Go CAI!"