2007-08Regular SeasonRound 9
January 15, 2008 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALA DEL MAURO
Jackson Vroman - Akasvayu GironaAkasvayu Girona pounded Spirou Charleroi 92-72 on Tuesday night to wrap up first place in Group C and a top seed in the upcoming elimination rounds draw. Week 8 MVP Jackson Vroman had another big night with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals and the never-ending Darryl Middleton scored in double figures for the second straight week as the hosts improved to 7-2. Because Hemofarm Stada, which entered the evening tied with Akasvayu for the group lead, was upset by Hanzevast, it allowed Akasvayu to take care of business with one game remaining in the regular season. Meanwhile Charleroi’s chances of playing beyond next week ended with the loss. The tide of the game turned during a 17-3 second-period run, which the 41-year-old Middleton led with 8 points. Middleton finished with 16 points and 6-of-7 shooting for the home team, Marc Gasol added 14 points, Jarod Stevenson had 10 and newcomer Maurice Whitfield celebrated his debut with 9. Tremmell Darden paced Charleroi with 16, Christophe Beghin added 14, Jonathan Tabu had 10 and Andre Riddick finished with 8 points.

Akasvayu got on the board first via a Gasol free throw and soon led 6-2 on Vroman’s first bucket. The hosts looked ready to pull away, but Darden finished the quarter with a pair of baskets in a 1-6 spurt to make it 19-17 after 10 minutes. Beghin continued the visitor’s momentum when he tied the game with the first basket of the second period. But that would be the end of the line for Charleroi. Stevenson sank a basket and a triple as the hosts scored the next 9 points during a 17-3 run to give Akasvayu a commanding 36-22 lead. Middleton scored 8 during that charge. Baskets by Riddick and Tabu did little to help the visitors as the halftime score settled at 43-27. Four points by Beghin and a Justin Hamilton free throw made it 50-41 midway through the third period, however that was as close as Charleroi would get. Vroman scored thrice from the line, Stevenson hit another three and Branko Cvetkovic did the same and Roman Montanez added two threes as the lead swelled to 65-49 at the end of the third period. The best efforts of Beghin and Tabu weren’t enough to get closer than 10 the rest of the way as Akasvayu held on for a big win that may lead to bigger things to come.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008
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Referees: POZZANA, MAURO; LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; LEFWERTH, OSCAR
Attendance: 1781
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Akasvayu Girona19242227
Spirou Charleroi17102223
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Akasvayu Girona19436592
Spirou Charleroi17274972
Akasvayu Girona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 STEVENSON, JAROD 17:36 10 1/3 2/4 2/2   1 1 2 1     1 2 1 8
7 VROMAN, JACKSON 26:55 22 8/11 0/1 6/8 3 5 8 3 5 3   1 2 5 31
8 SADA, VICTOR 22:35 4   1/2 1/2   3 3 4 2   1   3 1 10
10 McDONALD, ARRIEL 20:39 6 1/1 0/3 4/4   2 2 2   1     2 2 6
18 MONTANEZ, ROMAN 26:29 9 1/2 2/3 1/2 1 3 4 2 3 2       1 14
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 14:07   0/2 0/1     2 2   1            
33 GASOL, MARC 20:48 14 5/7   4/4   3 3 2   2 1   3 5 18
44 MIDDLETON, DARRYL 23:13 16 6/7   4/4           1     1 3 16
51 WHITFIELD, MAURICE 17:25 9 1/1 1/1 4/6   1 1 3 1 2     1 4 13
52 LLINAS, PAU 1:09                              
55 RADENOVIC, IVAN 9:04 2     2/2           1     3 1 -1
Team                                
Totals 200:00 92 23/34 6/15 28/34 4 20 24 18 13 12 2 2 17 23 115
        67.6% 40% 82.4%
Head coach: MARTINEZ, PEDRO
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
Spirou Charleroi
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MOORS, ROEL 17:21 4 2/2 0/1     1 1 3   4     2   1
5 JORDAN, MICHAEL 26:44 9 2/2 1/10 2/2   1 1 3   1   1 2 5 5
7 HAMILTON, JUSTIN 28:22 3 1/3 0/6 1/2   1 1 3 1       1 1 -1
8 DARDEN, TREMMELL 27:54 16 5/5 2/4 0/1 2 4 6 1 1 3 1   1 2 20
9 TABU, JONATHAN 16:28 10 1/2 2/4 2/4       3 2 1     3 2 8
10 RIDDICK, ANDRE 23:33 8 3/4   2/4 2 4 6   1 2 1   4 2 9
11 WILKINSON, WES 4:01 1     1/2                   1 1
12 CHADA, ANTHONY 3:11                              
13 VERMEULEN, SEBASTIEN 18:36 5 2/3   1/2 2 3 5   1 2     4 1 4
14 MATELA, LEN 10:59 2 1/2 0/1     1 1         1 4   -4
15 BEGHIN, CHRISTOPHE 22:51 14 6/7 0/1 2/2 1 2 3     1     3 3 14
Team                                
Totals 200:00 72 23/30 5/27 11/19 7 17 24 13 6 14 2 2 24 17 57
        76.7% 18.5% 57.9%
Head coach: CASTEELS, EDDY

Head Coaches

MARTINEZ, PEDRO
Akasvayu Girona
"A game that I think we controlled from the very beginning, we didn’t have a very good third quarter, but in general we had a great rhythm in attack. They weren’t very assertive with the scoring, but in general we dominated and we won the game because I think we were better than them."
CASTEELS, EDDY
Spirou Charleroi
"Congratulations to one of the top teams in the league, and especially a complicated one. On the first half it has been a difficult game but afterwards we could get over it and follow their game."

Players

STEVENSON, JAROD
Akasvayu Girona
"It’s good to be back after a month. It was a good game and very important for us to win it to keep on being in the first place."
VERMEULEN, SEBASTIEN
Spirou Charleroi
"It was a tough game from the start. It’s very difficult to win here in Spain. But it hasn’t been here that we lost the classification, we lost it in Holland."
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