2007-08Regular SeasonRound 10
January 22, 2008 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 UNIVERSIADA
Willie Deane shined bright as Lukoil Academic Sofia cruised into the ULEB Cup Last 32 with a 106-89 win over Pau-Orthez. Deane went off for 27 points on 6-of-7 three-point shooting, 8 assists and 4 steals as the Bulgarian champs finished the regular season with a 6-4 record, good for third place in Group H. Meanwhile Pau-Orthez finished at the bottom of the group standings with a 2-8 mark. The hosts used two big runs, a 12-0 charge in the second quarter and then opening the third 15-2 to break the game open, giving Academic a big enough margin to manage the game the rest of the way. Pero Antic collected 22 points with 9 of 9 on two-point shooting, Larry O'Bannon added 16 and Riste Stefanov bagged 14. Antwayne Robinson led Pau-Orthez with 16 points, Max Stanic nailed 12 and Ludovic Vaty added 10.

Back-to-back mid range jumpers posted by Tencho Banev and Antic pushed Lukoil Academic ahead 6-3 early in the first quarter, but Robinson soon put Pau-Orthez in front 7-8. Chadar Chostov made it 14-8 at the midway point of the quarter and then Antic added a basket before 7 points from Stanic put Pau ahead 16-17. Antic capped a 7-0 run for Academic to go ahead 23-17. Antoine Mendy reacted for Pau, but Stefanov with a pull-up jumper gave the first double-digit margin to Lukoil, 29-19 as the first quarter finished. Cedric Ferchaud kept Pau-Orthez alive, getting within 29-24 opening the second quarter, but Antic seemed to be unstoppable and with the help of Todor Stoykov and O'Bannon, amassed a 12-0 run to go up 41-26. Jeff Trepagnier stopped a scoreless run for Pau and nailed a triple, but Deane established the best margin yet for Academic, 50-35, with 90 seconds left till halftime. Antonio Davis made 2 free throws to cut the cushion to 54-41 at halftime. Shaun Fein from downtown tried to wake up the guests staring the third quarter, but O'Bannon answered by converting a three-point-play. Then Stanic reduce the margin to 60-51 from mid range. Deane highlighted a 15-2 run with 11 points to make it 75-53 midway through the third period and Stefanov fixed it at 84-65 at the end of the third quarter. The hosts extended the difference to 93-67 after three minutes through Petroslav Zafirov. The teams played the last minutes to entertain the crowd as Academic sealed its qualification with an amazing performance.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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Referees: OBRADOVIC, PETAR (BIH), UDRICA, MARIUS (ROM), ZURAPOVIC, ADEMIR (BIH)
Attendance: 2500
By Quarter1234
Lukoil Academic29253022
Pau-Orthez19222424
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Lukoil Academic295484106
Pau-Orthez19416589
Lukoil Academic
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DEANE, WILLIE 30:43 27 4/8 6/7 1/3   4 4 8 4 3     2 3 34
7 STEFANOV, RISTE 23:26 14 3/6 1/5 5/6   4 4 1 5 2 1 1 1 4 17
8 KOSTOV, CHAVDAR 19:10 5 1/1 1/2     1 1 3 1 1     3   5
9 ZAFIROV, PETROSLAV 11:38 7 3/4 0/2 1/1 1 2 3     1   1 2 1 4
11 PHILLIPOV, DIMITAR 7:05   0/2     1   1     1     1   -3
12 ANTIC, PERO 38:07 22 9/11 1/3 1/1 2 3 5 2 1 5     1 1 21
14 BANEV, TENCHO 20:07 6 3/3     1 4 5       1   1   11
15 STOYKOV, TODOR 19:02 6 2/2 0/3 2/2 1 1 2 1   1     3 3 5
20 HRISTOV, KALIN 3:34 3   1/2                       2
22 O'BANNON, LARRY 27:08 16 3/3 2/3 4/4   2 2 4 1 1     3 5 23
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 106 28/40 12/27 14/17 7 22 29 19 12 16 2 2 17 17 120
        70% 44.4% 82.4%
Head coach: LUKAJIC, ZELJKO
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
Pau-Orthez
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 D'ALMEIDA, XANE 15:05     0/1     3 3 2   1   1 1 1 2
7 FEIN, SHAUN 20:35 6   2/5     1 1 2 1 3     3   1
8 MENDY, ANTOINE 20:56 12 3/3 2/4   2   2 1 1 2         12
9 FERCHAUD, CEDRIC 19:31 8 1/1 2/4     2 2     2     3   3
11 STANIC, MAXILIANO 18:12 12 2/2 2/3 2/2   1 1 5 5 1   1   2 22
12 RUPERT, THIERRY 27:43 10 4/8   2/2 1 5 6   2 5 1   2 4 12
13 DAVIS, ANTONIO DAPRIES 19:13 9 2/5 1/2 2/2 1   1 2   2     1 2 7
14 VATY, LUDOVIC 17:18 10 3/3   4/4   3 3   1 1     4 4 13
16 ROBINSON, ANTYWANE 23:29 16 1/3 4/8 2/2 2 4 6   1 3 1     2 17
18 TREPAGNIER, JEFF 17:58 6 0/3 2/4     1 1 2   3     3 2  
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 89 16/28 15/31 12/12 6 21 27 14 11 23 2 2 17 17 90
        57.1% 48.4% 100%
Head coach: MOPSUS, LAURENT

Head Coaches

LUKAJIC, ZELJKO
Lukoil Academic
"I think we deservedly won tonight. We told ourselves that we would chase a big difference in tonight´s game and this was our goal. Even though we have too many injured players we managed to stop the fast breaks of Pau-Orthez. We wait on the draw and we will start working on our next game in ULEB Cup then. I hope the good luck will be with us."
MOPSUS, LAURENT
Pau-Orthez
"We couldn´t manage to take control of the rhythm of the game. The team of Lukoil has very strong offense and proved this fact one more time tonight. They also stopped our game so we couldn´t play our way. They were the better team. Right now we have problems with our performance in the French League and we are concentarted mainly in that. I hope we will find the right way. Until then we will keep on working hard."

Players

STOYKOV, TODOR
Lukoil Academic
"We played well and didn´t underestimate the opponent. We knew that we were already qulified but still we were concentrated. It is good that the young players had the chance to have some minutes on the court. Now we wait on the draw results. I hope we will have a chance."
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