2015-16EighthfinalsRound 2
March 02, 2016 CET: 21:00
Local time: 20:00 GRAN CANARIA ARENA
Ali Traore - Limoges CSP - EC15 (photo Gran Canaria)

Gran Canaria reaches quarterfinals despite home loss

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas reached the Eurocup quarterfinals by despite a 77-78 home loss against Limoges CSP on Wednesday. Gran Canaria had previously recorded a 65-82 win in Limoges and advanced to the quarterfinals with an aggregate score of 159-143. Gran Canaria is set to face Stelmet Zielona Gora in the next round. Alen Omic led Gran Canaria with 15 points. Brad Newley added 13, Kevin Pangos had 12 and 6 assists while Sasu Salin got 10 points for the hosts. Ali Traore led Limoges with 19 points. Bo McCalebb added 17, Nobel Boungou-Colo had 16 while Leo Westermann got 10 for the guests. Boungou-Colo had 8 quick points to give Limoges an early 4-11 lead. Traore had 6 unanswered points in another 0-9 Limoges run that made it a double-digit game, 11-22. D.J. Seeley and Pangos brought Gran Canaria within 18-24 after 10 minutes. Three-pointers by Newley and Pablo Aguilar put Gran Canaria ahead, 29-26, early in the second quarter. McCalebb and Boungou-Colo allowed Limoges to tie the game, 42-42, at halftime. Traore fueled an 0-8 run which gave Limoges a 44-52 edge soon after the break. Gran Canaria stayed within 54-61 after 30 minutes sealed the outcome of the series behind a solid fourth-quarter performance from Salin and Omic. Pangos sank three bombs from downtown in crunch time to give his team a 77-75 lead. Free throws by Boungou-Colo and Matt Gatens helped Limoges win the game.

Omic got Gran Canaria going with a layup which Boungou-Colo bettered with a seven-meter bomb for a 2-3 Limoges lead. Will Daniels struck from downtown and a dunk by Boungou-Colo boosted the guests' lead to 2-8. Albert Oliver found Omic for a layup that a red hot Boungou-Colo bettered with his second triple. Salin joined the three-point shootout and matched Westermann's layup with a mid-range jumper for a 9-13 score. Xavi Rabaseda found his first points but Daniels sank one from beyond and Traore scored down low, added a rainbow jump hook and a baseline jumper to force the hosts to stop the game at 11-22. Seeley stepped up with a backdoor layup and fed Rabaseda for a fast break basket. A three-pointer by Pangos and a big basket by McCalebb fixed the score at 18-24 after 10 minutes. Omic scored in the low post early in the second quarter but Traore scored off a high post pick for a 20-26 Limoges lead. Newley swished a corner triple and Aguilar also struck from downtown to make the guests stop the game at 26-26. Newley and Westermann traded three-pointers and a free throw by Seeley gave the hosts a 30-29 lead. Westermann hit foul shots that Aguilar matched with a second-chance basket. Anzejs Pasecniks made free throws and a wild basket by Oliver boosted Gran Canaria's lead to 36-32. McCalebb sank a triple and Eulis Baez made his team restore a 37-35 edge. Traore nailed a jump hook and Boungou-Colo bettered Baez's basket with a triple. Omic took over with a layup-plus-foul and free throws by Boungou-Colo tied the game, 42-42, at halftime.

Traore buried his trademark jump hook immediately after the break but Omic quickly answered with a layup. Gran Canaria stayed strong on defense but started to use longer possessions to run the game clock down. An unstoppable Traore scored again in the low post and a tip-in by Boungou-Colo gave Limoges hope at 44-48. The hosts had been limited to just 2 points in 5 minutes and back-to-back layups by Frejus Zerbo and McCalebb boosted the guests' lead to 44-52, after a 0-8 run. Newley rescued Gran Canaria with a three-pointer but Gatens answered from downtown. Oliver and Omic made free throws off a Gran Canaria timeout but Traore buried a mid-range jumper for a 51-57 Limoges lead. Mark Payne hit foul shots which Seeley improved with a big triple. A buzzer-beating layup by Traore gave Limoges a 54-61 margin after 30 minutes. Traore split free throws early in the fourth quarter but Newley followed a jumper with a driving layup to keep Gran Canaria within 58-62. McCalebb stepped up and singlehandedly boosted Limoges's lead to 59-67 with over 6 minutes left. Omic ignited the crowd with a big slam but McCalebb did better with a wild triple. Salin hit free throws and a layup by Baez sealed the outcome of the series, 65-70. Both teams, however, kept fighting for a prestigious win. A couple of three-pointers by Pangos kept the hosts within 74-75 in the next-to-last minute. Pangos downed another triple but free throws by Boungou-Colo and Gatens allowed Limoges to win the game, even when Gran Canaria was the series winner and reached the next round.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
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Referees: SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), HALLIKO, AARE (EST), BAUMANIS, INGUS (LAT)
Attendance: 4652 (Tentative)
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Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PANGOS, KEVIN 19:04 12   4/6     1 1 6   3     1 3 16
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 20:56 5 1/2 0/1 3/3   1 1 4   2     1 3 8
7 SAVANE, SITAPHA 4:24           1 1     2 1   1   -1
8 NEWLEY, BRAD 19:32 13 2/4 3/4     3 3           2   11
9 SALIN, SASU 25:10 10 1/5 1/5 5/6 3 2 5 1         2 4 9
11 SEELEY, DENNIS 14:50 6 1/3 1/4 1/2   1 1 1 1 1     3 2 1
13 BAEZ, EULIS 23:55 5 2/2 0/3 1/2   3 3 1   2     1 2 4
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 7:19 2   0/2 2/2   1 1             1 2
21 PAULI, ORIOL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER 20:28 4 2/2 0/3         1   1     5 2 -2
23 OMIC, ALEN 28:17 15 6/7   3/5 3 4 7   1 3     2 7 22
34 AGUILAR, PABLO 16:05 5 1/5 1/1   2 2 4 1 1 1   1     5
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 77 16/30 10/29 15/20 9 23 32 15 3 15 1 1 18 24 80
        53.3% 34.5% 75%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO
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
Limoges CSP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 9:51     0/2     1 1 2   1     1   -1
4 MCCALEBB, BO 26:18 17 3/3 3/4 2/4   3 3 2   2     4 5 18
5 WOJCIECHOWSKI, MATHIEU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 DANIELS, WILL 28:03 8 1/1 2/3   1 6 7     2     5   7
8 GATENS, MATT 15:23 3 0/1 1/3     1 1     1     2 1 -1
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 29:04 10 1/5 2/5 2/2   1 1 3   2     2 3 6
11 PAYNE, MARK 12:11 3 0/1 0/1 3/4       1         1 2 2
12 CAMARA, OUSMANE 0:40                              
16 BOUNGOU-COLO, NOBEL 35:38 16 1/4 3/6 5/6 3 3 6     4       5 16
24 TRAORE, ALI 23:53 19 9/10   1/2   5 5 1   2 1   5 2 19
29 DIAWARA, YAKHOUBA 3:32                   2         -2
55 ZERBO, FREJUS 15:27 2 1/3       3 3     2   1 4   -4
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 78 16/28 11/24 13/18 4 25 29 9 0 18 1 1 24 18 62
        57.1% 45.8% 72.2%
Head coach: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"The game in Limoges was key for the final result of this round. The other results in the Eurocup helped us to focus more on the fact that a 17-point lead is not decisive at all. They began with great success in their shooting, but we reacted really well because we knew this. And even more when you face the former champion in France. I am really happy to be in the quarterfinals, even more knowing that we are the only Spanish team that accomplished it last year and this one. It is a great achievement for us."

Players

BAEZ, EULIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"They started with great motivation to avoid elimination. Our rotations helped the team to react, our second unit did a great job. But the fight continued all game. We are strong at home."