2014-15QuarterfinalsRound 2
March 24, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 BANVIT KARA ALI ACAR SPORT HALL

Banvit Bandirma edges Paris to win series

Sammy Mejia starred with 7 of his game-high 18 points in the final 30 seconds to lead Banvit Bandirma to a 75-71 victory over Paris Levallois and a spot in the Eurocup Semifinals for the first time in club history. Paris had won Game 1 of the two-game, total-points quarterfinals series 65-67 a week earlier and kept its chances alive until the final seconds, but Mejia’s free-throw shooting helped the home team prevail. Mejia also collected 9 rebounds for the inning side, while E.J. Rowland added 16 points. Mike Green paced Paris with 16 points and 9 assists. Giovan Oniangue and Dionte Christmas netted 13 points apiece and Sharrod Ford scored 10 in defeat. Banvit’s early 10-0 run threatened to make it a one-sided game, but Paris came back to make it 34-32 at halftime – tying the series at 99-99. The teams then remained close for the rest of the night. Banvit held slim advantages in the fourth quarter and though Paris rallied, it fell just short.

Things went well for the hosts from the start. Keith Simmons scored the game’s first basket before Oniangue tied it at 2-2. Then four Banvit players scored in a 10-0 run. Maleye Ndoye’s steal and layup helped Paris fight back and Oniangue free throws cut the gap to 6 in the game and 4 on aggregate, but a Mejia triple ended the first quarter at 17-8. Oniangue sank a pair of threes to keep Paris in the hunt, but Vladimir Veremeenko scored twice as Banvit remained in charge. Blake Schilb connected from downtown to make it 23-17. Paris’s next three came from Landing Sane, who cup the gap to 5 in the game and 3 on aggregate. Mejia and Simmons scored to put the hosts back in control. Green made 3 foul shots over two possessions and Sane sank a second triple to trim the gap to 31-28 with a little less than two minutes left in the half. Schilb picked off an errant Rowland pass, which resulted in 2 free throws by Green and an aggregate lead (96-97) for Paris. After a timeout, Jimmy Baron drilled a triple, but Ford’s dunk made it 34-32 at halftime.

Oniangue’s third three of the night tied the game at 37-37. A three-point play by Veremeenko and a triple by Can Maxim Mutaf put the hosts up 49-41, but Dionte Christmas’s free throws narrowed the gap to 49-45 through three quarters. Safak Edge and Christmas traded threes to start the fourth quarter. Christmas scored again to make it 52-50 – and tied on aggregate. Baron put the hosts back up by 6, but a pair of buckets by Ford brought the visitors within 59-56 with four minutes remaining. Rowland sank a clutch three that put his team back up by 6 for the game and 4 in the series. Ford fouled out and Green split free throws as Paris started to fall back. Dragicevic’s free throws put 66-59 on the board with 1:52 to play. Green made 3 free throws with 41 left to give Paris hope at 68-62 – down 4 on aggregate. Mejia did not miss from the line for the hosts, but Christmas made a four-point play with 20 seconds left to bring his team within 2 in the series. Mejia was again perfect from the line; Green matched him. Mejia returned to the line with 8 seconds on the clock and made both shots. Green made a triple with 3 seconds left to bring Paris within 1 on aggregate. Mejia made 1 more free throw with 2 seconds left and Schilb’s prayer from beyond halfcourt to win it at the buzzer missed.

Keith Simmons - Banvit Bandirma - EC14 (photo Banvit)
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON (ESP), RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), SILVA, SERGIO (POR)
Attendance: 2850 (Tentative)
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Banvit Bandirma17171526
Paris Levallois8241326
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Banvit Bandirma17344975
Paris Levallois8324571
Banvit Bandirma
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ROWLAND, EARL 29:57 16 4/9 2/5 2/2   3 3 4   3 1   3 5 15
5 GECIM, TOLGA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 CANDAN, BERKAY 16:16     0/1               1   1   -1
7 EDGE, SAFAK 10:45 3   1/2         1         4   -1
8 DAVIS, CHUCK 23:44 5 0/6 0/1 5/6 3 3 6 2 1 1     3 5 7
9 MEJIA, SAMMY 31:24 18 3/4 1/6 9/10 2 7 9 1 1 3 2     7 28
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 14:00 9 4/4   1/1   1 1 2   1 2   3 1 11
13 SIMMONS, KEITH 32:19 8 4/5 0/4     6 6   1       4 1 7
15 BARON, JIMMY 7:43 5 1/1 1/1   1   1             1 7
18 DRAGICEVIC, VLADIMIR 25:18 6 2/5   2/2 1 4 5 3   3 2   3 4 11
20 ALTUNBEY, TALAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 MUTAF, MAXIM 8:34 5 1/1 1/1     2 2     1     2 1 5
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 75 19/35 6/21 19/21 9 29 38 13 3 12 8 0 23 25 94
        54.3% 28.6% 90.5%
Head coach: ERNAK, SELCUK
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
Paris Levallois
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 FORD, SHARROD 23:28 10 5/9     2 5 7   1 4   2 5 1 4
6 NDOYE, MALEYE 22:40 4 2/3 0/3 0/1 1 1 2 1 1 1     5 3  
7 LABEYRIE, LOUIS 5:13   0/2       1 1         1 2   -4
8 COROSINE, XAVIER 3:12   0/1                   1     -2
9 LANG, NICOLAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 ONIANGUE, GIOVAN 22:41 13 1/4 3/6 2/2 2 1 3           3 2 9
11 GREEN, MIKE 36:48 16 1/4 1/4 11/13 1 3 4 9 2 1   1 4 10 27
14 JEAN-BAPTISTE-ADOLPHE, MICHEL 14:08 4 2/3     1   1   1     1 1 1 4
19 SANE, LANDING 13:22 6 0/3 2/3   2 3 5     1   1 2 1 4
21 SCHILB, BLAKE 40:00 5 1/4 1/6     2 2 5 2 1   1 2 3 5
25 CHRISTMAS, DIONTE 18:28 13 2/3 2/4 3/3           1     1 2 10
26 ELIEZER, CYRILLE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 5 6               6
Totals 200:00 71 14/36 9/26 16/19 10 21 31 15 7 9 0 8 25 23 63
        38.9% 34.6% 84.2%
Head coach: BEUGNOT, GREGOR

Head Coaches

ERNAK, SELCUK
Banvit Bandirma
"First of all it was an important and historic night tonight. When we were coming back from France, I sad we did a great job, but had not finished yet. Tonight we did our job. I want to say thanks to our fans; they were amazing today. And the second thanks is to our players. Now they deserve a good rest. And we are not satisfied with this result. We need to show the same ambition and energy in the Turkish League as well. Finally, we are in the [semifinals] in one of the big competitions in Europe and it is a perfect sense for us."
BEUGNOT, GREGOR
Paris Levallois
"Banvit’s team is very strong. I think the key to the game was rebounds. Although we managed to stay close, we lost. I wish a good luck to Banvit for the next round."