2014-15Regular SeasonRound 3
October 29, 2014 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAIS DES SPORTS JEAN MICHEL GEOFFROY
Oliver and Kendall keep Gran Canaria perfect

Tomas Bellas - Herbalife Gran Canaria - EC14 (photo Gran Canaria)

In a battle of the previously undefeated teams in Group B, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas got a thrilling 69-71 road win over the host JDA Dijon. Albert Oliver scored a basket with 6 seconds to go, putting the visitors in front 69-71, before Levon Kendall sealed the deal, blocking a potential game-winning three-point attempt from Steven Gray in the last second. Gran Canaria, which did not trail after the second quarter, had Kyle Kuric leading the way with 21 points on 5-for-7 three-point shooting. Kendall had 11 points plus 6 boards, and Eulis Baez 11 points and 5 rebounds in victory. Erving Walker netted 23 for the newcomer Dijon, which suffered its first-ever Eurocup defeat. Kris Joseph scored 13, and Andre Harris 11 plus 5 rebounds.

Walter Tavares had an early say on both ends of the floor, with a pair of baskets and a pair of blocks for Gran Canaria. Ferdinand Prenom, Jacques Alingue and Walker got Dijon going, scoring all points in a run that got the hosts to 15-12 after the first quarter. Prenom scored a put-back to start the second, but Kendall answered with 5 points of his own, Baez had a put-back, before Kuric hit back-to-back a jumper and a triple, both assisted by Oliver. Kuric’s second triple made it 20-29, and after he hit his third, Kuric followed it with a block and a layup for 22-34. In the final minute of the quarter, Joseph snapped a 5-22 run, and Walker added a fastbreak layup, cutting it to 27-34 at halftime.

Back-to-back-to-back threes, two from Joseph and Walker’s in between, got Dijon to 36-38 early in the third quarter. Gran Canaria answered with back-to-back daggers from Tomas Bellas and Kuric. After Bellas followed it with a jumper for 36-46, Harris strung together 7 points for the hosts, including a three-pointer, and Walker also hit from long range for 46-48. But Kuric hit another one from downtown, and sparked Gran Canaria to 50-59 lead after the third quarter. But there was no giving up in Dijon, as Joseph and Antoine Mendy each scored couple of baskets for 59-64. Walker hit a triple and 3 of 4 free throws for 65-66 with 3 minutes to go. Bellas scored for the visitors, Mendy had a put-back for Dijon, before Walker’s pair of foul shots with 26 seconds to go tied it at 69-69. But Oliver scored his first and only basket of the night, and Kendall made a key block for Gran Canaria to stay perfect.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; VYKLICKY, ROBERT; LANZARINI, SAVERIO
Attendance: 3224 (Tentative)
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JDA Dijon
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 MOSS, ZACH 22:57 5 2/6   1/1 3 3 6       1 3   1 6
8 MENDY, ANTOINE 22:35 9 3/4 1/2   2 3 5 1 3 1   1 1 2 15
9 JOSS-RAUZE, KEVIN 9:42           1 1           4 1 -2
10 CURTI, ALDO 13:10   0/1 0/1         3   3     3 2 -3
11 WALKER, ERVING 26:50 23 2/4 3/7 10/11   3 3 4   3       6 26
12 BALLO, DRISSA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 PRENOM, FERDINAND 17:03 6 3/4     2 1 3   2       2   8
18 ALINGUE, JACQUES 8:00 2 1/1     1 3 4     2         4
21 HARRIS, ANDRE 32:00 11 3/5 1/5 2/4   5 5 1   1     3 2 7
23 GRAY, STEVEN 27:19   0/3 0/6     1 1 3 1     1 2   -7
32 JOSEPH, KRIS 20:24 13 2/6 3/6     3 3 1 3 2     3   8
34 YAO-DELON, OLIVER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 69 16/34 8/27 13/16 8 24 32 13 9 12 1 5 18 14 63
        47.1% 29.6% 81.3%
Head coach: BORG, JEAN-LOUIS
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
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
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 17:24 2 1/2 0/1     2 2 6   1     2 3 8
8 NEWLEY, BRAD 25:24 2 0/4 0/1 2/2 1 4 5     2 1     1 2
10 URTASUN, TXEMI 7:05   0/1 0/1 0/2   1 1           1 2 -2
11 BELLAS, TOMAS 22:36 9 3/3 1/2     1 1 5   3     5 1 7
13 BAEZ, EULIS 24:38 11 2/5 0/1 7/9 3 2 5     2     1 5 12
14 KENDALL, LEVON 19:40 11 5/10   1/2 4 2 6 1 1 1 1   1 2 14
17 SANTANA, FABIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 PAULI, ORIOL 3:52     0/1         1              
22 TAVARES, WALTER 20:20 6 3/6       2 2 1 1   2   2   7
24 KURIC, KYLE 32:55 21 3/5 5/7     4 4 2     1   1 3 26
25 O'LEARY, IAN 10:44 4 2/3       4 4 1 2 2       1 9
35 SUMMERS, DAJUAN 15:22 5 1/5 1/1     1 1     3   1 2   -4
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 71 20/44 7/15 10/15 9 24 33 17 4 14 5 1 15 18 81
        45.5% 46.7% 66.7%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
“I expected a very difficult game because I know Dijon is playing very well and they have a good team. It’s very difficult to win on the road in the Eurocup. I expected this kind of game.”

Players

KURIC, KYLE
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
“It’s a big game for us. The other team was 2-0, so it was a difficult game, but we pulled it out. So far so good. After the first quarter we changed our mentality. The guys made passes and I could make some shots.”
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