2015-16Regular SeasonRound 3
October 28, 2015 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 PALAIS DES SPORTS JEAN WEILLE
Nate Linhart - CAI Zaragoza - EC15 (photo SLUC Nancy - C2images)

CAI Zaragoza holds off Nancy for important road win

CAI Zaragoza registered its first road win of the season, holding off winless SLUC Nancy 76-78 on Wednesday. CAI improved to 2-1 in a share of third place in Group C, while Nancy has three defeats in as many games to start the competition. CAI took the lead for good late in the third quarter, then used baskets from Isaac Fotu in the fourth to build 63-72 lead. Benjamin Sene led Nancy's rally, but the visitors held on. Joan Sastre netted 21 points in victory, Nate Linhart had 13, Henk Norel collected 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Fotu finished with 10 for CAI. Tomas Bellas did not score, but dished 10 assists. For Nancy, Javon McCrea had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Florent Pietrus also scored 18. Sene had 12 points, with 5 rebounds and 4 assists in a losing effort.

With Sastre scoring 9 points, and Linhart adding a triple, CAI went in front 6-14 in the first quarter. Sene hit a triple to get Nancy going, and Pietrus followed with a pair of baskets for 13-18. Sene hit another three to start second quarter, and buckets from Bandja Sy and McCrea cut the deficit to 20-22. After Robin Benzing and Alando Tucker traded three-pointers, baskets from Pietrus and McCrea tied it at 29-29, before a three-pointer from Morris Curry put Nancy in front 32-31. Stevan Jelovac and Norel scored on one side, while Curry, Pietrus and Tucker added to the tally on the other for 39-35, before Linhart's three-point play at the buzzer made it 39-38 at halftime.

Sastre and Linhart hit back-to-back from downtown, and Norel's basket made it 41-48 after 3 minutes of the third quarter. But Pietrus and McCrea cut the deficit, and Sy hit from long range for 51-50. Benzing and Andy Panko traded triples, before Halil Kanacevic and Sastre helped the visitors to 56-59 late in the third. Linhart opened the fourth with a basket, missed a free throw but Fotu scored a put-back for 58-63. Pietrus and McCrea closed the gap to a single point, but Fotu had a three-point play on the next trip down the floor, before Sastre had a basket-plus-foul of his own, and Fotu nailed a three-pointer to cap a 1-9 run for 63-72. After a timeout, Pietrus, Sene and McCrea cut the deficit to 3 points, but Jelovac made 3 of 4 from the foul line. In the final minute, Norel scored for 72-77, but Sene hit a triple to give the hosts some hope. Jelovac split free throws for 75-78, and Nancy had its last chance when Sene hit first then missed second free throw on purpose in the final seconds, but CAI held on.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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Referees: CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), OZOLS, ARNIS (LAT), DAVYDOV, ALEXEY (RUS)
Attendance: 3628 (Tentative)
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SLUC Nancy
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 GRUN, THOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SENE, BENJAMIN 24:48 12 1/3 3/6 1/2 1 4 5 4   2     1 2 14
9 PANKO, ANDY 30:53 9 2/5 1/3 2/2       3   1     4 3 5
10 SY, BANDJA 24:22 8 1/4 2/3   2 5 7   1 2     2   8
11 PIETRUS, FLORENT 34:48 18 7/8 0/1 4/4 1 4 5 2   1 1   3 5 25
12 McCREA, JAVON 38:33 18 7/15   4/5 4 7 11 4 1 1 2 1 3 4 26
22 THOMAS, ALEXIS 0:17                         1   -1
25 TUCKER, ALANDO 23:07 5 1/4 1/4     1 1 1         1 1 1
31 BELL, JAMES 3:02     0/1     1 1     2     1   -3
35 DELARBOULAS, GEOFFREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 CURRY, MORRIS 20:10 6 1/4 1/3 1/1   3 3 6         2 3 11
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 76 20/43 8/21 12/14 12 26 38 20 2 9 3 1 18 18 91
        46.5% 38.1% 85.7%
Head coach: WEISZ, ALAIN
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
CAI Zaragoza
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LINHART, NATE 24:35 13 3/3 2/3 1/2 1 1 2   1       4 2 12
10 GARCIA, SERGI 11:12 2 1/1 0/1         2 1 1     2 1 2
11 BELLAS, TOMAS 28:48   0/1 0/3     2 2 10   1     3 1 5
15 SASTRE, JOAN 35:56 21 6/8 2/3 3/3 1 3 4 2   1   1 1 4 25
16 DIENER, DRAKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 TOMAS, PERE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 BENZING, ROBIN 19:34 6 0/2 2/3     1 1           3 1 2
25 NOREL, HENK 21:40 12 5/9   2/2 3 4 7 4   1 1 2 2 2 17
42 FOTU, ISAAC 14:48 10 3/7 1/3 1/1 1 3 4 1         2 1 8
45 KANACEVIC, HALIL 18:15 6 2/8   2/2 4 3 7 1 2 3     1 2 8
89 JELOVAC, STEVAN 25:12 8 2/7 0/1 4/6   4 4 1         1 4 8
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 78 22/46 7/17 13/16 10 23 33 21 4 7 1 3 19 18 89
        47.8% 41.2% 81.3%
Head coach: RUIZ, JOAQUIN

Head Coaches

WEISZ, ALAIN
SLUC Nancy
"We played tonight with six players. The team continues to work hard. We didn't make a lot of turnovers but 2 turnovers gave important fast breaks to Zaragoza. Some of my players are actually stressed when they have the ball. We played well tonight. We won the battle of rebounds and didn’t make a lot of turnovers against a good team. It's a pity."
RUIZ, JOAQUIN
CAI Zaragoza
"I’m very happy for this win. It was an important game for us. We had good defense in the second half. It’s a good thing for my team, they work a lot. In this group, a road win is very important for the qualification. We are actually in a good position. "

Players

PIETRUS, FLORENT
SLUC Nancy
"Actually we are in a bad situation. We played good basketball tonight, but we lost our confidence. We work hard and we have the level to play against these teams. We're not lucky; that's it. We lost each game by 2 or 3 points. Sometimes 2 or 3 turnovers gave easy fast breaks for Zaragoza. Now we need to stay together and stay focused. "