2015-16Regular SeasonRound 1
October 13, 2015 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 ANTARES
Alen Omic - Herbalife Gran Canaria - EC15 (photo Le Mans)

Gran Canaria holds on for season-opening win at Le Mans

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas held off a late Le Mans Sarthe Basket charge to take a 74-79 road win in the teams’ Eurocup season opener. Gran Canaria led 38-43 at halftime and remained on top for much of the second half until Petr Cornelie and Jason Wetrol rallied Le Mans with an 8-0 charge to lead 73-71. But Eulis Baez saved Gran Canaria with a clutch offensive rebound, basket and foul before Kevin Pangos and Sasu Salin iced the game from the line. Baez paced the winners with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Alen Omic posted 11 points and 9 rebounds, Kyle Kuric also scored 11 and Pangos, Salin and Sitapha Savane scored 10 points apiece. Cornelie shot 5 for 5 from downtown en route to 17 points for Le Mans. Twain McKee also scored 17 and dished 6 assists, Mickael Gelabale added 13 points and Mouphtaou Yarou 11.

Baskets by Brad Newley and Omic got Gran Canaria’s season started on the right foot, however Le Mans responded with four baskets from four different players to take an 8-4 advantage. Omic evened the score with a three-point play, but McKee did the same to make it 15-10. Yarou and Gelabale with a three-pointer increased the difference to 24-18. Pablo Aguilar’s three-pointer and a Xavi Rabaseda free throw brought Gran Canaria within24-22 after 10 minutes. Albert Oliver made an impact in the second half with an assist to Aguilar and a jumper of his own to cap a 0-10 run that bridged the quarters. Lahaou Konate responded with a three to make it 29-28. It was still a 1-point game after a McKenn triple midway through the quarter. Salin scored 5 and capped a 0-9 run for a 33-41 advantage. A Yarou tip-in helped Le Mans close to within 38-43 at halftime.

McKee had Le Mans within 1 in the first minute of the second half. Baez scored twice to give Gran Canaria some breathing room. Kuric soon came alive with 5 straight points before Salin gave the visitors their first double-digit lead, 49-60. Cornelie’s second three of the quarter narrowed the gap to 54-62 through three quarters. After Gelabale made it a 6-point game, Kuric connected on his third three-pointer. However Cornelie made another three and McKee scored to make it 61-65. Baez and an Omic put-back gave Gran Canarias some breathing room, but Le Mans kept coming. Wetrol missed twice from the line, but made up for that with an offensive rebound and Cornelie sank a triple to close to within 68-71. Westrol made it a 1-point game and then found Cornelie for a go-ahead triple, 73-71. Salin split free throws, buy Baez collected the offensive rebound, scored and drew a foul for a 73-75 lead with less than half a minute remaining. Yarou then missed a chance to tie it when he split free throws. Pangos sank 2 from the line for a 74-77 advantage and after Baez rejected Gelabale, Salin iced the game from the line.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), KOLJENSIC, MILOS (MNE)
Attendance: 3100 (Tentative)
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Le Mans Sarthe Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 McKEE, TYWAIN 37:06 17 4/8 2/6 3/5   1 1 6   4   1 4 6 11
3 BENGABER, GREGORY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 KONATE, LAHAOU 16:05 5 1/1 1/3   2   2   1       4 2 4
6 JAMES, DAMION 19:46 4 2/6 0/1     5 5 2   2 1   2   3
10 WESTROL, JASON 16:15 5 2/3 0/1 1/4 2 2 4 2   3     1 2 4
11 DALLY, JEAN-PHILIPPE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 CORNELIE, PETR 22:44 17 1/4 5/5   4 3 7       1   5 1 18
13 YAROU, MOUPHTAOU 31:53 11 5/11   1/2 4 1 5     2 1   1 2 9
15 GELABALE, MICKAEL 29:58 13 5/7 1/3     2 2 1 1 4   1 1 2 9
17 AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE 20:56 2 1/4       2 2 4 1 2     1 1 4
21 JEANNE, JONATHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
74 FALL, YOUSSOUPHA 5:17   0/1     2   2 1           1 3
Team           4 1 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 74 21/45 9/19 5/11 18 17 35 16 3 18 3 2 19 17 69
        46.7% 47.4% 45.5%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN
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
3 PANGOS, KEVIN 28:05 10 1/9 2/2 2/2 1   1 5   2   2 1 5 8
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 11:55 2 1/2 0/2         2   2     1   -2
7 SAVANE, SITAPHA 14:01 10 4/5   2/2 3 1 4 1 1 3 1   1 1 13
8 NEWLEY, BRAD 24:57 6 3/4 0/3   3 1 4 3 1 1     2   7
9 SALIN, SASU 24:16 10 2/3 1/4 3/4 1 6 7   2       2 4 16
13 BAEZ, EULIS 21:41 13 6/10 0/2 1/1 6 2 8     3 1   3 4 14
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 1:09                              
21 PAULI, ORIOL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 RABASEDA, XAVI 8:11 1     1/2       1   1     1 1  
23 OMIC, ALEN 24:50 11 5/13   1/1 6 3 9 2         3 2 13
24 KURIC, KYLE 22:36 11 1/2 3/5         1         2 1 8
34 AGUILAR, PABLO 18:19 5 1/3 1/3     2 2 1   2   1 1 1 1
Team           3 2 5     2         3
Totals 200:00 79 24/51 7/21 10/12 23 17 40 16 4 16 2 3 17 19 81
        47.1% 33.3% 83.3%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO

Head Coaches

KUNTER, ERMAN
Le Mans Sarthe Basket
"We lost 18 balls and gave them 23 defensive rebounds. The game was played till the last possession. The rotation is a little short; we are missing two players and the performance of some players was not enough. We had turnovers and they scored easy points. The game was not catastrophic, we didn’t lose our discipline, but in Europe you pay for errors. "
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"Le Mans played better tonight than in previous games. Petr Cornelie played very well and created problems. We had the opportunity to take an advantage of double-digit lead and they missed shots. We played with intensity. It is fine to start with a win. Last season, it was a good Eurocup season. We managed the long trips, but it's difficult to string together the Eurocup and Spanish League."

Players

GELABALE, MICKAEL
Le Mans Sarthe Basket
"We had a lot of turnovers and offensive rebounds. We made a big effort and when we play at home, we should have contained this team and not let them take a 10-point advantage and having to run behind them. We started well, but we had a hole during the third quarter. We were able to come back and hopefully we can win the next game."
SAVANE, SITAPHA
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"We arrived with confidence after a win in the [Spanish League] league. Today Le Mans battled and evened the score. This is the beginning of the season; there was much to improve on both sides of the court. We were able to react and win this game. I'm always afraid of proud reactions from teams that have lost. We expected a reaction from them and we were right."