2009-10Last 16Round 5
March 03, 2010 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 O2 WORLD
Blagota Sekulic - Alba Berlin (photo albaberlin.de)Alba Berlin remained alive and well in the race to reach the Quarterfinals following an 83-71 victory over Le Mans in the German capital on Wednesday. Blagota Sekulic scored 17 points to lead Berlin, which improved to 3-2 in Last 16 Group I. Alba travels to Spain next week to meet DKV Joventut in a winner takes all duel for a quarterfinal berth. Meanwhile Le Mans fell to 1-4 and lost all hope of advancing to the next stage. Berlin led for the majority of the game, but Le Mans displayed an excellent fighting spirit and mounted numerous comebacks. After trailing by 15 in the fourth quarter, Le Mans closed the gap to 73-68, but then missed a few shots and Berlin sealed the win from the line. Rashad Wright and Julius Jenkins added 15 points apiece for the winners, who overcame 18 turnovers in part thanks to a 10-for-22 (45.4%) shooting night from downtown. Dee Spencer led the Le Mans attack with 19 points and Marc Salyers added 15 in the loss.

Spencer and Rashad Wright showed they were ready from the start by opening the game with triples. Berlin built a small lead through Sekulic and Immanuel McElroy, but threes from Antoine Diot and Maleye Ndoye kept Le Mans close. Jenkins drilled a triple as part of a 7-point spurt as Berlin pulled ahead by 9. Zach Wright’s free throw brought Le Mans within 22-14 after 10 minutes. J.P. Batista scored inside and Zach Wright’s steal and layup sparked the visitors, who soon tied the score at 22-22 on a layup from Diot. Steffen Hamann would not let Le Mans get the lead and he sank 2 free throws, but Le Mans continued to fight and tied the score twice more before Rashad Wright came through with 7 consecutive points to make it 38-30. Salyers tried to carry Le Mans back only to run into three-pointers from Jenkins and Philip Zwiener to give the hosts a 44-35 lead at the break.

Spencer and Wright traded threes early in the third quarter, but Berlin would not let Le Mans rally. The visitors continued to attack the basket and were able to narrow the gap to 51-43 with free throws, but Hamann and Sekulic soon had Berlin back up by double figures. Thierry Rupert was fouled on the offensive glass and converted 2 free throws and Spencer added three the hard way to get Le Mans within 6 before a Derrick Byars triple made it 61-52 at the end of the third quarter. Batista converted a basket-plus-foul to get the visitors within 6 as the deciding quarter got underway. But just when Le Mans thought it had a chance, Dragan Dojcin and Jenkins rattled in back-to-back triples and Sekulic added a basket in a 9-0 run that made it 70-55 and seemed to wrap up the win. Le Mans didn’t give up as Salyers scored the next 5 points and Diot added 2 from the line. Dojcin went to the line and put Berlin back ahead by 10 with three minutes remaining, but Le Mans continued to attack. Charles Kahudi stepped up with free throws and an assist to Spencer for a clutch three that made it 73-68 and caused Berlin to call a timeout. Jenkins went to the line and made 1 free throw, but Le Mans luck ran out as Spencer missed twice and Rashad Wright and Jenkins iced the game with free throws at the other end.
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Referees: CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK; RYZHYK, BORYS; MIKHAYLOV, SERGEY
Attendance: 9529
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Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BYARS, DERRICK 13:54 6 1/2 1/3 1/2 1   1 1   1   1 3 2 1
6 HAMANN, STEFFEN 15:29 4 1/1   2/3   1 1     1     1 1 3
7 ZWIENER, PHILLIP 10:14 5 1/3 1/1         1 1 1     3   1
8 DOJCIN, DRAGAN 30:50 9 2/3 1/1 2/2 2 4 6 1   1   1 1 3 15
10 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 21:12 17 5/10 1/1 4/5 1 3 4     1   1 3 4 14
11 JENKINS, JULIUS 28:50 15 1/2 3/6 4/6   2 2 4 2 4     5 7 15
12 WRIGHT, RASHAD 28:27 15 3/4 2/5 3/4   4 4 5   2   1 2 3 17
14 CHUBB, ADAM 1:54                   1         -1
15 NALGA, CEMAL 15:50 6 3/5     1 1 2 1 1     1 1 1 7
16 SEIFERTH, ANDREAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 33:20 6 1/2 1/5 1/2 1 5 6 5 2 1 1   2 1 12
24 STAIGER, LUCCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           4 1 5     2         3
Totals 200:00 83 18/32 10/22 17/24 10 21 31 18 6 15 1 5 21 22 87
        56.3% 45.5% 70.8%
Head coach: PAVICEVIC, LUKA
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
Le Mans
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WRIGHT, ZACH 25:52 7 2/6 0/1 3/6 1 3 4 2 3 3 2 1 2 5 9
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 16:40 4 1/1   2/2 1 1 2 2   1     1 1 7
6 SPENCER, DEWARICK 24:59 19 3/6 3/6 4/5   2 2 2 1 1 1   3 5 19
7 KAHUDI, HENRI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 30:06 7 1/2 1/3 2/2 1 5 6 1 3 2     2 2 12
9 NDOYE, MALEYE 27:58 6 0/1 1/2 3/4   2 2 2         4 2 5
11 YANGO, GUILLAUME 11:52 4 2/5     3 2 5 1   1 1   2 1 6
12 RUPERT, THIERRY 16:05 2 0/1   2/2 1   1     2     1 1  
13 BATISTA, J.P. 13:50 7 3/4   1/1   2 2 1   4     3 1 3
15 SALYERS, MARC 32:38 15 4/6 2/8 1/2   2 2 2 1 1 1   4 3 10
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 71 16/32 7/20 18/24 9 19 28 13 8 15 5 1 22 21 73
        50% 35% 75%
Head coach: JACKSON, JD

Head Coaches

PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Alba Berlin
"Usually these games are difficult to play and so was this one. It comes in the middle of a long string of road games and playing Le Mans the fourth time this season, we knew that it was going to be difficult. I think we played most of the game in a proper manner. We had certain problems, in the first half mostly offensively. Le Mans adjusted its defense a little, but we found the solutions and kept the game going. In the second half, the game at one moment looked like it was going to be broken, but Le Mans with players like Spencer and Salyers always was ready to make runs within one or two minutes. So we had to witness a tough ending, which was played for every possession and for every free throw. For us it's important that we had this kind of victory and that we now are going to have our own chance to decide our destiny."
JACKSON, JD
Le Mans
"We are still disappointed about being eliminated. We had a good chance, if we could have won this game, but I think Berlin realized that and played a very good game. We never managed to get them out of their confidence. I don't have too many regrets. We just did not have the full performance, the confidence we needed to stay with them and to frustrate them. If Alba can shoot over 50 percent at home, keep the ball moving and make their three-point shots, it is very difficult for us to beat them. Now we have to move on. For Le Mans it was a good experience to make the Last 16. We have a very strong group, but it is really disappointing having not been able to find a win against Badalona or Alba after having won in Thessalonica. But, this is life and Alba deserves a lot of credit. They played a good game after a couple of losses themselves."

Players

SEKULIC, BLAGOTA
Alba Berlin
"Le Mans really is a good team, they have some good shooters and you never can relax against them. At one point we thought, we could relax and that the game was over. But at once they showed us that it was not. We had to come up again with a good game to finish the game with a win. Three weeks ago we had the same situation against Aris. There we were not smart enough to finish the game in the right way. Now all depends on the last game in Badalona, We have some problems with injured players, but I think Badalona is not in great momentum, too. So I think, anything is possible."
SPENCER, DEWARICK
Le Mans
"I think we played well tonight. We prepared well and a lot of it worked out. But in this atmosphere here they made some tough shots in the end, while we missed some easy ones. On the road you have to capitalize on every moment. But I don't want to take away anything from my team: We fought hard until the last second, but we were just unfortunate."
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