Paris wins to set up do-or-die clash with Besiktas
Paris Levallois bolstered its chances in attempt to reach the eighthfinals with 88-79 win over Neptunas Klaipeda on Wednesday. Win improved Paris to 2-3 record, and will play against Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul next week in a winner-takes-all clash for a place in the next phase. After trading leads for full three quarters, Paris took the lead for good with a 9-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter, and never relinquished its advantage. Maleye Ndoye hit 5 of 6 triples on his way to 23 points. Sharrod Ford collected 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Mike Green scored 12 points and dished 15 assists. Donatas Zavackas scored 15 and grabbed 7 rebounds for the visitors. Martynas Mazeika scored 12, while Deividas Gailius, Simas Galdikas and Butkevicius each had 10 points apiece for Neptunas which dropped to 1-4, and has been eliminated with this loss.
Ndoye hit back-to-back triples, helping Paris to 12-5 lead, but Gailius and Zavackas replied, including Gailius hitting two triples that gave Neptunas its first lead, and helped finish the first quarter up 21-22. Teams traded leads in the second, with Green and Dionte Christmas hitting from downtown for the hosts, and Mindaugas Girdziunas for the visitors. Keith Benson had a basket-plus-foul for 29-30 Neptunas lead, but Louis Labeyrie and Nicolas Lang each had a triple to give the hosts 37-31. However, Neptunas replied with a 0-7 run, capped by a three from Zavackas, to go back in front. Team traded more leads, before Labeyrie sank another three, and Ford finished the half with a dunk for 47-46 halftime score.
Neither team managed to pull away in the third. Ndoye hit from downtown, but Galdikas scored 6 points on the other end, before a put-back and a fastbreak layup from Mustafa Shakur made it 53-58. But Ndoye and Lang each hit another three, before Blake Schilb and Ford gave the hosts 63-60. Team entered the fourth quarter tied at 67-67, but Ford and Ndoye combined to score 9 points at the start of the fourth for 76-69. A basket from Shakur made it a 3-point game, but a put-back from Giovan Oniangue and a layup from Ford traced the hosts’ path to victory.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015