2020-21Regular SeasonRound 7
November 11, 2020 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MAURICE THOREZ
Brian Conklin - Nanterre 92 (photo Nanterre - Claire Macel) - EC20

Nanterre uses defense to end losing streak

Nanterre 92 enjoyed a long-awaited win by beating visiting Herbalife Gran Canaria 90-74 at Maurice Thorez on Wednesday night. The hosts ended a four-game losing stripe by turning in a fine defensive effort that held the visitors to 30 second-half points. Nanterre improved to 2-4 and also took the head-to-head tiebreaker, while Gran Canaria dropped to 4-2 and will need to wait to seal its qualification to the Top 16. Chris Warren led the way for the winners with career-highs in points (25) and PIR (23), to which he also added 6 assists. He was followed by Brian Conklin, who posted 16 points and 5 rebounds, and Tyler Stone, who contributed 10. Stanley Okoye tallied 24 points, all of them in the first half, and Jacob Wiley and John Shurna scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the losing side.

Okoye had an impressive start with 9 points from the first three possessions to give the visitors an early 5-9 lead. Nanterre replied from inside as Alpha Kaba fueled an 8-2 run to put the hosts in front 13-11. Wiley tied it then, but right after Conklin hit twice from the free-throw line, Okoye showed up again with a layup, a couple of three-pointers and a free throw to make it 15-23. Khalifa Diop extended the lead from the line, but a late triple by Ivan Fevrier closed the first quarter with the hosts trailing 18-24. Okoye opened the second by burying another three - his fifth - and Tomas Dimsa followed him from the same place to build a double-digit lead, 18-30. The hosts didn’t surrender, though, as Stone connected from downtown and added a couple of free throws to bring Nanterre within 30-34. Beka Burjanadze came to the rescue for Gran Canaria with 6 points in a row, but Warren heated up and drilled back-to-back triples and added a fast-break layup to tie it at 40-40 after 17 minutes. Both teams swapped baskets before Stone and Conklin combined inside to push Nanterre ahead 48-44 at halftime.

Shurna connected from downtown twice to get the visitors within 51-50 right after the break, but Isaia Cordinier took over with a jumper and a three to keep Nanterre in charge, 56-50. Even though Matt Costello appeared to support the Gran Canaria’s offense, the hosts kept their good offensive momentum as a triple by Warren, followed by a nice hook shot by Damien Bouquet, raised the difference to double-digits, 64-54, midway through the third quarter. The visitors were unable to find an answer to stop Nanterre’s shooters and had also a lot of problems avoiding turnovers, so the hosts held a comfortable 73-61 margin entering the last quarter. Johnny Berhanemeskel dug it even deeper from beyond the arc and made it 76-61. Even though those were Nanterre’s only points in 4 minutes, Gran Canaria couldn’t get close as only Shurna provided points for the visitors. Stone and Conklin ruled inside to keep the visitors far away and Warren hit a jumper to make it 83-67 with less than 3 minutes to play. As such, the game turned into a battle to win the tiebreaker, which Nanterre managed to take thanks to a pair of layups by Warren that sealed the outcome at 90-74.

They got a plan

Both coach and players revealed after the game that they had a plan to win. And it was to hold Gran Canaria under 75 points, given that it was averaging 88 points per game so far. It worked, as the visitors could not score more than 17 points in the third quarter and 13 in the last one. It allowed Nanterre to overcome a 12-point deficit in the second quarter, take the win and also the tiebreaker.

The joy of scoring

Nanterre was next-to-last in scoring before this game, averaging less than 73 points per night, but it needed just three quarters to reach that mark thanks to terrific accuracy from behind the arc over the first 30 minutes (10 of 14). In the end, the hosts recorded 90, their best offensive performance so far this season.

From fireworks to blackout

Stanley Okoye displayed a terrific offensive performance in the first half. He finished with 24 points and a PIR of 29 in just 16 minutes, staying perfect from the field; he made his lone two-point shot, all 6 three-pointers and 4 free throws. But, after the break, his game was darkened by Nanterre’s defense. He did not score a point and missed all 3 of his attempts from behind the arc.

Next up

In Round 8 next week, Nanterre will hit the road to visit Dolomiti Energia Trento on Wednesday, November 18. Herbalife Gran Canaria will host Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana the same day.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
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Referees: PETEK, SASO; OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS ; RACYS, SAULIUS
Attendance: 0
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Nanterre 92
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 BERHANEMESKEL , JOHNNY 16:03 12   4/6     1 1 2 1 2         12
3 FORTAS, FLORIAN 4:05                         2   -2
7 FEVRIER, IVAN 14:34 6 0/1 2/2     2 2   1 1     2 1 6
8 BOUQUET, DAMIEN 30:18 6 3/6 0/1   1 3 4 3 2     2 1 1 9
10 CORDINIER, ISAIA 24:48 7 1/2 1/3 2/2   2 2 4 4 1     5 2 10
11 KABA, ALPHA 19:27 8 3/6   2/4 4 7 11       2 1 3 4 16
14 CONKLIN, BRIAN 20:32 16 5/5   6/6 1 4 5 3 1 2     4 5 24
16 EYANGO-DINGO, SAMUEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 WEMBANYAMA, VICTOR 8:23   0/2               1     1   -4
33 STONE, TYLER 28:10 10 3/7 1/4 1/4 1 1 2 3 1       3 4 7
69 WARREN, CHRIS 33:40 25 6/8 4/6 1/1       6 1 4     2 1 23
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 90 21/37 12/22 12/17 8 23 31 21 11 11 2 3 23 18 105
        56.8% 54.5% 70.6%
Head coach: DONNADIEU, PASCAL
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WILEY, JACOB 24:02 14 3/6 2/2 2/2 1 3 4 1   5     2 3 12
2 BALCEROWSKI, ALEKSANDER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 MONTERO, JEAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 FERRARI, FRANCO 22:03 3 0/1 1/3     1 1 5   2       1 5
5 OKOYE, STANLEY 31:02 24 1/1 6/9 4/4 2 4 6 2   1 1   4 2 27
6 ALBICY, ANDREW 24:47 1   0/2 1/2   3 3 6   4     1 4 6
9 DIMSA, TOMAS 19:43 6 1/4 1/2 1/2       2   1     2 2 2
14 SHURNA, JOHN 26:25 12 1/5 2/5 4/4 4 2 6     1 2   3 2 11
17 SANTANA, FABIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 DIOP, KHALIFA 12:47 2 0/1   2/4 1 2 3 2 1       3 2 4
23 BURJANADZE, BEKA 17:18 8 2/4 1/3 1/3       2   1   1   5 7
24 COSTELLO, MATTHEW 21:53 4 1/5 0/1 2/2 1 2 3 2   2   1 3 1 -1
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 74 9/27 13/27 17/23 10 19 29 22 1 18 3 2 18 22 75
        33.3% 48.1% 73.9%
Head coach: FISAC, PORFI

Head Coaches

FISAC, PORFI
Herbalife Gran Canaria

"I think Nanterre deserved to win tonight, they played much tougher in defense. We never found our flow in defense or in offense and we need to do it all game long. We had heavy legs after one week on the road. It’s difficult to play every 2-3 days without having the time to practice but, in any case, Nanterre deserved to win tonight. They played much better than us."

DA SILVA, PHILIPPE

Assistant coach Nanterre 92

"Like I said at halftime, defense makes you win, and we did a very good job in the second half. We kept this team under 75 points when they average 88, so it was a good job. But it’s not me on the court, it’s the players that put the effort to make this kind of job, so congratulations to all of them. We have the chance to play for the Top 16, we are in this situation and I said the same thing to the guys; enjoy playing this game, enjoy doing your job. We have two games next week and it’s a chance for us. We need to play with the same spirit."

Players

CONKLIN, BRIAN
Nanterre 92
"We knew what wanted to do with them. They are a high-scoring team and we wanted to hold them under 75 points and we got just 74 in the end. They had a great first quarter, so we needed to get back to what we have been working on all week, to play aggressive, then we got some shots, played in transition, which was good for us."
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