2020-21Regular SeasonRound 8
November 17, 2020 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MARCEL CERDAN

Metropolitans sweeps Ulm with 72-65 home win

Boulogne Metropolitans 92 registered its fifth consecutive victory with a 72-65 decision over visiting ratiopharm Ulm to move closer to a 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 qualification on Tuesday. Metropolitans raised its Group B record to 5-2 while Ulm fell to 3-5 and lost its two-game winning streak. Metropolitans swept their series 2-0 to also earn an important tiebreak advantage, if needed. Bastien Pinault hit 5 of 8 triples to lead the winners with 21 points. Assem Marei followed with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Anthony Brown added 11 points for Metropolitans. Ulm got 13 points from Per Guenther and 11 from Isaiah Wilkins, both off the bench. Ulm led by 7 points, 32-39 with a 12-0 run to finish the first half and still held a lead after three quarters, but Metropolitans ruled the fourth to seize a pivotal victory.

Pinault and Marei gave Metropolitans a quick 8-2. Pinault then drilled the game's first triple to make it 11-2. Troy Caupain came to Ulm's rescue from deep as the visitors drew within 7-11 but Dylan Osetkowski's second foul sent him to the bench as Marei lifted the difference to 7-14. Soon, John Petrucelli hit from deep and dropped a reverse layup to tie 14-14. Lahaou Konate and Wilkins traded free throws for a 16-16 tie after 10 minutes. Andreas Obst struck from deep for Ulm's first lead, 18-19, early in the second quarter. Marei took the lead back for Metropolitans but Guenther answered from the arc at 23-25. Marei tied it and Pinault hit from deep to make it 28-25. David Michineau added a triple to the lead off a block by Maxime Roos but Ulm responded with a triple from Trey Landers and a fastbreak layup by Aric Holman to tie again, 32-32. Wilkins scored 4 points and Obst buried a triple before the buzzer as Ulm surged in front 32-39 after 20 minutes. Brandon Brown restarted Metropolitans from the foul line after the break, and that's where Osetkowski got his first point. Marei and Tomer Ginat got Metropolitans within 38-40. Ginat and Brandon Brown, with a steal and layup, complete the comeback before Marei hit the go-ahead dunk off a jump ball at 44-42. Patrick Heckman stole back the lead with consecutive baskets for Ulm. Pinault responded with 5 points in a row but Ulm still clung to a 49-50 edge after three quarters. A triple by Roos and Marei's next two-pointer gave Metropolitans a new lead, 56-52, with less than 7 minutes left as the hosts' defense frustrated Ulm. Pinault hit his fourth triple, a quick-step beauty, and when Anthony Brown followed him, Metropolitans had their biggest lead, 62-52. Heckman hit his first triple of the season and Guenther followed from the corner to get Ulm within 64-58 with 3 minutes left. Pinault was ready with his fifth from deep, however, while Brandon Brown added free throws and Anthony Brown hit his third triple of the night to put the game away for Metropolitans.

Pivotal performer

From the opening minute, when he hit two driving baskets, one off a steal, through his three-point shooting display, Pinault was just what the doctor ordered for Metropolitans in the absence of top scorer Rob Gray and his 14.5 points per game. Pinault more than covered that with 21 in under 25 minutes on 5-for-8 three-point and 3-for-3 two-point shooting. He did his job on defense, too, with 4 steals.

Pivotal performer II

Metropolitans won both games against Ulm and in both of them, center Assem Marei got the better of Dylan Osetkowski, who has otherwise been the best performer in the entire EuroCup. This time, Marei had 16 points and 7 rebounds in 25 minutes while helping to hold Osetkowski to 3 points and 4 rebounds in 19 minutes.

Defense decided it

After watching Ulm reel off 12 unanswered points to end the first half, Metropolitans had all the defensive answers in the second, holding the visitors to just 26 points while scoring 40 the rest of the way to erase a 32-39 halftime deficit. Pinault had 4 steals and Brandon Brown 3 in that effort, while Small forward Maxime Roos had 2 blocks, both on Osetkowski.

Next Games

Metropolitans is waiting for a replay of its Round 7 game with Buducnost VOLI Podgorica, but while that game is pending, its next regularly scheduled one will be when it makes a visit to Mornar Bar for a Round 9 game on Wednesday, December 9. Ulm returns to action on Tuesday, December 8, hosting Buducnost in a Round 9 matchup.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: ALIAGA, JORDI; JURAS, MARKO; VAN DEN BROECK, NICK
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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Boulogne Metropolitans 92
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 BROWN, BRANDON 21:26 6 1/3 0/2 4/4   1 1 2 3 3     3 2 4
5 KONATE, LAHAOU 17:30 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 1 1 2           1 1 2
6 MICHINEAU, DAVID 18:41 4 0/1 1/3 1/2       5 1 1     2 2 5
7 ROOS, MAXIME 19:12 3   1/5     5 5 1     2   2 1 6
8 SAKO, NEAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 PINAULT, BASTIEN 24:24 21 3/3 5/8     2 2 1 4       1 3 27
21 BROWN, ANTHONY 33:55 11 1/3 3/5     3 3 1   3 1   4 1 6
23 CHIKOKO, VITALIS 7:28 1     1/2       1   2     1 1 -1
41 GINAT, TOMER 23:10 6 3/5 0/2     3 3 3 1 1   1 1 1 7
50 MAREI, ASSEM 25:15 16 7/13   2/2 3 7 10   1 2     3 4 20
77 HALILOVIC, MIRALEM 8:59 2 1/2       2 2 1   2     4 1 -1
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 72 16/31 10/26 10/12 7 27 34 15 10 15 3 1 22 17 80
        51.6% 38.5% 83.3%
Head coach: ZDOVC, JURE
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
ratiopharm Ulm
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 LANDERS, TREY 16:36 5 1/1 1/5 0/4   1 1   2 1     2 2 -1
6 GUENTHER, PER 20:54 13 2/3 2/3 3/4       2   1     2 3 12
7 PETRUCELLI, JOHN 26:33 7 1/3 1/2 2/2   3 3 2 1     1 3 4 10
11 WILKINS, ISAIAH 20:11 11 2/4 0/1 7/7   3 3 1     1   4 6 15
13 OBST, ANDREAS 33:16 8 1/3 2/2     2 2 4   2     2   8
17 BRETZEL, NICOLAS 0:57                              
21 OSETKOWSKI, DYLAN 18:46 3 0/5 0/1 3/4 2 2 4 1 1 1   2 2 3  
23 CAUPAIN, TROY 22:06 9 3/3 1/5     4 4 2   2     1 2 10
27 KRIMMER, MORITZ 0:57                              
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK 20:33 7 2/4 1/3   1 4 5     3     1 1 5
35 HOLMAN, ARIC 18:30 2 1/2 0/2   1 3 4 2   2       1 4
77 LANMUELLER, TIMO 0:41                              
Team           1 1 2     2          
Totals 200:00 65 13/28 8/24 15/21 5 23 28 14 4 14 1 3 17 22 63
        46.4% 33.3% 71.4%
Head coach: LAKOVIC, JAKA

Head Coaches

ZDOVC, JURE
Boulogne Metropolitans 92
"Congratulations to my players. They really played a very good second half. Also the beginning of the game was good, but then we stopped playing. And you could how good the other team is: young, and you could see the coaching work. They play well, they share the ball. When I watched the tapes, I was really afraid of this game. But we found the power and energy and some players had a very good second half to turn around the game. In the end it looked like we won easy but we really spent a lot of energy to win this game."
LAKOVIC, JAKA
ratiopharm Ulm
"I would like to congratulate Metropolitans for a deserved victory. It was a very physical, low-scoring game where in the first half, we started rusty but at the end of the half, with a couple of good stops and good shots, we took the lead. In the second half, Metropolitans actually played much more physical, and when they took the lead they controlled the game. Even when the game was tied, the feeling was that Metropolitans controlled the game, and in the end, they made a small run that was enough for the victory. So congratulations to Metropolitans. Hopefully, we learned from this."

Players

PINAULT, BASTIEN
Boulogne Metropolitans 92
"We knew our quality and theirs, and at the end of the first half, they were just making big shots. We knew that was their game. In the second half, we played defense and it was better."