Already-eliminated Limoges battled to play spoiler

Jan 30, 2019 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Already-eliminated Limoges battled to play spoiler

Limoges CSP was already eliminated from contention for the 7DAYS EuroCup quarterfinals before it's home finale on Tuesday, but that didn’t stop the team from putting forward a spirited effort, which included rallying back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit in playing a spoiler role. Limoges trailed Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 51-64 with 8 minutes left, but fought back to win 72-71 for its first victory in the Top 16. Jonathan Rousselle drained a three-pointer with 48 seconds left to make it a one-point game and then, after a Zvezda turnover, Rousselle converted a tough layup over two Zvezda rim protectors with 14 seconds to play for the go-ahead score.

"We never gave up. Every time they had a run, we pushed back. That was a big play by Joe at the end of the game. He's a leader, and that's what leaders do. He's the captain of this team and he carried us to this win," said Isaiah Miles, who scored a team-high 13 points for Limoges.

The loss ended Zvezda's hopes of reaching the quarterfinals as the Serbian champion dropped to 1-4 in Group G - just like Limoges. Zvezda knew it needed to win this game and also to hope that Valencia Basket beat Unicaja Malaga on Wednesday to still have a chance to snatch a spot in the next stage. Limoges extinguished those dreams.