Nanterre edge Trabzonspor in thriller, celebrate historic title - Apr 26, 2015
Final: Trabzonspor - Nanterre 63-64 Nanterre wrote history at the Hayri Gur Arena today. They survived a heart-stopping final minutes in the Final clash versus Trabzonspor and celebrated their first ever European trophy. T.J. Campbell (175-PG-88, college: Portland) became the hero for Nanterre as he converted a buzzer-beating layup and sealed the victory for the French team. Nanterre stayed in charge throughout the first half. The French team eked out a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors boosted the gap in the second quarter. Nanterre piled up a 37:28 halftime advantage. However Trabzonspor got things rolling in the second half. The hosts improved offensively and cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the final intermission. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Kaloyan Ivanov triggered an 8:0 run from the hosts early in the fourth frame as they grabbed a 57:56 lead. Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) stopped the rot for Nanterre giving them a 59:57 lead. He followed then with another triple as the French team gained a 62:59 advantage. However Dwight Hardy (188-PG-87, college: St.John's) came up with four points in a row to make it 63:62 with 13 seconds remaining in regulation. T.J. Campbell missed a three-pointer but Passave grabbed a key offensive rebound and fed T.J. Campbell for a decisive layup. T.J. Campbell finished with 15 points, while Jeremy Nzeulie (187-SG-91) added 14 points in the victory. Dwight Hardy responded with 16 points and 6 assists for Trabzonspor. Novica Velickovic had 13 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
3rd Place: Rovinari - Fraport SKY 83-80 Rovinari have secured the winning finale of their EuroChallenge season. They edged Fraport Skyliners to clinch the third overall place. Giordan Watson (178-PG-85, college: Cent.Michigan) drained a late three-pointer that sealed the win for the Romanian side. Rovinari jumped to a 20:13 lead after the opening quarter. Fraport Skyliners cut the distance in the second frame. The German team pulled within two points at the interval 36:34. Fraport Skyliners erased the deficit in the third frame. The Frankfurt team eked out a 56:55 lead heading into the fourth frame. The lead changed hands for few times throughout intense fourth period. Giordan Watson tied things up at 78 with just under a minute left in regulation. Karpelesz hit a free throw and then Porter Troupe (196-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Portland) added another one to give Rovinari a narrow lead. But Justin Cobbs (191-G-91, college: California) tied things up at 80 from the stripe. Giordan Watson responded with a three-pointer, while Armand came up empty on his attempt and Rovinari got away with the victory. Porter Troupe and Louis Darby (196-G-84, college: Long Beach St.) finished with 16 points each for Rovinari. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92) responded with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Fraport Skyliners. Justin Cobbs had 16 points in the defeat.
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