Day 3 - Thursday, February 16, 2012: Game #5 - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (87) vs. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (79) Game #6 - GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (93) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (86)
Game #5 Summary - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (87) vs. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (79) This game would determine who was in the semi-final as the #1 and #2 seed from Groupe B and who was out. JDA Dijon could control their own destiny with a win and secure the #1 seed with CRA Hoceima in at #2. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro would need to win by 4 or more points to be in 1st place which would knock out JDA Dijon and put CRA Hoceima in the #2 seed. If the Italian squad wins by 3 points they would be the #2 seed to JDA Dijon with CRA Hoceima knocked out and a win of 2 or 1 points would have the Fabi Shoes team out of the semi-final with CRA Hoceima as the #2 seed and JDA Dijon as #1. A loss by Fabi Shoes Montegranaro would sead them at the bottom of Groupe B and out of the Semi-Final.
This game started in a tight battle with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up 7-6 at the 6:37 mark of the 1st quarter. The flow of the game changed quickly at that point with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro scoring 9 straight points spearheaded by team captain Fabio DiBellas aggressive play to jump out to a 16-6 lead with 4:21 left in the quarter. Di Bella scored 12 points in the 1st quarter including a 3 pointer and his strong play to the basket drew 3 fouls. He went 5/6 from the line on the resulting free throw attempts. Andre Harris spearheaded the JDA Dijon offense with 8 of the teams 14 points in the quarter which ended with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up by 8 at 22-14.
The Fabi Shoes Montegranaro team started strong in the 2nd and Ivan Zaroskis 3 pointer with 5:51 left in the half staked them to a strong 32-15 lead. Jerel McNeal sank his own 3 point attempt at 4:44 which stretched out the lead to 20 points at 37-17. This seemed to put some urgency into the JDA Dijon attack and they went on a quick scoring binge outscoring their opponents 20-7 over the next 4 and a half minutes to end the half with JDA Dijon cutting the lead to only 7 points with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up 44-37 at the end of the 2nd quarter. JDA Dijons comeback was led by Jeremy Leloups 12 points in the 2nd quarter.
The Italian team stretched out their lead to 13 points with 7:15 left in the 3rd at 52-39 and both teams answered the scoring of the other throughout the 3rd as it finished with Fabi Shoes Montegranaros Deyan Ivanov hitting a 3 pointer only to be answered by JDA Dijons Bobby Dixons successful 3 point attempt to finish the 3rd with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro leading 69-60.
JDA Dijon made it clear in the 4th that they were not going to go down without a fight. With 6:58 left they closed the gap to 69-66. R Dixon then hit another 3 pointer to even the score at 69 with 6:32 left to play in the game. Dejan Ivanov hit another 3 pointer with 4:32 remaining that gave Fabi Shoes Montegranaro a 5 point lead at 75-70. JDA Dijon brought it within 1 point again with 3:36 left to play but Jerel McNeals 3 pointer at the 2:46 mark extended the Italian teams lead to 80-74. JDA Dijon kept fighting for points and drew within 4 points again with 1:08 to play on Andre Harris 3 pointer at 83-79. Bobby Dixons missed 3 point attempt with 24 seconds left to play forced JDA Dijon to foul and as the final buzzer sounded Fabi Shoes Montegranaro won the game with an 87-79 final margin.
Fabio DiBella led Fabi Shoes Montegranaro with 21 points and 6 drawn fouls. Deyan Ivanov scored 19 points and had 5 drawn fouls. Jerel McNeal contributed a solid 18 points and also had 6 drawn fouls for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Valerio Mazzola had a strong day on the boards for the Italian squad pulling down a game high 9 rebounds.
JDA Dijon was led by Andre Harris game high 23 points on 10/15 shooting from the floor to go with his 8 rebounds. Bobby Dixon contributed 18 for JDA Dijon and Jeremy Leloup had 16.
Game #6 Summary - GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (93) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (86) The final game of the round robin would determine the 2nd place of Groupe A. The winner would move to the semi-finals to face the #1 team from Groupe B, Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and the losing team would play in the 5th place game vs. JDA Dijon.
The game started out with a close back and forth battle and by the 5:32 mark of the 1st quarter the teams were tied 10-10. GS Petroliers Alger then stated taking control and by the end of the 1st were leading 25-17 led by M. Saidis 7 points in the 1st.
In the 2nd GS Petroliers Alger continued to extend their lead and were up by 14 at 38-24 with 6:02 left in the half. By the time the teams went to the locker room for halftime GS Petroliers Alger were up 47-36. M Harrat had the best 1st half with 18 points as he began to control the pace of the offense. Brandon Griffin had 10 in the 1st half for VFL Kirchheim.
The 3rd quarter was pretty even with GS Petroliers Alger playing comfortably with the lead and ending the 3rd up by 17 at 74-57.
In the 4th quarter VFL Kirchheim seemed to spark back to life and pressed hard on offense closing the gap to 10 at 85-75 with 2:15 to play. They closed the game strong and a 3 pointer by Nils Menck with 20 seconds to play made it 91-83 but in the closing seconds there just was not enough time for VFL Kirchheim to close the gap and the game ended with GS Petroliers Alger winning 93-86 and securing the #2 seed in Groupe A and their semi-final berth against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro on Friday night.
M. Harrat had a big night for GS Petroliers Alger with game high 26 points, 5 rebpounds and 4 assists. H. Gahou added 14 points for the winners.
VFL Kirchheim were led by Cedric Brooks with 16 points. Brandon Griffin added 12 for the German team.