Regular Season Round 8: Le Mans - Chalon 66-80 (18-19, 14-25, 15-12, 19-24)
Date: November 26, 2012 The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Le Mans (6-2) at the home court on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Chalon/Saor (6-2) 80-66. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Le Mans. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 5-2 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Le Mans managed to win third quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Kevin Houston (178-85, college: Long Beach St.) who added 10 points and 9 assists during the contest. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. International forward Charles Kahudi (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 17 points and American guard Khalid El-Amin (178-79, college: Connecticut) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Le Mans. Chalon/Saor is looking forward to face Paris-Levallois (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Le Mans will play against JSF Nanterre (#8) and is hoping to win this game. Top scorers: Le Mans: C.Kahudi 17+3reb+3ast, K.El-Amin 13+2reb+5ast, P.Sy 11+2reb, A.Koffi 9+2reb, C.Victor 6+4reb+1ast, H.Kahudi 4+2reb+2ast Chalon: S.Williams 13+7reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 13+6reb+3ast, B.Schilb 12+3reb+4ast, K.Houston 10+3reb+9ast, J.Aboudou 9+1reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 9+7reb
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