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Group:  D | 04.12.2012, 18:00h
Group:  D | 04.12.2012, 18:00h
79-74
23 - 1818 - 2616 - 1422 - 16
23 - 1818 - 2616 - 1422 - 16
Venue: Yuzhne (UKR) |
Spectators: 1000 |
Referees: Markos Elias Michaelides (SUI), Andris Aunkrogers (LAT), Zafer Yilmaz (TUR)

GAME REPORT


Khimik Edge Out Dijon For Crucial Win

34. Devoe Joseph (Khimik)
Devoe Joseph shared a team-high 17 points for Khimik

BC Khimik Yuzhne came through in the clutch to take a big step towards the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge with a 79-74 win over eliminated JDA Dijon.

With rivals Tartu Rock losing to Group D leaders Gaz Metan Medias, Khimik took advantage with a nervous win that went down to the wire.

They got off to a fantastic start, leading 19-9 on Suad Sehovic's three-pointer a little over six minutes into the first quarter, but Dijon, despite their own hopes of progression being over, did not go away.

A 6-0 run brought them level at 27-27 on Jeremy Leloup's dunk three minutes into the second quarter and Andre Harris then nosed them in front.

That was part of a 17-5 run that put them up 38-32 on Terrance Campbell's three-pointer.

Khimik came back once more to set up a topsy-turvy third quarter as the teams traded blows, and it went all the way to the final few seconds.

Leloup's lay-up made it a one-point game, 75-74, with 38 seconds left.

Willie Deane stretched Khimik's lead with two free throws and a costly turnover from David Melody then allowed Sehovic to make it a five-point game with two more. 

Melody then missed a three for Dijon, and their chance of an upset melted away.

Deane and Devoe Joseph finished with 17 points each for Khimik.

Melody led Dijon with 15 while Campbell had 14 and Leloup 10.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Khimik vs. JDA Dijon

BC Khimik player Stanislav Zavadskyi

"Today we had two tasks - to neutralise Dijon's big guys and prevent three-point throws. We managed the first but failed the second. But the most important thing - our victory."

BC Khimik head coach Zoran Martic

"This game was very difficult for us. Dijon had good discipline in the game and a great three-point shot. Hard to play against this team. In the first half we did not have very good defence but in the second half we played better. The most important thing in today's game was the rebounding - we won it." 

JDA Dijon player Larry Owens 

"First of all I want to congratulate Khimik. I think that we were not focused on defence. It was not our game."

JDA Dijon head coach Jean-Louis Borge

"I can say that my players have made many attempts to win the game, but it was difficult to do so as we had a long journey. We have one more game in EuroChallenge - against Tartu, and we will try to win it. Good luck to Khimik in the EuroChallenge and in the Ukrainian Championship."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

48.8%

20/41
FG
M/A

49.1%

28/57

54.2%

13/24
FG2P
M/A

43.9%

18/41

41.2%

7/17
FG3P
M/A

62.5%

10/16

82.1%

32/39
FT
M/A

66.7%

8/12

30

7/23
RT
RO/RD

19

5/14

14

AS

14

18

TO

15

7

ST

12

2

BS

0

21

PF

29

79

Pts

74

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