In a thrilling round of the Basketball Champions League (BCL), Le Mans emerged victorious over Peristeri BC, with a final score of 86-78. The French team managed to overcome a 15-point deficit, showcasing resilience and strategic mastery on the court. The match witnessed an impressive performance by both teams, shifting the balance in favor of Le Mans in the final quarter.
Key Players and Match Highlights
Le Mans' victory was largely attributable to the exceptional performances of DeVante’ Jones and Matt Lewis. Jones not only scored 20 points but also contributed with five assists, while Lewis, coming off the bench, scored 22 points, maintaining a perfect record from the field. His successful seven out of seven attempts, including four from deep and four free throws, significantly contributed to his team's victory. Tyran De Lattibeaudiere added 15 points to Le Mans' score, securing a comfortable lead for the visitors.
Despite the defeat, Peristeri BC had its share of standout performances. Dangubic and Hands scored 15 points each, while Joe Ragland chipped in with a double-double, scoring 10 points and providing 11 assists. However, these efforts were insufficient to secure a victory for the Greek team.
A Twist in the Final Quarter
The game was evenly matched for the most part. However, the final quarter saw Le Mans take the lead. DeVante’ Jones ignited an 8-1 run that resulted in Le Mans taking a seven-point lead. This run was capped off by Tyran De Lattibeaudiere’s layup after Mawugbe’s offensive rebound. This decisive moment shifted the game's momentum in favor of Le Mans, allowing them to control the pace and ultimately secure the victory.
Implications for the Tournament
This victory ensures Le Mans at least a spot in the BCL Play-Ins, with a record of 3-2 in Group A, clinching them the second place. On the other hand, Peristeri BC, coached by Vassilis Spanoulis, with a 2-3 record, holds the third place in their group standings, maintaining hopes of advancing to the knockout stages. The team still holds an advantage over Falco for the BCL knockout qualification, despite the defeat.