Champions League: Limoges Tilts At Nothing In Ankara

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Returning from afar at the very end of the match on the floor of TT Ankara, Limoges gave in in the last seconds and lost for the second time in a row in the Champions League, by a tiny margin (76-73).

Limoges believed in the return of the vauvert devil. On the move on the floor of TT Ankara, Mehdy Mary’s players gave in “money time” for a second consecutive loss in the Champions League after that against Hapoel Jerusalem. The start of the match saw the two teams gauge each other and neither take a solid margin in the first ten minutes of play. But, under the impetus of Sam Dekker (18 points, 6 rebounds), TT Ankara dug the gap to take the first nine points in advance then approach the last seconds of the first half with a gap of twelve lengths.

A final three-point shot from Nicolas Lang (16 points) allowed the CSP to fall back below the ten-point mark behind two seconds from the buzzer. If the Limougeauds finished the first half of the match on a strong time, it was a weak time that they experienced on their return to the floor of the Ankara Arena. It is a 7-0 that the Turkish club subjected its opponent to build a lead of sixteen lengths, the biggest gap in the match. But more was needed to disconcert the CSP. Without panicking, Phil Scrubb’s teammates (21 points, 7 assists) stayed around ten points behind before accelerating the tempo in the last five minutes.

Thanks to a 10-0, the Limougeauds took five steps ahead with just under three minutes to play. But this advantage did not hold because TT Ankara finished the match in cannonball with an 8-0 which sealed the fate. The Turks won by three lengths (76-73) and inflicted on the CSP a second setback which put the tricolor club in a delicate position for the rest of the competition.

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