Elan Chalon edge Gaziantep in Turkey
GAZIANTEP (Basketball Champions League) - Elan Chalon claimed a precious road win at Gaziantep on Tuesday night to snap a two-game losing streak in the Basketball Champions League.
In a battle of 2-4 sides, Gaziantep lost for the fifth consecutive time.
With their recently appointed coach Nenad Markovic walking the sidelines, Gaziantep went on a 13-0 run late in the second quarter and took the lead, only for Elan Chalon to go back in front with a 3-pointer from Darrin Dorsey and a long jumper from James Farr.
Victor Rudd's basket in the closing seconds left Gaziantep trailing 38-37 at half-time.
The contest remained tight the rest of the way, but when Can Ugur Ogut drilled a go-ahead 3-ball and with 6:22 remaining for a 59-57 lead and then Rolands Freimanis (17 points, 9 rebounds) followed with a lay-up, it looked like it might just be Gaziantep's night.
Mickael Gelabale knotted the game at 63-63 with a pair of free-throws with just under two minutes left, however, and then Jeremy Nzeulie came up with a steal and passed to Lance Harris for a go-ahead lay-up.
Dorsey then buried a huge 3-pointer with just a couple of seconds on the shot clock, despite being closely guarded by Freimanis, for a 68-63 advantage.
After a Jure Balazic (18 points) shot from the left corner cut Chalon's advantage to 71-68 with 9.9 seconds to go, Nzeulie made a pair of free-throws to seal the 73-68 victory.
James Farr had 17 points and 6 rebounds for Elan Chalon before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter.
Chalon got a lot of easy baskets with their driving and short interior passing. Cameroon international Nzeulie was terrific in that regard. He finished with 12 points and 4 assists.
Harris has 16 points and Ousmane Camara 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists.