05 October, 2021
15 May, 2022
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JDA Dijon sweep VEF Riga, claim final spot in Round of 16 Group I

RIGA (Latvia) - JDA Dijon had no plans of going to a deciding Game 3, as they were able to complete the sweep of VEF Riga in the Play-In series with an 83-79 win on the road.

With the win, Dijon snapped their three-game losing streak on the road in the BCL and have now reached the Round of 16 for the second time in their four years in the league.

Turning point: Dijon stretched their lead to seven points (44-37) thanks to a last-second shot by Robin Ducote before halftime and they were able to keep their lead for the entire game.

Riga got as close as four points, but that was after a last-second tip-in basket when the game was about over.

Game hero: Rashard Kelly recorded a double-double for Dijon with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals.

He shot 8-of-13 from the field and had a game-high efficiency rating of 29.

This was the second time this season that Kelly has scored 20+ points and grabbed 10+ rebounds and he is the only player with multiple 20-10 games in the league in 2021-22.

Rashard Kelly (left)

Stats don't lie: Dijon swiped away 11 steals and had a 23-18 advantage in points from turnovers.

Dijon also outrebounded Riga 15-7 on the offensive glass and outscored them 10-7 in second chance points.

Bottom line: Jalen Riley led Riga in the loss with 23 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals on 8-of-14 shooting from the field.

He did have 9 turnovers, which is tied for the most in the BCL Playoffs/Play-Ins.

Riley started the game hot with 12 points and 6 assists at halftime.

Dijon have now advanced to the Round of 16 Group I where they will play against group winners MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg and Galatasaray Nef, as well as Hapoel U-NET Holon who won their Play-In series against Besiktas Icrypex.

They will travel to face Ludwigsburg next on January 26 at 20:00 CET.


They said: "I think our energy, it helped dictate the game," said Kelly. " We continue to try and get better every day, so our approach and our mental approach had to be there to start after a long road trip. ... We just worked hard for that [Round of 16] and the outcome came."

"First of all, I want to congratulate Riga," said Dijon head coach Nenad Markovic. "They did a good series, and they did an overall good first round too. And also congratulate my players because we face many, many problems from the beginning of the competition with the injuries, with the different problems that we have. Somehow, we overcome at the most important game, and we always play well and with a really good mentality. ... Our goal was to go top-16 and not to stop there, so we will probably try to continue to get to the top-8."

"We lost a home game that we're supposed to win," said Maris Gulbis. "We didn't dominate as we wanted like home games usually, we do. We give them too many second chance points. Usually, one stupid mistake just put us back again, then we were out of time."

"Honestly, it was not the game the spectators want to see," said Riga head coach Janis Gailitis. "We couldn't find one player who can give like energy, emotions and engine for the whole team, but I don't wanna blame nobody. We are looking to the future to be better as an organization, as a team and we have a lot of goals this season, so we can go forward, we go to the next day."