Cantu is back in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague! Cantu dominated Le Mans Sarthe Basket 80-66 to win the Qualifying Rounds tourney in Desio, Italy. Maarty Leunen (Oregon) scored seven points in a 15-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to put Le Mans away early. The hosts took charge early and led by double figures in the first quarter. It was 44-38 at halftime. Le Mans rallied to within 8 in the third, however Cantu went on its run right after that and never looked back. Cantu was aided greatly by its sixth men, the local fans known as The Eagles, who packed PalaDesio and kept the arena rocking throughout the game. Leunen paced the Cantu attack with 15 points with just one missed shot and Pietro Aradori added 12 points and 4 assists. Cantu will be back at PalaDesio in just under two weeks to host Union Olimpija Ljubljana in the opening week of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. Cantu will battle it out with Panathinaikos Athens, Real Madrid, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and BC Khimki Moscow Region to try to reach the Top 16 for the second season in a row.
Cantu reached the finals with an 89-83 semifinal win over CEZ Nymburk. Aradori led the winners with 19 points while Jerry Smith (Louisville) added 16. Le Mans made it to the finals with a 86-78 victory over Unics Kazan. Joao Batista led Le Mans with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Cuthbert Victor (Murray State) added 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Kostas Kaimakoglou kept Unics Kazan in the game with 20 points and 8 rebounds.
In recent Euroleague signings Malcolm Thomas (San Diego State) was signed by Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, Stephane Lasme (Massachusetts) is now with Panathinaikos and Shelden Williams (Duke, New Jersey Nets) signed in France with Elan Chalon.
Euroleague play tips off on October 11th and 12th. There are some great matchups. Catch every game on Euroleague TV!
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