After a very close game in previous round and highly surprisingly unpredictable, Chalon lost to Maccabi away from home with only five points difference 78:73, losing in out in the last minutes of the game. The French side was excellent during thirty minutes of the game, having the lead for most of the game, all the way till the very end of the game, but the defensive part of the game of the Israeli side were a bit calmer, more experienced and claimed the final victory.
With this loss Chalon lost their chances of qualifying for the next stage because they have two victories less than the German side Alba, but unfortunately for them, they have lost both clashes with the Germans. On the other side, they are doing much better in the domestic league having won over Paris 91:79, keeping the leading position with 7/2 record.
Even the coach has said that they aren’t into Euroleague anymore and will try to focus on the French championship only, but still reminding that they can’t play with their reputation in Euroleague either. Main point guard Marcus Demon is out from the beginning of the season, meanwhile guard Cedrick Banks is also out. Power guard Nicolas Lang is extremely doubtful as the French have many problems in front of the tonight’s game.
Siena, on the other hand, has already secured the second phase of the Euroleague with a victory over Unicaja 91-72 in previous round. With a 5/3 record they currently stand at the third position and will probably finish at the same place. Italians performed well in the previous round, basing their play on a great defense.
They also confirmed their good form with a victory in the domestic league, against one of the biggest rivals this season Avellino 101-65. It was their eight consecutive victory in all competitions, now almost completely erasing their poor start of the season. The coach is asking for another victory, as this is the only way to keep the morale of the players high as they still need to do a lot in the season. Italian side is without center Eze from the beginning of the season, but the team learned how to play without him and cannot be considered as a blow anymore.
Handicap looks pretty small at this moment as Siena looks way better and surely is in a much better mood. Italian side looked superb in last two matches and with the French team having many absent players, there is no reason to doubt in easy away victory.
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