Le Mans has qualified for the group stage of the Eurocup basketball by defeating the Turks in Karsiyaka (80-78), while Chalon-sur-Saone was stopped by the Croats of Zagreb Cedevita (84-69 ), Tuesday in the preliminary round second leg.
The Manceaux found the chickens of the second European Cup, having reached the Top 16 last year. 80-73 winners in Turkey on the way, the men of JD Jackson had difficulty in getting rid of their opponents who had initially taken the lead (36-26, 15th).
Le Mans then made a par with the Turks in the third quarter, even before passing (54-52, 24th) before getting back behind (69-61, 30th).
The French have their back late in the last quarter of just winning by a final basket of Alexander Acker, Mans best scorer with 19 points (and 6 rebounds).
The Chalon, also victorious in the first leg (78-73), in their room, had to lean against the Croats, third in the competition last year.
Conducted ten points just after the break (40-30, 21st), Greg Beugnot men responded yet to return to head (48-47, 26th), led an excellent Blake Schilb (21 pts, 5 assists). But their opponents were accelerating in the last quarter-time off handily 26-15.
Steed Tchicamboud (Chalon) and Charles Kahudi (Le Mans), silver medalists from the last Euro with France, have not weighed for their team. The leader Chalon was transparent (0 pt, 1 rb in 20 minutes), while Le Mans winger was very discreet (5 pts, 5 rbs in 37 minutes).
The draw will take place groups in Barcelona Tuesday, October 11 (13:00 French time). In addition to Le Mans, three other French clubs participate in the competition: Villeurbanne, Gravelines and Cholet.
The results of the Preliminary round:
(+) Azovmash (UKR) - BK Ventspils (LAT) 74-75 79-65
(+) Spartak St. Petersburg (RUS) - Etha Engomi (CHY) 60-59 83-64
(+) Mons-Hainaut (BEL) - Besiktas JK (TUR) 70-78 74-63
(+) Cedevita Zagreb (CRO) - Chalon-sur-Saone (FRA) 73-78 84-69
(+) Le Mans (FRA) - Karsiyaka (TUR) 80-73 80-78
(+) Gran Canaria (ESP) - Artland (GER) 61-56 74-55
Wednesday (in French time): Go
(18:00) BK Prostejov (CZE) - PBC Sofia (BUL) 65-70
(20.30) BC Oostende (BEL) - Norrköping (SWE) 88-62
NB: The clubs marked with a (+) qualified for the group stage of the Eurocup. The losers are donated by Eurochallenge.