Weems Helps JSF Nanterre Win First EuroChallenge

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Kyle Weems knocked down two key 3-pointers in the closing minutes to help JSF Nanterre win their first ever EuroChallenge Final with a 64-63 win on a layup at the buzzer to defeat TS Medical Park in their hometown of Trabzon, Turkey.

“I’m literally speechless and shaking right now,” Weems told TopekaHoops.

Weems finished the EuroChallenge as Nanterre’s leading scoring averaging 15.0 points in 16 games including a 25-point performance in the semifinals.

He scored eight points on 3-of-10 shooting, grabbed five rebounds, had three assists, two blocks and a steal in 30 minutes in the final.

With only two points to his credit through the game’s first 36 minutes, Weems stepped up big for Nanterre when they needed him most.

Weems pulled up for 3 at the top of the key knocking down the shot for a 59-57 lead with 3:20 left.

After TS Medical Park tied the game and Weems missed a short hook, Weems drilled a 25-foot 3-pointer from the left wing for a 62-59 lead.

“It was a tough game for me, but they gave me the ball late and i was able to make some clutch and timely 3’s,” Weems said.

He missed an 18-footer with 38 seconds left and TS Medical Park responded with a basket with 14 seconds left to lead 63-62.

Nanterre’s T.J. Campbell missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds, but cut to the basket and received a pass made a reverse layup to beat the buzzer replay officials ruled after reviewing for a couple of minutes stunning the home crowd of over 7,000 in attendance.

“It was absolutely incredible and we will be in the history books forever,” Weems said.  “That’s what it’s all about.”

It was the first ever EuroChallenge title for a French side.

Weems was held scoreless in the first half missed all four of his shot attempts—two long shots at the quarter buzzer.

Despite Weems’ lack of scoring, Nanterre led 37-28 at halftime and Weeems led all players with a plus-10 when he was on the court. He also had two big blocks in the first half sending away two shots at the rim.

His first bucket came in the third quarter on a driving layup from the top of the key as he beat his defender off the dribble and finished with his left hand.

Later in the third Weems deflected a pass near mid-court and tipped it ahead to Jamal Shuler for an easy layup and a 48-36 lead, their largest of the game.

 


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