Matt Carlino started out his french Pro B career with a bang as he led Boulazac Basket Dordogne to an 84-76 victory over Vichy Clermont on Saturday. Boulazac used a 30-point fourth quarter to overcome a six-point third quarter deficit for the road win.
One of the biggest differences in the game was the outside shooting. Boulazac had a terrific shooting performance making 12 of 29 attempts from beyond the arc while Vichy Clermont hit on just 2 of 13 attempts. Another key was Boulazac’s dominance on the glass. They won the rebounding battle 45-28, including 34-20 on the defensive boards. Those areas were key to help Boulazac to get past a 20-turnover game to just seven for Vichy Clermont.
Carlino and Franklin Hassell did most of the damage in the first game of the year. Carlino totaled 21 points on 6 for 13 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 8 from 3-point land and 5 for 7 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes. Hassell added 19 points on 8 for 11 shooting with a game-high 15 rebounds.
Alexis Tanghe and Hugo Dumortier also had nice performances for Boulazac. Tanghe had 14 points on 4 for 10 shooting from the floor with three assists, three rebounds and two blocks while Dumortier totaled 11 points on 3 for 8 shooting from beyond the arc with four boards. Aurelien Salmon chipped in with eight points on 50 percent shooting from 3-point range with nine rebounds.
Jason Williams and Jarrod Jones paced Vichy Clermont in the loss. Williams registered 17 points on 6 for 14 shooting from the floor with five assists, four rebounds and four steals while Jones had 16 points on 7 for 13 shooting from the field to go along with three steals and two rebounds.
Dustin Ware added 13 points on 4 for 12 shooting with four rebounds and an assist while Charles-Henri Bronchard chipped in with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists.
Up next for Boulazac is a matchup with Lille Metropole Basket. Lille is 1-0 on the season after a 59-57 win over St. Chamond. Some notable names on Lille are T.J. Price from Western Kentucky, Jamal Jones of Texas A&M and Emilien Barbry. Price started out the season with 14 points on 4 for 9 shooting from the floor with four steals, three rebounds and two assists while Jones totaled nine points on four boards and an assist. Barbry only managed four points, but did manage a game-high 10 assists, five steals, three rebounds and two blocks.
Carlino also played four games before the regular seasons started in the Disneyland Paris Leaders Cup and had some very productive outings. After going scoreless in just four minutes during the first game, he had two solid games in the next three. He had a 15-point performance with three rebounds and three assists in a 76-68 win. He followed that up two games later with 21 points on 6 for 10 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 6 from 3-point land and 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in a 96-84 setback. He added four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.