Red-hot Baron fires Neptunas past Muratbey Usak Sportif with record-breaking night
KLAIPEDA (Basketball Champions League) - Jimmy Baron had a performance for the ages on Tuesday night by drilling a Basketball Champions League record 10 3-pointers to fire Neptunas Klaipeda to a 103-88 victory over visiting Muratbey Usak Sportif.
The 30-year-old guard, whose previous high this season was 19 points, ended up with a competition high of 42.
Baron, who had 29 points by half-time as the Lithuanian club went from trailing by six early on to leading 60-44 at the break, surpassed Nick Minnerath's 39-point explosion for Avtodor Saratov on Gameday 5 at Maccabi Rand Media.
The visitors had lost by just two points at home on Gameday 1 to Neptunas. They entered the game looking to avenge that setback and to get a third win but the Turkish club hurt its cause with indiscipline and technical fouls, something that the hosts seized upon as they went on a big first-half run.
To their credit, Muratbey Usak Sportif dug in in the second half and never gave up, even forcing Neptunas coach Dainius Adomaitis to burn a couple of timeouts.
Neptunas were not to be denied victory, though. They connected on a new competition high of 18 3-pointers from 34 attempts for a sizzling 53.94 percent success rate.
Baron put an exclamation mark on his performance by making his last 3-pointer of the night at the buzzer.
Neptunas improved to 7-1 in Group C and the visitors fell to 2-6.