Antwerp and Promitheas rock the boat: Round of 16, Gameday 1 - Wednesday Round Up
MIES (Switzerland) - The opening legs of the Round of 16 concluded on Wednesday night, with two big upsets that reiterate anything can happen in the Play-Offs.
Telenet Giants Antwerp handed UCAM Murcia just their second loss of the season, whilst Iberostar Tenerife were stunned by Promitheas Patras.
Here's a round up of all the action:
Neptunas Klaipeda v Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem took care of business on the road with a 86-74 victory over Neptunas Klaipeda to hold a twelve point advantage heading into the second leg.
Neptunas fought valiantly, momentarily taking the lead in the third quarter before a 10-0 run from Jerusalem at the end of the period gave them enough of a cushion to ride out the win.
James Feldeine had 17 points and a couple of big baskets down the stretch to lead Jerusalem, TaShawn Thomas attacked the rim on his way to 14, Da'Sean Butler 15, whilst Tamir Blatt had 10 assists to go with his 11 points for a double-double.
"It was a tough game," Feldeine said after. "We knew they were a tough team, they play really really hard, well coached, and play as a team, so we knew it was a big game for us. This was the first game of the home and away; it was very important to win this game for us."
Tomas Delininkaitis scored 16 points in less than 19 minutes for the hosts, with Lorenzo Williams being the only other player in double figures on 14.
Notable Number: 19.3 - the shooting percentage Neptunas were held to from beyond the arc, as they went 6-of-31.
Promitheas Patras v Iberostar Tenerife
Promitheas Patras stunned number one seed from Group B Iberostar Tenerife with a 69-57 victory at home.
Promitheas dominated the first half behind the play of Tony Meier, who had 19 of his 22 points at the break and four of the Greek side's eight first half threes, as they shot 80% from beyond the arc before the interval to gain an advantage that would be comfortable the rest of the way.
"It was just an exciting game from the start, we knew we wanted to represent the team and the city well coming into this game." Meier said after the game.
"We came out with a lot of energy and that helped us in the beginning and were able to carry it through the rest of the game. Defensively we were good as well which was a big key for us."
Nikos Gkikas scored 14 points for the hosts and Octavius Ellis had a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double with 3 blocks for good measure.
Colton Iverson scored 16 for Tenerife, and Davin White 10, as the only other player in double-figures.
Notable Number: 18 - Promitheas' biggest lead of the game, which is the largest deficit Tenerife have faced in Basketball Champions League history.
Brose Bamberg v Banvit
Brose Bamberg came through when it mattered for an 81-79 win over Banvit, in a game that went down to the wire.
With multiple lead changes and neither team able to gain separation, Tyrese Rice hit a huge three with 1 minute 40 seconds remaining, and Augustine Rubit knocked down a key two pointer with 40 seconds left as they would hold on for the win.
Rice finished with 20 points and 5 assists for Bamberg, Elias Harris had 19 points in 18 minutes with just a single field goal miss and Rubit finished with 14 and 9 rebounds.
Gary Neal's 20 points led Banvit, Alex Perez had 17 points and 8 assists, and Jordan Morgan completed a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double.
Notable Number: 20 - the number of lead changes, as the stage is set for an ultra competitive second leg.
Telenet Giants Antwerp v UCAM Murcia
Telenet Giants Antwerp showed their ability to close out games with a 75-67 victory over UCAM Murcia - just their second loss of the season - in the opening leg of their Round of 16 match-up.
The young Belgium side responded to a late charge from Murcia that tied the game at 67 with 1:52 remaining by reeling off an 8-0 run and holding the Spanish side scoreless the rest of the way. Jae'Sean Tate had five straight points to put Antwerp back in front, and Paris Lee hit the dagger triple in the closing moments.
Lee's 21 points led Antwerp, Tate finished with 13 and Ismael Bako added 12.
Murcia were led by 18 points in under 17 minutes fro Askia Booker, with Ovie Soko the only other player in double figures on 13, along with 9 rebounds.
Notable Number: 17 - Antwerp's biggest lead of the game, in the first half, before holding off a second half fightback.
Nanterre 92 v Besiktas Sompo Japan
Nanterre 92 registered a 68-59 win over Besiktas Sompo Japan in the defensive-minded opening leg in the final game of the night.
An 11-3 run to finish the third period gave the home side a lead that they would build upon in the fourth to take a nine point advantage to Turkey.
Lahaou Konate had 13 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds to lead Nanterre, Adas Juskevicius had 12 points and Jeremy Senglin had 11 to join them in double figures.
Ten points apiece from Ivan Buva and Kyle Gibson led Besiktas, who only saw 10 minutes from Jason Rich.
Notable Number: 51.7 - the field goal percentage Nanterre shot from inside the arc, going 15-of-29 from the floor.