Antwerp gain a cushion in Group C - Gameday 9, Tuesday Round Up
MIES (Switzerland) - The opening day of Gameday 9 took place on Tuesday, with no bigger winners than Telenet Giants Antwerp who moved a big step closer to the Play-Offs with a victory along with other results going their way.
Here's a round up of all the action:
Nizhny Novgorod vs Anwil
Nizhny Novgorod cruised on their way to a 86-62 victory over Anwil, improving their record to 5-4 in Group A.
The home side opened the game with two consecutive dunks from Dmitrii Uzinskii and Ilya Popov to set the tone and never looked back, leading from start to finish and pulling away by as many as 27.
Christopher Czerapowicz had 15 points to lead Nizhny, with Artem Komolov and Evgenii Baburin adding 14 each, but it was Kendrick Perry who orchestrated the offence with 12 assists.
Anwil were led by 11 points from Mateusz Kostrzewski, but they fell to 4-5.
Notable Number: 25 - the number of assists Nizhny finished with in a complete team effort, that also saw them knock down 15 three pointers.
Lietkabelis vs Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem ended Lietkabelis' three game win streak with a 97-70 victory to bounce back after last week's defeat to AEK.
It was Lietkabelis who had the stronger start, but Jerusalem soon put the clamps down, holding them to no more than sixteen points in the remaining three quarters, whilst putting on an offensive clinic to improve to 7-2.
James Feldeine had 19 to lead the visitors, with TaShawn Thomas and Tamir Blatt adding 16 each, the latter adding 8 assists.
Mindaugas Kupsas' 17 points and 10 rebounds would not be enough for Lietbakelis, who fell to 3-6.
Notable Number: 30 - the number of assists Jerusalem registered; they join Tenerife (33), Avellino (32) and Nanterre (31) as the only teams to register 30+ assists in a game this season.
Besiktas Sompo Japan vs Neptunas Klaipeda
Besiktas Sompo Japan held on for an important fourth win, 77-70, over Neptunas Klaipeda.
Despite Besiktas taking the game, Neptunas retain the tiebreaker after their 15-point win in Gameday 2, as both teams are now 4-5 in Group D
Neptunas refused to go down without a fight, holding on until the final moments, pulling to within three with 36 seconds remaining, but Ivan Buva came up with a huge offensive rebound and putback to get a cushion as they rode out the win.
Jason Rich had 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting, Buva had 19 and 12 rebounds, and Joe Alexander had 11.
Jerai Grant was once again a dominant force inside for Neptunas with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Gytis Masiulis joined him in double figures with 14 of his own.
Notable Number: 30 - the number of fast break points Besiktas scored, as they got out and running.
Telekom Baskets Bonn vs PAOK
Telekom Baskets Bonn put an end to PAOK's five-game win streak with a 94-77 victory, keeping their own Play-Offs hopes alive in the process by snapping their own four-game losing streak.
Bonn pulled away at the end of the first for a double digit lead, and went up by as many as 26 in the victory, which puts them at 4-5 in Group B.
Bojan Subotic registered 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 5-of-5 from beyond the arc, Ra'Shad James finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and Yorman Bartolo had 13.
Yanick Moreira had 20 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out for PAOK, as three other players reached 10 points.
Notable Number: 52 - the number of points Bonn received from their bench, outscoring their counterparts by 27.
UNET Holon vs Umana Reyer Venezia
Umana Reyer Venezia won yet another game on the road, defeating UNET Holon 70-69 in a game that went down to the wire.
Leading by one, Austin Daye got called for an offensive foul with 22 seconds left, giving Holon had one last chance, but Khalif Wyatt's fadeaway in the lane came up with an airball. Holon were unable to foul before time expired as both teams are now 6-3 in Group B.
Deron Washington with 15 of his 20 in the first half for Venezia, MarQuez Haynes had 16 and Mitchell Watt joined them in double figures with 10.
DeQuan Jones had 19 of his 26 points in the first half before fouling out with around three minutes remaining in a huge blow for the home team's comeback attempts, Corey Walden had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Darion Atkins had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Notable Number: 46 - the number of rebounds Venezia hauled in, as they dominated the glass by +16, including 14 on the offensive end.
Telenet Giants Antwerp vs Montakit Fuenlabrada
Telenet Giants Antwerp picked up a big 102-78 win over Montakit Fuenlabrada, who fell to their sixth straight Basketball Champions League defeat.
Antwerp are now two wins clear of Lietkabelis and Fuenlabrada, and own the tiebreakers, meaning they are effectively three games ahead with five games remaining.
The home side went 15-of-27 from three point range and dominated the second half, in particular the fourth quarter where they poured in 36 points, outscoring the visitors 18-3 over the final five minutes.
Paris Lee was dominant, finishing with 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting and 10 assists for Antwerp, Victor Sanders had 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting in just 17 minutes of action and Jae'Sean Tate added 14.
Fuenlabrada got 24 from Marc Garcia and another 20 from Luka Rupnik.
Notable Number: 55.5 - the percentage Antwerp shot from three point range, as they knocked them down with remarkable efficiency.
Le Mans vs Banvit
Le Mans registered an 85-71 over Banvit with an impressive second half performance to make the race for the Play-Offs in Group A even closer.
Le Mans used an 8-0 run midway through the third to grab a stranglehold on the game, as they rolled to victory the rest of the way, improving to 3-6, as Banvit fell to 5-4.
Michael Thompson's 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists led the French side, with Richard Hendrix, Jonathan Tabu and Petr Cornelie all finishing with 15 each.
Sixteen points from DJ Shelton led Banvit, with Alex Perez and Gary Neal adding 13 each.
Notable Number: 16 - the number of offensive rebounds Le Mans had, converting 17 second chance points.
Iberostar Tenerife vs Nanterre 92
Tenerife climbed to 8-1 atop of Group B, with a 79-68 win over Nanterre 92, who dropped to 4-5, just outside the Play-Offs spots.
Trailing by three heading into the final period, Tenerife dominated the fourth quarter 21-7 - holding the visitors scoreless for a seven minute stretch - led by Nicolas Brussino and Javier Beiran.
Brussino finished with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Beiran added 13 and Sebastian Saiz had 10.
Haukur Palsson had 16 for Nanterre, and Adas Juskevicius 14.
Notable Number: 7:46 - the duration of time Nanterre went without a score in the final quarter, assuring Tenerife of victory.
Petrol Olimpija vs Promitheas Patras
Promitheas Patras showed their character with an 80-76 road win over Petrol Olimpija to remain in a strong position for post-season qualification.
The Greek side erased a 16-point deficit to collect a come-from-behind win in Ljubljana, keeping Olimpija at 1-8 over the first nine Gamedays, and improving to 6-3 themselves.
Tony Meier had game-high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting for Promitheas, with Oleksandr Lypovyy, Michalis Tsairelis and Jacob Odum adding 10 each.
Roko Badzim had 16 points to lead the scoring for the home side, and Mirza Begic had 12 and 13 boards for the Slovenian champs, but their tough season continues.
Notable Number: 10:34 - the total amount of time Promitheas led for, trailing the majority of the game before their third quarter comeback.