Punter erupts to keep Bologna perfect - Gameday 6, Wednesday Round Up
MIES (Switzerland) - There were no less than six single-digit deficit games, as the Wednesday edition of Gameday 6 was not short of thrilling finishes.
Here is a round up of all the action:
Ventspils vs Nizhny Novgorod
Kendrick Perry iced the game to give Nizhny Novgorod a 80-75 win over Ventspils, as they climbed to 3-3 in Group A.
Perry had back to back finishes in the final 39 seconds, including a dunk down the lane with 9 seconds left to give the visitors a five point cushion and seal the game.
Perry finished with 19 points,Ilya Popov had a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double and Ivan Strebkov had 7 assists to go with his 12 points.
Rihards Lomazs led Ventspils with 16 points, 12 of which came in the first half. had 12 of his 16 in the first half, and Aaron Johnson added 15 and 7 assists but Ventspils fell to 2-4.
Notable Number: 12 - the number of offensive rebounds Nizhny Novgorod hauled in as they won the battle on the boards.
Opava vs Iberostar Tenerife
Iberostar Tenerife proved too much for Opava with a 92-70 victory on the road to keep their unbeaten record intact at 6-0.
Tenerife were impressive in the first half, going 9-for-17 from beyond the arc led by Thaddeus McFadden who had 17 of his 19 points, but dominated the third period to pull away for good as they led by as many as 30.
Sebastian Saiz had a 15 point, 10 rebound double-double for Tenerife and Tim Abromaitis added 12 points.
Ludek Jurecka's 14 points led Opava, with Radovan Kouril registering 9 assists.
Notable Number: 27 - Tenerife's assist total as they put on yet another passing clinic.
PAOK vs Fribourg Olympic
PAOK won their third straight game in the Basketball Champions League with a comprehensive 92-61 win over Fribourg Olympic.
Having started the season 0-3, PAOK have bounced back with a vengeance as they opened this game on a 14-0 run and cruised from start to finish.
PAOK knocked down 14 three-pointers, led by Ioannis Athinaiou who had 16 points in 15 minutes, Antonis Koniaris had 12, and Jamal Jones and Milenko Tepic added 10 each.
Babacar Toure scored 15 for Fribourg on a night with few bright spots.
Notable Number: 22 - the number PAOK led by after the opening quarter, as they cruised the rest of the way.
Brose Bamberg vs Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem came up with a big road victory 88-85 over Brose Bamberg.
Jerusalem executed down the stretch, controlling the fourth quarter in a tightly-contested game, before surviving a one-legged running three pointer from Tyrese Rice at the buzzer that rimmed out.
James Feldeine had 18 points to lead the visitors, whilst Josh Owens put on an aerial display on his way to 17 points on 6-for-6 shooting, adding 9 rebounds.
Augustine Rubit went 7-for-10 from the floor and 11-for-11 from the line for a game-high 26 points and Stevan Jelovac added 20, but it would not be enough for Bamberg.
Notable Number: 19 - the number of lead changes in what was one of the most thrilling games of the night.
Le Mans vs Sidigas Avellino
Sidigas Avellino came away with a 77-74 victory over Le Mans to tie UCAM Murcia's 5-1 record atop of Group A.
Norris Cole - who had a game-high 22 points for Avellino - knocked down two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach, surviving a late push from Le Mans who had dug themselves in a hole in the third period.
Ariel Filloy added 14 points and 7 rebounds whist missing just two shots for the Italian side, Caleb Green added 14 of his own, whilst Demetris Nichols had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
For Le Mans, Michael Thompson led with a 20-point, 11-assist outing, and Terry Tarpey added 11 points.
Notable Number: 91.7 - Avellino's free throw percentage, as they went 5-of-6 in the final 90 seconds to seal the outcome.
Montakit Fuenlabrada vs CEZ Nymburk
CEZ Nymburk survived a big fourth quarter from Montakit Fuenlabrada to pull out a 72-71 victory on the road.
Fuenlabrada did not show up until the second half, pouring in 29 points in the final period to make it interesting but it was too little, too late. Pako Cruz had a chance to complete the comeback for the Spaniards, but his deep triple bounced off the rim.
Bracey Wright and Vojtech Hruban formed an impressive duo for Nymburk, registering 20 points each, with Wright adding 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Fuenlabrada were led by 15 points from Marc Garcia and 12 from Luka Rupnik, as they fell to 3-3.
13 offensive rebounds prved crucial for Nymburk
Notable Number: 17.4 - the poor percentage Nymburk shot from three point range (4/23) yet were still able to prevail.
Segafredo Virtus Bologna vs SIG Strasbourg
Segafredo Virtus Bologna joined Tenerife as the only other undefeated team remaining in the Basketball Champions League with a 87-81 win over SIG Strasbourg.
Kevin Punter went off for 26 points in 27 minutes - 11 of which came in the final 3:33, as Bologna showed their ability to close out games with the score having been tied at 69 heading into the final 5 minutes.
Amath M'Baye had 11 points, and Tony Taylor finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists for Bologna.
Twenty points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists from Mardy Collins would not be enough for Strasbourg, as Mike Green added 12 points and 7 assists.
Notable Number: 9 - the biggest lead either team had as it was in single digits throughout, featuring 17 lead changes.
Filou Oostende vs Besiktas Sompo Japan
Besiktas Sompo Japan picked up their second win of the season with a 77-63 road victory over Filou Oostende.
Besiktas dominated the third period, holding Oostende to just 9 points, scoring 24 of their own to gain an advantage before holding off the home side down the stretch, as they drew to within 2 points on multiple occasions but Besiktas held their nerve at the line.
Ivan Buva went 9-for-13 for his 19 points, with Jason Rich adding 16 and Robin Benzing 11 for the victors.
Nemanja Djurisic had a 19-point effort forOostende, who fall to the bottom of Group D with their third straight loss.
Notable Number: 65.7 - the percentage Besiktas shot from inside the arc.