Qualification Round 2, Gameday 1 - Round Up
MIES (Basketball Champions League) - Qualification Round 2 opened up on Tuesday evening, with twelve teams left in the running to try and get their spot in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season.
Here is a breakdown of what happened;
Lukoil Levski vs Karhu Basket
Bojan Sarcevic's double-double helped Karhu Basket register a 93-88 victory on the road in the opening leg against Lukoil Levski.
Sarcevic finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds on 9-for-14 shooting, with Durrell Summers adding 19 points.
Karhu led by as many as 24 before a fourth quarter collapse saw Lukoil Levski almost overturn the result with a 35 point final period.
Deyan Ivanov had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the home side, who remain close enough to keep their hopes of advancing alive.
Nizhny Novgorod vs Aris
Aris became the second road team to pick up a Gameday 1 win in Round 2, with a 65-63 victory over Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.
Maxim Grigoryev had an opportunity to tie the game at the buzzer after drawing a foul on a three-point attempt with time expired, but could only convert one of the three shots to leave Nizhny Novgorod with a two point deficit to make up heading into Gameday 2.
Gary Bell had 17 points to lead Aris, with Gary McGhee adding 11 rebounds to go with his 8 points.
Kendrick Perry had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in defeat.
Polski Cukier Torun vs Movistar Estudiantes
Movistar Estudiantes continued the road team success on Gameday 1 with a 68-60 win over Polski Cukier Torun in Poland.
After a first half that featured multiple lead changes, Estudiantes took control just before the break and would hold on the rest of the way.
Nikola Jankovic had an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double to lead Estudiantes, with Glan Clavell adding 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
Tomasz Snieg had 13 points and 6 assists for Torun, with Cheikh Mbodj joining him in double figures with 12 points, along with 9 rebounds.
Donar Groningen vs Fribourg Olympic
Fribourg Olympic took a five point advantage, 72-67, over Donar Groningen in the Netherlands.
The two sides were neck and neck throughout and with the score tied at 61 heading into the final 5 minutes, Fribourg went on a 7-0 run to gain an advantage they would not give up the rest of the way.
Babacar Toure had 22 points and 8 rebounds, going 10-for-17 from the field to lead the visitors, whilst Andre Williamson added 15 points.
The home team were led by 15 points from Arvin Slagter, as he was the only player who reached double figures for them.
Red October Cantu vs Telenet Giants Antwerp
Telenet Giants Antwerp made it 5-0 for road teams on Tuesday evening, with a 84-76 victory over Red October Cantu to open their Round 2 Qualification match-up.
It was a close battle down the stretch ensued, but Antwerp were able to convert at the line and execute when it mattered to pull out the win.
Jae'Sean Tate had an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double, whilst Hans Vanwijn had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.
The home side were led by Frank Gaines' 23 points.
Spirou Charleroi vs Bakken Bears
Darko Jukic's lay up with 31 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner as Bakken Bears took a 61-59 win over Spirou Charleroi in Belgium on Wednesday night.
Neither team was able to gain separation, trading shots down the stretch before Jukic's score proved to be decisive as neither team would manage another shot attempt.
Interestingly, the victory also meant all the winners in the opening leg of Qualification Round 2 were the road teams.
"It was a really low scoring game and none of the teams succeeded in making a run," said Bakken Bears guard Adama Darboe. "It was a game with a lot of turnovers and fouls but we are happy to get a win on the road." The Head Coach of the Danish team, Steffen Wich added that "It was great to get a win but nothing is decided until a certain lady is singing. We have learned a lot from this game and we still have room for improvement."
Jukic and Michel Diouf led Bakken with 11 points each, with the latter adding 9 rebounds.
Alexandre Libert managed 13 points for Charleroi before fouling out.