Bonn, Brindisi wins tighten Group D race - Gameday 8, Wednesday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - Only two points separate the top from the bottom of the crammed Group D standings after Bonn escaped victorious from Zaragoza and Brindisi came from behind to topple Neptunas at home on Wednesday.
Besides Bonn, the only other team to win on the road on Wednesday were SIG Strasbourg, who climbed into the top-4 of the Group A table thanks to an important win at Oostende.
Bonn squandered a 10-point third-quarter lead but managed to turn back Zaragora in the final stretch to clinch a potentially crucial 77-72 win in Spain.
The German side have now swept their Regular Season series with the Spanish team and improved to 5-3, while Zaragoza dropped to 4-4 in the jam-packed middle of the Group D table
Zaragoza appeared to be seizing the momentum when they culminated their impressive comeback effort by jumping ahead 70-65 going into the final three minutes, but Bonn had still plenty of gas left in the tank.
Back-to-back layups by Yorman Polas Bartolo cut the deficit to 70-69 with 1:46 remaining and Branden Frazier knocked down a big triple 1:10 from the final buzzer for Bonn to reclaim the lead, 72-70.
The hosts called a time-out and drew a play for a three-pointer but youngster Carlos Alocen's shot from beyond the arc missed the target and a Martin Breunig lay-up on the other end essentially secured Bonn's big win with 26 seconds remaining.
Zaragoza brought down an eye-popping 51 rebounds, but shot a really poor 5 of 28 from behind the arc. Bonn grabbed 42 boards but were 9 of 27 from deep.
Frazier led all Bonn scorers with 14 points and added 3 assists while Breunig had 13 points to go with his 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Zaragoza's Robin Benzing finished with 13 points and 4 boards in a losing effort.
Brindisi trailed Neptunas by 12 points in the first half but delivered a masterful defensive display after the interval to hold the visitors to just 28 second-half points and celebrate a 96-82 victory at home.
The hosts struggled to adjust to the absence of the sidelined through injury Kelvin Martin but Adrian Banks scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half to keep them close to Neptunas, who appeared to be scoring at will up until the break.
Brindisi's change in defensive attitude however paid dividends as the hosts scored 24 points off Neptunas turnovers and 26 points in transition to draw level halfway through the third frame.
A Darius Thompson jumper almost at the third buzzer capped a 17-4 run by the hosts and Brindisi turned a 60-59 deficit into a 76-62 lead going into the final quarter.
Banks led five Brindisi players in double digits as he finished with 22 points and 6 assists while John Brown posted a double-double of 19 points and 11 boards and Deividas Gailius finished with 19 points for Neptunas in defeat.
While the two teams are now tied at 4-4 in the Group D standings, Brindisi will have the upper hand in the event they finish in a two-way tie.
Filou Oostende 64-71 SIG Strasbourg - Group A
Strasbourg scored more than one third of their points off Oostende turnovers and clinched a second road victory in a row, 71-64 in Belgium.
The French side, who forced 21 turnovers off which they scored 24 points, have now climbed to fourth place in the Group A standings on a 4-4 record while Oostende have dropped to 3-5. Strasbourg have also swept the Regular Season series between the two teams.
The hosts jumped to an early 9-point lead but Strasbourg held them to just 13 points in the final 15 minutes of the first half to grab an advantage that stretched to as many as 12 points, before Oostende balanced proceedings midway through the third frame.
The two sides traded punches until 5:32 from the final buzzer, when Gabe York came up with a steal and passed to Scottie Reynolds who finished with a lay-up, sparking a 10-1 burst for the visitors.
York finished with a game-high 19 points, 3 assists and 2 steals while Scottie Reynolds chipped in with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Oostende's Shevon Thompson posted a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds in a losing effort.
Turk Telekom 85-71 UNET Holon - Group A
Turk Telekom used a 16-2 run midway through the second frame to pull away from Holon and cruise to an 85-71 win over the Israeli side, a week after falling to SIG Strasbourg at home.
R.J. Hunter instigated the run and capped it off by sinking two free-throws 3:52 from the half-time buzzer that lifted the hosts to a 37-24 lead. Hunter, who came off the bench late in the opening quarter, poured in 17 points in 12 minutes of action in the first half.
The hosts never allowed the gap to drop back to single digits again and led by as many as 21 points, largely thanks to their greater accuracy from two-point range - Turk Telekom were 22 of 36 from inside the arc, while Holon hit the same number of shots but on 50 attempts.
Hunter finished with a game-high 24 points on 4 of 7 three-point shooting, while big man Moustapha Fall posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Turk Telekom remain top of the group, tied with Manresa and Sassari at 6-2, while Holon have dropped to 3-5.
Polski Cukier Torun 102-121 BAXI Manresa - Group A
A three-point barrage propelled Manresa to their sixth victory of the season in the game with the second-highest combined score in BCL history, as the Spanish side beat Torun 121-102 in Poland.
Manresa hit an eye-popping 19 of their 31 attempts from beyond the arc, falling just one triple short of Oldenburg's all time-record of 20 treys in a single game. The German team set that record in an 100-80 win over UCAM Murcia in the 2017-18 season, after hitting 20 of their 38 shots from three-point range.
Torun were on the losing end also in the game with the highest combined score in the history of the competition, when they lost 122-105 to UNET Holon on Gameday 2.
On Wednesday, Manresa were already 11 of 19 from downtown by the half-time interval, led by Deividas Dulkys who knocked down 5 of his first 7 shots from long range.
The visitors had no less than seven players scoring in double digits, with Dulkys and William Magarity collecting 20 points apiece, on 6 of 9 and 4 of 6 from deep, respectively. David Kravish had 18 points and 5 rebounds while Dani Perez posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 assists.
For Torun, who still have the most productive offense in the competition eight games in the season, Keith Hornsby had 23 points in a losing effort.
Peristeri winmasters 87-79 Gaziantep - Group C
Peristeri led Gaziantep from start to finish and by as many as 18 points but had to hold off their visitors late to clinch an 87-79 victory that lifts them to joint-third place in the Group C standings.
The Greek side led 59-41 early in the third quarter but Gaziantep, who didn't travel to Athens to see the sights, reduced the deficit to 67-64 shortly before the end of the third period.
Kingsley Moses however came up with a steal and scored with a lay-up 6:55 from the final buzzer to cap a mini burst by the hosts and stretch the gap back to double digits, 78-67.
Gaziantep would still not go away quietly, but Peristeri managed to keep them at arm's length the rest of the way.
Moses, who came off the bench and stayed on the court for only 21 minutes, collected a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners, while Gaziantep's Stevan Jelovac had a game-high 18 points and added 5 rebounds in defeat.
Peristeri have now improved to 5-3 and are tied with Nizhny Novgorod in third, while Gaziantep have dropped to 2-6.
Mornar Bar 106-99 VEF Riga - Group C
Mornar Bar abolished a 19-point lead but managed to hold off VEF in overtime to pick up a hard-earned 106-99 victory that allows them to rise off the bottom of the Group C table for the first time since the start of the season.
The Montenegrin team grabbed the lead shortly after the opening exchanges and raced to a 69-50 lead midway through the third quarter.
The hosts and the fans in Bar's Topolica arena believed it was all over, but VEF thought otherwise and unleashed a furious comeback for Kristaps Mediss to tie the scores at 88 with a lay-up 8 seconds from the end of regulation and send the game to overtime.
VEF jumped ahead 94-93 in the extra period but a Milko Bjelica triple with 2:37 remaining to play sparked a 9-0 run for the hosts which Jacob Pullen capped with a lay-up with 35seconds left, to make it 102-94 for Mornar Bar.
Pullen led all scorers with 27 points on 8 of 12 shooting and added 4 assists, while Bjelica finished with 17 points and 4 rebounds. VEF's Roberts Freimanis had 22 points and 4 boards in a losing effort.
Mornar have now improved to 2-6 in the standings, while VEF have dropped to 1-7.