Burgos top Hapoel, Neptunas and Bamberg climb in standings - Gameday 6, Wednesday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - San Pablo Burgos snapped a three-game losing skid on Wednesday at the expense of former Group B leaders Hapoel Jerusalem, while Bamberg and Neptunas made big leaps in the Group C and Group D standings, respectively, following important home wins over direct competitors.
Let's have a closer look at all eight Wednesday games of Gameday 6 in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season:
Brazilian international Vítor Benite scored 17 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter and Burgos snapped a three-game losing skid by outscoring Hapoel 91-84 in front of a 10,000-strong home crowd.
The hosts built their first double-digit lead late in the third quarter and a Benite lay-up right after the start of the fourth frame extended the gap to 70-56, the largest Burgos lead of the night.
Hapoel finally started to execute on the offensive end in the final nine minutes and poured in 28 points in that stretch, but Benite's prowess meant that the visitors never managed to chip away at the gap.
Benite collected his 26 points on 6 of 9 three-point shooting and added 3 rebounds and 2 assists while Earl Clark posted a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds and Jasiel Rivero had 19 points and 8 boards. Hapoel's J’Covan Brown finished with 22 points and 8 assists in a losing effort.
Burgos have improved to 3-3 in the Group B standings, while Hapoel, who suffered their second defeat in a row, have dropped to 4-2.
Brose Bamberg 72-69 Peristeri winmasters -- Group C
Bamberg certified on Tuesday their recovery from a slow start to the season after edging out a hard-as-nails Peristeri 72-69 at home to extend their winning streak to four games.
The hosts led for most of the game but never by a double-digit margin and could feel the Greek side breathing down their neck up until the final seconds.
Scoochie Smith penetrated the Bamberg defense and craftily dished out to Kingsley Moses, who reduced the gap to just one point, 68-67, with 1:10 left on the clock.
Bamberg called a timeout and when play resumed Paris Lee drove to the visitors' basket and scored with a circus shot off the glass right at the end of the possession, to make it 70-67 for the hosts with just 34 seconds remaining.
Christian Sengfelder split two free throws 9 seconds from the final buzzer, failing to give the hosts a 4-point cushion, but a Scoochie Smith triple at the death bounced out and Bamberg sealed the victory.
Retin Obasohan and Assem Marei each had 11 points for Bamberg, while Moses collected a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds in defeat. Bamberg gave climbed to third place in the group on a 4-2 record, while Peristeri dropped to 3-3.
Neptunas delivered a defensive clinic in the third quarter, outscored Besiktas 24-5 in that period and held off the Turkish side in the fourth stanza to clinch a 86-80 victory at home.
The Lithuanian side have now improved to 4-2 and are tied with Dijon and Telekom Baskets Bonn at the top of the Group D standings, while Besiktas dropped outside the top four spots, on a 2-4 record.
With the scores tied at 45-all and 6:21 remaining in the third quarter, Zygimantas Janavicius drilled a three-pointer to trigger a 17-0 Neptunas run that Osvaldas Olisevicius capped off with a lay-up 1:17 from the end of the frame.
Shaquielle McKissic, who had spent most of the third period on the bench due to foul trouble, returned to the court and instigated a 10-0 start to the fourth stanza for Besiktas, who cut the deficit to 64-59 with 6:36 left to play.
Neptunas seemed lost for ideas but veteran Tomas Delininkaitis hit a big three as the 24-second shot clock was sounding off to stop the rot for the hosts, who regained their composure and held on the rest of the way.
Simas Galdikas led five Neptunas players in double digits with his 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Delininkaitis collected 13 points. McKissic finished with a game-high 27 points in defeat.
Gaziantep 79-76 Nizhny Novgorod -- Group C
Jamarr Sanders sunk a buzzer-beating three-pointer from the logo for Gaziantep to complete a memorable comeback and topple Nizhny 79-76 at home.
The Turkish team were on the wrong side of a huge dagger shot just last week, when Tenerife came from behind and Sasu Salin's three denied them an historic win on the Spanish island.
On Wednesday, Nizhny led by 13 points late in the third quarter but an amazing Drew Crawford dunk in traffic 4:33 from the final buzzer sparked a Gaziantep burst and İsmail Cem Ulusoy knocked down back-to-back triples to put the hosts ahead, 71-69 with 1:54 left to play.
Ivan Strebkov drove to the Gaziantep basket and tied the scores at 76-all with a lay-up and the game seemed destined for overtime but Sanders drilled his hail Mary three for the home crowd to erupt in celebrations.
Ivan Buva paced the winners with 15 points and 6 boards while Crawford, Jason Rich and Sarunas Vasiliauskas chipped in with 13 points apiece. Strebkov finished with a game-high 19 points in a losing effort.
Gaziantep improve to 2-4 while Nizhny slide to 3-3 on the Group C table.
PAOK 93-78 Casademont Zaragoza -- Group D
Adam Smith poured in a season-high 31 points to lead a resurgent PAOK to their second consecutive win in Group D, 93-78 over Zaragoza in Thessaloniki.
Zaragoza entered the game as the best rebounding team in the league this season, but the hosts won the battle on the glass on Tuesday, 33 to 27.
The Greek side jumped ahead midway through the opening quarter and led by double digits for most of the second half, until Zaragoza reduced the deficit to 82-76 going into the final two minutes.
The Spanish team had the ball and the chance to make it a two or even one-possession game but JeQuan Lewis came up with a steal and passed to Antwaine Wiggins, who gave PAOK an 8-point cushion with a dunk in transition 85 seconds from time.
Smith collected his 31 points on 11 of 16 shooting from the floor and added 3 rebounds, while Lewis finished with 19 points and 7 assists. Nicolas Brussino led five Zaragoza players in double digits, with 16 points.
PAOK have now climbed to 2-4 while Zaragoza have dropped to 3-3.
SIG Strasbourg 63-66 Lietkabelis -- Group A
Lietkabelis abolished a 16-point lead but held on late to secure their first victory on the road this season, 66-63 at Strasbourg.
The hosts reduced the gap to 61-59 on a furious late charge but Ludovic Beyhurst misfired on the triple that would have given them the lead with 2 minutes left on the clock.
Zeljko Sakic, who had been superb all night, had seen enough of the hosts' comeback attempt and calmly drilled a triple on the other end to restore a 5-point lead for Lietkabelis, 64-59, with just 1:25 remaining.
Strasbourg made it a one-point game in the final seconds and sent Paulius Valinskas to the foul line, but the Lietkabelis guard made both his free-throws and Strasbourg missed. not one but two triples in the 8 seconds that were left to the final buzzer.
Sakic led the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds and Vytenis Lipkevicius added 14 points, while Strasbourg's Gabe York finished with 20 points and Jerai Grant posted a double-double of 14 poijnts and 10 boards.
Happy Casa Brindisi 98-92 Falco Szombathely -- Group D
Brindisi pulled away late in the second quarter and led by as many as 22 points en route to their third win in as many games at home, 98-92 over Falco.
The Italian side put on a excellent shooting display and went 27 of 40 from two-point range and 10 of 18 from beyond the arc. The feisty Hungarian champions however refused to roll over and forced 18 Brindisi turnovers to reduce the gap significantly in the final frame.
Tyler Stone delivered a well-rounded performance with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks to pace the hosts. He had plenty of support from Darius Thompson who finished with 14 points, 6 boards and 4 assists.
Falco's Juvonte Reddic had a game-high 22 points and Marko Filipovity collected a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
Brindisi have now improved to 3-3 while Falco dropped to 2-4.
ERA Nymburk 91-74 Mornar Bar -- Group C
Nymburk led Mornar from start to finish and cruised to their fifth victory in six games in convincing fashion, 91-74 over the Montenegrin team at home.
The Czech champions built their first double-digit lead already in the opening frame behind Vojtech Hruban's 13 early points and led by a safe distance the rest of the way.
Nymburk forced 18 turnovers, off which they scored 19 easy points and the contrast could not be any more stark as Mornar didn't score any points off turnovers.
Hruban finished with a season-high 28 points on 11 of 17 from the floor while Jaromir Bohacik and Hayden Dalton had 15 points each, the latter also bringing down 8 rebounds.
Antabia Waller and Jacob Pullen finished with 17 points apiece for Mornar, who remain the only team without a single win after the first six games this season.