Dijon, Turk Telekom book Play-Offs spots - Gameday 11, Wednesday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - Dijon and Turk Telekom secured on Wednesday night their places in the Basketball Champions League Play-Offs. The French team edged out PAOK in Greece and results elsewhere in Group D went their way, while Turk Telekom prevailed over a shorthanded Manresa in the big Group A clash.
Meanwhile Hapoel outscored Anwil in an instant classic in Poland while Nizhny topped Peristeri in Russia. Let's have a closer look at all eight Wednesday encounters that rounded off Gameday 11:
PAOK 77-84 JDA Dijon - Group D
Dijon abolished a 15-point third-quarter lead but scored the last eight points of the night to beat a feisty PAOK 84-77 in Thessaloniki and become the first team to secure a berth in the Play-Offs from the hotly-contested Group D.
With PAOK leading 77-76, the French side got a stop on defense and Rasheed Sulaimon didn't hesitate to take a shot from the corner in transition, drilling a triple that restored the visitors in the lead, 79-77, with 1:34 remaining to the final buzzer.
The Greek team called a timeout but when play resumed they turned the ball over and David Holston knocked down another trey to stretch Dijon's lead to 82-77 with 55 seconds left on the clock.
While Dijon lost the battle on the glass, 44 to 33, they were lethal in transition and scored 17 fast-break points, compared with PAOK's 2 points in the open court.
Ulmer finished with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds to pave the way for Dijon, while Alexandre Chassang also had 15 points. For PAOK, Adam Smith had a game-high 17 points in a losing effort.
Dijon, who have improved to 8-3, punched their ticket to the Play-Offs following Bonn's and Zaragoza's victories over Neptunas and Falco, respectively, later on Wednesday. PAOK meanwhile slide to 4-7 in the standings.
Turk Telekom 78-72 BAXI Manresa - Group A
Turk Telekom used a third-quarter burst to seize control of proceedings and prevailed 78-72 at home over a shorthanded but valiant Manresa to punch their ticket to the Play-Offs.
The Spanish team, that was forced to field a seven-man squad due to injuries and a sudden bout of flu, shot 9 of 15 from beyond the three-point arc and led by as many as 11 points shortly before the halftime break.
The hosts however went on a 23-7 run late in the third stanza to turn the tables on Manresa and a Nick Johnson step-back jumper 1:21 from the end of the period earned Turk Telekom a five-point cushion, 64-59, heading into the final frame.
Turk Telekom extend the gap to as many as 11 points in the third and Manresa simply had no more gas left in the tank to mount a late comeback.
Kyle Wiltjer led the winners in scoring with his 22 points and added 4 rebounds while T.J. Campbell collected 18 points and 4 assists. Manresa captain Pere Tomas meanwhile finished with a game-high 26 points and also had 9 rebounds for a near double-double.
The Turkish team have now improved to 8-3 and claimed the head to head advantage over Manresa, that had won the reverse fixture by 5 points.
Nizhny held Peristeri to just 13 fourth-quarter points to top the Greek team 82-76 in a battle between the two teams that entered Gameday 11 tied in third place in the Group C standings.
The Russian side led by as many as 15 points in the second frame but the visitors clawed their way back after the break and jumped ahead 63-62 at the end of the third quarter.
The hosts, who have now picked up their fifth win in six games at home this season, showcased the strength of their home court by starting off the final stanza on a 7-0 run to reclaim the lead. Nizhny held off the Greek team down the stretch, thanks in great part to Brandon Brown stepping up and scoring 12 points in the period.
Michael Jenkins, who was playing only his third BCL game with Nizhny, poured in 19 points off the bench to lead the way while Brown finished with 17 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Yanick Moreira had 18 points and 3 boards for Peristeri in defeat.
Nihzny have now improved to 7-4 in the group standings while Peristeri have dropped to 6-5.
Hapoel outscored Anwil 107-102 in one of the most entertaining clashes of the season so far and were rewarded for their scoring prowess by taking sole possession of first place on the Group B table.
The Israeli team led by seven points in the third frame, their biggest lead all night, but the Tony Wroten-Ricky Ledo one-two punch propelled Anwil to the lead in the fourth and the hosts edged ahead 90-84 with less than five minutes left on the clock.
With Anwil leading 100-98 and 46 seconds remaining, J'Covan Brown knocked down a huge triple to put Hapoel back in the driver's seat. After Wroten misfired on the other end, Brown drew a foul and gave Hapoel some breathing space from the charity stripe, 103-100.
Anwil called a timeout to draw a play to tie the game but Ledo's three-point attempt from the corner rimmed out and Suleiman Braimoh made it 105-100 for Hapoel from the foul line just 8 seconds from the final buzzer.
John Holland led the way for Hapoel as he shot 7 of 7 from the field in the first half to collect 21 of his 25 points, James Feldeine had 23 points and 8 assists while Brown finished with a double-double of 21 points and 10 assists, also adding 6 rebounds.
For Anwil, Wroten finished with a game-high 28 points and added 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Ledo had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists.
Bonn pulled away from Falco after the interval and held the Hungarian side at arm's length the rest of the way to pick up a 91-77 victory that greatly boosts their chances of advancing to the post-season.
The hosts built their first double-digit lead of the night in the second frame but a Falco run shortly before the break reduced the gap to 41-35 at the halftime buzzer.
The German team however shifted gears after the interval and extended the gap to 19 points after Benjamin Simons was fouled on a three-point attempt and sunk all three free-throws to make it 59-40 with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter.
Falco stopped the rot but with Bonn dominating the glass and getting valuable contributions from all their players, the Hungarian team simply didn't have the energy to turn the tables on the hosts - Bonn outrebounded Falco 35 to 26 and their bench scored 45 points.
Simmons paced Bonn with 23 points and 2 assists while Joshiko Saibou added 22 points and 2 assists. Falco's Juvonte Reddic finished with 17 points and 3 rebounds in defeat.
Bonn have now improved to 7-4 and are tied in second place in the standings with Zaragoza, while Falco have dropped to 5-6.
Dinamo Sassari 91-71 Polski Cukier Torun - Group D
Sassari shifted gears in the third quarter and cruised to a 91-71 win over Torun at home, that enables the Italian team to put one foot in the Play-Offs.
The hosts have now improved to 8-3 and will enter Gameday 12 as joint leaders of Group D, together with Turk Telekom. Torun on the other hand have dropped to 2-9 and are left without options in the race to advance.
A Paulius Sorokas layup 6:32 from the end of the third quarter sparked an 11-0 run and the hosts stretched the gap to 57-40 on a Dyshawn Pierre dunk 3:43 from the third buzzer. The Italian side out-rebounded the visitors 47 to 28 and snot an excellent 62 percent from two-point range.
Pierre was the driving force behind Sassari's superiority on the glass as he brought down a monster 19 boards to go with his 16 points. Michele Vitali led Sassari in scoring with 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting from the floor, also adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists. For Torun, Chris Wright finished with 20 points and 5 assists in defeat.
Zaragoza got off to a slow start but opened up a 19-point gap late in the first half and never looked back, en route to an 86-70 win over Neptunas at home.
The hosts were trailing 19-13 with 3:24 remaining in the opening quarter when D.J. Seeley drained a triple that ignited a reaction and Zaragoza pushed ahead before the first buzzer.
Jonathan Barreiro sunk another trey, 6:21 from the end of the second frame, and sparked a 10-0 run which he capped off himself with a layup less than two minutes later, for the Spanish side to stretch the lead to 46-32.
Seeley led five Zaragoza players in double digits with his 15 points, also adding 4 assists, while Dylan Ennis chipped in with 14 points, 6 assists, 4 boards and 3 steals. Deividas Gailius had 14 points for Neptunas in a losing effort.
The Spanish team have improved to 7-4 and are tied with Bonn in second place in Group D, while group leaders Dijon have secured a spot in the Play-Offs following Zaragoza's and Bonn's wins.
Gaziantep 86-79 VEF Riga - Group C
Gaziantep delivered their best two-point shooting display of the season to clinch an 86-79 win over Riga at home, however this success is not enough to keep them in contention for a play-off spot.
The hosts have improved to 3-8 in the Group C standings but Nizhny's victory over Peristeri in Russia rules Gaziantep out of the postseason race while VEF, who have now dropped to 1-10, had already abolished any chance of advancing.
The clash featured 16 lead changes but Gaziantep, who shot 71 percent from within the arc, took possession of the driver's seat once and for all late in the third quarter and held on until the final buzzer.
Sarunas Vasiliauskas led the hosts with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, while Drew Crawford chipped in with 18 points. For VEF, Arturs Kurucs had 18 points in a losing effort.