Five more teams book trip to Play-Offs - Gameday 13, Tuesday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - Filou Oostende in Group A, Peristeri winmasters and Nizhny Novgorod in Group C as well as Telekom Baskets Bonn and Besiktas Sompo Sigorta in Group D became on Tuesday night the latest teams to punch their ticket to the Basketball Champions League Play-Offs.
Oostende claimed a memorable comeback victory over Manresa, Bonn turned back Dijon, Besiktas prevailed against Neptunas while Peristeri's dramatic win over Bamberg secured spots in the postseason for both the Greek team and Nizhny.
A minute of silence was observed before the start of every game, in the honor and memory of FIBA World Cup ambassador and two-time Olympic Gold medalist Kobe Bryant.
Let's have a closer look at all 10 Tuesday Gameday 13 clashes:
Filou Oostende 85-72 BAXI Manresa - Group A
Oostende conjured a majestic final 15 minutes to rally from 18 points down, topple Manresa 85-72 and clinch a Play-Offs berth in style in front of their ecstatic fans.
The Belgian side outscored their visitors 45-14 in that final stretch as Jean-Marc Mwema and Braian Angola poured in 20 points each and Shevon Thompson registered a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds.
With Manresa leading 58-40 and 5:10 remaining in the third quarter, Jean-Marc Mwema drained a triple to spark the Oostende burst. A pair of Thompson free-throws 5:38 from the final buzzer put the hosts in front 69-68, and they only stretched the lead in the dying minutes.
Oostende's dominance on the glass was crucial, as they out-rebounded the Spanish side 40 to 25 and scored 17 second-chance points, compared to Manresa's 2 second-chance points.
Mwema had 8 rebounds and 4 steals to go with his 20 points as he registered a season-high efficiency rating of 27. Luka Mitrovic finished with a team-high 15 points for Manresa in defeat.
Peristeri winmasters 78-75 Brose Bamberg - Group C
Steven Gray came up big in the clutch and lifted Peristeri to a 78-75 win over Bamberg, earning the Greek side a trip to the postseason in their maiden BCL campaign.
This result also means that Nizhny Novgorod secure a place in the Play-Offs, while Bamberg are knocked out of the race.
Peristeri raced to a 9-0 lead and stayed in the driver's seat for the entire first half, but Bamberg balanced proceedings in the third quarter and the two teams traded blows the rest of the way.
Paris Lee drained a triple with 3:12 left and pushed Bamberg in front 74-71, but Gray converted a three-point play 1:02 from the final buzzer to tie the scores at 75-all.
After Lee missed on a three-point attempt from the top of the key, Gray showed admirable composure and drove to the basket to put Peristeri in the lead, 77-75, with just 15 seconds remaining on the clock. Bamberg fluffed their lines on the ensuing possession and fouled Kingsley Moses, who split his free-throws to seal Peristeri's win.
Gray finished with 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting from the floor while Yanick Moreira collected 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. For Bamberg, Kameron Taylor had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in a losing effort.
Telekom Baskets Bonn 83-72 JDA Dijon - Group D
Bonn held Dijon to just nine third-quarter points to gain the upper hand and held on to prevail 83-72 over the French side and claim a spot in the Play-Offs.
The hosts trailed by as many as nine points in the second frame but used their steely defense to claw back and Eugene Lawrence drained a triple right at the third buzzer to send them to the final stanza with a five-point lead, 56-51.
Bonn defended the three-point line particularly well, holding Dijon to just 8 of 29 (28 percent) shooting from beyond the arc. While the German team didn't exactly set the world alight from deep themselves, shooting 37 percent from downtown, they found success in transition and scored 16 valuable fast-break points.
Yorman Polas Bartolo powered Bonn with his best performance in this year's BCL as he came up with a season-high 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting and a joint season-high 7 rebounds. He got plenty of help from Benjamin Simons who poured in 16 points off the bench, while Alexandre Chassang posted a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.
Besiktas held off Neptunas down the stretch to extend their winning streak to four games with a 76-69 victory at home that secures the Turkish club a berth in the BCL Play-Offs for the fourth consecutive season.
In a clash where neither team led by a double-digit margin, Besiktas scored 16 points off Neptunas turnovers in the first half to jump in the driver's seat, and entered the fourth frame holding a six-point cushion.
With the hosts leading 67-63, Neptunas misfired on back-to-back three-point attempts that would have reduced the gap to just one point, and Shaquielle McKissic drew a foul as he was about to shoot from behind the arc.
The Besiktas winger sunk all three free-throws to stretch the lead to 70-63 with 1:54 remaining to play and, after Deividas Gailius hit a three to bring the deficit back to four points, McKissic replied with a trey of his own to restore the seven-point lead for the hosts.
McKissic paced the winners with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds while Toddrick Gotcher also posted a double-double, of 19 points and 12 boards. For Neptunas, Gailius had a team-high 30 points in a losing effort.
Anwil Wloclawek 84-89 Teksut Bandirma - Group B
Bandirma used a 24-14 late burst to overcome a valiant Anwil and celebrate an 89-84 win in Poland that greatly boosts the visitors' chances of advancing to the Play-Offs.
The Turkish team will punch their ticket to the postseason if AEK defeat RASTA Vechta on Wednesday, while Anwil have abolished any chance of advancing following this defeat.
Anwil were leading 70-65 with 8:09 left on the clock when Omar Prewitt sunk a pair of free-throws to spark Bandirma's strong finish. Three minutes later Ian Hummer gave the visitors the lead, 74-72, with a triple and Bandirma led by as many as 8 points in the final stretch.
Bandirma committed 18 turnovers, compared to Anwil's 11, but shot the ball remarkably well on the road, as they went 20 of 28 (71.4 percent) from two-point range and 13 of 25 (52 percent) from beyond the arc.
Tyler Kalinoski led five Bandirma players in double digits with his 19 points and Emanuel Terry posted a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. For Anwil, Rolands Freimanis had 17 points off the bench in a losing effort.
Falco outscored Brindisi 19-7 at the start of the fourth quarter to turn the tables on the visitors and clinch a 93-83 win, but following results elsewhere in the group both teams are out of contention for a spot in the Play-Offs.
Brindisi, who had led by as many as 10 points in the first half, turned back a furious Falco charge in the third frame and grabbed a 70-68 lead entering the final stanza.
The Italian side however had no response for the Hungarian champions' burst at the start of the fourth and a pair of Juvonte Reddic free-throws capped off Falco's run and gave them an 86-77 led with just 2:20 left to play.
Reddic led the way for the winners with 22 points and 7 rebounds while Hungarian internationals Zoltan Perl and Marko Filipovity finished with 18 points apiece. Brindisi's Tyler Stone, who had 16 points 16 points on 4 on 4 three-point shooting in the first half, finished with a near double-double of 19 points and 9 boards.
Dinamo Sassari 83-73 UNET Holon - Group A
Sassari all but abolished a 12-point early lead but turned back a resilient Holon down the stretch to pick up an 83-73 win at home and maintain their battle with Turk Telekom for first place in Group A.
Holon on the other hand will go into Gameday 14 looking to prevail over BAXI Manresa and Lietkabelis in the battle for the final ticket to the Play-Offs from the group.
The cornerstone of Sassari's victory was their absolute dominance on the glass, as the Italian team out-rebounded the visitors 44 to 23.
Dwayne Evans paced the winners with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Miro Bilan contributed 15 points and 6 boards. Holon's Marcus Foster finished with a game-high 23 points and added 8 rebounds and 4 assists in a losing effort.
Pau pulled away decisively from Antwerp before the halftime interval and never looked back, en route to a 75-57 win at home over the Belgian side.
The French team shot 51.4 percent from two-point range and scored 30 of their points in the paint, while Antwerp shot only 33 percent from inside the arc and an even lower 24 percent from dowtown.
Petr Cornelie paced the winners with 12 points and 3 rebounds while Ronald Moore and Tyrus McGee chipped in with 10 points apiece. Hans Vanwijn was the only Antwerp player to score in double digits and he finished with a game-high 14 points.
The French side have improved to 5-8 and Antwerp have dropped to 4-9, but they are both out of contention in the Group B race for a place in the Play-offs.
Mornar Bar 66-98 ERA Nymburk - Group C
Nymburk raced to a 22-point first-quarter lead over Mornar Bar and kept their foot on the gas the rest of the way to register their largest win of the season, a 98-66 rout of the Montenegro team on the road
The Czech champions maintain their particular tug of war with Tenerife for first place in Group C, as the two teams will enter Gameday 14 tied at 11-2.
Nymburk's bench contributed a season-high 50 points as all 10 players that took to the floor wrote their name on the scoresheet and the Czech side dished a collective 28 assists.
Vojtech Hruban paced the visitors with 16 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds, while Martin Peterka chipped in with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Mornar Bar's Nemanja Vranjes finished with a game-high 26 points in defeat.
Iberostar Tenerife 92-59 VEF Riga - Group C
Tenerife shifted gears in the second quarter to pull away from VEF and stretched the lead to as many as 39 points after the break as they cruised to a 92-59 win.
The hosts forced 21 turnovers by the Riga side and scored 33 points off them, which is a league-high for points off turnovers so far this season.
Sasu Salin went 6 of 8 from three-point range and led five Tenerife players in double digits with his 20 points, while Lahaou Konate, Marcelinho Huertas and Aaron White chipped in with 12 points each. For VEF, Xavier Thames had 13 points in defeat.
The Spanish side will now clinch first place in Group D if they match Nymburk's result on Gameday 14.