Manresa, Burgos claim maiden road wins - Gameday 7, Tuesday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - BAXI Manresa and San Pablo Burgos tasted victory on the road for the first time in their Basketball Champions League history on Tuesday, both against direct opponents for a top-four finish in their respective group.
Elsewhere, Tenerife stretched their perfect start to the season to seven games while Dijon won at Besiktas and Oostende prevailed over Torun in the first double-overtime game of the 2019-20 season.
Dinamo Sassari 73-74 BAXI Manresa - Group A
Manresa rallied back from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to claim their first win on the road in unlikely fashion, against a Sassari side that had a perfect 3-0 record at home until Tuesday night.
Deividas Dulkys kept his composure at the foul line and sunk two free-throws with three seconds on the clock to culminate Manresa's comeback and give them a 74-71 cushion.
Sassari called a timeout and when play resumed Curtis Jerrells managed to fire off a three-pointer, but the shot bounced out and Michele Vitali's put-back at the buzzer was of no consequence other than to reduce the final difference to just one point.
Coach Pedro Martinez's team forced 18 Sassari turnovers and scored 16 valuable points off them. Manresa also run in the open floor at every chance they got and scored 22 points on the fast break, compared to Sassari's 6 points in transition.
Ryan Toolson led the way for Manresa with 22 points on 4 of 8 three-point shooting while David Kravish chipped in with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Dwayne Evans of Sassari finished with 24 points and 10 boards in defeat.
The two teams are now tied at 5-2 in the Group A standings while Turk Telekom, who stand at 5-1, are playing on Wednesday.
RASTA Vechta 87-93 San Pablo Burgos - Group B
Burgos abolished a 10-point lead but managed to hold off Vechta late and clinched their first victory on the road, 93-87, fueled by a 47-point contribution from their bench players.
After Jordan Davis scored with a lay-up with 4:14 remaining in the clash to reduce the deficit to just three points, 85-82, Vechta fouled Oliver Stevic.
The newly-arrived Burgos big man split his free-throws but triggered a mini-run for the Spanish team which Vítor Benite capped off with a triple 2:31 from the final buzzer, stretching the visitors' lead to 91-83.
Benite and Earl Clark led the way for the winners with 20 points and 5 assists each, the latter also adding 6 rebounds. Meanwhile Davis, who was making his debut for Vechta after starting the season on Manresa, finished with a season-high 33 points.
The two teams are now tied at 4-3 in the group standings.
Iberostar Tenerife 82-64 Brose Bamberg - Group C
Tenerife overcame a slow start to the game which saw them trail Bamberg by 4 points to claim a comfy 82-64 win and extend their perfect start to the campaign to seven wins in a row.
The Spanish juggernauts used a 13-6 run in the final three minutes of the second quarter to jump ahead 37-30 at the interval and continued to pull away after the break.
Tenerife showed off once again their patient ball circulation and dished out a collective 22 assists, with Marcelinho Huertas delivering more than half of those passes, 13.
The hosts shot 28 of 53 from the floor (53 percent) while they managed to hold Bamberg to a mere 15 of 45 shooting from two-point range (33 percent).
Giorgi Shermadini paced the hosts with 19 points and 5 rebounds with Gabriel Lundberg and Sasu Salin scoring 15 points each. Bamberg's Christian Sengfelder had a game-high 20 points and added 7 rebounds in defeat.
Peristeri winmasters 75-65 ERA Nymburk - Group C
Peristeri led Nymburk from start to finish and inflicted upon the Czech champions their second loss of the season in all competitions (both in the BCL), 75-65.
William Hatcher knocked down a triple with 1:19 left to the first buzzer to give Peristeri their first double-digit lead, 23-13, and the hosts led from a safe distance the rest of the way and by as many as 17 points in the second half.
In a game where neither team took good care of the ball, as they combined for 39 turnovers, the Greek side were successful in finding good looks and shot 40 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
On the other side of the floor, Peristeri held Nymburk to only 19 percent shooting from downtown and 33 percent shooting from the field.
Steven Gray paced the winners with 19 points while Yanick Moreira posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds and Nymburk's Pavel Pumprla finished with a team-high 12 points in a losing effort.
Peristeri have now climbed to 4-3 while Nymburk remain in second place in the group but have dropped to 5-2.
Besiktas Sompo Sigorta 65-98 JDA Dijon - Group D
Dijon trailed by as many as 9 points early on but shifted gears after the break and rolled over Besiktas to celebrate a famous 98-65 victory in Turkey.
Lamonte Ulmer spearheaded the French charge as he finished with a season-high 23 points and 7 steals, also adding 8 rebounds and 5 assists as Dijon out-scored their hosts 60-28 in the second half.
Dijon pushed ahead 38-37 just before the interval but Abdoulaye Loum drilled a triple 46 seconds after the start of the third quarter and the visitors started pulling away.
A David Holston three with 5:54 remaining in the period gave Dijon their first double-digit lead, 53-43, and the relentless French side stretched the gap to as many as 35 points in the final frame.
Dijon forced 22 turnovers and scored 27 points on the fast break as Holston, who set the pace, finished with a double-double of 15 points and 13 assists and Loum added 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Jordan Theodore had a team-high 19 points for Besiktas, who played without their star power forward James McAdoo.
Dijon have improved to 5-2 and remain at the top of the group standings, while Besiktas have dropped to 2-5.
Filou Oostende 105-103 Polski Cukier Torun (2OT) - Group A
Braian Angola poured in a season-high 33 points and scored the game winner to lift Oostende to an 105-103 victory in a memorable double-overtime thriller.
With the scores tied at 103-all and less than 5 seconds remaining on the clock, Torun fluffed their lines on offense and Angola intercepted a blind pass from the sideline by Aleksander Perka, who was trying to keep the ball alive for the visitors.
The Oostende winger darted down the court and, with ice running through his veins, finished with a dunk just a few tenths of a second from the final buzzer, to win the game in style.
The hosts shot only 18 percent from downtown but out-rebounded Torun 53 to 42 and scored 60 of their points in the paint.
Angola got a lot of help from Shevon Thompson who posted a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Simon Buysse and Dusan Djordjevic also scored 16 points apiece, with the latter also dishing out 7 assists.
Torun's Chris Wright poured in 31 points and Keith Hornsby had 23 points and 8 rebounds in losing efforts.
Lietkabelis 78-72 UNET Holon - Group A
Lietkabelis held Holon to a season-low 72 points and came from behind to defeat the Israeli team that entered the Tuesday clash with the best offense in the competition, averaging 92.5 points over the first six games.
Holon led 35-25 late in the second quarter but Zeljko Sakic delivered a double-double display of 22 points and 10 rebounds to guide Lietkabelis to a much improved second-half performance.
The hosts jumped in the driver's seat and led by as many as 7 points early in the fourth frame, but some big defensive plays by Holon down the stretch reduced the deficit going into the dying seconds.
With Lietkabelis leading 72-70 and 25 seconds remaining to play, Holon came up with steal and Guy Pnini tried to pass to Richard Howell in the paint but Zeljiko Sakic intercepted the pass and the ball went out off the Israeli team's player, so the hosts recovered possession.
Holon promptly fouled Paulius Valinskas but the Lithuanian guard sunk both his free-throws to give Lietkabelis a 4-point cushion with 10 seconds left on the clock.
Sakic got plenty of support from Tomas Dimsa who had 16 points while Holon's Marcus Foster finished with 22 points in defeat. Both teams now stand at 3-4 in the Group standings.
EB Pau-Lacq-Orthez 76-96 Teksut Bandirma - Group B
Bandirma started off on a 9-0 run and never looked back as they claimed a 96-76 win over Pau in France on a big night for 17-year-old Alperen Sengun.
Sengun poured in a season-high 20 points to lead five Bandirma players in double digits, in what was his team's widest-margin victory so far this season.
The Turkish side shot an excellent 13 of 22 from three-point range (13 of 22) while holding their hosts to just 7 of 26 (27 percent) shooting from downtown.
Sengun got lots of help from Tyler Kalinoski who finished with 18 points, 5 assists and 4 boards while Jaime Smith had 16 points, 8 assists and 3 steals.
Justin Dentmon had a team-high 24 points for Pau that were playing without Nicolas De Jong and Cheikh Mbodj, both sidelined through injury.
Bandirma have now improved to 3-4 while Pau slide to 2-5.