Sassari, Hapoel book trip to Play-Offs - Gameday 12, Wednesday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - Dinamo Sassari and Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem emerged victorious from their respective clashes on Wednesday night and each secured a berth in the Basketball Champions League Play-Offs.
Meanwhile San Pablo Burgos complicated the Group B race for any team not named Hapoel by celebrating a convincing victory over AEK in Spain.
Let's have a closer look at the six Wednesday encounters which concluded Gameday 12 action.
Hapoel used a dominant third-quarter stretch to shake off a valiant Pau and clinched a spot in the Play-Offs with a 98-76 victory over the French side in front of their fans in Jerusalem.
The hosts were leading by only two points, 52-50, with 6:26 remaining in the third period when James Feldeine drove to the French basket, scored with a layup and drew the foul.
The Hapoel shooting guard sunk the free-throw to convert the three-point play and triggered a 15-0 run which John Holland capped with a three-pointer 2:43 from the end of the quarter, stretching the lead to 67-50.
Shelvin Mack had a dreamy debut with Hapoel as he paved the way for his new team with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, while John Holland finished with 18 points, 5 boards and 3 assists. Justin Dentmon finished with a game-high 27 points in an excellent, albeit losing, effort.
SIG Strasbourg 83-88 Dinamo Sassari - Group A
Sassari let slip a 15-point first-half lead but held off Strasbourg down the stretch to clinch an 88-83 win on the road and return home with a coveted Play-Offs berth.
The Italian team raced to a double-digit lead halfway through the opening quarter but Strasbourg outscored their visitors 29-18 in the second quarter to get back in contention.
With Sassari leading 82-75 and less than three minutes remaining, Strasbourg's Scottie Reynolds missed a three-point attempt that would have made it a two-possession game, and Miro Bilan scored with a layup on the other end.
Strasbourg reduced the deficit back to 5 points going into the final minute but Marco Spissu made a pair of free-throws 27 seconds from the final buzzer to extend the gap to 88-81 and seal the deal for Sassari.
Dyshawn Pierre and Michele Vitali finished with 17 points each for the Italian side, the former also adding 12 rebounds to collect his fifth double-double this season. Strasbourg's Gabe York had a game-high 21 points and added 6 assists in defeat.
San Pablo Burgos 93 -76 AEK - Group B
Burgos came out guns blazing, raced to a 23-point led in the second frame and turned back a late AEK charge to celebrate a big 93-76 win over the 2018 BCL champions.
The Spanish side shot 5 of 7 from behind the three-point arc in the second quarter, as Vitor Benite poured in 10 points in that frame, and grabbed a 46-23 lead halfway through the period.
AEK, who lost their leading scorer Keith Langford in the first quarter due to injury, showed some signs of improvement after the break, but Burgos still led by 22 early in the fourth.
The visitors went on a mini run to reduce the gap to single digits for the first time since the first half, 83-74 on a Charis Giannopoulos triple 2:21 from the final buzzer.
After Burgos guardian angel Benite though sunk a pair of free-throws, McFadden drilled two back-to-back threes in a spectacular sequence to stretch the gap back to 91-76.
Benite finished with 23 points while recent arrival Dragan Apic had 15 points and 4 rebounds. Meanwhile Nikos Zisis had a team-high 16 points and 4 assists on his return to the Athens team after almost 15 years.
The two teams are now tied at 7-5 in the standings and maintain their hopes in the play-off race.
In view of the incidents in OAKA during the game against Hapoel Jerusalem, the following disciplinary sanctions have been imposed on AEK:
- One (1) BCL game as hosting club behind closed doors, with this sanction being deferred to a probationary period of one (1) year
- A disciplinary fine of EUR 16,000.
Filou Oostende 67-85 Turk Telekom - Group A
Turk Telekom shifted gears late in the second frame and never looked back, strengthening their chances of finishing first in Group A with an 85-67 win over Oostende in Belgium.
With the scores tied at 23, Muhammed Baygül drilled back-to-back triples and instigated a Turk Telekom mini-run for the visitors to open up their first double-digit gap, 36-25.
Oostende stopped the rot, but a technical foul was called on their bench and, after Baygül converted the free-throw, Kyle Wiltjer followed up with a layup to restore the double-digit lead, 39-28, and the Turkish side stayed in top gear the rest of the way.
Wiltjer led the way for the winners with 23 points and 7 rebounds, while Nick Johnson finished with 12 points, 6 boards and 2 assists. Amar Sylla had 20 points and 7 rebounds for Oostende in a losing effort.
Turk Telekom have now improved to 9-3 while Oostende have dropped to 6-6.
Neptunas reinvigorated their hopes of advancing to the Play-Offs by snapping a three-game losing skid with a dominant display against Bonn and a 93-68 victory at home.
The hosts were holding a slim 24-21 lead 6:39 from the second buzzer when Zygimantas Janavicius knocked down two triples in quick succession to help them stretch the lead to double digits before the interval.
Neptunas kept their foot on the gas after the break and briefly led by as many as 20 points in the third period to effectively seal the win with plenty of time to spare.
Deividas Gailius and Osvaldas Olisevicius led the way for Neptunas with 25 and 24 points, respectively, while the former also collected 6 rebounds. Bonn's Benjamin Simons had 14 points in defeat.
The Lithuanian team has now improved to 5-7 in the standings of the hotly-contested Group D while the German side slide to 7-5.
Gaziantep 65-88 Iberostar Tenerife - Group C
Tenerife picked up their tenth success of the season in style as they cruised to an 88-65 win at Gaziantep on a night when Marcelinho Huertas dished 17 assists to tie the all-time league record.
Aaron White's first basket in the BCL, a three-pointer 6:02 from the end of the second quarter, sparked a 10-0 Tenerife run.
Dani Diez capped it off with another triple less than 80 seconds later, the Spanish side led by 15 points at halftime and were not threatened after the interval.
Giorgi Shermadini paced the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes, Sasu Salin finished with 17 points while Huertas had 9 points to go with his 16 assists. Metehan Akyel had 13 points and 9 boards for Gaziantep in a losing effort.
Tenerife have improved to 10-2 and will continue battling it out with ERA Nymburk for first place in Group C while Gaziantep, who are out of the race for a spot in the Play-Offs, have dropped to 3-9.