Tenerife survive another scare on night of road warriors - Gameday 6, Tuesday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - Six teams claimed big road wins on a memorable Tuesday night, as Iberostar Tenerife pulled off a second late comeback in a row, this time in Latvia, to remain the only unbeaten team this season.
RASTA Vechta, Dinamo Sassari, Anwil Wloclawek and Telekom Baskets Bonn came up big in the clutch to taste victory on the road, while Turk Telekom also won away from home albeit in rather stress-free fashion.
Let's have a closer look at all eight Tuesday games:
VEF Riga 64-68 Iberostar Tenerife -- Group C
Five points by Iffe Lundberg in the clutch allowed Tenerife to extend their unbeaten run to six games as the Spanish team came back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to deny a brave Riga side 68-64.
The shorthanded Latvian hosts were constrained to an 8-man rotation due to injuries but that didn't prevent them from forcing the group leaders to endure their poorest 30 minutes of shooting so far this season during the first three quarters.
Riga were patient on the offensive end, making the most of their limited rotation, and with Tenerife hitting just 2 of their first 18 shots from three-point range, the hosts led 55-42 at the start of the fourth frame.
Tenerife however found the energy to tighten the screws on defense, came up with stops and finally started hitting shots on the other end. Lundberg faked at the three-point line, drove to the basket and finished with a two-handed dunk to reduce the deficit to 64-63 with 35 seconds left to play.
Riga called a timeout but when play resumed Alexander Madsen misjudged his pass and sent the ball to the courtside seats.
Tenerife recovered the ball and, at almost at the end of the possession, Marcelinho Huertas turned around and passed to Lundberg who stepped into a three from the top of the arc and knocked it down to lift the Spanish team to a 66-64 lead with 5 seconds on the clock.
Lundberg finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists while Dani Diez had a near double-double of 10 points and 9 rebounds. Riga's Alexander Madsen posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards in a losing effort.
AEK 75-79 RASTA Vechta -- Group B
Vechta mixed it up masterfully on defense and used a 17-6 run bridging the final two quarters to jump ahead and inflict on AEK their first home defeat in the Regular Season since October 2018, 79-75.
The German side made life difficult for league-leading scorer Keith Langford and used full-court press after the break to stifle their hosts' offense, forcing 20 AEK turnovers.
Michael Kessens came up with the offensive board off a Steve Vasturia miss and dunked with authority 9:06 from the final buzzer to give Vechta their largest lead, 66-55.
AEK threw everything at their visitors and Langford sunk a big three with 1:05 remaining to reduce the deficit to three points, 75-72.
Vechta however replied swiftly and in kind, as Max Di Leo knocked down a triple to stretch the lead back to 6 points, 78-72, with 40 seconds remaining and AEK turned the ball over on the ensuing possession.
Vasturia led the way for the winners with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists while Ishmail Wainright chipped in with 16 points. Howard Sant-Roos had 21 points, 3 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals for AEK.
Teksut Bandirma 86-87 Anwil Wloclawek -- Group B
Tony Wroten took over and Anwil overturned a 12-point deficit in the final eight minutes to clinch their first road win of the season, 87-86 at Bandirma.
The Turkish team appeared to be pulling away for good in a game that had been tight for the first three quarters when Omar Prewitt sunk two free-throws to lift them to a 74-62 lead, 8:23 from the end.
Shawn Jones however stopped the rot for Anwil with a dunk 7:54 from the final buzzer and the Polish side found the mental strength to start clawing their way back.
Tyler Kalinoski split two free-throws to make it 84-82 for Bandirma with 47 seconds remaining but Wroten brought the ball up the court and calmly knocked down a triple to give Anwil the lead, 85-84 with 35 seconds left.
A huge tip-in by Emanuel Terry restored Bandirma in the driver's seat 24 seconds from time and Anwil called a timeout. They inbounded the ball to Wroten, who drew a foul and sunk both his shots from the stripe to seal the win for the visitors.
Wroten finished with a game-high 25 points on 11 of 16 shooting from the field and Ricky Ledo chipped in with 17 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds, while Prewitt finished with 22 points in defeat.
UNET Holon 92-94 Dinamo Sassari -- Group A
Sassari poured in 50 points in the final 15 minutes and 40 seconds to overturn a 15-point deficit and clinch a 94-92 win over Holon in Israel.
With Holon leading 59-44 and 5:40 remaining to play in the third quarter, Marco Spissu knocked down a triple to spark an 18-7 run by the visitors that reduced the gap to 66-62 shortly before the third buzzer.
Dyshawn Pierre, who hit two back-to-back three-pointers in that crucial stretch, blocked a Latavious Williams shot from close range 50 seconds from the final buzzer and passed the ball to Curtis Jerrells.
The veteran point guard drilled a huge three in transition to lift Sassari to an 89-86 lead with 42 ticks left, and the visitors made their free-throws in the dying seconds to celebrate the victory.
Sassari out-rebounded their hosts 45 to 38 and scored 16 vital second-chance points off their offensive boards.
Pierre was an inspirational figure on both ends of the floor and finished with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Dwayne Evans, Jerrells and Spissu had 15 points each, the latter also dishing out 7 assists.
Marcus Foster had 23 points and Williams finished with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds for Holon.
The Italian side stays at the top of the Group A standings on a 5-1 record while Holon drop to 3-3.
JDA Dijon 66-78 Telekom Baskets Bonn -- Group D
Dijon entered the Wednesday clash as solitary Group D leaders but a brilliant Bonn finished strong to prevail 78-66 and join the French team at the top of the standings.
Bonn led by a double-digit margin early on but the hosts balanced the contest in the second quarter and the two sides traded blows until shortly after the start of the fourth period.
The hosts wasted two chances to claim the lead early in the final stanza, and Boon decided the time had come to pull away for good.
Benjamin Simons drilled a triple 8:06 from the final buzzer to spark a 14-5 run for Bonn, which Trey Mc Kinney Jones capped with a lay-up 1:27 from the final buzzer to extend the visitors' lead to 73-63.
Simons paced the winners with 16 points and Stephen Zimmerman chipped in with 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Dijon's Rasheed Sulaimon had a game-high 20 points in defeat.
The two teams are now tied at 4-2 with both Neptunas and Zaragoza who play tomorrow, right behind them at 3-2.
Polski Cukier Torun 73-95 Turk Telekom -- Group A
Turk Telekom led Torun from start to finish and by as many as 29 points to secure their fifth win of the season, 95-73, capping off a very convincing display in Poland.
The Turkish team took their first double-digit lead of the night, 16-4, on a Safak Edge triple as early as three and a half minutes after tip-off, and never looked back.
The visitors, who poured in a season-high 95 points, dished out a collective 28 assists and shot a superb 45 percent (13 of 28) from beyond the three-point arc.
Egemen Guven paced five Turk Telekom players in double digits with 16 points and five boards, R.J. Hunter had 13 points and 8 assists while Moustapha Fall posted a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Torun's Keith Hornsby finished on a game-high 18 points in defeat.
Antwerp threw away a 17-point advantage and abolished the lead but turned back a feisty Pau late to clinch a 74-69 win at home in eventful fashion.
The Belgian side appeared to be in absolute control of proceedings when they grabbed a 32-15 lead midway through the second frame but the French visitors finally showed some signs of life shortly before the break and closed the gap in the third quarter.
Pau's newest arrival, Justin Dentmon, drilled a triple 7:19 from the final buzzer to give the French team the lead, 71-70 and Antwerp promptly called a timeout.
When play resumed, Hans Vanwijn restored the hosts in the driver's seat with a triple of his own and Luka Rupnik extended the lead to 67-61 with two free-throws 4:49 from the end
Dentmon again reduced the gap to three going into the final three minutes but a Vincent Kesteloot dunk made it 72-6 for the hosts, who held on until the final buzzer.
Rupnik collected 24 points on 8 of 14 shooting, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals while Dave Dudzinski finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Nicolas De Jong finished with a game-high 25 points in a losing effort.
BAXI Manresa 85-58 Filou Oostende -- Group A
Manresa pulled away decisevely midway through the second quarter and never looked back, cruising to another win at home, 85-58 over Oostende.
The Belgian side scored the first five points of the night and were leading 18-17 with 7:31 remaining in the second frame, when Ryan Toolson scored with a lay-up to out Manresa ahead
The veteran sharp-shooter's basket sparked a 16-2 burst by the hosts, which Yankuba Sima capped with a free-throw to stretch Manresa's cushion to 33-20 with less than a minute left to the halftime break.
Oostende didn't even attempt a comeback after the interval, and Manresa kept their foot on gas until late, extending the gap to as many as 29 points in the fourth stanza.
William Magarity paced the winners with 14 points and Jordan Sakho had 12 points and 6 rebounds as 11 Manresa players wrote their name on the scoreboard. Oostende's Amar Sylla came up with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, also adding 2 blocks.