Zaragoza, Pau-Lacq-Orthez end Dijon, Hapoel winning streaks - Gameday 5, Tuesday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - Casademont Zaragoza and EB Pau-Lacq-Orthez toppled JDA Dijon and Hapoel Jerusalem, respectively, to hand them a first defeat in this edition of the Basketball Champions League in Tuesday night action on Gameday 5.
Meanwhille PAOK and Lietkabelis finally got off the mark, while a late comeback by Peristeri meant that Mornar Bar remain the only team to yet taste victory this season.
Casademont Zaragoza 75-60 JDA Dijon -- Group D, 20:30 CET
Zaragoza came out guns blazing, established their first-double digit lead less than four minutes after tip-off and never looked back, to clinch a convincing 75-60 triumph over previously undefeated Dijon.
The Spanish side won emphatically the battle on the glass, 59 to 37, and that dominance inside proved crucial on a night where both teams struggled from three-point range, shooting 28 percent and 29 percent, respectively, from beyond the arc.
The hosts dealt the decisive blow after a Richard Solomon jumper reduced the deficit to 58-48 with 7:03 remaining to the final buzzer, giving Dijon hope they could make a late push.
Zaragoza however held their visitors scoreless during a five-minute stretch and youngster Carlos Alocen sunk a jump shot 2:46 from the end to extend the lead to 70-48.
Robin Benzing led all Zaragoza scorers with 20 points while Nemanja Radovic posted a double-double of 17 points and 12 boards. David Holston was the only Dijon player to score in double digits and had 12 points to go with his 3 assists.
Newly-arrived Justin Dentmon poured in 22 points on his BCL debut with Pau-Lacq-Orthez to propel the French team to their first win at home, 81-75 over Hapoel, snapping the Jerusalem side's four-game winning streak in the process.
The hosts held Hapoel to just 6 of 25 (24 percent) three-point shooting and were admirably economical with the ball, committing only 11 turnovers.
Pau led for most of the game and even by 10 points halfway through the fourth stanza, but Hapoel threw everything at their hosts and reduced the deficit to three points in the final minute.
With Pau leading 78-75 and 32 seconds remaining to the final buzzer, Isaiah Cousins came up with a big steal to give Hapoel the chance to tie the scores with a three-pointer.
The Israeli team called a timeout but when play resumed, and before even starting to run a play that would produce any look behind the three-point arc, they turned the ball over.
Hapoel fouled Petr Cornelie, who split his free-throws to stretch the lead to 79-75, and that margin proved sufficient for the hosts to hold on in the dying seconds.
Dentmon added 4 rebounds and 4 assists to his 22 points, Cornelie finished with 12 points and 7 boards while Cheikh Mbodj had 11 points. For Hapoel, J’Covan Brown had 15 points in a losing effort.
Lietkabelis 95-83 Polski Cukier Torun -- Group A
Zeljko Sakic poured in a BCL career-high 32 points to help Lietkabelis clinch their maiden win in this season's campaign in style, 98-83 over Torun at home.
The Lithuanian team scored 21 points on the fast break in the first half and opened up a 40-30 lead midway through the second quarter.
Torun however refused to go away and clawed their way back, reducing the gap to just one point, 71-70, with 8:25 remaining in the fourth frame.
The home fans braced for yet another close finish, which was the downfall of their team in the first two games, but Sakic thought otherwise.
The Croatian forward sunk a jumper to instigate an 18-4 Lietkabelis burst which he capped off himself with a triple 3:19 from the final buzzer, stretching the lead to 89-75.
Sakic had 4 assists, 4 steals and 2 rebounds to go with his 32 points and Tomas Dimsa chipped in with 19 points and 6 assists, as no less than six Lietkabelis players finished in double digits. For Torun, Chris Wright had 21 points and 6 assists in another excellent individual display this season.
Both teams now stand at 1-4 in the Group A standings.
PAOK 95-91 Happy Casa Brindisi -- Group D
PAOK had the last laugh in a contest that featured 28 lead changes and saw the two teams trade blows for 38 minutes, as the Greek team finally snapped a five-game losing streak with a 95-91 success over Brindisi.
The hosts made better use of their 10 offensive rebounds, scoring 17 second-chance points, and they got 34 points from their bench players. Brindisi on the other hand scored only 10 second-chance points off their 9 offensive boards and their second unit contributed only 16 points.
With Brindisi leading 86-85 and 2:46 remaining to play, JeQuan Lewis earned a trip to the foul line. The PAOK forward made both his free-throws and, after Brindisi misfired on the other end, he assisted Zane Knowles for a dunk that put the hosts ahead 89-86 with 1:54 on the clock.
In their haste, the Italian turned the ball over on back-to-back possessions and Antwaine Wiggins drilled a jumper to stretch the hosts' lead to five points with just 50 seconds left.
Adam Smith led the way for PAOK with 27 points, 4 assists and 4 boards while Aaron Best had 19 points and Lewis finished with 18. Brindisi's Kelvin Martin had 23 points and 6 rebounds in a losing effort.
PAOK have now improved to 1-4 while Brindisi have dropped to 2-3.
James McAdoo anchored a sublime defensive display by Besiktas and the Turkish powerhouse returned to winning ways after three defeats in a row, beating Falco 74-49 at home.
Besiktas shot only 2 of 13 from three-point range in the first half and although they led 33-27 at the break, they seemed unable to shake off the tough-as-nails Hungarian side.
The hosts tightened the screws on defense in the third frame, came up with steals and run in the open floor - Besiktas finished with 18 fast-break points - but Falco managed to stay within striking range until midway through the final stanza.
With Besiktas leading 54-47 and 4:47 left on the clock, McAdoo scored with a lay-up and sparked a 13-0 run for the hosts which extended their lead to 20 points, 67-47 with less than two minutes remaining to play.
McAdoo finished with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds and came up with 4 steals and 1 block while Shaquielle McKissic had a team-high 20 points and added 5 boards. Falco's Juvonte Reddic finished with a game-high 21 points in a losing effort.
Both teams now stand at 2-3 on the Group D table.
RASTA Vechta 73-81 Teksut Bandirma -- Group B
Bandirma pulled away in the third quarter and held on late to secure their first win on the road and inflict on Vechta their first home defeat in the process, 81-73.
The Turkish team held Vechta, who arrived at Gameday 5 as the best three-point shooting team in the league, to just 9 of 28 from behidn the arc.
An Ian Hummer lay-up 5:36 from the end of the third quarter instigated a 12-4 burst for the visitors to give them their first double-digit lead of the night, 56-45.
Vechta didn't allow their visitors to stretch the gap beyond 13 points, midway through the final period, but that provided Bandirma with a more than sufficient cushion going into the final three minutes.
Tyler Kalinoski paced the winners with 20 points and 8 assists, Omar Prewitt had 17 points while Emanuel Terry posted a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Steve Vasturia finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Vechta.
Bandirma have improved to 2-3, while Vechta slide to 3-2.
Mornar Bar 65-73 Peristeri winmasters -- Group C
Peristeri outscored Mornar Bar 21-4 in the final stretch to celebrate another come-from-behind victory, 73-65 over the Montenegro team.
The Greek side trailed their hosts by as many as 13 points in the first half and Mornar Bar appeared destined to finally clinch their first ever victory in the competition as they were holding a 9-point lead, 61-52, with less than six minutes left on the clock.
A power dunk by Kingsley Moses however with 5:41 remaining kicked-started the amazing final push by Peristeri and a William Hatcher lay-up 2:54 from the final buzzer put the visitors in the driving seat, 63-61.
Mornar Bar were left dumbfounded and the Greek side held on relatively easily in the dying minutes.
Hatcher led Peristeri with his game-high 23 points while Moses registered a double-double of 13 points and 11 boards. Jacob Pullen was the only Mornar Bar player to score in double digits and finished with 16 points.
Telekom Baskets Bonn 97-85 Neptunas Klaipeda -- Group D
Bonn used a blistering 22-0 run bridging the first two quarters to pull away from Neptunas and cruise to a 97-85 win at home.
The German side were ahead 21-18 with 1:28 remaining in the opening frame when Stephen Zimmerman scored with a lay-up to trigger the dominant 6-minute stretch for the hosts.
Gytis Masiulis finally ended the rot for Neptunas 5:33 from the end of the second period, but by then Bonn had stretched their lead to 53-23.
The hosts maintained the gap around 20 points throughout the third frame, putting to rest any possible ideas of a late comeback effort by Neptunas.
Bonn dished out a collective 27 assists and scored 28 of their points on the fast break, largely because they made the most out of Neptunas's 17 turnovers.
Zimmerman paced the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds, while Benjamin Simons and Martin Breunig had 13 points apiece. Masiulis fiished with 16 points and 8 rebounds in a losing effort.
Both teams now stand at 3-2, tied with Zaragoza in a three-way tie.