Burgos and Strasbourg secure Play-Offs spots - Week 10 Tuesday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - Reigning BCL champions Hereda San Pablo Burgos defeated Filou Oostende to seal their passage to the Play-Offs while SIG Strasbourg, who were not in action on Tuesday, also punched their ticket to the next stage courtesy of Peristeri's win over Rytas Vilnius.
Meanwhile in Group B, Tofas Bursa delivered their best performance since joining the BCL to enjoy a rout of JDA Dijon on the road and take control of their destiny.
Here's a closer look at what happened in the six Week 10 games on Tuesday night:
Hereda San Pablo Burgos 88-73 Filou Oostende -- Group H
Hereda San Pablo Burgos showcased the wealth of their offensive options to clinch an 88-73 win over Filou Oostende at home and secure a spot in the 2020-21 Play-Offs.
The reigning BCL champions, who had as many as 11 players scoring 5 or more points each, improved to 4-1 in the Group H standings while the Belgian champions slide to 1-4 and are eliminated from the race to the Play-Offs.
Burgos hit 6 of their first 7 three-point attempts to race to a 37-25 lead early in the second frame but Oostende reduced the deficit to just two points shortly before halftime.
The hosts however held Oostende scoreless during the final three minutes of the third quarter for two Miquel Salvo free-throws to stretch the lead to 14 points, 72-58, at the start of the fourth and the visitors never came within single-digit distance again.
Dejan Kravic had 16 points and 5 boards and Vitor Benite chipped in with 15 points and 3 assists to pace the pluralistic Burgos offense, while Thomas Welsh finished with 14 points and Pierre-Antoine Gillet added 13 points in losing efforts for Oostende.
JDA Dijon 61-90 Tofas Bursa -- Group B
Tofas Bursa raised a wall in front of JDA Dijon and cruised to a big 90-61 road victory that enables them to hold their fate in their own hands heading into the final day of action in Group B.
Tarik Phillip scored with a layup 6:27 from the end of the opening quarter to give Tofas a 7-5 lead and, as if he flipped a switch, everything started failing the French team on the offensive end.
Tofas went on a 24-5 run to pull away 29-10 at the first buzzer and extended the gap above the 20-point mark in the second quarter, as they held Dijon to just 29 percent two-point shooting up until the halftime buzzer.
The Turkish side dished out a collective 26 assists as they stretched the lead to as many as 30 points after the interval, and Dijon never even attempted a comeback.
Phillip paced Tofas with 20 points and 7 rebounds while Berkan Durmaz and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell chipped in with 15 points apiece, the latter also grabbing 10 boards to post a double-double. Chase Simon had 14 points for Dijon in a losing effort.
The Turkish team have now climbed to 3-2 in the standings, tied with Dijon, and will punch their ticket to the Play-Offs if they beat Nymburk, or if the French team lose at Keravnos. Dijon, on the other hand, now need to beat the Cypriot team and Nymburk to beat Tofas.
Peristeri 81-74 Rytas Vilnius -- Group E
Peristeri held on for an 81-74 win over Rytas Vilnius at home and will live to fight another day if SIG Strasbourg, who have sealed a Play-Offs berth thanks to the Athenian team's Tuesday victory, beat VEF Riga on Wednesday.
The Greek side improved to 2-3 in the Group E standings in contrast to Rytas, who have dropped to 1-4 and abolished their last hopes of advancing to the postseason.
Peristeri trailed their Lithuanian visitors 20-10 midway through the opening quarter but Terran Petteway, who poured in 16 first-half points on 7 of 9 shooting from two-point range, inspired a 35-13 burst bridging the first two periods and the hosts jumped ahead 45-33.
Rytas chipped away at the gap and came within two points, 59-57, at the end of the third frame but Petteway kicked off fourth-stanza proceedings with a triple.
Jaye Crockett capped off an 11-2 Peristeri run by converting a three-point play 6:13 from the final buzzer for the hosts to extend the lead to 70-59, and the Greeks held off Rytas down the stretch.
Petteway finished with 25 points, 4 assists and 4 boards while Crockett had 19 points and 7 rebounds. For Rytas, who were left lamenting their 19 turnovers, Andrew Goudelock had 23 points and 5 assists in a losing effort.
Igokea 76-73 Limoges CSP -- Group G
Igokea trailed Limoges by five points with just four minutes remaining but flipped the tables to clinch a 76-73 win at home and boost their chances of advancing to the Play-Offs, while throwing the French team out of the race.
The Bosnian team have improved to 3-2 in the Group G standings and will qualify for the next stage if they win their final game in the group, at Turk Telekom.
A Marko Josilo layup 2:48 from the end of the second frame capped off a 12-2 Igokea run, and the hosts turned a 36-34 deficit into a 46-38 lead.
Igokea stretched the lead to as many as 12 points in the third period but the craftmanship of veteran Romeo Travis enabled Limoges to pull even and a Marcus Ginyard jumper gave the French side their biggest lead, 70-65 with 4:11 left on the clock.
But Igokea stopped the rot and after Edin Atic finished an Igokea fast-break to give the lead back to the hosts, 74-73 with 28 seconds on the clock, Limoges misfired on a long three and Jackie Carmichael sealed the hosts' victory with a dunk 1.1 second from time.
Carmichael finished with a team-high 18 points and added 3 rebounds while Atic contributed 14 points and 4 assists. Nicolas Lang had 18 points for Limoges in defeat.
Fortitudo Bologna - Pinar Karsiyaka -- Group F
Pinar Karsiyaka pulled away from Fortitudo Bologna in the second quarter and picked up a 78-65 win on the road that gives them some margin of error on the final day of Group F.
The Turkish team now only need to avoid losing to RETAbet Bilbao by 10 or more points in order to clinch the second ticket from Group F and accompany Brose Bamberg to the Play-Offs.
With Fortitudo leading 23-22 right at the 8-minute mark in the second frame, Sek Henry scored with a layup and sparked a 10-0 Karsiyaka run which Semih Erden capped off 5:52 from the halftime buzzer.
Karsyaka punished severely Fortitudo's 14 turnovers and scored 25 points off them, while the Italian side only scored 9 points off their visitors 11 turnovers.
The Turkish side therefore held their hosts at arm's length with releative ease the rest of the way, as Raymar Morgan had 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to pace the winners.
Metecan Birsen and Tony Taylor contributed 14 points each for Karsiyaka, while Fortitudo big man Leonardo Tote had 14 points and 4 boards in defeat.
Brose Bamberg 90-75 RETAbet Bilbao -- Group F
Brose Bamberg used a 21-0 run bridging the two final quarters to turn the tables on RETAbet Bilbao and clinch a 90-75 victory that extends their unbeaten start to the Regular Season to five games.
Bilbao have now dropped to 2-3 in the Group F standings and will need to defeat Pinar Karsiyaka by 10 points in the final game of the group in order to advance to the Play-Offs.
The Spanish team led on Tuesday for most of the first 26 minutes and by as many as 10 points, but Bamberg turned the screws on defense and left the visitors scoreless during a seven-minute stretch that started about three minutes from the third buzzer.
With Bilbao leading 52-51 and 3:07 remaining to the end of the third frame, Christian Sengfelder knocked down a triple that would spark the blistering Bamberg burst.
The hosts jumped to a 13-point lead already by the end of the third period and a Michele Vitali three-pointer, 8:34 from the final buzzer, capped off the run and extended the gap to an unassailable 20 points, 72-52.
Sengfelder finished with a near double-double of 16 points and 9 rebounds while David Kravish added 15 points and 6 boards. For Bilbao, John Jenkins had 16 points and 5 assists in a losing effort.