Burgos, Zaragoza, Nymburk and Tenerife return to Final 8 - Play-Offs Week 5 Thursday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - Hereda San Pablo Burgos, Casademont Zaragoza, ERA Nymburk and Lenovo Tenerife all secured on Thursday their second consecutive trip to the Final 8.
The reigning champions defeated Igokea in Group J, a result that earned both them and Tenerife a ticket to May's tournament, while Zaragoza prevailed over Nymburk in Group L but both teams advanced following Bamberg's win over Sassari in the other Thursday clash.
Hereda San Pablo Burgos 83-71 Igokea -- Group J
Hereda San Pablo Burgos built a comfy cushion in the first half and cruised to an 83-71 win over Igokea to earn the chance to defend their BCL title in May's Final 8.
The reigning champions' win means that Lenovo Tenerife also qualify to the showdown tournament from Group J, with the two Spanish teams set to battle it out for first place in the group on the final gameday.
Igokea, who left a very good impression in their debut BCL campaign, will finish third ahead of VEF Riga, regardless of the outcome of their clash in Week 6.
Burgos shot 10 of 14 from the floor on 10 assists and held Igokea to 0 of 5 from two-point range in the opening quarter to race to a 21-6 lead.
The hosts led by double-digit margins throughout the next three quarters and extended the lead to as many as 22 points, 70-48 on a Maksim Salash dunk 8:15 from the final buzzer.
Burgos didn't shoot the ball particularly well from downtown but went 28 for 40 (70 percent) from within the arc and scored 48 points in the paint. The reigning champs also scored 18 easy points in transition, compared to Igokea's 7 fast-break points.
Vítor Benite paced Burgos with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists and Dejan Kravic chipped in with 16 points and 4 rebounds, while Anthony Clemmons finished with 19 points for Igokea in a losing effort.
Casademont Zaragoza 90-71 ERA Nymburk -- Group L
Casademont Zaragoza pulled away from ERA Nymburk with the start of the final stanza and rolled to a 90-71 triumphant win to book their trip to the Final 8, their second in as many BCL campaigns.
Despite their defeat, Nymburk also advanced to the Final 8, courtesy of Brose Bamberg's win over Dinamo Sassari in the other Group L game on the night.
Nymburk jumped ahead late in the opening frame and Petr Benda hit a three-pointer just 23 seconds into the second quarter to extend the Czech lead to 25-16, their biggest of the night.
Zaragoza however stopped the rot and a Nicolas Brussino triple 6:39 from the halftime buzzer capped off a 14-4 Zaragoza run and put the hosts in front, 30-29.
The hosts opened up a 10-point lead with the start of the third stanza but Nymburk used a mini burst to balance proceedings once again as Lukas Palyza buried a trey to tie the game at 54-54.
It appeared as if the game was heading for a tight finish, but Zaragoza replied by going on a 14-0 run bridging the final two quarters, for a Javier Garcia layup 9:09 from the final buzzer to stretch the hosts' advantage to 68-54.
Zaragoza's lead kept growing, and they stretched the lead to as many as 25 points down the stretch. Jacob Wiley was superb for the winners on both ends of the floor and finished with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Elias Harris finished with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
For Nymburk, who were playing without their star duo of Vojtech Hruban and Retin Obasohan, Palyza finished with 17 points and Martin Kriz collected a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Brose Bamberg 92-86 Dinamo Sassari -- Group L
Brose Bamberg came back from a 16-point deficit to deny Dinamo Sassari 92-86, a result that eliminates both teams from the race to reach the Final 8.
The German side abolished their last chances moments before the final buzzer of the game in Bamberg, when Zaragoza defeated Nymburk, and Sassari's slim hopes disappeared with this loss, their fourth in a row in the Play-Offs.
Sassari however had gotten off to a great start and Stefano Gentile hit a triple 2:53 from the end of the first period and followed up with a floater on the next possession to extend the visitors' lead to 25-9, their biggest lead of the night.
Bamberg however climbed their way back after the interval and the two sides traded blows for most of the final stanza.
With the game tied at 86-86 and 44 seconds remaining to the final buzzer, Chase Fieler came up with a dunk on a beautiful David Kravish assist to put the hosts in front.
Sassari threw away their last two possessions and David Kravish with Devon Hall gave Bamberg a 4-point cushion from the free-throw line.
Michele Vitali paced Bamberg with 17 points and Hall added 16, while Miro Bilan finished with a game-high 20 points for Sassari in a losing effort.