Dekker helps Turk Telekom snatch victory from jaws of defeat - Week 6 Wednesday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - Sam Dekker delivered one of his best performances since joining Turk Telekom and the Ankara team survived a huge scare against Limoges CSP in Group G action on Wednesday night.
Elsewhere in Week 6 of the 2020-21 Regular Season, NIzhny celebrated their first success in Group D, defeating Falcom on the road, while Burgos and Brindisi claimed comfy wins against Darussafaka and Oostende, respectively.
Turk Telekom 76-73 Limoges CSP -- Group G
Sam Dekker came up with one big play on each end of the court in the clutch and Turk Telekom defeated Limoges 76-73 at home despite trailing the French team by five points with a minute left to play.
Turk Telekom had jumped in the driver's seat late in the opening quarter and appeared to be tightening their grip on the game when a Kyle Wiltjer layup 7:40 from the third buzzer capped off a 7-0 run and stretched the hosts' lead to 16 points, 49-33.
But Phil Scrubb was a man on a mission in the final stanza as he poured in 11 consecutive points to inspire a 22-5 Limoges run, and the visitors climbed ahead 73-68 with 1:10 left on the clock.
Kamar Baldwin however reduced the deficit with a layup and, after Limoges missed on the other end, he penetrated and kicked out to Dekker, who calmly drilled a triple to put Turk Telekom back ahead, 74-73 with 11 seconds on the clock.
Limoges called a timeout and advanced the ball but Dekker cleverly intercepted the inbound pass and passed to Erdi Gulaslan, who wrote the final score with an easy layup.
Dekker finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals while Can Korkmaz and Michael Eric had 16 points apiece for Turk Telekom, who were playing without Nick Johnson and Tyler Ennis.
Scrubb had a game-high 21 points in a losing effort for Limoges, who traveled to Ankara without Ludovic Beyhurst and Demarcus Nelson.
Hereda San Pablo Burgos shifted gears in the third period and outscored Darüssafaka Tekfen 49-20 in the final stretch to reach the century mark in an ultimately comfy 100-70 win at home.
The two teams traded blows early on but Vitor Benite drilled two triples in quick succession halfway through the second period and the reigning BCL champions created the first significant gap, 41-31, on an Omar Cook three-pointer 3:20 from the halftime buzzer.
Darüssafaka however started chipping away at the gap and after Andrew Andrews reduced the deficit to just one point, 51-50 just before the seven-minute mark in the third quarter.
Burgos head coach Joan Penarroya had seen enough and called a timeout. Whatever the BCL winning coach told his players worked wonders, as a Jasiel Rivero layup 6:36 from the third buzzer sparked a 22-6 Burgos run to close out the quarter and the Spanish team's lead ballooned in the final stanza.
Rivero finished with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals while Benite had 16 points on 4 of 7 shooting from downtown. Berk Demir and Sinan Guler had 15 points apiece for the Turkish team.
Burgos have now improved to 2-1 in the Group H standings and are tied for top spot with Brindisi, while Darüssafaka slide to 1-2.
Filou Oostende 80-92 Happy Casa Brindisi -- Group H
Happy Casa Brindisi came out guns blazing to grab a double-digit lead over Filou Oostende in the opening quarter and never looked back, cruising to a 92-80 win which is their first ever road success in the competition.
The Italian team forced 20 Oostende turnovers and scored 28 points off them.
D'Angelo Harrison knocked down a jumper 5:51 from the first buzzer and Brindisi's lead passed double digits for the first time, 16-5.
Oostende stopped the rot but Brindisi started the second frame on a 12-4 run which Raphael Gaspardo capped off with a three-pointer 7:26 from the halftime buzzer to extend the Italian team's lead to 18 points, 40-22.
Brindisi kept their hosts at arm's length the rest of the way and when Oostende finally managed to momentarily reduce the deficit back to single digits, 81-72 with just over four minutes left to play, Harrison and Darius Thompson drilled one triple each in quick succession to eliminate any possibility of a proper comeback attempt.
Harrison finished with 21 points and Derek Willis collected 17 points and 8 rebounds for Brindisi, who have now improved to 2-1 on the Group H table.
Loic Schwartz had 16 points and 7 boards for Oostende, who have now dropped to 1-2 in the standings.
Falco Szombathely 88-93 Nizhny Novgorod -- Group D
Nizhny Novgorod had to wait until December to celebrate their first victory in the 2020-21 BCL but did so in style, as they held off Falco Szombathely down the stretch to win 93-88 on the road.
Falco raced to an 8-0 lead but Nizhny replied swiftly with a blistering 27-9 run to grab a double-digit advantage, 27-17.
Neither team managed to re-establish a significant lead in the two middle quarters but NIzhny re-claimed the driver's seat early in the final stanza and held on to it by the skin of their teeth.
Sergey Toropov scored with a hook shot at the start of the fourth frame and on the next possession he assisted Timofei Gerasimov who drilled a triple to put Nizhny ahead, 77-74.
With Nizhny maintaining a fragile 87-86 lead, Kasey Shepherd scored with a floater to give them a tree-point cushion and, after Evgenii Baburin came up with a steal and the Russian team regained possession, the American guard repeated the drill and made it a 5-point game with just 22 seconds on the clock.
Baburin led no less than seven Nizhny players in double digits with his 16 points while Ivan Strebkov registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. For Falco, Perl and Evan Bruinsma finished with 19 points apiece.
Both teams now stand at 1-1 in the Group D standings, behind Casademont Zaragoza who lead the group on a 2-0 record.