Tenerife clinch Play-Offs spot in style, Nymburk get statement win - Week 9 Wednesday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - Iberostar Tenerife became the third team to secure a berth in the 2020-21 Play-Offs after delivering the best offensive display of their BCL history to dominate Dinamo Sassari in the big Wednesday clash in Group A.
Meanwhile ERA Nymburk handed JDA Dijon a 40-point defeat to boost their Play-Offs bid and go top of Group B.
Iberostar Tenerife 115-85 Dinamo Sassari -- Group A
Iberostar Tenerife produced the highest-scoring night in the club's five-year BCL history as they outgunned Dinamo Sassari 115-85 at home to punch their ticket to the Play-Offs in eye-catching fashion.
The Spanish team, which improved to 4-1 in the standings, have also secured first place in Group A as they now own the tiebreaker with the Italian team.
Sassari jumped to a 7-point lead right after tip-off but Fran Guerra poured in 10 points in just over six minutes to power a 27-5 Tenerife burst which fellow big man Giorgi Shermadini capped off with a baby hook 1:36 from the first buzzer.
Tenerife didn't enjoy their 15-point lead for long as Filip Kruslin scored 10 quick-fire points off the bench and Sassari reduced the deficit to just three points in the second frame.
The Spanish team had much more left in the tank though and Tyler Cavanaugh drilled a triple 4:44 from the end of the third quarter to instigate a burst that stretched the gap back again to 15 points at the end of the period.
Sasu Salin hit another triple, shortly before the eight-minute mark in the final stanza, to extend Tenerife's lead to 20 points for the first time, 89-69, and Sassari run out of gas.
Tenerife saw no less than seven of their players score in double digits, as Shermadini led the way with his 19 points and 6 rebounds. Guerra, Cavanaugh and also Bruno Fitipaldo finished with 16 points apiece, while Sassari's Miro Bilan had a game-high 24 points and added 4 rebounds in a losing effort.
ERA Nymburk 94-54 JDA Dijon -- Group B
ERA Nymburk took a giant step towards the Play-Offs in impressive fashion, as they inflicted upon previously undefeated JDA Dijon a 94-54 loss, the heaviest in the French team's BCL history.
The Czech champions improved to 4-1 in the Group B standings and of course now have the head-to-head advantage in a potential tie with Dijon, who had won the reverse fixture by 24 points.
The French team dropped to 3-1 but still very much control their fate, as they will secure a Play-Offs berth if they defeat Tofas at home next Tuesday.
The visitors scored the first point of the night but it was all Nymburk after that, as the hosts held Dijon to just 14 points in the first 17 minutes of the clash and enjoyed a lead as big as 33 points already in the second frame.
Omar Prewitt hit a triple 3:56 from the halftime buzzer and capped off a 16-2 Nymburk run which stretched the Czech lead to 41-13, rendering obvious that the hosts were on a mission to wipe out the 24-point differential from the first game.
Nymburk even led by as many as 44 points after the interval as Dijon endured their worse shooting night in the BCL, going 20 for 78 (25.6 percent) from the floor.
Retin Obasohan paced the winners with 20 points and 6 assists, Jerrick Harding chipped in with 14 points while Hayden Dalton had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Axel Julien had 12 points and 4 assists for Dijon in a losing effort.
Tofas Bursa 78-67 Keravnos -- Group B
Tofas Bursa claimed their first ever home win in the BCL, 78-67 over Cypriot side Keravnos, to improve to 2-2 in the Group B standings and set up a must-win matchup with JDA Dijon next Tuesday.
If the Turkish BCL debutants beat the French side on January 12 they will maintain their chances of advancing to the Play-Offs intact, but if they lose at Dijon they will miss out on the next stage. Keravnos have now dropped to 0-5 and will finish bottom of the group regardless of results on the final day.
Tofas and Keravnos traded buckets early on and the lead changed hands five times in the opening quarter, but the Turkish team grabbed a 19-13 lead right before the first buzzer.
The hosts maintained a fragile lead throughout the second period but tightened their grip on the game immediately after the interval, as a Berkan Durmaz dunk 7:38 from the end of the third frame capped off a 10-0 Tofas run and stretched the Turkish lead to 46-32.
Keravnos were unable to get back into contention after that as Tofas dominated the boards 44 to 29 and made up for their poor three-point shooting night by scoring 46 points in the paint, compared to the Cypriot side's 26.
New Tofas signing Tomislav Zubcic collected a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds in his BCL debut and Semaj Christon had a near double-double of 15 points and 9 assists, while Brandon Rozzell finished with 17 points and 5 boards for Keravnos in defeat.
Falco Szombathely led Pszczolka Start Lublin wire to wire and cruised to their first road win of the season, 83-59, simplifying somewhat their task when they visit Nizhny Novgorod for a win-or-go-home clash on January 19.
The winner of that encounter will advance to the Play-Offs, regardless of the margin of victory, since Falco and Nizhny are now tied at 3-2 in the Group D standings.
On Wednesday, Falco held Lublin to just 7 first-quarter points to grab a double-digit lead already before the first buzzer and pulled away decisively in the second frame.
Benedek Varadi scored with a layup right at the five-minute mark of the period and sparked an 11-0 Falco run which Zoltan Perl capped off with a jumper 1:47 from the halftime buzzer, for the gap to balloon to 26 points, 41-15.
Varadi led five Falco players in double digits with his BCL career-high 19 points and added 8 rebounds and 7 assists, while new signing Boris Barac chipped in with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Martins Laksa had 13 points, 4 boards and 4 assists for Lublin in a losing effort.