Gray sets new PER record, leads Peristeri to huge win in Vilnius - Week 2 Tuesday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - Steven Gray of Peristeri hit 10 triples and registered a new BCL efficiency rating record to lead his team to a famous road win at Rytas Vilnius in Group E, on a night that also saw Turk Telekom edge out Hapoel Jerusalem in the big game of Group G and both Group F encounters ended in heartbreak for the hosts as Karsiyaka and Bamberg won on the road,
Rytas Vilnius 88-106 Peristeri -- Group E
Steven Gray delivered on Tuesday the best individual performance by any player in BCL history and Peristeri became the first team to score a century in the 2020-21 season, celebrating an 106-88 triumph at Rytas Vilnius.
The American guard registered an efficiency rating of 47 to surpass the previous record of 43, held by Keifer Sykes, and also hit 10 triples to tie the record for most made triples in a single BCL game
Peristeri showcased their steely defense early on and jumped to an 11-point lead with three minutes left in the first quarter, but Mindaugas Girdziunas came off the bench and went 5 of 5 from three-point range in his first 9:40 on the floor to help the hosts turn the tables.
Rytas grabbed a 48-41 shortly before the halftime buzzer but that was going to prove the last time they were in the driver's seat as Gray hit his sixth triple of the night to tie the scores at 51-51 right before the interval.
With the scores tied at 61-61 and 5:57 remaining in the third quarter, Panagiotis Vasilopoulos knocked down a trey to spark a 10-0 run by the Greek side, who never looked back again.
Gray finished with a career-high 39 points on 10 of 13 from downtown and added 7 assists, 5 steals and 3 rebounds, while Tre McLean had 19 points and Marvin Jones collected a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Rytas were a very decent 14 for 30 from beyond the arc in their maiden game in the BCL, but they could not match Peristeri's 18 of 30 from three-point range. Chris McCullough had a near double-double of 22 points and 9 boards in a losing effort.
Turk Telekom squandered an 11-point third-quarter lead and trailed Hapoel Jerusalem by 5 points midway through the fourth frame of a nail-biting game of runs, which saw the Turkish side edging out their guests 98-94 behind a stellar display by Kyle Wiltjer.
The Canadian international finished on 33 points on 11 of 16 from the floor and was instrumental in crunch time.
The Turkish side trailed 49-41 shortly before the second buzzer but poured in 30 points in about nine minutes of play to grab a 71-62 lead less than two minutes from the end of the third period.
Hapoel however still had enough left in them to go on yet another burst and Tarik Phillip capped off a 23-9 run for the Israeli team to jump ahead 85-80 with 5:50 left to the final buzzer.
Wiltjer however sunk a jumper after a Turk Telekom timeout to stop the rot and two minutes later hit a turnaround shot to bring the hosts back ahead, 88-87.
After Hapoel misfired from downtown on the other end, Sam Dekker nailed a triple from the corner to stretch the lead to 91-87 with 2:15 left on the clock and the hosts managed to hold on to that cushion as they kept their calm from the free-throw line down the stretch.
Wiltjer had 5 rebounds and 4 assists to go with his 33 points, while Tyler Ennis finished with 16 points, 4 boards and 3 assists. TaShawn Thomas had 21 points and 7 rebounds for Hapoel in a losing effort.
RETAbet Bilbao 72-81 Pinar Karsiyaka -- Group F
Pinar Karsiyaka made the most of their experience advantage over a young RETAbet Bilbao side down the stretch and the Turkish team clinched an 81-72 road win upon their return to the BCL.
On a night where both teams struggled with their three-point shooting and never saw either one leading by more than 7 points, the two sides traded punches during the first three quarters.
Karsiyaka however held the hosts, who were playing their first ever BCL contest, to just 6 points during the first eight minutes of the final stanza as D. J. Kennedy sunk a pair of free-throws 7:28 from the final buzzer to put the visitors back in the lead, 68-67.
Tony Taylor, who was inspirational for Karsiyaka in the clutch, made two jumpers in quick succession to stretch the Turkish lead to 78-72 with 1:30 left to play and, after Bilbao missed a triple on the other end, Yunus Sonsirma sealed the deal for the guests by making it 80-72 just 44 seconds from time.
Amath M'Baye paced Karsiyaka with 17 points and Kennedy finished with a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards, while Bilbao's Ondrej Balvín had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.
Fortitudo Bologna 63-100 Brose Bamberg -- Group F
Brose Bamberg delivered a defensive masterclass in Bologna and penalized severely every Fortitudo turnover to cruise to an 100-63 victory in the premiere for both teams in Group F.
The German side scored an eye-popping 35 points off Fortitudo's 19 turnovers and dished out 29 assists as nine of their players wrote their name on the scoreboard.
A Tyler Larson layup right before the 8-minute mark in the second quarter instigated a 21-6 Bamberg burst and the German stretched their 26-21 lead to 47-27 in the blink of an eye.
Bamberg were relentless as they kept their foot on the gas after the interval and led by as many as 38 points in the fourth frame.
Tyler Larson had 23 points and 8 assists for the winners while Dominic Lockhart finished with 19 points and 5 assists. Bologna's Stefano Mancinelli finished with a team-high 17 points and added 4 rebounds in defeat.