01 September, 2016
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Weekend round-up: Tenerife, Usak make the headlines

(Basketball Champions League) – Iberostar Tenerife (Group D) climbed to the top of the Spanish Liga Endesa standings while Muratbey Usak Sportif (Group C) claimed a victory over a famed opponent in the Turkish BSL on Sunday.

Iberostar Tenerife had to play two league games within 48 hours and rose to the challenge in the best possible way, by extending their unbeaten winning streak to three games. After picking up a 70-55 victory over Rio Natura Monbus at home on Friday, Tenerife played host to Real Betis Energia Seville two days later and showcased their offensive prowess in a comfy 96-74 triumph. Davin White delivered a superlative display of an efficiency rating of 38 as he erupted for 28 points on 5-of-6 three-pointers and added six assists and three rebounds.

Fresh off securing a spot in the Regular Season of the Basketball Champions League earlier this week, Usak Sportif commenced the new BSL season with a bang as they edged out powerhouse Fenerbahce Istanbul 71-70 in front of their fans. The unstoppable on the night Shaquielle O Neal Mckissic powered the hosts to victory as he poured in 30 points and corralled 12 rebounds for an extroordinary double-double.
Banvit (Group A) were the big winners of a clash between two BCL teams on opening night as they prevailed 85-67 over Pinar Karsiyaka (Group B) on the road. Jeremy Chappell paved the way for Banvit with 22 points and six boards while Polish international Mateusz Ponitka also had 22 points for Karsiyaka in a losing effort.
Besiktas Sompo Japan (Group E) also made an impression in the premiere as they enjoyed a 93-51 rout of TED Ankara on the road behind 20 points from Michael Thompson.

Umana Reyer Venezia (Group B) are co-leaders of the Italian Serie A following their second win in as many games on Sunday night. A strong third quarter lifted the Venetian side to an 84-69 win over Capo D’Orlando at home, on the back of 16 points on 4-of-6 triples from Marquez Haynes.
Openjobmetis Varese (Group C), also playing at home, enjoyed a comfortable 93-74 victory over Pasta Reggia Caserta behind a 23-point effort by Melvin Johnson.
Sidigas Avellino (Group D) fell 87-81 at reigning champions Emporio Armani Milano despite a 22-point, 7-rebound showing by Kyrylo Fesenko.
Dinamo Sassari (Group E) started off strong on the road but succumbed to an 86-80 defeat at Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia. Darius Johnson-Odom had 24 points in a losing effort.

On the opening day of action in the A1 Basket League Aris BC (Group A) claimed a 75-65 win over Trikala at the Nick Galis Hall behind 17 points from Davin Marple but their success was overshadowed by a season-ending injury to forward Viktor Sanikidze.
AEK Athens (Group E) also started the new domestic league season on the right foot as they picked up a 77-59 win at Apollon Patras on the back of a 19-point display by Michael Dixon.
PAOK (Group C) on the other hand lost 84-78 at newcomers Doxa Lefkadas, despite a 19-point effort by Apollon Tsohlas.

Partizan Belgrade (Group E) emerged triumphant in a derby between BCL teams as they prevailed 87-81 over Cibona Zagreb (Group D) at home to continue their unbeaten march in the ABA League after three games. William Hatcher paved the way for the Serbian side with 25 points and six assists while Zeljiko Sakic had a game-high 28 points and eight boards for the Croatian team.
Cibona however returned stronger late on Sunday night and out-lasted MZT 89-85 in over-time as young center Ante Zizic delivered a monumental display of 37 points and 20 rebounds for a record-breaking efficiency rating of 57.
KK Mornar (Group D) claimed their first victory, 83-59 over Karpoš Sokoli as Cole Dickerson led the Montenegrin outfit with 19 points.
Mega Leks (Group D) meanwhile fell 96-76 at Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade, despite a 19-point effort by Marko Tejić against his former team.

Ironi Nahariya (Group A) fought bravely on Sunday night, only three days after punching their ticket to the BCL Regular Season but lost 97-93 in overtime to Maccabi Tel Aviv despite scoring the first five points in the extra period and despite an outlandish performance by Gilbert Brown who finished with 38 points on 9-of-13 from the floor and 16-of-19 free-throws.
Maccabi Rand Media Rishon (Group B) play their opening game on Monday night, against Hapoel Eilat.

Helios Suns Domzale (Group A) started their league campaign with an impressive 85-54 victory over Tajfun at home, as Kyle Casey top-scored with 17 points and added seven rebounds.

CSM CSU Oradea (Group B) resume their domestic league campaign on Monday as they travel to BC CSU Sibiu riding the momentum of their qualification to the BCL Regular Season.