Antwerp book Play-Offs spot with Dijon victory - Gameday 13, Tuesday Round Up
MIES (Switzerland) - Antwerp became the eighth team to book their spot in the Round of 16 after defeating Dijon in the Tuesday edition of Gameday 13.
Here's a round up of all the action:
Nizhny Novgorod v Ventspils
Nizhny Novgorod secured a crucial Group A victory, defeating Ventspils 82-73, to snap a three-game losing streak.
The Russian side led by as many as 18, almost leading the entirety of the contest and holding off a late fight back from Ventsils, who are out of the race for the Play-Offs, instead hoping for a trip to the FIBA Europe Cup.
Ivan Strebkov led the Nizhny Novgorod scoring with 19 points and 5 assists off the bench, Kendrick Perry had 14, whilst Anton Astapkovich and Vladimir Dragicevic added 13 each, the former adding 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Ingus Jakovics had a game-high 21 points for Ventspils, whilst Rihards Lomazs and Aaron Johnson finished with 11 each.
Nizhny now stand at 6-7, whilst Ventspils fell to 5-8.
Notable Number: 52 - the total number of seconds Ventspils led for, as they were chasing almost the entire way.
Lietkabelis v AEK
AEK improved to 11-2 atop of Group A, overturning an early deficit for an 84-65 win over Lietkabelis, behind a stunning performance from Vince Hunter.
Hunter went 12-of-13 from the field, putting up 25 points, adding 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks for an efficiency rating of 39, as he continues to make a strong case for MVP.
Trailing by as many as 11 midway through the second period, AEK reeled off a 18-4 run sparked by Hunter to take the lead and cruise in the second half on their way to the win.
Jonas Maciulis scored 18 points for AEK, with Malcolm Griffin and Delroy James adding 11 apiece, as the Greek side will be a confirmed first seed if Bamberg defeat Jerusalem on Wednesday.
Ziga Dimec led Lietkabelis with 12 points, whilst Simas Jasaitis added 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Notable Number: 28 - the number of assists AEK registered, with five different players having at least 3.
Besiktas Sompo Japan v Filou Oostende
Besiktas Sompo Japan registered an 80-71 win over Filou Oostende, in a battle of two of the hottest teams in the Basketball Champions League.
With the victory, Besiktas take their win streak to five in a row, ending the Belgian champions' run at six, as the Turkish side are looking to make the Play-Offs for the third straight season
Jason Rich went 6-of-8 from three on his way to a game-high 24, and Ivan Buva went 9-of-15 overall for his 23 points, as the two combined for an efficient 47. Phil Pressey served as conductor, with 10 assists.
Nemanja Djurisic's 20 and 12 from TJ Williams led Oostende, who need to defeat SIG Strasbourg in the last round to advance to the Play-Offs.
Notable Number: 12 - the number of steals Besiktas finished with, helping lead Oostende to 18 turnovers.
CEZ Nymburk v Montakit Fuenlabrada
CEZ Nymburk handed Montakit Fuenlabrada their tenth consecutive Basketball Champions League loss, with a 104-87 win.
Nymburk reeled off a 13-0 run in the final five minutes to pull away for good as they aim for at least a sixth place finish in the group to book their spot in the FIBA Europe Cup.
Bracey Wright had 21 points and 7 assists in just 20 minutes for CEZ, going 6-of-7 from three-point range, leading seven players into double digits including Jaromir Bohacik with 13 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds, and Eugene Lawrence's 14 points and 6 assists.
Marc Garcia and Maurice Kemp led Fuenlabrada with 20 points apiece.
Notable Number: 30 - the number of assists CEZ Nymburk dished out, whilst also finishing with 25 points on the break.
Telekom Baskets Bonn v UNET Holon
A short-handed Telekom Baskets Bonn side kept their Play-Offs hopes alive with a 91-83 win over UNET Holon.
Leading by just four at halftime, Bonn opened the second half on a 13-3 run to take a commanding lead and heavily damaging Holon's own hopes for the Play-Offs in the process.
James Webb had 17 points, 14 rebounds (7 offensive) and 4 assists to lead Bonn, Bojan Subotic had 16, with Jarelle Reischel and Martin Breunig registering 15 points each.
Bonn still need to defeat Opava next week, and then rely on other results going their way; if PAOK loses both remaining games, and Holon loses to Nanterre, Bonn will be through to the Round of 16.
T.J. Cline had an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double for Holon, Guy Pnini led the scoring with 16 points, with DeQuan Jones having 15 as they had six players reach double figures, but it would not be enough.
Notable Number: 14 - the number of offensive rebounds secured by Bonn, with 17 second chance points.
Telenet Giants Antwerp v JDA Dijon
Telenet Giants Antwerp dominated the first half before holding on down the stretch for a 67-63 victory over JDA Dijon, to book their spot in the Play-Offs.
Dijon were held to just 20 points in the first half, as the Belgians led from start to finish on Dijon, who have been eliminated from Play-Offs contention.
Ismael Bako had six dunks on his way to 15 points to lead Antwerp, as Tyler Kalinoski joined him in double figures with 10.
Jérémy Leloup's 16 points led Dijon, with Ryan Pearson, Alexandre Chassang and Obi Emegano all registering 10 each.
Notable Number: +15 - the rebounding differential, as Antwerp dominated the glass 43-28, for 11 second chance points.
UCAM Murcia v MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg
UCAM Murcia had little trouble dispatching of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, 73-47, in a game that little bearings on the standings.
With Murcia already having secured the top spot in Group A, and Ludwigsburg confirmed out of the Play-Offs, the game meant little, aside from keeping Murcia's hot streak alive; it was their seventh straight win, as they improved to 12-1 on the season.
Emanuel Cate finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds on 6-of-7 shooting to lead Murcia, Milton Doyle scored 13, whilst Ovie Soko and Askia Booker added 12 each for the winners.
Marcos Knight had 12 to lead Ludwigsburg, with Owen Klassen joining him in double figures with 10.
Notable Number: 5 - the number of points Ludwigsburg were held to in the second quarter, where Murcia were able to build a lead.
SIG Strasbourg v Segafredo Virtus Bologna
SIG Strasbourg escaped with a 83-80 win over Segafredo Virtus Bologna, handing the Italian side their second tight loss in as man weeks.
Having been down double digits in the fourth quarter, Bologna fought back. When Kevin Punter converted on a triple with 10 seconds remaining to pull within one, the momentum was all theirs. However, Jarell Eddie converted at the line, before Mardy Collins blocked a potential game-tying shot with 0.3 seconds remaining.
Collins went 9-of-12 from the field for 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, Jarell Eddie and Nicolas Lang finished with 12 each, whilst Youssoupha Fall hauled in 17 rebounds with his 11 points for an impressive double-double.
Bologna were led by 22 from Kevin Punter, with Pietro Aradori adding 21 and Yanick Moreira 14.
Notable Number: +22 - Strasbourg dominated the glass, 49-27, for a ridiculous 22 rebound advantage.