Banvit blow away Le Mans in second half to maintain winning start
BANDIRMA (Basketball Champions League) - Banvit broke open a close game with a big run to start the second half and rolled to a 96-67 triumph over Le Mans.
Coming off a triumph over MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg on Gameday 1 when they had trailed by 24 points, Banvit only led 36-32 at half-time but reeled off nine unanswered points to start the third quarter and went on to dominate last year's French champions.
🌡️ @BanvitBK are red hot in the #BasketballCL, as @JustJMo dismantled the French champs @MSB_Officiel to remain undefeated!— Basketball Champions League (@BasketballCL) October 16, 2018
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Jordan Morgan followed up his 27-point, 8-rebound effort against the Germans with a 23-point, 8-rebound and 2-block performance to lead Banvit, although there were contributions across the board for the Turkish club, including from Devin Oliver and Sehmus Hazer, a duo that did not feature in the opening week.
Oliver had a sensational alley-oop jam early in the game and finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. The 19-year-old Hazer, a member of last year's team, had 14 points, a steal and a block off the bench. What also had to be encouraging for coach Ahmet Gurgen was the play of Hazer's fellow Turks.
Ragip Atar, just 19, had 10 points, 5 rebounds and a swat and Ridvan Oncel was terrific with 12 points and a steal.
Le Mans, beaten in their first game at UCAM Murcia, will look for better next week when they play at home for the first time this season in the Basketball Champions League against MHP Riesen.