09 October, 2018
05 May, 2019
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Banvit, Bologna secure spots in Play-Offs - Gameday 11, Wednesday Round Up

MIES (Switzerland) - Banvit and Segafredo Virtus Bologna became the latest two teams to confirm their spots in the Play-Offs after a jam-packed nine game night on Wednesday.

Here's a round up of all the action: 

Nizhny Novgorod vs Banvit

Banvit held on for a 75-72 road win over Nizhny Novgorod to secure their spot in the Play-Offs.

In an exciting game to start the night, Banvit were just about in control for the majority of the game when Nizhny got some momentum going in the fourth, and had plenty of chances down the stretch - missing five shots in the final minute, including two potential game-tying attempts.

Gary Neal had 21 points to lead Banvit, knocking down some big free throws down the stretch,  McKenzie Moore had another solid performance with 18 points and 9 rebounds, whilst Jordan Morgan had an 11 point shift.

Kendrick Perry led Nizhny with 15, Ivan Strebkov had 14 and Artem Komolov 12, but it would not prevent them falling to 5-6.

Notable Number: 82.6% - Banvit's free throw percentage, as they were no doubt helped by going 19-of-23 at the line.

Lietkabelis vs Brose Bamberg

Lietkabelis prevailed with an emphatic victory in the end 84-67 over Brose Bamberg, keeping their Play-Offs hopes alive.

The home side almost led entirely from start to finish, holding off one final early fourth quarter rally from Bamberg before pulling away down the stretch.

Ziga Dimec had 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting for Lietkabelis, Vaidas Kariniauskas had 12 and Paulius Valinskas stuffed the stat-sheet with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists.

Elias Harris scored 13 for Bamberg, and Ricky Hickman added 11 but the German side will be forced to go back to the drawing board, as they fall to 7-4.

Notable Number: +15 - Lietkabelis' rebounding advantage, as they dominated the glass, especially on the offensive end, where they hauled in 13.

Anwil vs MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg

MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg finished strong on their way to a 87-74 result over Anwil, taking the head to head in the process and keeping their slim Play-Offs hopes alive.

Ludwigsburg finished the game on a 16-0 run over the final 3:30, riding an impressive debut from Marcos Knight, who went 12-of-14 from the field for his 27 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.

Kelan Martin had 18 points and Owen Klassen had a monster 17-point, 18-rebound double-double.

Valerii Likhodei had 19 points to lead Anwil, Nikola Markovic had 11 and Kamil Laczynski registered 8 assists but they fall to 4-7.

Notable Number: 3:30 - the length of time Anwil went without a basket to finish the game, as Ludwigsburg reeled off their sixteen straight.

Opava vs UNET Holon

UNET Holon had little trouble dispatching of Opava, prevailing 97-64 for a comfortable 33-point win on the road.

The visitors jumped out to a double digit lead before the end of the first and extended the deficit throughout the game to lead by as many as 38, picking up their seventh win in third place.

DeQuan Jones had 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead Holon, Amit Simhon had 17 and Darion Atkins a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double.

Radim Klecka's 13 points led Opava, who fell to 1-10.

Notable Number: 30 - the number of assists Holon registered as they shared the ball on their way to the blowout win.

AEK vs JDA Dijon

AEK dominated the third on their way to a 80-56 victory over JDA Dijon, improving to 9-2 atop of Group C.

Holding a six point lead at halftime, the home side held Dijon to just 9 points in the third whilst scoring 26 of their own to take a huge cushion into the final period where they would run out winners.

Vince Hunter went 9-of-10 from the field for 22 points and 9 rebounds in 20 minutes of work, whilst Dusan Sakota joined him in double figures with 11. Jordan Theodore had 5 points and 3 assists in his Basketball Champions League return.

Obi Emegano and Gavin Ware led Dijon with 12 and 11 points, respectively, but JDA Dijon drop to 3-8.

Notable Number: 16.7% - the percentage Dijon shot from beyond the arc, as they only managed to convert 3-of-18 of their attempts.

medi Bayreuth vs Segafredo Virtus Bologna

Segafredo Virtus Bologna confirmed their Play-Offs spot with a 93-83 road win over Medi Bayreuth.

Despite leading almost the entirety of the contest, Bologna never quite shook Bayreuth who managed to stay within striking distance throughout but were never quite able to get over the hump.

Kevin Punter was as impressive as always for Bologna with a 22-point outing, Tony Taylor had 17 points and 6 assists, whilst Amath M'Baye rocked the rim on his way to 15 points.

Adonis Thomas' 17 points led Bayreuth, Andreas Seiferth had 14 points and 9 rebounds, whilst Gregor Hrovat had 12 and 7 assists.

Notable Number: 61.5 - the percentage Bologna shot from inside the arc, going 24-of-39 from the floor.

Sidigas Avellino vs UCAM Murcia

UCAM Murcia got a 63-57 win over Sidigas Avellino on the road to become the only team at 10-1 in the Basketball Champions League.

Holding onto a one point lead heading into the final four minutes, Murcia executed down the stretch when it mattered, not allowing Avellino another score, as Damjan Rudez hit a big three to make it a two possession game with 1:38 remaining.

Milton Doyle's 15 points led Murcia, Sadiel Rojas had 12, whilst Charlon Kloof had 7 assists with his 5 points, as Murcia are now three wins clear at the top of the group.

Keifer Sykes had 15 to lead Avellino, with Ariel Filloy and Patric Young finishing with 10 each to join him in double figures.

Notable Number: 3:52 - the period of time Sidigas Avellino were unable to score for to finish the game, allowing Murcia to get the victory.

Nanterre 92 vs PAOK

Nanterre registered a 79-70 victory over PAOK, securing the tiebreaker and climbing to fourth in Group B.

The home team held PAOK to 10 points in the fourth, going on a 12-0 run midway through the period to pull away for good.

Jeremy Senglin had 19 points to lead the French side, Dominic Waters had 15, and Adas Juskevicius joined them in double figures with 10 points.

William Hatcher and Linos Chrysikopoulos had 12 points apiece for PAOK, with Darrius Garrett and Ioannis Athinaiou adding 10 each.

Notable Number: 47.3 - the percentage PAOK shot from three point range, going 9-of-19, but it would not be enough.

Petrol Olimpija vs Filou Oostende

Filou Oostende snatched the 71-69 win over Petrol Olimpija thanks to a Chase Fieler reverse lay-up with one second remaining.

Having trailed the vast majority of the contest, and down 11 to open the fourth, things were looking bleak for the Belgian side, but a 10-0 run to open the period brought them right back into it as they battled down the stretch to set up the winning play out of a timeout.

TJ Williams had a game-high 18 for Oostende, Marin Maric had 13, and Loic Schwartz scored 11 for the Belgian champions, who are now 6-5 in Group D.

Luka Samanic was spectacular for Olimpija as he went for 18 points in 21 minutes, including two free throws that tied the game, whilst Roko Badzim was the only other player in double figures for the hosts with 15.

Notable Number: 2:24 - the total amount of time Oostende led for during the game, with their lead never being bigger than 2.