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Gameday 3, Wednesday Round Up


MIES (Basketball Champions League) - Gameday 3 came to a close on Wednesday evening, with another eight games complete as focus already moves towards Gameday 4.

There are 8 teams still perfect with 3-0 records, and another 5 who are winless, but of course, it is still all to play for.

Here's a round up of all of Wednesday's action, and you can find information on Lietkabelis' victory over CEZ Nymburk here, and Fuenlabrada's thrilling win over JDA Dijon here.


Besiktas Sompo Japan vs SIG Strasbourg

SIG Strasbourg continued their unbeaten start in the Basketball Champions League with a 78-71 victory over Besiktas Sompo Japan to improve to 3-0 in Group D.



The 7ft3in (2.21m) Youssoupha Fall made a spectacular Basketball Champions League debut with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks, as SIG Strasbourg recovered from a slow opening that saw them down double digits seven minutes in.

The visitors fought back, using a 20-3 run to regain control in the first half and some big-time shooting from Mike Green in the fourth period to take the lead for good.  Green finished with  18 points and Jeremy Nzeulie had 10 points and 5 assists for the victors.

Ivan Buva had 16 points and Robin Benzing 14 as Besiktas fell to 1-2.

Notable Number: 25 -  Youssoupha Fall's efficiency rating (along with a +22 whilst on court) in an impressive Basketball Champions League debut, proving instrumental.


AEK vs Brose Bamberg

The defending champions AEK secured an impressive 93-86 win over Brose Bamberg in Athens, to improve to 2-1. 



AEK led by as many as 15 in the second period, then staved off every Bamberg attempted comeback in the second half,  as a Malcolm Griffin three with a little over two minutes remaining proved to be the dagger, pushing the lead back to 12 and snuffing out any hopes of late charge from the German side.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes finished with 24 points and 6 assists to lead AEK, whilst Giannoulis Larentzakis and Griffin had 14 points-a-piece, the former adding some huge triples in the fourth quarter where he scored 8..

Augustine Rubit had 20 points on 9-for-10 shooting, and Arnoldas Kulboka 16 points and 7 rebounds. Tyrese Rice had a rare off-night, finishing with 8 turnovers to go with his 7 assists and 6 points.

Notable Number: 57 - the combined shooting percentage of both teams, as the two sides were converting at remarkable accuracy.


Telenet Giants Antwerp vs Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem

Telenet Antwerp Giants picked up the upset of the week, with a 101-89 victory over Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem, to take down their 100% record.



Antwerp improved to 2-1 with the win, led by Jae'Sean Tate who was unstoppable, going 5-for-7 from three to  finish with 24 points.

The home side led by 1 with just five minutes remaining, but then reeled off a 13-5 run to seal the win, led by Tate.

Victor Sanders added 22 for the Belgians, and Paris Lee had a 12-point, 11-assist double-double.

Chris Johnson had 20 points, with James Feldeine and Da'Sean Butler finishing with 17-a-piece, the former adding 6 assists.

Notable Number: 101 - the total number of points Antwerp scored as they put on an offensive clinic, registering 25 assists whilst shooting over 52% from the field.


medi Bayreuth vs Promitheas Patras

Promitheas Patras continued their perfect start with a 75-70 win over medi Bayreuth, whose miserable opening to the season continues as they fell to 0-3.



Patras led from start to finish, with a 13-point halftime lead before holding off a fourth quarter rally from the home team, as Leonidas Kaselakis sealed the game at the free throw line to make it a two-possession game.

Kaselakis finished with 17 points, along with Tony Meier, whilst Oleksandr Lypovyy joined them in double digits with 11 points.

medi Bayreuth received 16 points from Gregor Hrovat, and an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double from Hassan Martin.

Notable Number: 23 - the number of turnovers medi Bayreuth had, as Patras took advantage by converting them to 21 points.


Petrol Olimpija vs Segafredo Virtus Bologna

It was a decisive victory for Segafredo Virtus Bologna, cruising to a 92-61 rout over Petrol Olimpija.



The Italians dominated the second period and never looked back, led by Kevin Punter's 18 points in 19 minutes, whilst David Cournooh did not miss an attempt on his way to 14 points (5/5 from the field, 2/2 at the line).

Jan Span had 18 points to lead Olimpija but was the only player to reach double-digits.

Notable Number: 16 - the number of points Bologna outscored Olimpija by in the second quarter to take control of the contest.



Filou Oostende vs Neptunas Klaipeda

Jean-Marc Mwema converted the game winner to give Oostende a 91-89 win over Neptunas Klaipeda, for their first victory in the Basketball Champions League.

 

With the score tied and time dwindling, a careless turnover from Tomas Delininkaitis saw Mwema able to get out on the break and finish through contact for the go-ahead basket with six seconds remaining.

Another Delininkaitis turnover - a backcourt violation - out of the ensuing timeout did not give Neptunas another chance to get a shot off.

Six players reached double figures for Oostende, led by 14 each from TJ Williams, Elias Lasisi, and Dusan Djordjevic.

Tomas Delininkaitis, despite his errors down the stretch, missed just a single shot on his way to a game-high 26 points for Neptunas, who dropped to 1-2.

Notable Number: 104 - the combined total of bench scoring in the game, as both sides received significant contributions off the bench.