Nizhny, Le Mans and Nanterre advance - Gameday 14, Tuesday Round Up
MIES (Switzerland) - The penultimate Gameday of the 2018-19 Basketball Champions League Regular Season took place on Tuesday, as Nizhny Novgorod, Le Mans, and Nanterre 92 all booking their spot in the Round of 16.
Here's a round up of all the action:
MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg v Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod cruised on their way to a 85-59 victory over MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, booking their spot in the Play-Offs with the combination of other results.
Nizhny dominated the third quarter, where they poured in 31 points to take a commanding lead they would not give up the rest of the way.
Vladimir Dragicevic had 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting to lead Nizhny, Ian Hummer added 2 points2 and 9 rebounds, and Artem Komolov added 17.
Marcos Knight led Ludwigsburg with 20 points, Kelan Martin finished with 17 and Owen Klassen had 11.
Notable Number: 47.6 - the percentage Nizhny shot from beyond the arc, as the team went 10-of-21 from the arc so far.
Ventspils v Sidigas Avellino
Ventspils took down Sidigas Avellino 106-102 in overtime, in a game that went down to the wire, ending the Italians' season.
Ojars Silins' potential game-winning three bounced around the rim before rolling out, as the Italians bounce out of the Play-Offs in a three-way tie with Le Mans and Nizhny Novgorod at 7-7.
Rihards Lomazs had 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting to lead Ventspils, Maris Gulbis and Ingus Jakovics added 16 apiece, but it was Aaron Johnson who stole the show - finishing with 13 points and 11 assists - he is now the record holder for most assists in a Basketball Champions League regular season.
Caleb Green went off for a 39 point, 11 rebound double-double, and Kiefer Sykes added 29 and 8 assists, but it would not be enough for Avellino.
Notable Number: 208 - the combined score in this game marked the second highest scoring contest in the Basketball Champions League this season.
Le Mans v Anwil
Le Mans booked their spot in the Round of 16 with a 88-79 overtime victory against Anwil.
Antoine Eito knocked down a tough off balance 3-pointer to force the extra period, where the home side dominated 12-3 to give them the decisive victory.
Valentin Bigote had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Le Mans, Eito had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, whilst Michael Thompson finished with 14 points and 6 assists of his own.
Aaron Broussard's game-high 24 would not be enough for Anwil, as Michal Michalak added 14 and Josip Sobin 13 points and 9 rebounds.
Notable Number: 2:50 - the total duration of time Anwil were unable to score to finish the game, allowing Le Mans to advance.
UCAM Murcia v Banvit
UCAM Murcia cruised on their way to a 86-71 win over Banvit, ending the regular season 13-1, in the midst of an eight-game win streak.
With the victory, the Spanish side become just the second team to end the Basketball Champions League Regular Season with just a single defeat, as they dominated the first period and never looked back, leading by as many as 23.
Askia Booker had 20 points in just 17 minutes to lead Murcia, Ovie Soko had 13, and Milton Doyle joined them in double figures with 11.
Jordan Morgan's 17 points led Banvit, whilst DJ Shelton finished with 16.
Notable Number: 54.8 - the percentage Murcia shot from the field overall, including 50% (12-of-24) from three point range.
PAOK v Iberostar Tenerife
Iberostar Tenerife made plays when it mattered for a 85-77 win over PAOK, ending the regular season with a 12-2 record.
Ferran Bassas had 5 points, 2 assists and 1 steal in the final three minutes to spark Tenerife to the win, finishing atop of Group B.
Colton Iverson had 21 points and 9 rebounds in 19 minutes of work to lead Tenerife, with Nicolas Brussino and Sebastian Saiz having 11 each. Bassas finished with 7 points and 7 assists.
PAOK, who are also in the Play-Offs with an 8-6 record, were led by 20 points and 6 assists from William Hatcher, with another 15 points from Linos Chrysikopoulos as the only other player in double figures.
Notable Number: 28 - in true Tenerife fashion, the visitors put on another passing clinic on their way to 28 assists.
Umana Reyer Venezia v Fribourg Olympic
Umana Reyer Venezia took care of business with a 72-62 win over Fribourg Olympic, for their 10th win of the season.
Venezia dominated early, leading by as many as 23 in the second quarter, before the Swiss champions fought back, pulling as close as five in the third quarter before the home side regained a cushion.
Stefano Tonut scored 17 points to lead Venezia, Deron Washington had 12, whilst Tomas Kyzlink and Austin Daye added 9 apiece.
Justin Roberson and Andre Williamson led Fribourg with 17 and 10 points, respectively, as they finish with a 3-11 record.
Notable Number: 58.3 - the percentage Venezia shot from inside the arc, as they were victorious despite being weaker in a number of different statistical categories.
Opava v Telekom Baskets Bonn
Opava celebrated their second win of the season with a hard-fought 73-71 victory over Telekom Baskets Bonn.
With the score tied at 71 and seven seconds remaining, Rostislav Dragoun drew an unsportsmanlike foul on Nate Linhart, knocking down the two free throws to take and advantage and give Opava the victory.
Vaclav Bujnoch had 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead Opava, as Radovan Kouril joined him in double figures with 15 points, adding 9 assists.
Bojan Subotic had a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double for Bonn, Jarelle Reischel had 12, and James Webb III finished with 11.
Notable Number: 53.5 - Opava shot a woeful 53.5% from the free throw line (8-of15 overall), but Dragoun knocked down the pair that mattered.
UNET Holon v Nanterre 92
Nanterre 92 clamped down on UNET Holon on the road, registering a 74-62 win to book their spot in the Play-Offs.
Nanterre dominated the first quarter to build a 13 point cushion and never looked back, as they led from start to finish.
Julian Gamble had 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead Nanterre, Dominic Waters scored 14 with 7 assists, Lahaou Konate had 12 and 9 rebounds and Haukur Palsson also added 12.
Corey Walden had 16 for Holon, and TJ Cline had a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double, but their 7-7 record would not be enough to advance.
Notable Number: 159 - the total number of 3-pointers Nanterre 92 have made this season, the second highest tally ever for a team in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season.