Qualification Round 1, Gameday 2 - Round Up
MIES (Basketball Champions League) - We moved another step closer toward the Basketball Champions League Regular Season on Saturday, as the first batch of teams were eliminated in Qualification Rounds.
Here is how it is looking so far:
Avtodor Saratov vs Fribourg Olympic
Fribourg Olympic provided the upset of Qualification Round 1 with a 78-76 win over Avtodor Saratov on the road in Russia to become the first team to book their place in Qualification Round 2.
After an 89-all tie in Leg 1, it was win or go home for both teams and despite Saratov pulling to within two with 54 seconds remaining, some poor decision making down the stretch saw Fribourg hold on.
Dusan Mladjan had 18 points as the high-man for the victors, leading five players into double figures including Andre Williamson who had 13 rebounds to go with his 12 points.
Tre Mclean lead Saratov with 19 points, but went 5-of-13 from downtown, as the team finished 5-of-27 from beyond the arc.
Nizhny Novgorod vs FC Porto
After only winning by a single point in their first match up, Nizhny Novgorod left no doubt on their return home with a 92-49 rout of FC Porto .
Nizhny Novogord pounced early and did not take their foot off the gas as the visitors were unable to score more than 15 points in any quarter.
With 11 of 12 players seeing double digit minutes the home side went deep into their rotation and were led by 18 points from Maxim Grigoryev.
Sasa Borovnjak had 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting to lead Porto but received little help.
Bakken Bears vs Leicester Riders
Bakken Bears put on a show as they advanced to Round 2, with a 103-84 win over Leicester Riders in Denmark.
Bakken led by as many as 31 and had endless highlights as they put an end to Riders' first European campaign in over 25 years.
”Today we proved once again, that we can play our best and be focused against an international team in the European tournaments in all four quarters," Bakken Head Coach Steffen Wich said
"There was a few moments in the game where we lost our concentration, but that is completely natural, when you play a game with the kind of tempo that we showed today. All the players did a fantastic job today, and all the new players fit right in on the team and understands how we want to play.”
Six players reached double figures for the Danes, as Ryan Evans, Darko Jukic and Tylor Ongwae had 14 each. For Leicester, JR Holder led with 17 and DeAndre Burnett was held to 14 on 3-for-13 shooting.
Lukoil Levski vs BC Siauliai
Lukoil Levski took two from two against BC Siauliai with a 79-65 win at home for a 170-144 aggregate victory.
Patrick Rembert led the home side with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Hristo Zahariev had 16 points, as Levski led by as many as 24 and never trailed.
Kristupas Zemaitis had 14 and 7 assists but it would not be enough for Siauliai.
Tsmoki-Minsk vs Polski Cukier Torun
Tsmoki-Minsk's 90-73 win over Polski Cukier Torun was not enough to overturn the 26-point hole they were in from Gemaday 1, as they went down 160-151 on aggregate.
Emocje w Mińsku do samego końca, jednak #TwardePierniki bezpiecznej przewagi nie oddały! We wtorek w @ArenaTorun zapraszamy na pierwsze spotkanie 2⃣ rundy eliminacji @BasketballCL 🔥#MadeInToruń #BasketballCL pic.twitter.com/cBceWL7dus— Polski Cukier Toruń (@TwardePierniki) September 22, 2018
Darrin Govens's 21 points and 9 assists led Minsk, whilst Rob Lowery's 24-point outing led the Torun.
Aris v Dinamo Tbilisi
Aris made light work of Dinamo Tbilisi for the second consecutive game, with a 92-54 win for a 64-point aggregate victory.
Aris took the lead in the second half and never looked back, using a 23-8 third period to pull away for good as they cruised the rest of the way, winning the battle of the benches 43-3.
Ramon Harris missed a single shot on his way to a team-high 14 points for Aris, whilst Reger Dowell had 14 points in defeat, with Domagoj Bubalo adding a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.
CSM CSU Oradea vs Karhu Basket
Karhu Basket prevailed 80-74 on the road against CSM CSU Oradea to book their spot in Round 2 with a 167-158 victory on aggregate.
Trailing by 7 heading into the final quarter, Karhu went on an 11-0 run to open the period and won the fourth quarter 19-7 to secure the crucial win and advance.
Durrell Summers had 8 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, whilst Amenhotep Abif led the scoring with 24 for Karhu, who advance to face Levski Lukoil.
Kristopher Richard's game-high 28 points would not be enough for Oradea.
Szolnoki Olaj vs Red October Cantu
After winning by just one in the opening game, Red October Cantu turned it up on the road in the second leg with a 90-71 beating of Szolnoki Olaj.
In un giorno triste per la scomparsa di "Bob" Lienhard, la Pallacanestro Cantù centra una splendida vittoria europea. In Ungheria finisce 90 a 71 per i biancoblù, si va al secondo turno preliminare di @BasketballCL #BasketballCL pic.twitter.com/vIYh2OOVft— Pallacanestro Cantù (@PallCantu) September 22, 2018
Already with a double-digit deficit heading into the final period, Cantu tightened their grip on the game to lead by as many as 26 in the fourth to pull out the win.
Frank Gaines had 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to led proceedings for Cantu, with Gerry Blakes adding 21 and Tony Mitchell 18.
David Vojvoda was the high-man for Szolnoki Olaj with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Movistar Estudiantes vs Norrkoping Dolphins
Despite winning the game 71-69, Norrkoping Dolphins found themselves on the wrong side of the aggregate result, losing 143-33 to Movistar Estudiantes as the Spanish side advanced.
FINAL @movistar_es Estudiantes 69-71 @DolphinsBasket— Movistar Estudiantes (@ClubEstudiantes) September 22, 2018
Estamos en la segunda previa / We are in the second qualification round. #MovistarEstuDolphins #BasketballCL pic.twitter.com/D1eMmLJ9Hu
Mikael Lindquist drew a foul with 8 seconds remaining, knocking down two free throws to give Dolphins the win but not the differential they needed in a game that featured 21 lead changes.
Mikael Lindquist led Norrkoping with 25 points, going 9-for-9 at the free throw line, whilst Goran Suton and Nikola Jankovic having 15 each to lead Estudiantes.
Donar Groningen vs Z Mobile Prishtina
Donar Groningen's 80-55 stunning Gameday 2 win over Z Mobile Prishtina was enough to come from behind and advance in the Qualification Rounds.
Groningen took the lead two minutes in and poured in 30 points in the opening quarter to set the tone as they overturned a 20-point deficit from the opening leg,
Jason Dourisseau had 15 points to lead a balanced team effort, whilst A.J. Davis had 17 for Prishtina, who will be frustrated after letting such a strong opportunity slip.
Telenet Giants Antwerp vs AEK Larnaca
Holding a nine point lead coming into this one, Telenet Giants Antwerp took it convincingly with a 76-55 win over AEK Larnaca.
A 16-6 spurt in the third quarter proved to be decisive, as the Belgians advance to Qualification Round 2.
Jae'Sean Tate had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists for the home side, as all 12 players got on the floor for Antwerp.
AEK Larnaca were led by 14 points from William Davis.
Spirou Charleroi vs Hapoel Tel Aviv
After losing Gameday 1 by three, Spirou Charleroi used their home court advantage to turn the result in their favour with a 73-59 win (146-135 on aggregate) to advance to the second round over Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Charleroi pulled away for good with a dominant fourth quarter - after Tel Aviv had brought it back to a 1-point game in the third - as Matt Mobley scored 9 of his game-high 20 points in the final period.
Rasko Katic added 11 for the home side, whilst Tel Aviv were led by 16 points from Dallas Moore and 10 from Dallis Joyner on 5-for-6 shooting.