Qualification Round 2, Gameday 2 - Round Up
MIES (Basketball Champions League) - The line up for Qualification Round 3 is set with Round 2 having come to an end after the final game on Sunday.
Here is everything that happened in Qualification Round 2:
Movistar Estudiantes vs Polski Cukier Torun
Torun stunned Estudiantes with a 84-69 win on the road giving them a 7 point aggregate victory to advance a step closer to the Basketball Champions League regular season.
With Estudiantes having won the first leg by 8, Torun put their foot on the gas in the fourth quarter. Holding a nine point lead in the opening minutes of the period, Torun reeled off a 6-0 run and soon led by as many as 17 to ensure they advance.
Karol Gruszecki went 8-for-13 from the floor for his 22 points to lead the visitors, with Cheikh Mbodj adding 14 points.
Zoltan Perl had 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Estudiantes but it would not be enough.
Karhu Basket vs Lukoil Levski
Karhu Basket eliminated Lukoil Levski with an 88-79 win to set up a Qualification Round 3 match-up with Nanterre.
Ei paliua keriitä huilata, mutteipä tartte reissata! Maanantaina saarahan Ranskan hallitteva cup-mestari @Nanterre92 kylähän Karhuluolahan! Liput myynnis @ennakkolippucom:s, ny kannattaa olla asialla! #BasketballCL #FearTheBear #OranssiOnMeirän #Korisliiga pic.twitter.com/sh8UM8dGEg— Karhubasket (@Karhubasket) September 28, 2018
The Finnish side went 9-for-21 from three point range, and had an answer for every Lukoil Levski rally as the visitors pulled to within 5 in the final minutes.
Durrell Summers had 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting in just 21 minutes to lead Karhu, with Bojan Sarcevic adding 11 assists and Rene Rougeau having 10 rebounds with his 14 points.
Patrick Rembert led five players into double figures for Lukoil Levski with 22 points.
Aris vs Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod advanced past Aris with a 62-51 victory, overturning a two point deficit from Leg 1, in Greece on Friday.
Дааа, мы в третьем квалификационном раунде Лиги Чемпионов! 👏🏽— BC Nizhny Novgorod (@BC_NN) September 28, 2018
"Арис" пройден на выезде - 62:51 (125:116 по сумме двух матчей)
1 октября играем дома против чешской команды "Пардубице".
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Here we are in QR3 @BasketballCL ! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/sq6pgurN0i
The visitors dominated the first half, taking a 16 point lead into the break before a furious Aris rally in the fourth quarter drew them to within two before Nizhny Novgorod regained their composure to secure the win.
Kendrick Perry had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the victors, with Maxim Grigoryev adding 12 and Roderick Odom 10.
Aris were led by 15 off the bench from Lucky Jones.
Fribourg Olympic vs Donar Groningen
Fribourg Olympic's quest for Regular Season qualification continued with an impressive 79-77 overtime win against Donar Groningen for a 151-44 aggregate victory.
The home side took over in the extra period and after two last gasp three point attempts from the visitors, punctuated the win with a Natan Jurkovitz dunk on the break.
Babacar Toure had an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double to lead Fribourg, whilst Dusan Mladjan added 13 points.
Shane Hammink had 21 and Teddy Gipson 19 points for Donar, who will no doubt be disappointed to have been eliminated.
Bakken Bears vs Spirou Charleroi
Spirou Charleroi booked their spot in Qualification Round 3 with a 74-69 road win over Bakken Bears in Denmark.
Dario Hunt had 20 points to lead Spirou who survived a second half collapse after leading by as many as 22. Bakken dominated the third period, 27-12, and regained the lead before Spirou came together down the stretch,
“It was a very tough game to sit through as a coach,"Spirou Charleroi Head Coach Brian Lynch said.
"You see everything going your way in the first half, and then you see everything going not your way in the second half. We had total momentum and total control in the first half, and then we lost complete control in the second half.
"...I’m just really proud of how we started the game and how we handled the crucial part of the game at the end of the fourth quarter. The win is all that matters in the end.”
Darko Jukic led Bakken with 14 points, meanwhile, the Belgians advance to face UCAM Murcia.
Telenet Giants Antwerp vs Red October Cantu
Telenet Giants Antwerp stamped their pass to Qualification Round 3 with a 100-94 win over Red October Cantu for a 184-170 aggregate victory.
With just nine players, Antwerp saw a team effort pull them through with six players reaching double digits, led by 18 from Dave Dudzinski and 17 and 6 assists from Paris Lee.
Leading by three with 4 minutes remaining, the Belgian side went on a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to get a cushion they would not give up the rest of the way.
Tony Mitchell had 25 points and Gerry Blakes 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists but it would not be enough.