Qualification Round 3, Gameday 2 - Round Up
MIES (Basketball Champions League) - The Basketball Champions League Regular Season field is set after the completion of Qualification Round 3 on Thursday evening.
Here's a round up of all the action:
Sakarya BSB vs Fribourg Olympic
Fribourg Olympic will become the first Swiss team to compete in a top tier European competition since the 1995-96 season after defeating Sakarya BSB 76-52 in Leg 2 on Thursday evening and booking their place in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season.
Fribourg left little doubt they are deserving of their spot, pulling away at the end of the first quarter and then holding the hosts to just four points in the second period to gain a comfortable advantage.
Natan Jurkovitz had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the visitors, ably supported by 15 points from Justin Roberson.
Toney Douglas had 16 to lead Sakarya.
Pardubice vs Nizhny Novgorod
Holding just an 8 point advantage heading into this one, Nizhny Novgorod ensured there would be no slip up with a dominant 85-57 win over Pardubice to confirm their spot in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season.
Nizhny went on a 14-0 run sandwiched around the first quarter break to take a lead and they would never look back as they led by as many as 35 points and never trailed, knocking down 13 three-pointers.
Despite the win, Nizhny's Zoran Lukic was not satisfied:
"After the first game we didn´t play correct defence and didn't show correct respect defensively in our court," he said.
"Today my team shows that we can play good defence and win the good defence. But still there are a lot of things we need to improve if we want to be a good opponent in the Champions League.”
Artem Komolov led with 14, and Kendrick Perry had 13 points for the visitors, whilst Pardubice were paced by 17 points from Dwayne Benjamin as their only player in double figures.
Nanterre 92 vs Karhu Basket
Nanterre 92 took care of business at home with a 91-58 win over Karhu Basket for a dominant 182-112 aggregate win and a place in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season.
With 10 lead changes over the first 13 minutes, Nanterre reeled off a 17-5 run to finish the half and take control, as they would lead by as many as 35 points in the second half.
Yannis Morin had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, and Armand Mensah had 17 for Nanterre. Kazembe Abif had 17 to lead Karhu.
Medi Bayreuth vs Polski Cukier Torun
Medi Bayreuth were victorious with an 86-73 win over Polski Cukier Torun for a thirteen point aggregate victory and a return place in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season.
Bayreuth finished the game on a 10-0 run, not allowing the Polish side to score for the final 4 minutes to ensure victory.
Andreas Seiferth's 14 points with just two misses led five players into double figures for the home side, whilst Rob Lowery had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Torun.
UCAM Murcia vs Spirou Charleroi
UCAM Murcia survived a scare from Spirou Charleroi, advancing to the Basketball Champions League with a 149-144 aggregate victory, despite losing Gameday 2, 82-78 in the final game of Thursday night.
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Murcia led by as many as 16 before a huge fourth quarter rally from Spirou, as they poured in 34 points in the final period, taking the lead with 4 minutes remaining but unable to get the 10-point gap they would have needed to advance.
Milton Doyle had 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists for Murcia, with Ovie Soko going 10-for-13 at the free throw line for his 18 points.
Matt Mobley had 14 points to lead five players into double figures for Spirou.