Nizhny edge Bamberg, Torun and Oostende win on the road - Gameday 9, Tuesday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - Nizhny Novgorod used a late rally to edge out Brose Bamberg in Group C while Polski Cukier Torun and Filou Oostende claimed memorable victories on the road to add more more excitement to the Group A race.
Torun registered their biggest ever win in the Basketball Champions League, at the expense of SIG Strasbourg, while Oostende stunned UNET Holon in a thrilling finale.
Let's have a closer look at all eight Tuesday games:
Nizhny Novgorod 76-75 Brose Bamberg - Group C
Never-say-die Nizhny scored the final 11 points of the clash to turn the tables on Bamberg and emerge victorious 76-75 in front of their home crowd.
Bamberg pulled away 63-51 late in the third quarter as a Retin Obasohan layup 33 seconds from the end of the period capped a 13-2 run for the visitors, who they were still holding a 75-65 lead with 2:59 remaining to play.
An Anton Astapkovich floater however sparked Nizhny's burst and a two-handed dunk by Alexander Gankevich 26 seconds from the final buzzer reduced the gap to just one point, 75-74.
The German team called a timeout but when play resumed Nizhny trapped Bryce Taylor midcourt, came up with a steal and Anton Astapkovich put the hosts ahead 76-75 with an easy layup.
Bamberg had the last possession but Kameron Taylor got stuck in traffic and his shot from the top of the key was blocked by Evgenii Baburin at the death.
Darrlyn Willis and Pavel Antipov paced the winners with 12 points each, the former also collecting 6 rebounds, while Bryce Taylor had a game-high 14 points in defeat.
The Russian side have now risen to 6-3 in the group standings and have swept the Regular Season series with Bamberg, who slide to 4-5.
UNET Holon 58-59 Filou Oostende - Group A
Oostende outscored Holon 8-0 in the final two minutes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in a grinding battle with Holon, beating the Israeli side 59-58 on the road.
With the scores tied at 47 and 4:32 left on the clock, Holon came up with a steal and Guy Pnini knocked down a triple in transition to spark an 11-4 run by the hosts.
T.J. Cline capped the Holon burst with a layup 2:28 from the end that made it 58-51 for the hosts but, incredibly, Oostende still had not said their final word.
MiKyle McIntosh scored with layup to reduce the deficit to 58-57 with 1:35 remaining and, after Holon wasted two chances to stop the rot, McIntosh drew a foul from Pnini 24 seconds from the final buzzer.
The Oostende forward sunk both his free to put the Belgian side ahead 59-58 and, on Holon's last possession, Marcus Foster's shot from the top of the key bounced out.
McIntosh finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Shevon Thompson collected a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Thompson had 13 points and 3 boards for Holon in defeat.
Oostende have now leapfrogged Holon in the Group A standings as they rise to 4-5, while Holon slide to 3-6.
SIG Strasbourg 75-97 Polski Cukier Torun - Group A
Torun led Strasbourg from start to finish and by as many as 29 points to celebrate a 97-75 victory on the road, their second ever success in the competition, both at the expense of the French team.
The Polish side raced to a double-digit lead 12-2, on a Chris Wright triple just three minutes into the contest, and never looked back.
Torun, who led by 20 points already midway through the second period, shot 12 of 21 from beyond the arc and held their hosts to just 6 of 22 shooting from three-point range.
Wright finished with 16 points and 7 assists to lead six Torun players in double digits, with Kyle Weaver chipping in with 15 points. Gabe York had a team-high 12 points and added 2 assists for Strasbourg in a losing effort.
Torun have now improved to 2-7 but remain bottom of the group, while Strasbourg have dropped to 4-5 and are tied with Lietkabelis and Oostende in fourth place in the standings.
Lietkabelis 77-61 BAXI Manresa - Group A
Lietkabelis held Manresa to a season-low 61 points to snap the Spanish team's three-game winning streak and clinch a victory that revitalizes their bid to earn a spot in the Play-Offs.
The Lithuanian team grabbed the lead shortly after the opening exchanges, led by as many as 9 points in the first quarter and stretched the gap to 17 midway through the third frame.
Manresa decided there was still time for a fightback and found success from long range to reduce the deficit to 59-56 with eight minutes remaining to play.
Margiris Normantas however drilled a triple to instigate a mini-run by the hosts and a Martynas Sajus layup 6:20 from the final buzzer restored a double-digit gap, 66-56.
Zeljko Sakic, Martynas Sajus and Tomas Dimsa finished with 14 points apiece with Sakic narrowly missing out on a double-double. as he also had 9 rebounds. Youngster Guillem Jou had his best game in the BCL and collected a team-high 11 points for Manresa.
Lietkabelis have now improved to 4-5 in the standings while Manresa have dropped to 6-3 and will slide to second place on Wednesday, tied with the losing side of the game between Dinamo Sassari and Turk Telekom.
PAOK 80-89 Falco Szombathely - Group D
Falco nearly squandered a 17-point third-quarter lead but managed to hold off PAOK in a frantic finish to celebrate their maiden road win in the competition, 89-80 in Thessaloniki.
The Hungarian team jumped in the driver's seat right after tip-off and used an excellent start to the third frame to extend the gap to 61-44 with about four minutes left in the period.
PAOK however are a tough nut to crack at their home court and clawed their way back, reducing the gap to 67-66 with less than seven minutes remaining to the final buzzer.
Falco finally stopped the rot thanks to a De`Quon Lake dunk with 6:22 left on the clock, which sparked a 9-0 run for the visitors to pull ahead 76-66 and put an end to PAOK's comeback attempt. DeVaughn Washington and Quinton Hooker each knocked down a triple during that crucial stretch.
Juvonte Reddic paced Falco with 14 points and 8 rebounds while Benedek Varadi chipped in with 13 points and 7 boards. PAOK's Adam Smith finished with a game-high 31 points in a losing effort.
Gaziantep 69-79 ERA Nymburk - Group C
Nymburk pulled away in the final stretch of a clash that featured 13 lead changes up until the third quarter to secure their second consecutive win on the road, 79-69 at Gaziantep.
The Czech champions jumped ahead for good late in the third period but could not manage to shake off the hosts and Gaziantep kept breathing down their neck until midway through the final frame.
Veteran big man Petr Benda however scored with a lay-up 5:33 form the final buzzer to stretch the lead to five points, 63-58, Roko Rogic followed up with a triple and Jaromir Bohacik sunk a jumper to make it 68-58 for the visitors within a minute.
Gaziantep didn't have any gas left in the tank to mount a fightback and Nymburk held on to their safe lead in drama-free fashion in the remainder of the encounter.
Vojtech Hruban led Nymburk with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals and he got plenty of help from Rogic, who finished with 14 points and 9 assists. For Gaziantep, Ivan Buva had a team-high 14 points and added 7 rebounds in a losing effort.
Nymburk have improved to 7-2 on the table and remain second behind Tenerife, while Gaziantep have dropped to 2-7.
RASTA Vechta 93-86 EB Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Group B
Vechta held off a late rally from Pau and withstood a 35-point showing by Justin Dentmon to clinch a 93-86 win at home, snapping a two-game skid.
Pau raced to a 13-3 early lead but the German side balanced proceedings before the half-time break and used a strong third quarter to build a double-digit lead.
When Vechta stretched the lead to 84-69 on two Trevis Simpson free-throws 7:05 from the final buzzer it appeared that the game was as good as over, but Pau thought otherwise.
The French side went on a 15-3 run and when Dentmon hit his 9th triple of the night to reduce the deficit to 87-84 with 3:08 left to play, the hosts called a timeout.
Josh Young led the way for the hosts with 27 points on 6 of 10 shooting from beyond the arc, 4 assists and 2 rebounds, and Trevis Simpson added 19 points, 4 assists and 3 boards.
When play resumed, Vechta replied with a Philipp Herkenhoff three-pointer and, after they got a stop on defense, the fearless Herkenhoff drilled another shot from downtown to stretch the gap back to 9 points,93-84, and end Pau's dreams of a comeback.
Dentmon collected his 35 points on 9 of 14 from three-point range, falling just one triple short of Jimmy Barron's all-time BCL record of 10 treys in a single game.
Vechta have improved to 5-4 on the table, while Pau have dropped to 2-7.
Iberostar Tenerife 91-61 Mornar Bar - Group C
Tenerife returned to winning ways in triumphant fashion as they cruised to a comfy 91-61 win over Mornar Bar in front of their fans, a week after tasting defeat for the first time in this BCL season.
The Spanish hosts erased all memories of their tight loss at Nizhny on Gameday 8 and put the game beyond Mornar Bar's reach by racing to a 25-lead by the halfway point of the second quarter.
Tenerife out-rebounded their visitors 38 to 29 and dished out a collective 24 assists, compared to Mornar Bar's 13.
Big man Giorgi Shermadini paced the hosts with his 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the field and 8 rebounds, and Santi Yusta chipped in with 13 points as five Tenerife players scored in double digits. Mornar Bar's Derek Needham had a team-high 11 points and added 4 rebounds in a losing effort.