20 October, 2020
09 May, 2021
22 Devon Hall (BAMB), 31 Michele Vitali (BAMB), 45 David Kravish (BAMB), 11 Jerrick Harding (NYMB), 33 Stephen Zimmerman (NYMB)
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Nymburk hand Bamberg first loss, Burgos survive VEF scare - Play-Offs Week 1 Tuesday roundup

MIES (Switzerland) - ERA Nymburk halted Brose Bamberg's undefeated run in the 2020-21 BCL by beating the German team in the premiere of the Play-Offs , while reigning champions Hereda San Pablo Burgos trailed VEF Riga for most of regulation but finally emerged victorious in overtime thanks to a big defensive play almost at the buzzer.

Let's have a closer look at what happened in the four Tuesday games that raised the curtain on the opening week of action in the Play-Offs:

ERA Nymburk 91-87 Brose Bamberg -- Group L

Retin Obasohan and Omar Prewitt propelled ERA Nymburk to a 91-87 win over Brose Bamberg in the Group L premiere, putting an end to the German team's six-game winning streak in the 2020-21 BCL.

The Czech team run in the open floor time and again in the opening half and opened up an 9-point lead in the second quarter. Obasohan poured in 18 points by halftime as Nymburk scored 16 fast-break points in the first half.

Bamberg remembered after the interval that they were the best defensive team in the league during the Regular Season and reduced the deficit to 59-55 early in the third period.

Nymburk however started off the final stanza on a 7-0 run for a Jerrick Harding triple 8:53 from the end to restore their double-digit lead, 85-73, and the Czech champions held on until the final seconds.

Obasohan and Prewitt finished with 21 points each with the former also adding 6 assists and the latter collecting 8 rebounds. Devon Hall had a game-high 24 points for Bamberg in a losing effort.

Hereda San Pablo Burgos 76-75 VEF Riga (after OT) -- Group J

Ken Horton came up with a big block 6 seconds from the end of overtime for Hereda San Pablo Burgos to survive a huge scare and edge out VEF Riga 76-75 at home in the Group J opener.

The reigning BCL champions trailed VEF up until the final two minutes of regulation, as the Riga team held the hosts to just 25.5 percent three-point shooting and won the battle on the glass, 47 to 39.

Jasiel Rivero drilled a triple and followed up with two free-throws on the next possession to give Burgos their first lead of the night, 62-60, with just 1:53 remaining to the end of regulation.

VEF however edged ahead 65-64 and, after Thad McFadden split two free-throws to tie the scores at 65 with 28 seconds left to the fourth buzzer, Aigars Skele missed the potential game-winner for Riga and the clash went to overtime.

A Rivero layup put Burgos ahead 76-73 with 2:43 left in the extra period, but that was the last basket the Spanish team would score. Kyle Allman reduced to 76-75 with less than a minute left and, after Burgos wasted back-to-back possesions, VEF called a timeout.

The Latvian side passed the ball to Alexander Madsen in the low post but the attentive Horton came up with the big defensive play to prevent VEF from celebrating a famous victory.

Rivero paced Burgos with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds and Vitor Benite added 18 points. Skele finished with 18 points and 4 assists in a losing effort.

Dinamo Sassari 83-95 Casademont Zaragoza -- Group L

Casademont Zaragoza pulled away from Dinamo Sassari in the third quarter to clinch a comfy 95-83 win in Italy, becoming the only team to win on the road on the opening night of the Play-Offs.

The winners tallied 27 assists and made 17 three-pointers (on 32 attempts) as Spanish international Jonathan Barreiro collected a BCL career-high 26 points and shot an almost perfect 8 of 9 from the floor.

Zaragoza jumped in the driver's seat shorty after the opening exchanges but felt Sassari breathing down their necks throughout the first half.

Rasheed Sulaimon however knocked three triples in quick succession to fuel a Zaragoza burst late in the third frame and the visitors stretched the lead to as many as 17 points, 72-55, on two Dylan Ennis free-throws just before the end of the period.

Sassari momentarily reduced the deficit to eight points midway through the final stanza but a Tryggvi Hlinason dunk 4:28 from the final buzzer sparked an 8-0 Zaragoza run which put the game to rest.

Sulaimon and Ennis have a helping hand to Barreiro as they finished with 14 points each while for Sassari, Miro Bilan collected a near double-double of 26 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Turk Telekom 83-76 SIG Strasbourg -- Group K

Turk Telekom held off SIG Strasbourg 83-76 at home, behind Nick Johnson's BCL season-high 21 points, to start off the Play-Offs on the right foot.

The hosts, who were playing without the sidelined Sam Dekker, last trailed the French team early in the second quarter but Can Korkmaz drilled a triple right at the eight-minute mark of the period to spark a blistering 18-2 Turk Telekom run.

Johnny O'Bryant, who was playing his first BCL game with the Turkish team, capped it off with a triple 3:28 from the halftime buzzer to turn a 26-25 deficit into a 43-28 lead.

Turk Telekom never trailed by as many as 15 points again but remained in control even when Strasbourg made a last-ditch attempt to even proceedings.

After Ike Udanoh converted a three-point play to reduce the gap to 66-62 with 8:23 remaining to play, Johnson fed O'Bryant down low on back-to-back possessions and then Marcus Foster scored with a lay-up to bring Turk Telekom's lead back to double digits, 72-62.

Johnson collected his 21 points on a BCL career-high four triples, and added 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal as he paced five Turk Telekom players in double digits.

Bonzie Colson had 18 points and 7 rebounds in defeat for Strasbourg that had to play without Ishmail Wainright who is recovering from Covid-19.