Nymburk turn back Zaragoza, top Group L - Play-Offs Week 6 Thursday roundup
MIES (Switzerland) - ERA Nymburk defeated Casademont Zaragoza in a direct clash for Group L supremacy on Wednesday as the curtain fell on the 2020-21 BCL Play-Offs, which followed a group format for the first time in the history of the competition.
Meanwhile in the other game on the final night of action before the Final 8, Dinamo Sassari finally ticket the win column in the group with of a home victory over Brose Bamberg.
Here's a closer look at went took place in the two games that concluded the Play-Offs on Wednesday:
ERA Nymburk raced to a 20-point first-half lead and thwarted a Casademont Zaragoza comeback attempt after the break to clinch a triumphant 98-78 in the game that decided first place in Group L.
The Czech side held the visitors scoreless during a six-minute stretch bridgind the two opening quarters and a Lukas Palyza triple 14 seconds from the first buzzer sparked a 16-0 Nymburk run.
Palyza, this time with a layup, capped off the run 5:39 from the end of the second quarter to stretch Nymburk's lead to 43-23.
Zaragoza stopped the rot and started chipping away on the deficit, with Rasheed Sulaimon sinking a jumper 4:45 from the end of the third quarter to cut the gap to six points, 60-54.
Nymburk had seen enough, and they shifted gears once again to go on another run, and Vojtech Hruban drilled a triple 1:42 from the third buzzer to stretch the hosts' lead to 71-55.
The Czech side went into the final stanza holding a 17-point lead and Zaragoza didn't have any more gas left in the tank to mount another fightback.
Omar Prewitt scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the first half and added 9 assists to pace Nymburk, while Palyza finished with 18 points. For Zaragoza, Robin Benzing had 20 points and Nico Brussino, who stopped one assists short of a triple double, posted 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The two teams had secured their tickets to the Final 8 already in Week 5. Nymburk improved to 5-1 and took first place while Zaragoza dropped to 4-2 and finished second in the group standings.
Dinamo Sassari started off strong and held off Brose Bamberg to win 83-72 and finally pick up their first victory in the Play-Offs after five straight losses.
The Italian side jumped in the driver's seat less than two minutes after tip-off and rode the hot hand of Eimantas Bendzius, who had 12 points in the first half, to open up a 35-18 gap on a Filip Kruslin triple right at the seven-minute mark of the second quarter.
Bamberg momentarily cut the deficit to nine points, 55-46, midway through the third period but Ethan Happ scored with a layup to halt the visitors' reaction and Sassari's double-digit lead remained intact until the end.
Sassari dominated the battle on the glass and outrebounded Bamberg 44 to 26. The Italian team also dished 27 assists and their second unit contributed 46 points, compared to 26 bench point for Bamberg.
Bendzius finished with 22 points and 5 rebounds, Kruslin chipped in with 16 points while Jason Burnell had 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals to go with his 8 points. Mateo Seric had a team-high 16 points for Bamberg in a losing effort.
Sassari finish bottom of the group on a 1-5 record while Bamberg, despite this loss, take third place on a 2-4 record.