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Salin show powers Tenerife comeback win, Cholet hand AEK first loss - Week 7 Tuesday roundup

MIES (Switzerland) - Sasu Salin caught fire from downtown and Iberostar Tenerife came back to defeat Galatasaray on the road and take a huge step towards the Play-Offs from Group A, while in Group C  Cholet will live to fight another day after halting AEK's unbeaten run.

In the other Group C game, Hapoel Holon clinched a vital win at Tsmoki Minsk, albeit failing to earn the tiebreak advantage, while in Group B ERA Nymburk eliminated Keravnos from the race for a spot in the Play-Offs with a comfy win in Cyprus.

Here's a closer look at the four Tuesday encounters:

Galatasaray 89-104 Iberostar Tenerife -- Group A

Sasu Salin's BCL career-high 34 points sparked an 104-89 Iberostar Tenerife comeback victory at Galatasaray, for the Spanish team to take a giant step towards booking their passage to the Play-Offs and leave the Turkish side on the cusp of dropping out of contention.

Tenerife have now improved to 3-1 and will seal their ticket to the next stage if Dinamo Sassari beat Bakken Bears in the other game of Group A, on Wednesday.

By contrast, a win for the Italian team will mean that Galatasaray, who now stand at 1-3, are knocked out of the race for a spot in the Play-Offs.

The hosts led for most of the opening half and grabbed their first double-digit lead 4:35 from the end of the third quarter, when Brock Motum knocked down a turnaround jumper and then stole the ball and scored with a layup to stretch Galatasaray's advantage to 68-58.

Tenerife head coach Txus Vidorreta called a timeout and he probably gave Salin the green light to catch fire from downtown, because when play resumed the Finnish international knocked down three triples in quick succession to instigate a 15-3 Tenerife run and the visitors went into the fourth frame holding a 73-71 lead.

As if that was not enough, Tenerife started off the final stanza on an 8-0 run which Salin capped off with his seventh three-pointer of the night, stretching the gap to 81-71 and effectively erasing Galatasaray's hopes.

Salin collected his 34 points on 8 of 11 shooting from beyond the arc and added 6 assists for an efficiency rating of 36, while Spencer Butterfield had 17 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds.

Motum and Daryl Macon finished with 18 points apiece for Galatasaray in losing efforts.

Cholet 79-70 AEK -- Group C

Cholet claimed their first ever win in the BCL and stayed in contention for a spot in the Play-Offs in eye-catching fashion, as they handed AEK their first defeat of the season in all competitions, 79-70 at home.

The French team jumped in the lead shortly after the opening exchanges but a Nikos Rogkavopoulos triple 3:14 from halftime sparked a 13-2 AEK run which Nikos Gkikas capped off with a buzzer-beating three-pointer right at the end of the first half.

AEK led through the third quarter by a slim margin but Vafessa Fofana drove to the Greek basket and finished with a beautiful layup to put Cholet back ahead, 60-59 with 8:18 remaining in the final frame.

Right at the one-minute mark, Aaron Jones intercepted a Gkikas pass and passed to Fofana, who capped off a Cholet 6-0 mini- run with a dunk and stretched the lead to 77-68 to seal the victory.

Fofana paced the hosts 22 points and 6 rebounds and each of Michael Stockton and Gregor Hrovat chipped in with 14 points for Cholet, who won the battle on the glass 33 to 23.

For AEK, Keith Langford finished with 22 points while Yanick Moreira posted a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Tsmoki Minsk 71-75 Hapoel Holon -- Group C

Hapoel Holon clinched a 75-71 win over Tsmoki-Minsk on the road but the Belarus champions managed to maintain the tiebreak advantage between the two teams, who are now tied at 2-2 in the Group C standings.

The Israeli team, who had lost to Minsk by a 10-point margin in the reverse fixture at home, got off to strong start and led by as many as 8 points in the opening quarter.

But Tsmoki-Minsk balanced proceedings in the second frame and the two opponents traded blows until the start of the final stanza, which Holon entered leading by just 53-51.

Chris Johnson drilled a triple 4:27 from the final buzzer and Frédéric Bourdillon followed up with another three-pointer to give Holon a double-digit lead, 71-61.

But Aliaksei Trastsinetski replied with a trey of his own and Minsk unleashed a final assault which brought them within two points, 73-71.

With just 19 seconds left on the clock, Minsk point guard Toms Leimanis came up with a steal but before the Belarusian team had a chance to tie the scores or even go ahead, Guy Pnini intercepted a careless pass and drew a foul, sealing Holon's win from the stripe.

Johnson paced the winners with 22 points and 4 rebounds while C.J. Harris chipped in with 18 points and 5 assists. Rahozenka finished with 15 points and 3 rebounds for Minsk in defeat.

Keravnos 69-102 ERA Nymburk -- Group B

ERA Nymburk cruised to an 102-69 win at Keravnos to strengthen thier bid for a ticket to the Play-Offs while eliminating the Cypriot team, who are still to taste victory in the BCL, from the race to secure a spot in the next stage.

The Czech team have now improved to 3-1 in the Group B standings and are right behind group leaders JDA Dijon, while Keravnos have lost their fourth game in a row in their maiden BCL season.

With the scores tied at 18-18 at the three-minute mark in the opening quarter, Retin Obasohan scored with a layup to instigate a 12-3 Nymburk run and the visitors kept their foot on the gas until the very end, stretching the lead to as many as 35 points after the break.

Nymburk were totally dominant on the boards and in the paint, outrebounding Keravnos 57 to 35 and they scored 50 points in the paint, compared to the Cypriot side's 26.

Omar Prewitt had a team-high 19 points and added 5 rebounds and 3 steals and Obasohan collected a double-double of 14 points and 10 assists.

Nymburk had as many as 11 of their players write their name on the scoresheet while Brandon Rozzell had 18 points for Keravnos in a losing effort.