Igokea m:tel claim head-to-head tiebreak over ERA Nymburk
LAKTASI (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - ERA Nymburk had a chance to secure the season sweep and tiebreak over Igokea m:tel, but they ultimately came up short thanks to a 76-69 loss.
Igokea now own the tiebreak over Nymburk thanks to a +3 point differential advantage in their two head-to-head games.
💥 That's dunk number 12 of the #BasketballCL season for 21-year-old @Dalibor22Ilic!@BCIgokea pic.twitter.com/EG8ZAtpfVr— Basketball Champions League (@BasketballCL) December 7, 2021
Turning point: It was a game of runs, as Igokea was up by nine early, then fell behind by five at halftime, before opening the second half on a 16-4 run.
Nymburk struggled to score in the final two quarters, putting up a combined 25 points (8 in the third, 17 in the fourth).
Game hero: Igokea was balanced in scoring tonight, but Markel Starks finished with 12 points, 9 assists and 6 steals (!).
His 6 steals were tied for the most in a BCL game this season with Darussafaka's Dogus Özdemiroglu vs. U-BT Cluj Napoca.
Stats don't lie: Nymburk managed to take advantage of 18 Igokea turnovers and scored 27 points from those turnovers which were the most by a losing team in a BCL game since Rytas Vilnius in December 2020 (29 vs. VEF Riga).
Igokea outscored Nymburk by 14 points in two-point field goals (22-15) and used their physical play to their advantage, including this put-back slam by De'Shawn Stephens:
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Bottom line: Nymburk's Jerrick Harding, the league's leading scorer, finished with a game-high 25 points.
Harding has now scored more than 20 points in four games in the BCL, the most of any player in the league this season.
Igokea are now 2-3 and currently sit in second place in Group E.
The Bosnian club will travel to face PAOK mateco next on December 22.
Igokea could have been in danger because if they lost tonight and PAOK mateco defeated Galatasaray Nef tomorrow, Igokea would have been eliminated, but that is not the case now.
Thanks to this result, if Galatasaray defeats PAOK, they will advance through to the Round of 16 as Group E winners.
Nymburk, meanwhile, are also now 2-3 and currently sit in third place in the group due to losing the tiebreak to Igokea.
The Czech club will host Galatasaray next on December 22.