Not done yet: Banco di Sardegna Sassari postseason hopes still alive after first win
SASSARI (Italy) - Banco di Sardegna Sassari's Basketball Champions League playoff hopes could have been in jeopardy with another loss, but they responded with a 82-75 home win over previously unbeaten MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.
This was the first game this season in which Sassari gave up fewer than 87 points in a game.
Sassari have now won 13 of their last 15 games in the BCL when they have conceded 75 or fewer points.
On the other hand, Ludwigsburg have now lost 12 of their last 13 league games in which they have scored fewer than 80 points.
Ludwigsburg's 8 points in the first quarter were also their lowest scoring quarter of the BCL season so far.
Sassari's David Logan dished out 10 assists, the most for him in a single BCL game in 24 appearances.
This was also Logan's first double-double in the BCL, as he scored 11 points along with his 10 assists.
Turning point: Ludwigsburg caught fire to start the third quarter and jumped out to a 13-0 run with Justin Simon scoring eight of those points.
Just when it looked like Ludwigsburg might start to pull away, Sassari eventually got things together and finished the third quarter on a 6-0 run to go up 59-51 heading into the final quarter.
Seven turnovers in the fourth quarter doomed Ludwigsburg in the end as they tried to come back.
Game hero: Eimantus Bendzius finished with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 5-of-9 from three-point.
His efficiency rating of 18 was by far his highest of the season.
Stats don't lie: Sassari outscored Ludwigsburg 24-14 in points from turnovers and had a wide margin in made three-pointers, knocking down six more than Ludwigsburg (13-7).
Sassari also doubled Ludwigsburg in assists (26-13).
Bottom line: Simon's 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals ultimately weren't enough for Ludwigsburg to get over the hump.
His 26 points were the most he's scored in a single BCL game and the most for any Ludwigsburg player since Marcos Knight scored 27 against Anwil in January 2019.
Simon scored 10 points in the third quarter and came up with arguably the block of the season so far:
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Sassari are now 1-3 and currently sit in third place in Group A.
The Italian club will travel to face Prometey in their next game on Dec. 8.
Ludwigsburg, meanwhile, are now 3-1 and remain in first place in the group.
The German club will travel to face Lenovo Tenerife next on Dec. 8.
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They said: "They came back from minus eight to plus six, but we showed our character," said Bendzius. "We scored tough shots, we played good in defense. I think every team in their season, they have ups and downs … You analyze the problems and how you will react and tonight, it was a good reaction."
"I think we kind of started off on our heels," said Simon. "They were the aggressor. We let them get comfortable. … We gotta be ready, we gotta be ready to play and learn from this. We're gonna hit the drawing board and work real hard this week and figure it out."