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Homesley, Tofas respond to Guy's 34-point night to force Game 3

MIES (Switzerland) - Kyle Guy was on another level with 34 points in 30 minutes for Lenovo Tenerife, but Caleb Homesley and Tofas Bursa had the last laugh on Wednesday, winning Game 2 to send the series back to San Cristobal de La Laguna in Spain.

Tofas collected their first ever win over Tenerife, 90-81 at home, with this 9-point margin being the largest difference between these two teams across their four matchups in the Basketball Champions League so far.

Turning point: It seemed like Tenerife would cruise on to a clean win and book their Final Four tickets already on Wednesday as they opened up an early 21-12 lead behind Kyle Guy's 17-point first quarter.

But Tofas's game plan was to stop everybody else, and coach Orhun Ene can be extremely pleased with how that plan went.

Tofas gave Tenerife a hefty diet of JJ O'Brien and Cassius Winston offensively, taking the lead back already before the halftime break. Once Homesley joined the party with back-to-back triples in the fourth quarter, the hosts' lead ballooned to 18 points.

Game hero: Homesley struggled in Game 1 last week, finishing with just 9 points on 3-of-10 shooting. He was determined to find the remedy in Game 2, and his lefty stroke just works differently at home.

Homesley needed just 14 shots to get to 26 points, with 4 rebounds and 4 assists, playing his best BCL game since scoring 29 against Igokea m:tel way back on Gameday 1.

Stats don't lie: It's clear which team prefers fast basketball in this matchup. Tenerife were never able to slow the game down, Marcelinho Huertas and Giorgi Shermadini were held to a combined 9 points, while the fats pace suited Tofas en route to a 26-7 edge in fast-break points.

Bottom line:
Tofas finally ended the drought against Tenerife, with all three losses having come in close games and against the hottest version of Marcelinho Huertas in the closing seconds.

This time around, Tofas allowed Guy to score 34 points in 30 minutes, but the others never quite got going, meaning we get to witness a decider in Spain next week.

Coach Txus Vidorreta has won the BCL with Tenerife twice, but this time around, reaching the Final Four seems like a much more difficult mission than two seasons ago when his team swept Tofas in the Quarter-Finals.

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