The Great Eight: Daum, Dowe shine to send Tortona to 2-0
MIES (Switzerland) - Tuesday's four encounters offered up a couple of close games and two comfortable wins. We went through all the numbers and selected the eight that stood out, in line with Season 8 of the Basketball Champions League.
First of all, here are all the results of the day:
- Tofas Bursa v Bertram Derthona Tortona 80-88
- BK Opava v JDA Bourgogne Dijon 67-104
- Promitheas Patras v Rytas Vilnius 78-76
- SIG Strasbourg v Filou Oostende 81-68
Now, the eight numbers of the day:
Meeting your former team is a common occurrence in the Basketball Champions League. Phil Booth started his European career with Filou Oostende in 2021-22, becoming a focal point of coach Dario Gjergja's offense in Belgium, and in the BCL, too.
Fast forward to 2023-24, and Booth is back in the League, this time with SIG Strasbourg. He has taken on a leading role immediately, and with the game in France being a close one for 30 minutes, it was time for him to take over in the final stanza.
The score was tied at 53-all late in the third, and SIG opened up a 58-53 lead with 10 minutes to play. The stage was set, and Booth delivered, getting 10 points in the fourth quarter to set the final score at 81-68, lifting SIG Strasbourg to 2-0 and keeping Oostende winless in two games.
Booth collected a day-high 22 points, shooting 7-of-15 from the field. He is now the 19th player with 20+ points in a BCL game in two and a half weeks of the new season.
Tofas Bursa won their first game on the road in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and had a great chance to storm to 2-0 at home against a newcomer to the League. However, as it has been emphasized plenty of times already, Bertram Derthona Tortona are not just any newcomer.
Loaded with experienced players, the Italians are on top of Group H, and they will stay there as the only unbeaten team at 2-0, collecting a couple of great results against UCAM Murcia on the first Gameday, and now in Turkiye.
It was a game of runs, with six lead changes and a 17-point swing, from +7 Tofas' way to +10 Tortona's way. The third quarter was the key, once the Italians won it by 12, the coast was clear for coach Marco Ramondino to run away for an 88-80 win.
Mike Daum collected a double-double, and was the only man with 10 rebounds on the night. The 28-year-old celebrated his birthday on Monday, and had a 15-point double-double in a win to remember it for a long, long time.
Daum's teammate Chris Dowe played 30 BCL games up until this week. In his 31st BCL game, he got to double digits in assists for the first time ever, dishing out 10 assists on the day. He averaged 3.4 assists per game through his first 30 games.
JDA Bourgogne Dijon defeated BK Opava with ease, and it was their trademark defense that set them apart. Gregor Hrovat and Jacques Alingue each had 5 steals on the day, and it was Alingue's third game with 5 or more steals in the BCL.
Only one player has more than three games with 5 steals in the BCL. Of course, it's his other teammate David Holston, who had 5 steals or more in four BCL games.
Allan Dokossi helped Alingue, Holston and others with 2 blocks on the day, and two other players also had two blocks, both in defeats. Ilimane Diop could not prevent Oostende's defeat in Strasbourg, while Austin Wiley had a pair of blocks for Tofas.
Sure, Dijon's Cameron Hunt was a +36 against Opava, but the closest game of the day offered a couple of impressive pluses.
Promitheas Patras and Rytas Vilnius traded blows for 40 minutes with nine lead changes and no team able to open up a lead bigger than 7 points. In the end, it went down to the wire, and coach Ilias Papatheodorou handed all the reins to his backcourt.
Hunter Hale finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds, while Anthony Cowan had 10 of his 19 points in the final period, leading the Greek squad to a massive win. It could've gone the other way, but Keith Hornsby's halfcourt heave bounced off the backboard at the buzzer, pushing Rytas Vilnius to 0-2.
Promitheas are now 2-0, Hale's +12 and Cowan's +10 in a 2-point game are a big reason why the Greek squad is sharing the top of the table with JDA Bourgogne Dijon after two games.
Daum again, with an efficiency rating of 26 in his double-double.
Most three-pointers made
One bright spot in Opava's defeat was Jan Svandrlik. He made four threes in six tries, collecting a team-high 14 points for the Czech champs. This was their fifth straight defeat in all competitions.