SIG Strasbourg make it eight straight, joining Karsiyaka, Oostende, Oldenburg in Group E
ANTALYA (Turkiye) - SIG Strasbourg continue their streak of playing every single Basketball Champions League season to date. They will make it eight straight Regular Season appearances this year, courtesy of their 82-78 win over Monbus Obradoiro on Saturday.
The Qualifying Tournament 3 Final did not produce the kind of drama that SIG Strasbourg experienced in the Quarter-Final and the Semi-Final.
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Turning point: There were seven lead changes in the first 15 minutes of the game, but Strasbourg took control late in the second quarter. They spent 33 minutes in front of the Spanish squad, and a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter took the wind out of Obradoiro's sails completely.
Monbus did have a fight back, but by the time they made it to a close game, Strasbourg were already starting the scouting report for their Regular Season opponents. If there was any hope of a miraculous comeback in the closing minutes, Phil Booth's big dunk put the result beyond doubt.
Game hero: Quinton Hooker could low-key be one of the best signings of the summer. The 28-year-old guard had prior BCL experience with Falco Szombathely and Bnei Ofek Dist Herzliya, so now he is gearing up for what will be his third stint in the League with three different clubs.
He finished the Final with a team-high 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Honorable mention goes to Phil Booth, not just because of his 17 points off the bench, but also because Strasbourg were a +14 team in his 20 minutes on the floor.
Stats don't lie: Commiting 16 turnovers doesn't sound like a cardinal sin, but in a game where Strasbourg had just 9 turnovers, Obradoiro's 16 seemed way like way too many, especially because it allowed the French team to open up a 19-8 edge in points from turnovers.
Bottom line: Strasbourg changed their identity a bit over the summer, but it seems that coach Massimo Cancellieri is already in mid season form, with the new guys finding their roles easily, and the senators such as Paul Lacombe (12pts, 2reb, 2ast, 2stl) and Leo Cavaliere (11pts, 6reb, 2stl) leading by example.
They will now move to Regular Season Group E, where Pinar Karsiyaka, Filou Oostende and EWE Baskets Oldenburg await.
As for Monbus Obradoiro, they were an inch away from making it to their first BCL group stage, but eight missed free throws were too much on the day. Tres Tinkle was their best performer in the Final with 16 points.