Tournament 3 Quarter-Finals: Strasbourg come back from down 13
ANTALYA (Turkiye) - SIG Strasbourg suffered a scare against Jonava CBet, but made it to the Semi-Finals of the Basketball Champions League Qualifying Rounds Tournament 3, along with Ironi Hay Motors Ness Ziona, Legia Warszawa and Monbus Obradoiro.
Jonava were in control for most of the game, opening up a 13-point lead against the French juggernauts, and staying in front of them for 33 minutes of the game. But SIG Strasbourg timed their run to perfection, winning the fourth quarter 26-14 to pick up an 83-78 triumph in the Quarter-Finals.
The Lithuanian side was still up 78-76 on a Strahinja Micovic three-pointer in the final minute. Coach Massimo Cancellieri gave the crucial possession to Phil Booth, who tied the game at 78-all, setting the stage up for Paul Lacombe to seal the deal from the charity stripe.
One last attempt to tie the game for Jonava did not end in success, Quinton Hooker stole the ball and made the layup to write the final score.
Leo Cavaliere had 18 points to lead the scoring for SIG, Chaundee Brown Jr scored 17 off the bench, Booth and Hooker were also in double digits with 16 and 11, respectively.
Strasbourg will now face Ironi Hay Motors Ness Ziona in the Semi-Finals. The Israeli club made their matchup with Karhu Basket Kauhajoki a one-sided affair, storming to a 92-56 victory in a near perfect second half which they won 53-23.
Dusty Hannahs had a game-high 21 points in 25 minutes leading the second unit, all 12 players got to play, including a 16-year-old Alon Danieli who collected 4 points.
The other part of the draw in this tournament will see a battle between Legia Warszawa and Monbus Obradoiro.
The Polish giants took the lead late in the first quarter and did not look back again, defeating Fribourg Olympic 70-59 despite Eric Nottage's all-round game for the Swiss squad. He had 12 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals before fouling out in 30 minutes.
Legia had more weapons on the day, coach Wojciech Kaminski saw nine of his ten players score, led by Aric Holman's 14 points in 20 minutes after coming into the game as a substitute. Christian Vital with 13 and Michal Kolenda with 11 added more depth to the scoring chart, Legia Warszawa stay fresh for the next game.
And it will be a big one because they take on the Liga Endesa team Monbus Obradoiro. A 35-10 second quarter took the air out of the building in Antalya, Jordan Howard excelling with 20 points in just 16 minutes to send Obradoiro to a 90-56 win over Mornar Barsko Zlato.
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The Montenegrin squad could not protect their paint, allowing the Spaniards to win the points in the paint stat 42-14. Rigoberto Mendoza and Alvaro Munoz had 16 points apiece, keeping coach Moncho Fernandez happy ahead of the next challenge in two days' time.
Wednesday will see two tournaments in action. Tournament 2 gets underway with four Quarter-Finals games in Belek:
Cholet Basket v Telenet Giants Antwerp 13:00 CET (14:00 local)
FMP Soccerbet v Pallacanestro Varese 15:30 CET (16:30 local)
Happy Casa Brindisi v CSM CSU Oradea 18:00 CET (19:00 local)
Heroes den Bosch v BG Gottingen 20:30 CET (21:30 local)
In the Champions' Path tournament, the Semi-Finals will take place in Antalya.