Paris and Gran Canaris are alone atop their respective group standings as the only remaining undefeated teams.
Game Center: Granca, Aris, Trento and London win on the road
Wednesday, November 8
Cluj kept up its early-season momentum on Wednesday evening by downing Ulm. Cluj moved to an impressive 5-1 record in Group B, whereas Ulm dropped to 4-2. D.J. Seeley paced Cluj with a game-high 21 points, of which 14 came in an electrifying first 20 minutes for the home team. Karel Guzman also chipped in with 16 points. In a losing effort, Ulm center Trevion Williams had a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double and Juan Nunez scored 14 points.
Reigning champion Gran Canaria took control in the second quarter and dominated the second half to defeat Turk Telekom at Ankara Sports Salonu on Wednesday. In a rematch of last season's championship game, Gran Canaria came out flat and trailed 24-15 after 10 minutes, but once it got going there was no stopping the visitors. Sylven Landesberg came off the bench to score 20 points in 19 minutes to lead Gran Canaria against his former team. The win was Gran Canaria's 14th in a row in the EuroCup and improved its record to 6-0 this season. Turk Telekom suffered its fourth consecutive loss and dropped to 1-4 on the season. Jalen Adams led the hosts with 15 points.
Besiktas remained on the heels of the top teams in Group A as it ground out a home victory over winless Hamburg. Besiktas improved to 5-1 - and 4-0 at home - after a 21-8 deciding run in the fourth quarter of a game that featured 20 lead changes and 14 ties. Angel Delgado collected his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace six Besiktas scorers in double figures. Hamburg is still looking for its first victory at 0-6 despite Aleksander Dziewa scoring 21 points.
Wolves enjoyed an impressive home win over Prometey Slobozhanske and improved to a 3-2 record in Group A thanks to a stellar performance from guard Rasheed Sulaimon. The 29-year-old poured in 30 points and dished 7 assists, while Christian Mekowulu chipped in with 15 points for the home team. At the other end, Marcus Keene paced Prometey with 17 points. Prometey slipped to 2-4 and now faces an uphill battle to secure a post-season berth.
Aris escaped from Moraca with a valuable 63-65 win over host Buducnost on Wednesday. Aris trailed by as many as 16 points before halftime, but never gave up, stuck to a zone defense that collapsed Buducnost's offense and managed to come back with a 0-12 run in the last period before Dimitris Katsivelis hit the winning free throw with 2 seconds to go. Roberto Gallinat paced Aris with 15 points and Kristeon Bankston posted 14 points and 6 boards. The win improved Aris's record to 3-3. Buducnost was led by Yoan Makoundou's 20 points as it slipped to 2-4.
Trento extended its winning streak to three games by defeating Slask on Wednesday. The visitors outscored Slask 16-19 in the first quarter, but the hosts bounced back and took a 39-36 lead into the second half. Trento responded with a 0-12 run in the third quarter and managed to stay ahead until the final whistle. The guests improved to 3-3, while Slask dropped to 0-6. Kamar Baldwin paced Trento with 17 points and 5 assists. For Slask, Dusan Miletic registered a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Paris slowed down visiting Hapoel to register an impressive victory in the highly-anticipated battle of undefeated teams in Group A. Paris took control of the game with a 33-point second quarter and never looked back in moving to 6-0 while Hapoel suffered its first loss to drop to 4-1. Collin Malcolm led the Paris attack with 23 points and Tyson Ward had 20. Paris set club records with 114 points, 19 three-pointers and a performance index rating of 140. Jaylen Hoard tallied 20 points for Hapoel, which had been ranked first in scoring at 101.5 points per game but was missing All-EuroCup playmaker J’Covan Brown for the game.
London roared to a brilliant victory at last season’s EuroCup semifinalist Joventut as Gabe Olaseni produced an effervescent performance for the visitors with 21 points and 9 rebounds. A balanced Lions effort saw Matthew Morgan chip in with 15 points. At the other end, Andrew Andrews paced Joventut with 20 points and 7 assists and Deshaun Thomas added 17 points and 8 rebounds. The Lions improved to 4-2 in a fiercely competitive group while Joventus slipped to 3-3 amid a patchy start to its EuroCup campaign.
Lietkabelis used a first-quarter blitz to take control for good and held off a late Bourg charge to prevail 100-96 on Tuesday night at Kalnapilio Arena in the first game of Round 6 in the BKT EuroCup. With the President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda, looking on, Lietkabelis put a three-game losing streak to bed in improving to 2-4 on the season. Deividas Sirvydis starred with 27 points, including 11-of-11 free-throw shooting, to lead the winners and Gediminas Orelik added 18 of which 8 came in the final 4 minutes. Teenage sensation Zaccharie Risacher scored 18 for Bourg, which dropped to 4-2 in Group B.
Reyer trailed by as many as 12 in the fourth quarter, but led by Rayjon Tucker rallied late to beat Cedevita on Tuesday at Palasport Taliercio. The victory lifted Reyer's record to 2-4 on the season, while winless Cedevita dropped its 11th consecutive game dating back to last season. The score was 70-81 when Aamir Simms scored 4 points in a 9-0 run that turned the game around. Tucker scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead triple with 1:24 remaining. Barry Brown led six Reyer scorers in double figures with 21 points. Amadou Sow and Jaka Blazic paced Cedevita with 16 points each.