Round 7 of the BKT EuroCup is officially in the books, with Paris and Gran Canaria still going strong with 7-0 records.
Game Center: Road wins for Reyer, London, Hamburg, Cluj; Granca remains unbeaten
Wednesday, November 15
Reyer picked up its first road win of the season taking control early and running past Wolves on Wednesday night in the Lithuanian capital. With the win, Reyer improved to 3-4 in Group A for a share of sixth place, while the Wolves dropped to 3-3 in their debut BKT EuroCup campaign. Reyer spent all but couple of possessions in front, and broke the game open with a 5-18 run bridging the third and fourth quarters behind 24 points from Barry Brown. Adas Juskevicius was the top scorer for the hosts with 15 points.
London remained undefeated on the road in Group A by downing Besiktas at BJK Emlakjet Sports and Event Hall on Wednesday. Both teams now have 5-2 records behind undefeated Paris Basketball (7-0). Gabe Olaseni paced the winners with 24 points on 10-of-15 two-pointer shooting and Matt Morgan added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for London. Jonah Mathews and Matthew Mitchell led Besiktas with 19 points apiece.
Hamburg narrowly avoided a would-be historic collapse in beating Cedevita to claim its first victory of the season after nearly blowing a 28-point lead. In a battle of winless teams at the bottom of Group A, Hamburg was leading 42-70 late in the third quarter but Cedevita trimmed the deficit to one point in the waning seconds. The biggest comeback in BKT EuroCup history was 24 points on multiple occasions. Aljami Durham led the way with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Hamburg, which improved to 1-6. Cedevita is still looking for its first win at 0-7 despite Jaka Blazic scoring 24 points.
Cluj secured a comfortable road win at Trento to extend its winning streak to four games. The guests outplayed Trento and led throughout the 40 minutes to improve their record to 6-1. The Italian side saw its three-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 3-4. D.J. Seeley paired his game-high 21 points with 9 rebounds, while Karel Guzman recorded a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, as well as 5 assists and 3 steals for a game-high PIR of 34. Andrejs Grazulis led the hosts with 15 points, having gone 5-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Dreamland Gran Canaria failed to put away Slask Wroclaw and ended up sweating out an 81-77 home victory to remain undefeated in the BKT EuroCup. The reigning champion led 54-32 midway through the third quarter but watched as last-placed Slask took the fourth quarter 13-30 and cut the margin to just 4 points in the final minute.
Lietkabelis overcame a 12-point deficit late in the fourth quarter, then become the first team in the competition history to not allow a single point in overtime, as it downed Turk Telekom 93-86 in a Tuesday night thriller. Lietkabelis registered its second straight win, improving to 3-4 in Group A, while last season's runner-up Turk Telekom lost its fifth straight game, dropping to a 1-6 record. Gediminas Orelik was 8-for-14 from long range and finished with 31 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds for the winners. Tyrone Wallace scored 22 for Turk Telekom.
Prometey returned to winning ways by downing Hapoel 98-89 in Riga, Latvia, on Tuesday. Prometey improved to 3-4 in Group A while Hapoel dropped to 4-2. Tai Odiase paced the winners with 19 points and Davon Reed contributed 16. Braian Angola led Hapoel with 18 points and J'Cowan Brown and Jaylen Hoard each had 15 in defeat.
Ulm clinched its fifth win by defeating visiting Buducnost at ratiopharm arena on Tuesday night. The game was tied at halftime, 37-37, but Ulm gave up only 2 field goals and 11 points in the third quarter, building a double-digit advantage that grew to 18 points, 75-57, entering crunch time. Trevion Williams posted a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Ulm, which improved to 5-2. Dakota Mathias followed with 13 points. Buducnost was paced by Yoan Makoundou, who was the game’s top scorer with 17 points, 13 of which came in the first half.
Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse started and finished strong to turn back visiting Aris Midea Thessaloniki with a 72-65 decision on Tuesday. Bourg improved to 5-2 to retain a share of second place in Group B with a perfect 4-0 home mark. Aris fell to 3-4 despite having rallied to take a brief lad after falling behind on the scoreboard 11-0 after tipoff and 23-4 late in the first quarter.
Paris remained unbeaten after a dramatic overtime road win in Badalona on Tuesday night. T.J. Shorts sent the game into overtime with a pair of free throws with 5.6 seconds left in regulation, and Nadir Hifi scored 7 of his game-high 27 points in overtime to improve Paris to 7-0 atop of Group A, while Joventut dropped to 3-4 in the standings. Malcolm finished with 18 points, Shorts with 13 points and 9 assists, and Tyson Ward collected 13 points plus 9 rebounds in a victory. Veteran playmaker Kenny Chery paced Joventut with 18 points, while 17-year-old Michael Ruzic shined with 17 points and 5 rebounds.