Prometey wins fifth straight game, beats Bursaspor 92-94
Prometey Slobozhanske secured its fifth win in a row on Wednesday evening after beating Frutti Extra Bursaspor 92-94 at Tofas Spor Salonu. By grabbing this victory, Prometey has moved to joint top of Group A with a record of 8-4, whereas Bursaspor has now lost two in a row and is 6-6 on the season.
Caleb Agada led the way in scoring for Prometey with 27 points, of which 24 came in the first half, while DJ Stephens scored all 18 of his points in the second half. Gian Clavell and Ondrej Balvin joined their teammates in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively. For Bursaspor, Derek Needham finished on 20 points after having just 4 at the halftime break. David Dudzinski had 17 points, Zach Auguste added 16, and Anthony Clemmons recorded 13 in the defeat.
Bursaspor came out of the blocks fast and opened an 8-0 lead, which caused Prometey head coach Ronen Ginzburg to call a timeout with 6:39 left on the clock in the first quarter. That pause gave the visitors a chance to regroup, and one player who was particularly inspired was Agada. By the time that 4:44 was remaining, the 28-year-old had 10 points and had helped give Prometey a narrow advantage, 11-13. As the first quarter drew to a close, Agada hit a three-pointer to move to 18 points and ensure his team led after the opening 10 minutes, 22-23.
Agada continued his scoring in the second period and soon found himself on 24 points at the halfway point of the quarter, 35-40. Bursaspor continued to fight Prometey, with Auguste coming to the fore as the hosts were able to cut the gap to 48-50 at halftime.
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There was a clear switch from Bursaspor at the start of the second half, as it decided to defend Agada differently, clearly aware of the threat he was causing on offense. But, while it was finding a way to keep Agada quiet, Stephens began to show what he can do on the offensive end of the floor. Scoreless at the break, Stephens saw a three-pointer drop to keep Prometey in front early on, 50-53, before hitting another triple with 3:33 remaining to do the same, 63-65. Moments later, he followed that up with a high-flying dunk to complete an alley-oop pass from Agada, 63-67. Stephens nailed his third three-pointer of the quarter with 1:47 left to make it a five-point game, 67-72. Ahmet Duverioglu scored the final basket of the quarter, but the visitors had created a bit of daylight with a 69-75 lead.
Needham entered the fourth period on 10 points, but he soon began to take over. By the 6:33 mark in the final quarter, Needham had scored two triples and a two-pointer to bring Bursaspor level, 80-80. Auguste and Needham then scored on back-to-back plays to flip the script, 84-80, but Prometey remained calm. First, Clavell hit a pair of free throws, and then Stephens scored 5 straight points to swing the momentum again, 84-87. It soon became a back-and-forth affair, but Agada appeared with 35 seconds remaining to score his first points of the second half: a three-pointer to put Prometey 92-94 ahead. In the final seconds, Auguste had a chance to score under the basket, but James Dickey secured a game-sealing block on the Bursaspor big man, as Prometey walked away with its fifth win in succession and its third straight on the road.