Mihai Silvasan’s squad scored 51 points in the first half.
Cluj exploded on the offensive end en route to Ulm victory
There was no stopping U-BT Cluj-Napoca in the first half of its Round 6 clash against ratiopharm Ulm in the 2023-24 BKT EuroCup Regular Season. After leading 51-24 at the halftime break, Cluj ended up coming away with an 86-75 triumph, which improved its record to 5-1.
Those 51 Cluj points came from eight different scorers, which showed the variety in the hosts’ offense. D.J. Seeley had 14 points at the interval, including shooting 7-of-8 from the charity stripe, while Karel Guzman was also in double figures after netting 11 points through the first 20 minutes.
Elsewhere, Jarell Eddie’s 3 triples in the second quarter saw him move to 9 points, while Emanuel Cate and Bryce Jones both had 6. Patrick Richard and Andrija Stipanovic sat on 2 points apiece, and Adam Mokoka went 1-of-2 from the line to give him 1 point.
Historic numbers, but not a record
While Cluj certainly made its fans happy with its first-half explosion on the offensive end, it is not the most points the team has scored in a first half. Back on December 14, 2022, Cluj took a 51-57 lead into the break on the road at Prometey Slobozhanske, although it went on to lose that game 105-82.
Also last season, Cluj had 53 points in the second half of an 88-85 loss to Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse and also 52 on two occasions: a 98-82 win at home to Joventut Badalona and a 95-90 road win at Umana Reyer Venice.
As such, Wednesday evening’s 52 points against Ulm is the second most scored by Cluj in the first half of a EuroCup game, its fifth-highest total in a half and the most it has netted in a half this season.
Cluj ended up being outscored 35-51 by Ulm in the second half of their Round 6 matchup, but its 52-point outburst in the first 20 minutes – and its 27-point lead – ultimately was too much for the visitors to overturn.