A wild Round 3 will be one to remember. Five games were decided by a single shot, including several in the closing seconds. Seven results went in favor of the visiting teams. There were a few wild fourth-quarter comebacks too. The standings are starting to take shape with five teams – Strasbourg, Virtus Rome, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas, Banvit Bandirma and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar – boasting perfect records. And only four teams are still hunting for their first win.
In the opening game of the group on Tuesday, Strasbourg held off Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 59-66
to improve to 3-0 and keep sole possession of the top spot in the group. The hosts led by 2 entering the fourth quarter and were still within 1 with three minutes to go, but Ali Traore scored two important baskets down the stretch to help seal the win. Traore finished with 16 points for the winners. The most exciting game in this round took place in Germany, where Telekom Baskets Bonn edged CAI Zaragoza 90-88
in thriller. CAI trailed most of the way, but a three-pointer by Marcus Landry gave the guests an 83-86 edge. A three-point play by Angelo Caloiaro won it for Bonn with 0.9 seconds left. Brose Baskets thrashed Paris Levallois 81-55
at home behind 17 points from Trevor Mbakwe. The hosts opened the game with a 12-0 run and never looked back.
In a battle of the previously undefeated teams, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas outlasted JDA Dijon 69-71
. Albert Oliver scored his first and only basket with 6 seconds to go, putting the visitors in front, before Levon Kendall sealed the deal, blocking a potential game-winning three-point attempt from Steven Gray in the last second. Kyle Kuric led the way in victory with 21 points on 5-for-7 three-point shooting, Dijon’s Erving Walker netted 23. Telenet Ostend downed Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck 67-75
for its first win of the season. Ostend led for the majority of the game, and pulled away for good late in the third and early in the fourth quarter as John Prince scored 18 points. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne overcame FoxTown Cantu 78-70
. After trading leads for most of the night, the hosts used a 10-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away and hold on as Edwin Jackson finished with 20 points, and David Andersen scored 16.
In a battle between previously undefeated teams that went down to the wire, Virtus Rome edged Baloncesto Seville 84-82
behind 25 points from Round 1 MVP Brandon Triche to take first place in Group C. Kristaps Porzingis led Seville with a fine all-around game - 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Free throws by Triche and Rok Stipcevic allowed Rome to stay ahead late. SLUC Nancy topped EWE Baskets Oldenburg 72-67
on the strength of 15 points on 7-of-8 two-point shooting from Bandja Sy. Oldenburg was down 74-60, rallied within 67-64, but never got closer. Darius Adams barely missed a triple double with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. Julius Jenkins led Oldenburg with 18 points. Proximus Spirou Charleroi defeated CEZ Basketball Nymburk 82-73
behind 22 points from Dylan Page, who shined against his former team. Darius Washington led Nymburk with 17 points.
Behind its outstanding fourth-quarter defense, Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul edged Khimki Moscow Region 66-64
at home. Hilton Armstrong and John Holland led the winners with 13 points apiece. Besiktas only allowed 6 points in the fourth quarter to rally after trailing 41-50 in the third quarter. A three-point play by Holland proved to be the winning basket after Khimki failed in two chances to either send the game to overtime or win it at the buzzer. Down 13 points with seven minutes to go, Union Olimpija Ljubljana roared past Szolnoki Olaj 80-86
. Olimpija moved into a tie for first place with Khimki and Besiktas. Alen Omic led the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Olaj led 80-79 in the next-to-last minute. Luka Rupnik hit the go-ahead shot and Omic sealed the outcome. Zenit St. Petersburg downed VEF Riga 84-70
at home for its first win. Kyle Landry led the winners with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Zenit led 51-37 at halftime and a 13-0 run that Cameron Jones capped with a free throws sealed the outcome soon after the break.
A 14-0 fourth-quarter run was the difference as Banvit Bandirma beat CSU Asesoft Ploiesti 81-66
to snag first place in Group E. Both teams entered the game 2-0 and sharing the top spot in the group. The game was a worthy clash for first place. Banvit led by 2 at halftime and Asesoft took a 1-point lead early in the fourth. With a race to the final whistle looking apparent, Keith Simmons scored 5 points to spark Banvit’s game-deciding run. Simmons finished with 18 points. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius cruised past Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd 63-77
on the road. The victory lifted Rytas into a share of second place. The game was close through halftime, at which points Rytas led 29-32. The hosts went ahead 36-34 early in the third quarter but Rytas used a 0-12 third-quarter run and a 0-10 fourth quarter charge to wrap up the win. Adas Juskevicius paced Rytas with 13 points and 5 assists. Derwin Kitchen scored 9 fourth-quarter points, including the game-winning layup-plus-foul with 0.2 seconds left, as Hapoel Jerusalem edged Partizan NIS Belgrade 82-79
in the Israeli capital for its first win of the season. Partizan led by 10 entering the fourth quarter, but Jerusalem’s offense came alive when it was needed most to pave the way to victory. Lior Eliyahu led the Jerusalem attack with 22 points.
In a Tuesday tip off, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar routed PAOK Thessaloniki 87-46
to take sole possession of first place in Group F. The hosts took charge in the first quarter and never looked back, proceeding to outscore the visitors in every quarter. The difference was 19 at the half and peaked at 45 in the fourth quarter. Maxim Grigoryev and Krunoslav Simon led the winners with 15 points apiece. The loss was PAOK’s first of the campaign. On Wednesday, Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir grabbed a 72-81 victory over Ventspils
to raise its record to 2-1 to join PAOK in second place. Karsiyaka used an 11-0 second-quarter run to take the first big lead, 20-34. The visitors stretched it to 20 points in the third on a Jon Diebler triple and controlled the game in the final 10 minutes. Juan Palacios, Kenny Gabriel and Bobby Dixon each scored 18 points for the winners. Buducnost VOLI Podgorica routed Stelmet Zielona Gora 76-90
on the road. A 19-7 run late in the second quarter allowed the visitors to get a 34-47 cushion at halftime and they never looked back. Suad Sehovic and JR Reynolds led the way for the winners with 17 points apiece.
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