After an opening week in which teams got the first taste of the new Eurocup campaign, Round 2 featured another 18 exciting clashes, including two from the same countries! When the dust settled, 10 teams had picked up second victories to separate themselves from the pack. There were some brilliant individual efforts and a lot of great team basketball. Two games went to overtime among nine decided by 5 points or less. One group saw all three games go to the road teams! In total, eight visiting teams recorded wins.
Matt Howard tipped in a shot at the overtime buzzer as Strasbourg edged CAI Zaragoza 88-86
at home on Wednesday. It marked second week in a row Strasbourg won a game on a buzzer-beater; the team sits atop the group with a 2-0 record. A 13-0 third quarter run gave Strasbourg a 48-43 lead, but the visitors never went away, and Pedro Llompart sank 3 free throws in the final seconds of regulation for a 74-74 tie. But Howard’s tip-in gave Strasbourg a thrilling win at the very end of the extra session. Diot led the hosts with 26 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Traore scored 22 and Howard finished with 19 points plus 10 rebounds. Brose Baskets Bamberg dismantled fellow German rival Telekom Baskets Bonn 104-79
at home, improving to 1-1. The hosts paved the way to victory with a huge first half in which they scored 55 points and held a 16-point margin at halftime. Bamberg hit 12 of 19 three-pointers in the game, as Ryan Thompson led six scorers in double figures with 22 points. In a Tuesday tip-off, Paris Levallois rolled past Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 88-76
. Landing Sane scored 19 points and shot 3 for 3 from downtown to lead the winners, who collectively made 14 of 24 three-pointers (58.3%).
Three games and three road winners in Round 2. Newcomer JDA Dijon edged ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne 77-78
in a clash of French League clubs, continuing its Eurocup debut in style. In a contest that featured 20 lead changes, Dijon put together a late run behind Erving Walker, who finished with 12 points and 6 assists, while Steven Gray netted 15 points. Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas beat Telenet Ostend 76-83
, taking the lead for good at the start of the fourth quarter. Albert Oliver and Kyle Kuric contributed with 14 points each. Gran Canaria and Dijon share first place in the standings with 2-0 records. Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck held off Cantu 77-78
for their first win of the season. The visitors took a 45-63 advantage in the third quarter, and never relinquished the lead, holding off Cantu’s rally. Anthony King was the main contributor for the winner with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assist, amassing a performance index rating of 32.
The first game of the week saw CEZ Basketball Nymburk defeat EWE Baskets Oldenburg 77-71
on Tuesday. Nymburk trailed 10-27 in the second quarter before Tre Simmons sparked a 14-2 run that brought it within 32-35 at halftime. Darius Washington gave Nymburk the lead in the third quarter and Coach Kestutis Kemzura’s men held strong down the stretch. Petr Benda led the winners with 15 points. On Wednesday, Baloncesto Seville improved to 2-0 downing Proximus Spirou Charleroi 80-75
. The hosts led 41-27 at halftime, but saw Spirou take 55-59 lead before a 10-0 run helped Seville pull out victory. Pierre Oriola led the winners with 14 points, and Jacob Pullen added 11. Virtus Rome survived a thriller by downing SLUC Nancy 84-79
in the Italian capital, also improving to 2-0. In a game that went down to the wire, Melvin Ejim and Kyle Gibson scored key baskets for the hosts’ win. Gibson paced the winners with 19 points, while Maxime De Zeeuw and Brandon Triche each added 16.
One of the week’s best games took place in Group D, where Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul bested Zenit St. Petersburg 86-90
after overtime. The visitors blew adouble-digit third-quarter lead and missed the last shot of regulation, but regained the momentum in the extra session. Chris Lofton scored 8 of his game-high 32 points in overtime to lead Besiktas to its first win in the group. JaJuan Johnson also stood out with 21 points and 12 rebounds for Besiktas. Khimki Moscow Region held off Union Olimpija Ljubljana 85-88
for the team’s second victory in as many Group D games. Tyrese Rice scored 22 points and dished 5 assists to lead the visitors’ attack. Khimki rode a flurry of Rice points to take a 41-48 halftime advantage and never trailed the rest of the way. VEF Riga beat Szolnoki Olaj 71-61
in a game it led for nearly the entire night. Gerald Robinson shined with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. VEF took its first double-digit lead in the second quarter and its defense denied Olaj in the fourth, holding the visitors to 7 points over the final 10 minutes to claim the win.
Banvit Bandirma defeated Partizan NIS Belgrade 61-77
on the road to improve to 2-0. Banvit pulled away for good with a 0-12 run midway through the third quarter, and 0-8 run to start the fourth, opening up 50-70 lead. Vladimir Dragicevic scored 20 points in victory, while Sammy Mejia had 14. Milan Macvan scored 15 in his first game for Partizan this season. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti downed visiting Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 103-83
, leading big from the start, and breaking a century mark for the first time ever in the competition. Gerald Lee led the winners with 19 points on 9-of- 9 two-point shooting, while Dee Brown amassed a double-double of 18 points and 14 assists in victory that put Asesoft at 2-0 and a share of the top spot in the standings. Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd rallied to make history, edging Hapoel Jerusalem 78-79
on the road for its first ever Eurocup win. The visitors put together a 0-12 run early in the fourth quarter to take the lead, and held on in a thrilling finale. D.J. Kennedy led the way with 17 points, while Bernard King netted 16 and dished 10 assists in victory.
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar pulled away late to down Ventspils 72-60
and improve to 2-0. The visitors erased a first-half deficit to hold a 51-57 advantage early in the fourth quarter, but Lokomotiv did not allow a single basket in the final eight and a half minutes of the contest, finishing the game with a 21-3 run. Anthony Randolph led the way with 17 points plus 10 rebounds, while Derrick Brown had 14 points. PAOK Thessaloniki topped Stelmet Zielona Gora 85-66
, also improving to 2-0. PAOK took the lead for good in the second quarter and never looked back, cruising to victory behind 17 points from Christos Saloustros, and 12 points apiece from Kevin Langford and Julian Vaughn. The only road winner of the group in Round 2 was Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir, which held off Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 79-82
for its first victory of the Eurocup campaign. In a tight contest, the visitors held a slim 61-62 lead after three quarters, but never relinquished their lead in the fourth. Bobby Dixon netted 23 points on 5 of 10 behind the arc, and Jon Diebler had 20 with 4-for-4 shooting from three-point range in victory.
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