Ratiopharm Ulm led from start to finish, handling Asvel Villeurbanne Lyon 60-78 for its fourth consecutive victory on Wednesday. Win keeps Ulm atop of the Group C standings with 5-1 record, while Asvel drops to 3-3. The visitors took control at the start of the game with 5-18 lead, and they never looked back. Asvel did not manage to bring the deficit down to single digits, and Ulm cruised to an important away victory, sweeping Asvel this season, and making another big step towards a place in the Last 32. Cameron Long paced the winners with 19 points, Adam Hess scored 12, and Per Guenther netted 10 with 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Uche Nsonwu finished with 13 points for the hosts, and Travis Leslie scored 9 in defeat.
Ulm to the lead from the start with triples on the first two trips down the floor from Guenther and Long. Hess and Jonathan Maier added a couple of baskets each, before Keaton Nankivil made it 5-18. Thomas Larrouquis scored twice and Paccelis Morlende triple helped the hosts halved the deficit, but Matt Howard ended quarter with a three-pointer for 14-26. Howard made two easy layups early in the second, extending it to 16-32. On the other end, Nsonwu scored twice inside, and also sunk a jumper, but a triple from Philipp Schwethelm, a dunk from Will Clyburn, and a jumper from Daniel Theis made it 22-39. The hosts did manage to hold Ulm to only one field goal during 4 minutes late in the second quarter, and during that span Nsonwu made 7of 9 free throws, cutting it to 34-44 at halftime. Right after the break, Long and Edwin Jackson traded three-pointers, before layups from Long and Guenther, plus a put-back from Hess, extended it to 39-55. Jackson hit another one from downtown for the hosts, but a dunk from Theis and a triple from Long kept them at bay, and Ulm held 46-62 after three quarters. In the fourth, Chris Wright sunk a triple, and Amara Sy a two-point shot. But Howard and Long scored layups, before threes from Guenther and Hess extended it to 53-72, sealing the deal.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013