Demontez Stitt hit a game-winner late in overtime, as already-eliminated Belfius Mons Hainaut beat Telekom Baskets Bonn 91-90 on Tuesday night. Win improved Belfius Mons to 2-7 in the last place in Group D. Meanwhile, Bonn drops to 4-5 in the fourth place, and is mathematically eliminated as it lost the head-to-head tiebreak with CAI Zaragoza (5-4), having lost their second game by 19 points after winning the first in Germany by 4. The hosts led for the first three quarters, but managed to force overtime with a Talor Battle shot in the final seconds of regulation. In the extra session, Guy Muya hit a triple 25 seconds before the end, and after Benas Veikalas put Bonn in front 89-90, Stitt hit a game-winner. Jason Love amassed 20 points plus 14 rebounds in victory. Stitt had 19 points, while Muya and Robert Vaden contributed with 16 apiece. Tony Gaffney had 18 points plus 9 rebounds for the visitors, and Veikalas also finished with 18. Ryan Brooks scored 15, and Jamel McLean 13 in defeat.
Vaden hit a triple, and Love scored the other 7 points for the hosts' 10-6 opening lead. Bonn answered with Gaffney hitting three two-point baskets on the way to 17-19. The hosts held slim 21-19 lead at the end of the first, and Maarten Rademakers hit a triple to start the second, helping them to 26-19. McLean strung 7 points on the other end to tie the game, but Stitt scored three bucket in a row to keep Belfius Mons in front. Love made it a 6-point game, but Gaffney converted basket-plus-foul twice in the final 15 seconds of the half, cutting it to 40-38 at the break. Couple of triples from Vaden helped the hosts to 49-46, and after a dunk from McLean, the hosts used long range shots from Monwell Randle and Vaden to pull away to 61-51. The visitors halved the deficit before the end of the third quarter, and a dunk from Brooks capped a 1-13 run early in the fourth for 62-64. Teams went on, trading baskets. A triple from Veikalas helped Bonn to 68-72, and Bonn stayed in front with a basket from McLean and free throws from Veikalas, 75-78 with 18 second to go. Battle went to the free throw line, split free throws missing the second one, only for the hosts to secure possession and Battle forced overtime. Veikalas opened the extra session with a triple, and teams often went to the free throw line, changing leads. Muya’s triple with 25 seconds remaining was the hosts’ first field goal for 89-88. Veikalas made a pair of free throws on the other end for 89-90, but Stitt hit a game-winner.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013