2021-22Regular SeasonRound 5
Ante Tomic - Joventut Badalona (photo David Grau - Joventut) - EC21

Game Center: Thrillers leave ties atop the standings

There are no more undefeated teams in the 2021-22 7DAYS EuroCup after Turk Telekom took down Lokomotiv on Tuesday night. That result combined with Joventut’s victory over Spanish League for Andorra left Lokomotiv and Joventut tied atop Group A with 4-1 records. Partizan joined them in a three-way tie after it outlasted Lietkabelis at home on Wednesday. In Group B, Gran Canaria and Buducnost won on Wednesday to remain joint-leaders at 4-1. Gran Canaria was one of only three road winners in Round 5 when it stung Bursaspor, while Buducnost blasted Cedevita. The round’s other road winners were Metropolitans in Hamburg and Promitheas in Ulm. Another Round 5 highlight was Trento’s first victory of the season after overtime against Slask.

GROUP A

Turk Telekom Ankara 88-85 Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

In an exciting game that went down to the wire, Turk Telekom never trailed before holding off previously unbeaten Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 88-85 on Tuesday night in the Turkish capital. Third home win in as many games improved Turk Telekom to 3-2 in Group A, while Lokomotiv as the last undefeated team in the competition dropped to 4-1 record. Led by Aaron Harrison, Turk Telekom led 60-46 in the third quarter, and held 75-62 in the fourth before Errick McCollum and Stanton Kidd rallied the hosts. However, the visitors never went in front and Turk Telekom pulled out a victory. Harrison paced the hosts with 28 points. Anthony Clemmons in his team debut scored 18 points, while Alex Perez had 11 points and 11 assists. Octavius Ellis collected 11 points and 9 rebound, and Tyler Ennis scored 10 in a victory. Lokomotiv's Johnathan Motley collected all of his 25 points and 8 rebounds in the first three quarter before fouling out. McCollum netted 17, Alan Williams had 12 points plus 10 rebounds, while Stanton Kidd scored 11 in a losing effort.

Hamburg Towers 84-94 Boulogne Metropolitans 92

Vince Hunter dominated the paint to lead Boulogne Metropolitans 92 to an 84-94 road win over Hamburg Towers on Tuesday night at Edel-optics.de Arena. Hunter racked up 26 points with just 2 missed shots and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the team improve to 3-2 in Group A with its first road win of the season. Metropolitans led for most of the game, but Hamburg never gave in and clawed its way to within 4 with 4 minutes remaining, but Hunter and Keith Hornsby helped the visitors finish strong. Will Cummings added 14 points and 6 assists for Metropolitans, Hornsby finished with 12 points and 5 assists and David Michineau also scored 12 for the victors. Caleb Homesley paced Hamburg with 29 points and Jaylon Brown added 18. The loss dropped Hamburg to 1-4.

Joventut Badalona 90-80 MoraBanc Andorra

Joventut Badalona remained undefeated at home by downing MoraBanc Andorra 90-80 at Palau Olimpic in Group A on Tuesday. Joventut improved to 4-1 in the standings while Andorra dropped to 3-2. Ante Tomic led the winners with 18 points, Joel Parra added 14 and Arturs Zagars 12 for Joventut. Codi Miller-McIntyre paced the Andorra attack with 22 points. Parra and Arturs Zagars led an 11-0 run that bridged the first two quarters and put Joventut ahead for good, 28-20. Parra and Tomic combined for all the points in a 10-0 run that extended the margin to 53-36 at halftime. Little changed after the break as Joventut held on for another win.

Partizan NIS Belgrade 84-77 Lietkabelis Panevyzis

Partizan NIS Belgrade bounced back from its first loss of the season last week by holding off visiting Lietkabelis Panevyzis 84-77 at Stark Arena on Wednesday night. Even though the hosts were never behind and enjoyed double-digit margins several times after halftime, they needed to wait till the last minute to celebrate a victory that lifted their record to 4-1. Zach LeDay led six Partizan scorers in double figures with 19 points. Alen Smmailagic posted a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds for a PIR of 20, all of them career-best. Gregor Glas also scored 13, Aleksa Avramovic and Bolsa Koprivica provided 12 each and Kevin Punter poured in 11, including the decisive bucket with 12 seconds to go. Gedeminas Orelik paced Lietkabelis with 19 points, followed by Kaspars Berzins and Kristupas Zemaitis, who scored 12 apiece. Vytenis Lipkevicius flirted with a triple-double as he posted 7 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the visitors, who dropped to 2-3.

GROUP B

Virtus Segafredo Bologna 90-84 Umana Reyer Venice

Virtus Segafredo Bologna got back to its winning ways by using a big start to the third quarter to down visiting Umana Reyer Venice 90-84 in an all-Italian League clash on Tuesday night. Virtus snapped its two-game losing streak to improve to 3-2, while Reyer dropped to 2-3. The teams traded blows for the majority of the first half before Virtus used a 15-3 run to open a 42-32 lead. The hosts then started the third quarter with a 14-2 run to break the game open. Reyer came back within 3 points several times, but Virtus held on. Kevin Hervey led in victory with 26 points and Milos Teodosic had 22 points and 7 assists. Isaia Cordinier added 13 points for Virtus. Michele Vitali scored a career-high 26, Austin Daye had 15 points and 7 rebounds and Mitchell Watt added 13 points in a losing effort.

Frutti Extra Bursaspor 74-85 Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria led from start to finish in beating Frutti Extra Bursaspor 74-85 on Wednesday night. It is Gran Canaria's fourth consecutive win, which improved the team's record to 4-1 atop of Group B, while Bursaspor dropped to 2-3 on the season. The visitors took control from the get-go and then used two big third-quarter runs to open a 20-point advantage. Bursaspor attempted a late rally, but never got closer than 9 points. John Shurna and Artem Pustovyi scored 20 apiece for Gran Canaria. Pustovyi also had 7 rebounds. Dylan Ennis netted 15, while A.J. Slaughter had 13 points and 6 assists. Allerik Freeman scored 17 points for the hosts, David Dudzinski collected 16 points and 7 rebounds, Andrew Andrews tallied 10 points and 8 assists and Kevarrius Hayes also scored 10 in a losing effort.

Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 91-60 Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana

Buducnost VOLI Podgorica blasted Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana 91-60 in a battle between old rivals in the Montenegrin capital on Wednesday. Buducnost improved to 4-1 in the standings while Cedevita dropped to 2-3. Justin Cobbs led the winners with a career-high 33 points, Jacob Wiley added 15, Petar Popovic 13 and D.J. Seeley 10 for Buducnost. Melvin Ejim paced Cedevita with 14 points while Edo Muric added 10. Cobbs was unstoppable in the first half and Vladimir Micov buried a triple that made it a double-digit game, 39-29, near halftime. Cobbs buried 3 consecutive three-pointers and Seeley also struck from beyond the arc to break the game open, 61-43, and Buducnost controlled the game until the final buzzer.

ratiopharm Ulm 65-71 Promitheas Patras

Promitheas Patras took charge in the second half to defeat ratiopharm Ulm 65-71 on Wednesday at ratiopharm Arena for its second straight win. The visitors fell behind early, but closed to within 32-31 at halftime before Kendrick Ray and Isaiah Miles heated up in the third quarter to give Promitheas a lead, which it added to and led by as many as 13 in the fourth to secure the win. Ray finished with 14 points and 6 assists, Miles scored 11 and Jerai Grant scored 10 as Promitheas improved to 2-3 in Group B. Thomas Klepeisz scored a career-high 22 points to lead Ulm, which fell to 2-3. Semaj Christon added 20 points and 4 assists and Fedor Zugic scored 11 in defeat.

Valencia Basket 98-95 Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse

Valencia Basket survived an offensive spectacle in defeating Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse 98-95 at home in yet another tight battle. Valencia wasted a 13-point lead but collected the win thanks to some late-game heroics from Sam Van Rossom to move to 3-2. Since Valencia’s 10-point season-opening win versus Promitheas Patras, Coach Joan Penarroya’s team lost twice by one point and won by a single point before the three-point win over Bourg. Xabi Lopez-Arostegui paced five Valencia players in double figures with 18 points while Jaime Pradilla and Jasiel Rivero both scored 16 points, Klemen Prepelic tallied 15 points and Bojan Dubjlevic chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bourg dropped to 1-5 despite outstanding showings from Rasheed Sulaimon, who had 25 points; and CJ Harris, who collected 24 points. JaCorey Williams netted 16 points and Axel Julien 14 in the defeat.

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