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Alba beats Bosna in ULEB Cup's longest game ever!
Dec 04, 2007
An amazing night that marked the halfway point in the ULEB Cup regular season reached historic proportions on Tuesday with the longest and highest-scoring game ever played in the competition. Alba Berlin defeated visiting KK Bosna 141-127 after five overtimes and 65 minutes of action - more than a regulation game-and-a-half - at Max Schmeling Hall in the German capital. It was the first five-overtime game in either the ULEB Cup or Euroleague all decade. The longest previous ULEB Cup game was on November 11, 2003, when Lukoil Academic edged KK Zagreb 116-115 in triple overtime, with their 231 points also setting a record. Alba and Bosna destroyed that record, too, combining for 268 points, each of them surpassing the previous single-game scoring record, 121 points by Estudiantes of spain against Trieste of Italy on November 5, 2002. Perhaps most remarkable of all, Alba and Bosna scored an astounding 126 points between them in the overtime periods alone, despite the fact that 10 players fouled out between the two teams!
There's more: Alba hero Bobby Brown, who forced the first, fourth and fifth overtimes, finished with 44 points, the second-most by any player in a ULEB Cup game. The record still belongs to Randy Duck, who had 49 points when his team, the Brighton Bears, beat Cholet Basket 112-103 in double overtime on January 27, 2004. Julius Jenkins added 33 while Goran Nikolic posted a huge double-double of 31 points and 14 rebounds for Alba. Lance Williams had 34 points for Bosna.
It looked like a normal game when Brown made free throws to tie the game at 71-71, sending it to overtime. Edin Bavcic had a put-back basket to allow Bosna to take the game to a second overtime, 82-82. Free throws by Bryan Bailey of Bosna turned the game into a triple-overtime thriller, 97-97. Alba managed to stay alive on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Brown, 111-111, as the game went into a fourth overtime. Once again Brown made free throws at the end of the fourth extra period to force a fifth one, 122-122. Nikolic, who played a record 63 minutes, 40 seconds, had 5 points in a 9-0 run that allowed Alba to seal an historical win in already an instant classic!