Boulogne Metropolitans 92 showed the rest of the 7DAYS EuroCup field that it is ready to take on all challengers after providing a statement victory - thanks to some impressive balance.
Metropolitans dropped its first two games of the season, but has stormed back to four straight wins now after knocking off Unicaja Malaga 90-80 in a Group B thriller. Metropolitans not only beat Unicaja, but Anthony Brown’s three-pointer with 3.0 seconds remaining secured a 10-point win, giving the French side the tiebreak advantage over Unicaja, which had won the teams’ Round 1 encounter by 8 points.
"We came out and we knew what we wanted to do. We’ve been struggling all year with important games. So this is big for us,” said Metropolitans’ leader Brandon Brown. “We showed a lot of character and resilience tonight so it’s a great win for us. We’re going to celebrate just for a little bit."
Metropolitians head coach Jurij Zdovc admitted that Unicaja and Buducnost VOLI Podgorica are the best two teams in the group. But he said he fancies his team’s chances against anyone if it's clicking on all cylinders.
"We showed tonight that if you play like a team, we can really play with everyone,” the coach said.
"You want to try to make a statement at home games like this with defense. Obviously, they put up 80 points still, but I’m proud of our group,” added Brandon Brown.
Perhaps most impressive about Metropolitans' big win was the team balance. Anthony Brown had 18 points while Brandon Brown scored 12 points with three other players scoring in double figures. The team dished out 24 assists, which blew away its average number of assists per game coming in of 14.8. Metropolitans also was balanced among its starters and reserves - 46 points to 44 respectively.
Metropolitans is far from having reached the Top 16 already, but it only lost by 4 points to Buducnost in Round 2 and can make up that difference as well in Round 7 in Montenegro. On any given night, Metropolitans showed it can take down anybody.