BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Aaron Miles' allround performance secured a valuable road win for Krasnye Krylia|
Krasnye Krylia, who are still undefeated in the EuroChallenge, climbed to second place in Group A of the VTB League Regular Season over the weekend.
The Russian side travelled to Kazakhstan to take on Astana and trailed for most of the game but outscored their hosts 26-19 in the final quarter to claim a valuable 78-75 away win.
Point guard Aaron Miles led the charge for the Samara outfit and finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Forward Andre Smith meanwhile picked up from where he left off on Tuesday, in the home win over Norrköping Dolphins in the EuroChallenge, and contributed sixteen points and nine rebounds.
Sergey Bazarevich's team have now extended their winning streak to five games in the VTB and have a 9-3 record, in between group leaders Spartak St Petersburg, at 9-2, and Khimki, who stand at 8-3.
SECOND TIME LUCKY FOR BCM
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque found themselves on the wrong end of an overtime upset in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday, when they fell 75-71 at Szolnoki Olaj.
On Saturday however, they emerged victorious from another 45-minute clash on the road to register a third consecutive victory in the Pro A and continue at the top of the French league standings.
In a back and forth game, BCM went into the final quarter with a slight advantage over Limoges, but much like last Tuesday, their hosts managed to level the scores at the end of regulation and force overtime.
Only this time, BCM tightened the screws on defence in the extra period, while scoring 18 points on the other end to escape with a 91-80 win.
Guard Dwight Buycks did not have an excellent shooting night but, as he has done in recent games, led BCM in scoring with 23 points and added five assists.
Center Sarra (Ousmane) Camara meawhile was a rock in the paint and picked up a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double while Kennedy Winston, who joined the team during the winter break, contributed 13 points
The success keeps BCM in first spot on the table, tied with Le Mans and Strasbourg, with the latter responsible for Paris-Levallois dropping off the pace at the top.
The Parisians travelled to Strasbourg on Saturday and never really prevented their hosts from imposing their rhythm, trailing by 13 points already at half-time.
Strasbourg simply kept the EuroChallenge side at arm's length in the second half to secure an 88-73 victory.
Jawad Williams led all Paris scorers with 20 points while Sean May collected a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
WINS IN BELGIUM, ROMANIA
|Derek Raivio and Okapi Aalstar recorded their first win in 2013 on the weekend|
Okapi Aalstar put an end to a three-game slide with their first victory in 2013 on Saturday.
They did so in convincing fashion too, as they cruised to a 99-80 victory over VOO Verviers-Pepinster in the Belgian Ethias league.
Point guard Derek Raivio confirmed his good moment of form by going 8-of-12 from the floor to lead all scorers with 21 points, while Ioana Tofi added 16 points and three rebounds.
Gaz Metan Medias returned to winning ways in style on Saturday, as they dominated BC Mures TG Mures, who are second in the Romanian LNB standings, 76-73.
Montenegrin forward Ivan Ivanovic led the way for the hosts with a solid 18-point, 11-rebound display, while recently arrived center Zoran Krstanovic was not far behind, with 17 points and nine boards.
SZOLNOKI, HOLON FALL
Szolnoki Olaj could not follow up their comeback victory over BCM last Tuesday with a success in the Adriatic League on the weekend.
Playing again at home, the Hungarian side led early but fell 78-66 to Radnički Kragujevac, who took control of the encounter in the second quarter and pulled away in the third.
Akos Horvath was the best of the hosts, with 15 points in a losing effort.
In the Israeli league, Hapoel Unet Holon suffered a 79-76 home defeat to Altshuler Shaham Gilboa Galil on Sunday, despite 26 points from Jerome Dyson and another double-double performance by power forward Lawrence Hill.
Last week's EuroChallenge MVP collected 14 points and 10 rebounds while center Franklin Hassell returned to the Holon lineup after missing out on last Tuesday's game in Paris and contributed nine points and seven boards.
KHIMIK PICK UP UNDER NEW COACH
Zvezdan Mitrovic replaced Zoran Martic as head coach of Khimik Yuzhne on Thursday and hit the ground running.
On Friday, Khimik edged out BC Dnipro-Azot 81-76 at home, and Mitrovic saw five of his new players scoring in double digits.
No one was as impressive as center Vernon Goodridge though, who shot 12-of-14 from the floor to collect 27 points and added 12 rebounds.
Just two day laters, Khimik played host to the other Dnipropetrovsk club, Dnipro, and rounded up a highly promising first weekend under their new coach with a second consecutive victory, 74-67.
This time around it was point guard Willie Deane who paved the way for the hosts, with his 25 points on 4-of-5 shooting from behind the three-point arc.