EuroChallenge Round Up Groups E-H

08 November 2012

EUROCHALLENGE

7. Patrick Ewing (Telekom Baskets)
Patrick Ewing Jr. and Telekom Baskets were one of two German clubs to record wins on the opening night of EuroChallenge action

German clubs were coming up trumps in Groups E-through-H in week 1 of the Eurochallenge Regular Season. 

Out of the several countries that are represented by more than one club in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013, Germany was the only one to see the opening day conclude with a 100% success record, with EWE Baskets Oldenburg picking up a win at home whilst Telekom Baskets were able to open their Group H account with a win on the road in Belgium.


GROUP E

BCMU Pitesti came out guns blazing and took a 49-31 lead at half-time against visiting Paris-Levallois

The Romanians further increased the lead to 19 in the beginning of the third quarter only to see the French staging the most impressive comeback of the opening day from then onwards.

Forward Maleye Ndoye scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the Parisians to a 91-75 victory on the road against all odds.

Something similar, albeit on a smaller scale, occurred in the all-Belgian clash between Belfius Mons-Hainaut and Okapi Aalstar. 

The hosts led 28-16 at the end of the first period but only managed to score 30 points in the entire second half to Aalstar's 45, allowing the visitors to take an important 84-77 road victory with Derek Raivio scoring 18 points and Christopher Young contributing 12 points and eight rebounds.

 

GROUP F

The Hungarians of Lami-Véd Körmend got off to a better start on the road and led 16-10 midway through the opening quarter but BC Timisoara allowed them to only score 15 points in the remainder of the first half to take a 40-31 lead into the interval.

The Romanian side's advantage was not threatened until the final period when the visitors trimmed the gap to four points.

The hosts however pulled away thanks to two back-to-back three-pointers from Dominique Archie, helping his team secure a 75-65 victory to the delight of the 2,000-strong home crowd.

Ivan Jelenic had 14 points for Timisoara and Archie collected a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The other Hungarian team in the group, Szolnoki Olaj, suffered a similar fate in Germany.

EWE Baskets Oldenburg took a firm grip on proceedings right from tip-off to establish an early nine-point cushion and despite a late 10-0 run by Szolnoki they were always in control and won comfortably, 87-70.

Oldenburg's Julius Jenkins led all scorers with 19 points while Dru Joyce had an eye-popping 12 assists to go with his eight points.


GROUP G

6. Franklin Hassell (Hapoel Holon)
Franklin Hassell gained round 1 MVP honours for his performance for Hapoel Holon against Armia

The opening day in Group G had a distinct tricolour hue as both French clubs won their games.

SLUC Nancy used a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to overcome the resistance of gutsy Pizza Express Apollon in Cyprus. 

Bingo Merriex had 17 points and eight rebounds for Nancy in their 81-65 win on the Mediterranean island. 

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque on the other hand were playing at home and had trouble shaking off Tsmoki-Minsk in the first half, leading by just one point at the interval, 36-35. 

The French however went on to score 60 points in the second part to break the resistance of the Belarusians and cruise to a 96-63 victory.

Abdoulaye Mbaye poured in 23 points for the hosts while Sarra Camara and Dwight Buycks chipped in with 14 points each

 

GROUP H

Antwerp Giants were playing at home against Telekom Baskets Bonn but only shot 36% from the floor and missed 10 free throws.

The Germans on the other hand had much better percentages and kept their cool to go eight-for-eight from the charity stripe in the last 1:18 of the game to take a valuable 81-72 road win.

Benas Veikalas led all Bonn scorers with 18 points and Jared Jordan finished with 14 to go with four assists.

In the final game of the Regular Season opening day on Wednesday, Hapoel Holon were always in control against Armia and led 28-19 at the first buzzer and 49-37 at half-time.

A Georgian attempt at a comeback in the second half was unsuccessful as the Israeli team was guided by an inspired Franklin Hassell.

The American center collected a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds and the hosts opened their EuroChallenge season with an 84-69 victory.


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