BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Sead Sehovic seems to be the spark plug that Szolnoki needed after their rough start in the Adriatic League |
Szolnoki Olaj recently signed Sead Sehovic in the hope he'd inject some life into the team and already, the 1.96m Montenegrin is providing a spark.
Sehovic hit a couple of shots from long range and finished with 15 points as the Hungarian team won for the second time in the Adriatic League, beating KK Split 75-67.
Ernests Kalve also had 15 points and Balazs Simon weighed in with 13 and five assists as Szolnoki improved to 2-4 on the young season.
"Most of all, we played excellent defense and allowed them to score just 15 and 12 points in the first two quarters," Szolnoki coach Peter Por said.
"It was a typical Adriatic League game," Szolnoki big man Marton Bader said.
"Split is a good and experienced team. We started the game very well and showed everyone that we deserve our place in this league."
Szolnoki are one of the sides in the EuroChallenge taking part in the Adriatic League.
The other is KRKA Novo Mesto, the EuroChallenge winners in 2011.
They slumped to a 66-51 defeat to Buducnost Podgorica.
The Montenegrin outfit stormed into a 23-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
Aleksander Sekulić, the coach of KRKA, was very disappointed with his team's effort.
"We started too soft," he said.
"In addition, Budućnost hit some threes in the first half of difficult situations and in the last seconds of their offenses, which gave them confidence."
Belgium: Mons, Aalst Warm Up For EuroChallenge
In Belgium, Belfius Mons-Hainaut defeated Okapi Aalstar, 82-78, in a battle of EuroChallenge sides.
|Quincy Taylor and Belfius Mons-Hainaut beat Aalst, 10 days before the two sides square off in the EuroChallenge |
Jonathan Wallace caught fire from long range, connecting on five of six attempts for the winners.
He led a spirited attack with 21 points.
Both sides meet again in Mons on 6 November on the opening day of the EuroChallenge Regular season.
The Port of Antwerp Giants fell 70-53 to Spirou Charleroi.
Germany: Oldenburg Stay Hot, Bonn Drop
There were contrasting results for Germany's EuroChallenge sides.
EWE Baskets Oldenburg are flying high after edging New Yorker Phantoms, 60-59.
Former Germany international Konrad Wysocki made a shot with three seconds to play to give his team the narrow win.
Coach Sebastian Machowski was all smiles after his side improved to 5-1 in the BBL with the victory.
"We saw a very exciting game," Machowski said.
"After the narrow defeat against Bremerhaven, I am delighted with this victory, of course, even more so.
"We played on the offense in parts well and I hope that we can improve.
"I am satisfied with the defense although we made a few mistakes that allowed Braunschweig to have some easy points."
The other EuroChallenge side, Telekom Baskets Bonn, crashed to a 78-53 defeat to Frankfurt Skyliners.
|Yannick Bokolo and BCM Gravelines Dunkerque are topping the French LNB standings after four games|
France: Dunkerque Top Standings
In France, Gravelines-Dunkerque claimed a 92-75 victory over Poitiers but fellow EuroChallenge teams Paris-Levallois and SLUC Nancy went down to narrow defeats.
Christian Monschau's Gravelines were led by Dwight Buycks' 25 points in a 92-75 rout of Poitiers that made them take first place in the standings with a 3-1 record.
Nanterre downed Paris, 81-77, despite 20 points from Sean May in a losing effort.
Christophe Denis' side suffered a fourth-quarter collapse and were outscored 26-9 by Nanterre.
Nancy fell in their game after overtime, 87-79.
Nicolas Pope scored 14 points in defeat.
JDA Dijon are in action on Monday night against defending French champions Chalon.
Pinar Karsiyaka remained perfect in Turkey's Basketbol Ligi with a 79-66 triumph over Turk Telekom.
Robert Dixon's 21 points and Abdul Aminu's 20 led Karsiyaka, who improved to 3-0.
However, the other EuroChallenge outfit in Turkey, Tofa Bursa, fell 72-55 to last season's EuroChallenge winners, Besiktas.