EWE Baskets blew out ZZ Leiden 85-62 on Tuesday night in the EuroChallenge Last 16.
Fresh off their come-from-behind triumph at BK Ventspils, Leiden were no match on this occasion for the Oldenburg outfit in Germany.
Kenneth Hasbrouck had 16 points and Robin Smeulders contributed 10 along with a game-high 12 rebounds for the winners.
EWE Baskets excelled on defense while on offense, they moved the ball well and found the open man.
They ended up burying 10 of 23 shots from long range and made 21 of 38 inside the arc.
EWE Baskets stormed into a 27-14 lead by the end of the first quarter and stretched that to 50-27 by half-time.
The advantage ballooned to 33 after the restart before Leiden clawed their way back to 74-48 with 10 minutes remaining.
The hosts were able to coast to victory in the fourth quarter to improve to 2-1 and drop Leiden to 1-2.
ZZ Leiden Head Coach Toon Van Helfteren
"We lost to a very good team tonight. Right from the beginning, we had little to no chance at all to win this game. Oldenburg played great defense, moved the ball well, found open shooters and made a lot of shots from beyond the arc. It was a difficult game for us. We managed to get their lead down to 16 at one point but all in all there was a big difference between our two teams tonight."
EWE Baskets Oldenburg Head Coach Predrag Krunic
"I think we played a good game and deserved this win. My team played with great intensity. We defended well, moved the ball, made open shots and controlled the boards for most of the game. For a couple of minutes in the second half, we lost control of the game, rebounding-wise and they cut our lead down to 16. Nonetheless I'm satisfied with this win."
ZZ Leiden player Jevohn Shepherd
"We came into the game lacking energy and passion. Not to make excuses, but today we really felt the absence of our injured big men. We tried to stay in the game and in the fourth quarter we put together some nice runs, but by then it was already too late and the game had been decided. Now we need to refocus and just play better in the coming games."
EWE Baskets Oldenburg player Kenneth Hasbrouck
"We had some player meetings during the last few days and talked about our defensive intensity and that we need to play harder for 40 minutes. I think today we played 35 minutes of really good team defense and shared the ball very well defensively. Being up by 30 with two minutes to go in the third quarter made us relax a little bit and in the future we need to stay sharp and energized no matter the score."