Week 2 Round Up Groups E-H

15 November 2012

EUROCHALLENGE

7. Quincy Taylor (Mons-Hainaut)
Quincy Taylor was the man for Mons-Hainaut, picking up a 23-point, 11-rebound double-double on the road in Paris

The standings in Regular Season groups E-through-H look perfectly symmetrical after game day two, with an undefeated team at the top of each group followed by two sides with a 1-1 record.

Gameday Two action in groups E-through-H was highlighted by some exceptional individual performances, such as that produced by weekly MVP Marton Bader, and overtime drama in Paris

 

GROUP E

Paris Levallois and Belfius Mons-Hainaut were the protagonists of the most thrilling drama on gameday two with the visiting Belgians escaping the French capital with a precious 86-84 away victory in overtime.

The hosts started better and took a nine-point advantage at the first buzzer but Mons balanced proceedings in the second frame and it would be a back-and-forth encounter from then on, until the end of regulation.

The guests tied the scores at 71 on a Guy Muya lay-up with 11 seconds left in regulation and Andrew Albicy missed the chance to win it for the Parisians at the death.

Paris scored the first four points in overtime but Mons were not going to lose this one. Joshua Bostic hit a three-pointer and on the next possession the Belgians took the lead on a Jonathan Wallace lay-up and managed to hold on to it until the end of the extra period.

Quincy Taylor led the winning side with 23 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. His team-mate Brian Qvale also finished with a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Paris Levallois and Mons-Hainaut are tied at 1-1 behind Okapi Aalstar who lead the group with two wins in as many games.

Aalstar hosted BCMU Pitesti on Tuesday and never gave the Romanian side a chance, leading from start to finish, registering a convincing 99-68 victory.

Center Ioana Tofi had 16 points and six rebounds for the Belgian side.

GROUP F

EWE Baskets Oldenburg played a second consecutive game at home on Tuesday and won by a 17-point margin for the second time in a row.

The German side came out guns blazing to score 27 points in the first quarter and despite BC Timisoara putting up a fight in both the second and final frames, the Germans always had a firm grip on the encounter.

Oldenburg prevailed 84-67 and are top of the group at 2-0 while Timisoara are 1-1.

The Romanians are sharing second place with Szolnoki Olaj who got off the mark on Tuesday.

Szolnoki were facing a fellow Hungarian side for the first time this season, but they showed no sign of sentimentalism as they outgunned Lami-Véd Körmend 96-92 on the road.

The 2012 Final Four hosts carried a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter and it proved unassailable even as Körmend came up with their best ten minutes in the competition so far, winning the final stanza 32-19.

Regular Season gameday 2 MVP Marton Bader was outstanding for the winners.

The Hungarian center led all scorers with 32 points on 90 percent shooting from the floor and added 14 rebounds

 

GROUP G

SLUC Nancy are bottom of the standings in the French Pro A and looked determined to prove a point against compatriots BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque at home on Tuesday.

The hosts came storming out to take a 23-10 lead after the first quarter and held a 12-point advantage at the half-time interval but had no answers when Gravelines tightened the screws on defence in the third.

The visitors exhibited the depth of their bench in front of 2,500 Nancy fans, giving more than ten minutes of playing time to 11 players to take an 80-68 victory and stay at the top of the group standings. 

Dwight Buycks led the very balanced Gravelines offence with 13 points while Sarra Camara had a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. 

In the other game in the group, also on Tuesday, Tsmoki-Minsk were comfortable 93-62 winners over Pizza Express Apollon.

The backcourt duo of Ja Juan Smith and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau combined for 42 points for the Belarusian side, who are now in second place tied at 1-1 with Nancy

 

GROUP H

7. Bryan Hopkins (Antwerp Giants)
Bryan Hopkins helped Antwerp Giants to their first EuroChallenge win of the season with 24 points

Telekom Baskets Bonn and Hapoel Holon met on Wednesday in Germany knowing that the winner would go top in the standings as the only undefeated team in the group.

The hosts were much better in the first half and led by as many as 19 points midway through the third quarter.

Bonn probably thought their job for the evening was done but Hapoel got back in the game by scoring 21 points in the back end of the quarter.

The Israeli side cut the gap to four points, 75-71, in the fourth but a big three from Benas Veikalas gave the Germans some much-needed breathing space and they kept their calm until the end to claim an 85-78 victory.

Bonn point guard Jared Jordan led all scorers with 20 points and also dished out 12 assists.

On Tuesday, Port of Antwerp Giants finished strong in Georgia to claim a valuable 80-71 road win over Armia.

Bryan Hopkins led the Belgian side with 24 points, six rebounds and three assists.

The Giants are now level with Hapoel at 1-1 while Armia slumped to their second defeat in as many games and are fourth in the group.

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