BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Dwight Buycks had a big game, as BCM eased past Boulazac in the French Pro A |
The weekend was full of smiles for the two French sides that have advanced to the EuroChallenge Last 16, Paris Levallois and BCM Gravelines Dunkerque.
They both claimed victories that lifted them to 7-4 and into second place in the French Pro A standings, tied with Chalon, and all three could find themselves at the top of the table, level with Le Mans, if the latter lose at Strasbourg on Monday night.
The Parisians travelled to Dijon, who missed out on the second phase of the EuroChallenge, and came back from 13 points down to take an 82-74 victory.
Center Sean May added another double-double performance to his season stats, with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
French international Andrew Albicy made all four of his shots from the floor and all five of his free-throw attempts to collect 12 points and added four assists.
BCM were also playing on the road but had it easier against Boulazac, leading from start to finish to register a 92-80 success.
Five players scored in double digits for the winners, who shared minutes around and only took their foot off the gas in the final quarter.
BCM's Dwight Buycks led all scorers with 20 points and added five assists.
BIG WIN FOR SZOLNOKI
New Szolnoki Olaj head coach Nedeljko Asceric enjoyed a winning start in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday, less than 24 hours since his appointment.
On Sunday, five days after the 77-71 victory over BC Timisoara that secured Szolnoki a place in the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge, Asceric led the Hungarians to a surprise home win over Partizan Belgrade for a triumphant debut in the Adriatic League (ABA).
Szolnoki piled on the misery for the Serbian side that missed out on a place in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 in so dramatic fashion on Thursday at Bamberg, by taking a 12-point lead at half-time and then holding out to reach a famous 70-68 victory.
Marton Bader and Ernests Kalve paved the way for the hosts.
The Hungarian international had 18 points and seven rebounds, while the Latvian finished with 16 points and seven boards.
Szolnoki remain at the bottom of the ABA standings since this was only their third win in 13 games, while Partizan are in second place.
|EWE Baskets head coach Sebastian Machowski had reason to be satisfied, as his side dominated Artland Dragons at the weekend |
OLDENBURG KEEP ON WINNING
EWE Baskets Oldenburg extended their winning streak with an important win on the road over Artland Dragons, direct rivals for a play-off spot in the German BEKO Bundesliga.
The visitors recovered swiftly from a poor start to the game with an impressive second quarter, in which they outscored the hosts 20-9 to take a 34-26 advantage at half-time.
Their dominance was simply ratified in the second half and they prevailed comfortably 86-65.
Once again, Oldenburg saw six of their players scoring in double digits, with Chris Kramer this time leading all scorers with his 19 points.
Oldenburg improved to 9-5 to keep hold of fourth place on the table, albeit with two games in hand over Trier, who are in fifth.
Telekom Baskets Bonn meanwhile never succeeded in coming back from a troubling start and slumped to an 85-72 defeat to s.Oliver Baskets at home.
Robert Vaden finished with 16 points and Patrick Ewing Jr. had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
KARSIYAKA STAY IN THIRD
Pinar Karsiyaka stayed in third place in the Turkish BEKO Ligi standings with an 88-74 road win at Antalya BSB on Saturday.
The guests pulled away in the third quarter and easily maintained the lead till the end behind excellent showings by center Abdul Aminu and shooting guard Jon Diebler, who finished with 19 and 25 points, respectively.
Tofas Bursa meanwhile did not manage to maintain momentum following their triumph at KRKA Novo Mesto midweek that earned them a place in the EuroChallenge Last 16.
They travelled to Istanbul to play Galatasaray and were ahead for most of the first 20 minutes, taking a 35-32 lead at half-time, but could not withhold the league leaders' offensive in the third quarter.
Tofas lost 71-61, with Tomislav Ruzic and Steven Burtt scoring 11 points each in defeat.