|15 November 2012|
The second week of the EuroChallenge Regular Season turned out to be an ideal time to travel, as five teams won their respective games on the road in group A-through-D action.
|Chinemelu Elonu picked up a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double as Tofas recorded their first Group A win of the season|
Pinar Karsiyaka, Keravnos and Norrköping Dolphins were the only three sides to make the most of their home-court advantage.
In the Game of the Week that was streamed live on FIBA Europe TV, visitors KRKA Νοvo Mesto started well on defence and were leading Pinar Karsiyaka 18-15 two minutes into the second quarter.
But two consecutive lay-ups by 20-year-old Ayhan Kentli on his EuroChallenge season debut sparked a 17-7 Karsiyaka run which helped the hosts go into the half-time interval with an eight-point lead.
The Turkish side stepped on the gas in the third and never looked back, cruising to a 79-56 victory that leaves them as the only unbeaten team in the group.
Ümit Sonkol finished with 20 points for the Izmir outfit while Abdul Aminu had 11 points, nine rebounds and an eye-popping four blocks.
KRKA are now tied in second place with Tofas Bursa, who made easy work of their trip to Cyprus and claimed their first success in the Regular Season, at the expense of Michelin ETHA Engomi.
Tofas blew away their hosts in the first and final quarters to win 78-57 behind 23 points from point guard Steven Burtt and a Chinemelu Elonu double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Krasnye Krylia took control of their Wednesday encounter with CSU Ploiesti right from tip-off and went into the final frame with a comfortable 10-point cushion.
A brave last effort by the hosts reduced the gap to just one point, 1:59 out from the final buzzer but the Russians managed to hold on and win, 79-76.
Chester Simmons of Krasnye Krylia led all scorers with 21 points.
The Samara outfit now leads the group with a perfect 2-0 record while the Romanians slumped to a second defeat.
In a game that saw the lead change ten times, Keravnos came from behind to take the lead in the third quarter and register their first win, 72-67 over Joensuun Kataja.
Andreas Pilavas finished with 25 points to lead the Cypriots, who are now level in the standings with the Swedish side
|Ronalds Zakis led Ventspils to their second win with 20 points|
BK Ventspils went into the locker rooms in Finland leading Tampereen Pyrintö 45-34 and when they further increased the gap to 19 in the third, they probably thought the task of registering their first win on the road was accomplished.
The Finns were not going to give up without a fight though. Back-to-back three-pointers from Carl Lindbom and Antero Lehto sparked a dreamy 20-0 run to put the hosts up, 61-60.
When the shell-shocked Latvians reacted however, the Tampere outfit did not have much more left in the tank. Ventspils scored 22 points in the final five minutes and rode out 89-74 winners.
Ronalds Zakis led Ventspils with 20 points on 90 percent shooting from the floor while an unstoppable Kenneth Lowe had 31 points for the hosts.
Ventspils are top of the group with two wins in as many games while Pyrintö are bottom with two losses.
In the other game of the group, Norrköping Dolphins only scored 22 points in the first half and looked destined to leave the all-Swedish clash against the Södertälje Kings with their heads hung in shame.
The Kings led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter but the hosts used a 9-0 run, capped by an Edgars Jeromanovs' three-pointer, to go 60-58 up with 57 seconds left on the clock.
The Dolphins eventually prevailed 64-62 over their local rivals and the two Swedish sides are tied in second place in the group with one win each after two games
JDA Dijon held a seven-point lead over Khimik Yuzhne at half-time and then increased the advantage to 12 points midway through the third quarter, when the Ukranian side decided it was the perfect time to stage a comeback.
The visitors closed the gap to four points at the end of the third and then took a five-point lead with less than four minutes left, only to let it slip.
The hosts made it 73-72 with 1:54 left in the game but Khimik kept their calm to score the last four points in the encounter and achieve a hard-earned 76-73 victory on the road.
Khimik's Willie Deane led all scorers with 17 points.
The Ukrainian outfit is tied at the top of the group with Gaz Metan Medias, who also claimed a valuable win away from home on Tuesday.
The Romanian side were up 65-57 against Tartu Rock with less than five minutes left on the clock.
Despite a late effort by the Estonians to turn the tables, Medias managed to hold on for a 70-68 victory.
Michael St. John had 17 points for the visitors.
Tartu Rock, just like JDA Dijon, have yet to get off the mark after the first two games in the Regular Season.
EuroChallenge Week 2 Round Up Groups E-H