|26 March 2012|
|Julien Mills and Szolnoki Olaj were all smiles at the weekend, while the three other EuroChallenge Final Four participants slumped to defeats |
Szolnoki Olaj are the only team to have qualified for the EuroChallenge Final Four that won in its domestic league game at the weekend.
The Hungarians beat Kecskemeti like a drum, 95-71, with Marton Bader's 16 points leading a balanced attack.
Five other players hit double-digits in points and Peter Por's team also dominated the boards, out-rebounding Kecskemeti, 34-22.
"The most important was to bring home the victory," Por said.
Kecskemeti coach Stojan Ivkovic tipped his hat to Por's team.
"Szolnoki fully deservedly the win," he said.
Szolnoki (19-4), who won a thrilling Game 3 in the EuroChallenge Quarter-Finals last week at BK Ventspils, trail Falco-Zsova KC-Szombathely (21-3) in the standings, level with Albacomp (also 19-4).
Besiktas Milangaz, Elan Chalon and Triumph Lyubertsy all slumped to defeats.
Besiktas, playing without injured point guard Carlos Arroyo, lost 64-61 at home to Banvit.
While Great Britain international Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 11 rebounds in a losing effort, Banvit won the rebounding battle, 38-33.
The loss has dropped Besiktas in the Beko Basketbol Ligi standings to fourth place - one spot below Banvit.
Chorale Roanne, edged out in two EuroChallenge Quarter-Final games by Chalon, gained a measure of revenge with an 83-78 win in the French Pro A.
Dylan Page erupted for a game-high 37 points for Roanne.
Malcolm Delaney, one of Chalon's top players, said: "The key was the defense.
"Giving up 83 points is way too much and we don't have a habit of doing that.
"Dylan Page got far too many easy shots early in the game and when a shooter gets confidence, everything comes together and he made even tougher shots."
In Russia, BC Khimki had too much for Triumph Lyubertsy and won 91-80.
Jerry Jefferson finished with 19 points in defeat for Triumph.
The captain of Triumph, Artem Kuzyakin, said the team didn't have enough fuel in the tank after spending a lot of emotion in the EuroChallenge Quarter-Final Game 3 decider Fuenlabrada in Spain.
"Unfortunately, we weren't able to please our travelling fans with a victory today," he said.
"I think that our game has been affected by the fatigue after the match in Spain, but I do not want excuses.
"Against such a strong team as Khimki, you must play at your best with a competent, well-balanced defense and not be in too much of a rush offensively."