|Jawad Williams came up big for Paris Levallois, recording 25 points and 10 rebounds on the road|
Only two teams, both of them German, still march on unbeaten in EuroChallenge groups E-through-H after the conclusion of the third day of action in the Regular Season.
FIBA Europe Okapi Aalstar seemed to be well on track for a third consecutive win in the Regular Season on Tuesday, when they took an early 24-13 lead over Paris Levallois and then further increased the gap to 45-31 at half-time.
The Parisians however staged an impressive comeback in the third that erased the hosts' advantage and tied the scores at 53 going into the fourth quarter.
The Belgian side reacted at the start of the final frame and muscled their way back with a 17-8 run to regain a five-point lead, 70-65, with 4:34 left on the clock.
And then they stopped.
A Sean May put-back sparked a 10-0 run within the next minute and a half, which brought the French side on top, 70-75.
They held onto the lead until the end to ride out 86-76 winners.
Jawad Williams led Paris to this valuable victory on the road with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds.
It was just enough for the Belgian side to clinch an important road victory, 78-73, that left their hosts bottom of the group with no wins to their name.
Group E Standings: Okapi Aalstar 2-1; Paris Levallois 2-1; Belfius Mons-Hainaut 2-1; BCMU Pitesti 0-3
After the first three weeks in the Regular Season, EWE Baskets Oldenburg are the highest-scoring team and have the second-best defence in the competition.
On Wednesday night they were playing at home and were very keen to show why they excel at both ends of the floor, with Lami-Véd Körmend on the receiving end of this exhibition.
The German outfit defeated their Hungarian opponents comfortably, 95-64, with every player in the winning squad getting playing time and eleven of them writing their name on the score-sheet.
The free-flowing pace of the game suited both teams, but the Hungarian side always looked a bit more comfortable and in control of proceedings.
Szolnoki took a 51-41 advantage into the locker rooms at the interval and managed to withstand the hosts' charge in the third quarter and confidently preserve their lead in the final stanza.
Week 2 MVP Marton Bader once again provided the Hungarian team with a solid presence inside, collecting a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Group F Standings: EWE Baskets Oldenburg 3-0; Szolnoki Olaj 2-1; BC Timisoara 1-2; Lami-Véd Körmend 0-3.
The encounter that saw BCM losing for the first time in the EuroChallenge had all the ingredients of a memorable game.
It saw an MVP performance by Apollon's Brandon Brown, who finished with 28 points, five rebounds and four assists.
And finally, it had a missed shot by Dwight Buycks at the buzzer, which could have swung the pendulum in BCM's direction.
Game Day 3 MVP Brown had plenty of support from Diego Capelan who added 17 points, while Buycks finished with 22 in a losing effort.
The game in Minsk was closer than the final score suggests, with the French side fighting till the end and the Belarusians only securing victory by converting four consecutive free throws in the final 19 seconds.
Minsk owe a lot to an excellent performance by Aliaksandr Kudrautsau on the offensive end.
The Belarus international was five-for-six from behind the three-point arc and finished with 23 points and four assists.
Group G Standings: BCM Gravelines Dunkerque 2-1; Tsmoki-Minsk 2-1; SLUC Nancy 2-1; Pizza Express Apollon 1-2.
|Jerome Dyson's 18 points assisted Hapoel Holon to their second win of the season|
The Georgian side surprised their hosts by taking a 26-14 lead at the start and the Germans faced an uphill struggle from then onwards.
On Wednesday, Hapoel Unet Holon returned to winning ways in a little less convincing fashion than Bonn.
In fact the two teams went into the fourth quarter level at 53 and it was only an exceptional showing by the Israeli team in the final ten minutes that decided the outcome.
The hosts used a 15-3 run at the beginning of the final frame to finally gain some breathing space, 70-55.
Holon did not lay back but kept playing aggressive defence and forcing turnovers by the guests to effectively kill off the game with a 10-0 run that made it 86-60.
The 2.04m forward finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Group H Standings: Telekom Baskets Bonn 3-0; Hapoel Unet Holon 2-1; Port of Antwerp Giants 1-2; Armia 0-3.