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German clubs were coming up trumps in Groups E-through-H in week 1 of the Eurochallenge Regular Season.
Out of the several countries that are represented by more than one club in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013, Germany was the only one to see the opening day conclude with a 100% success record, with EWE Baskets Oldenburg picking up a win at home whilst Telekom Baskets were able to open their Group H account with a win on the road in Belgium.
The Romanians further increased the lead to 19 in the beginning of the third quarter only to see the French staging the most impressive comeback of the opening day from then onwards.
The hosts led 28-16 at the end of the first period but only managed to score 30 points in the entire second half to Aalstar's 45, allowing the visitors to take an important 84-77 road victory with Derek Raivio scoring 18 points and Christopher Young contributing 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Hungarians of Lami-Véd Körmend got off to a better start on the road and led 16-10 midway through the opening quarter but BC Timisoara allowed them to only score 15 points in the remainder of the first half to take a 40-31 lead into the interval.
The Romanian side's advantage was not threatened until the final period when the visitors trimmed the gap to four points.
Ivan Jelenic had 14 points for Timisoara and Archie collected a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The other Hungarian team in the group, Szolnoki Olaj, suffered a similar fate in Germany.
EWE Baskets Oldenburg took a firm grip on proceedings right from tip-off to establish an early nine-point cushion and despite a late 10-0 run by Szolnoki they were always in control and won comfortably, 87-70.
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The opening day in Group G had a distinct tricolour hue as both French clubs won their games.
The French however went on to score 60 points in the second part to break the resistance of the Belarusians and cruise to a 96-63 victory.
The Germans on the other hand had much better percentages and kept their cool to go eight-for-eight from the charity stripe in the last 1:18 of the game to take a valuable 81-72 road win.
A Georgian attempt at a comeback in the second half was unsuccessful as the Israeli team was guided by an inspired Franklin Hassell.
The American center collected a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds and the hosts opened their EuroChallenge season with an 84-69 victory.