BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Chris Ensminger's usually solid output was not enogh to avoid defeat for the Telekom Baskets as they fell to Würzburg|
Telekom Baskets Bonn went into their game at Würzburg on the back of five straight wins to start the new campaign in Germany's top flight.
The EuroChallenge outfit finally bit the dust at the weekend, though, losing 71-61.
Benas Veikalas had 16 points, Chris Ensminger 13 and Jared Jordan and Tony Gaffney 12 apiece but it wasn't enough for Michael Koch's team to remain unbeaten.
"We had too many turnovers and gave away too many offensive rebounds which led directly to points," Koch said.
"In the second half, we defended with more intensity but couldn't improve offensively.
"In the past games, we had made some big shots but these were made by Würzburg (in this game)."
Bonn had 15 turnovers and also gave away 13 offensive boards to the home side.
John Patrick, who led Göttingen to the EuroChallenge title in 2010, is now the coach of s.Oliver Baskets.
"It was a big game against an undefeated Bonn team," he said.
"We were really motivated, and our fans were also very motivated.
"Bonn's fans were very enthusiastic, too. It was a great atmosphere in the hall."
EWE Baskets Oldenburg got 28 points from their explosive guard Bobby Brown and beat FC Bayern Munich, 88-81.
What impressed EWE Baskets coach Predrag Krunic most, however, was the team's determined display on defense, and the boards.
"I think my team defended well for long stretches and also worked hard on the rebounds," Krunic said.
Robin Smeulders and Ronald Burrell each had seven rebounds for the winners while Rickey Paulding and Kenny Hasbrouck had two steals apiece.
EWE Baskets improved to 3-3.
The other two German representatives in the EuroChallenge, BG Göttingen and Artland, suffered defeats.
Göttingen endured their fifth setback in six games, falling 76-64 at LTi Giessen 46ers.
Artland Dragons lost at home, 86-83, to Eisbären Bremerhaven and are now 3-3 on the young season.
Chalon/Saône were the only French EuroChallenge team to post a victory.
Blake Schilb poured in 21 points Alade Aminu and Malcolm Delaney 16 each and Jordan Aboudou 14 as Chalon won 77-75 at Dijon.
Chalon are fourth in the standings on the young campaign.
The other two sides in the EuroChallenge, Pau Lacq Orthez and Roanne, lost at the weekend.
Pau crashed to an 89-60 defeat at Gravelines Dunkerque and Paris-Levallois edged Roanne, 95-92.
Besiktas Milangaz won their battle of EuroChallenge sides in Turkey's top flight, beating Turk Telekom, 97-88.
Deron Williams made three of his five shots from behind the arc and finished with 23 points for Besiktas, who improved to 3-0 in the league.
Taking on the Turkish Airlines Euroleague outfit Galatasaray, Pinar Karsiyaka lost 79-72 despite getting 15 points from Goran Ikonic - the MVP of the 2011 EuroChallenge Final Four when playing for winners KRKA Novo Mesto.
Jovo Stanojevic and İlkan Karaman each weighed in with 14 points in defeat.
Olin Edirne were also in action against a Euroleague team, Anadolou Efes, and suffered a heavy home beating.
Wesley Wilkinson scored 19 points and Christopher Wright 17 for Olin Edirne but Efes rolled to an 88-67 triumph.
Hungary and Georgia
In Hungary, Hristo Nikolov and Julien Mills each had 16 points to lead a balanced Szolnoki Olaj attack in a 94-54 drubbing of Debrecen.
But the country's other EuroChallenge team, Atomeromu, slumped to a 69-66 defeat to Kecskemeti.
In Georgia, Armia Tbilisi thrashed Kutaisi, 89-49, to improve to 2-0 on the young campaign.