BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Raymond Sykes had 14 points and 8 rebounds on 6/7 shooting from the field in Göttingen's win|
New BG Göttingen coach Michael Meeks steered the club to a much-needed, 80-75 home triumph over Walter Tigers Tübingen at the weekend.
Meeks, a Canadian who represented his country at the Sydney Olympics and retired as a player last season, began this campaign as the assistant to Stefan Mienack but was put in charge of the team at the beginning of December with the club having claimed just one win in 14 games overall.
Now the 39-year-old has an important victory that Violets fans will be hoping starts on a winning run as the struggling outfit tries to leave the BEKO BBL basement.
Paris Horne hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 3:20 remaining for the winners, who got 17 points from recent signing Matt Bauscher.
"I hope today (Saturday) was not the highlight, but the beginning," Meeks said.
"The team fought hard and had to give everything to achieve this victory.
"I hope the guys have now got the taste.
"There will still be an uphill battle."
The Violets are still in last place in the BEKO BBL standings with two victories and 10 defeats.
After the game, Göttingen announced they had parted with Kwadzo Ahelegbe.
"We are grateful to Kwadzo Ahelegbe for his commitment and wish him all the best," said sports director Jan Schiecke.
Meeks' team will try to end the unbeaten run in the EuroChallenge of Besiktas Milangaz when they host the Turkish club on Tuesday.
Artland Dragons, who have already advanced to the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge, won 95-79 over EnBW Ludwigsburg in Germany.
Stefan Koch's team is fourth in the BBL with eight victories and four defeats.
Telekom Baskets Bonn, who are also safely through to the next phase of the EuroChallenge, were beaten at home by New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, 80-76.
Bonn are 6-6 in Germany and currently out of the top eight.
EWE Baskets, meanwhile, fresh off their impressive road win at Fuenlabrada in Spain, crashed to a 101-83 defeat at ratiopharm Ulm.
Ulm are flying high in the domestic league with nine wins and just two setbacks.
New signing Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 13 points and seven rebounds for Besiktas but they lost 86-67 at Banvit.
|Ali Karadeniz sparked Türk Telekom with 28 points in the win over Olin Edirne|
Pinar Karsiyaka, who have sealed their place in the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge, improved to 4-5 in Turkey with an 80-74 triumph at Tofas.
Goran Ikonic, the MVP of KRKA Novo Mesto's EuroChallenge Final Four winning side earlier this year, had 19 points for Karsiyaka.
Ali Karadeniz poured in 28 points as Turk Telekom won their battle of EuroChallenge sides at Olin Edirne, 94-85.
Both Turk Telekom and Olin Edirne have no chance of progressing to the Last 16.
Elan Chalon, who claimed an 80-79 victory at BC Enisey in the EuroChallenge that improved the team to 4-1 and punched its Last 16 ticket six days ago, won 72-65 at home against Nancy - a team in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.
Malcolm Delaney poured in 17 points for Chalon.
Le Mans scraped a 70-67 home triumph over EuroChallenge outfit Chorale Roanne and Pau-Lacq-Orthez fell hard at Le Havre, 102-62.