BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Michael Koch and the Telekom Baskets Bonn lost the second encounter in one week to Stefan Koch's Artland Dragons|
Stefan Koch and his brother, Michael, have been seeing a lot of each other lately in Germany's BEKO BBL.
The former is the coach of the Artland Dragons and the latter is at the helm of Telekom Baskets Bonn.
Last week, Bonn defeated Artland 95-92 but in another meeting between the sides on Saturday, Artland hit back for a 93-83 win.
Brandon Thomas had 19 points and Nathan Peavy, one of the heroes of Artland's EuroChallenge Last 16 victory at Antwerp Giants, poured in 18.
Artland are third in the German league at 13-5.
"I'm obviously pleased that we brothers have shared the points," Stefan Koch said.
"It wasn't an easy game for us...
"We have defended well in the first half but not in the second.
"Our two teams have similar problems on the defense, which runs through the whole season.
"In the second half, the problem was that we lost our focus..."
Artland led 45-33 at half-time but were knocked out of their rhythm on offense when Bonn went into a zone after the intermission.
"Nevertheless, I am glad that we won against strong Bonn," Koch said.
His brother, Michael, said: "As we have frequently done, we shared the points again fraternally.
"Our (Bonn's) problem is obviously the defense."
Bonn fell to 9-9 on the campaign.
They are in 10th place.
EWE Baskets Oldenburg are undefeated in the EuroChallenge with seven wins in as many games but they were on the wrong end of a 102-71 score at FC Bayern.
Bayern did a great job of getting to the line and made 26 of 40 free-throws compared to a 13-of-18 game for EWE Baskets.
The winners were also 10 of 23 from long range while Oldenburg were eight of 22.
France's two EuroChallenge Last 16 teams won their domestic games at the weekend.
Elan Chalon remained red hot with a 104-76 victory over Hyeres-Toulon.
Ilian Evtimov exploded from behind the arc again, making six of 10 shots.
France international Steed Tchicamboud was Chalon's best player, though, scoring 16 points and handing out nine assists.
Chalon are joint top of the French standings with Gravelines on 26 points.
John Holland had 20 points as Roanne prevailed 77-74 over Pau-Lacq-Orthez.
Roanne are seventh in the French top flight.
The EuroChallenge teams in Turkey, Besiktas and Pinar Karsiyaka, were also winners.
Besiktas gave new signing Adam Morrison his club debut at Antalya.
Morrison played nine minutes and scored two points in an 85-75 Besiktas victory.
Zoran Erceg led Besiktas with 20 points and Carlos Arroyo weighed in with 18 and seven assists.
David Hawkins and Pops Mensah-Bonsu each contributed 14 points as Besiktas improved to 11-4.
They are fourth in BEKO Basketbol Ligi behind Anadolu Efes (13-2), Galatasaray (12-3) and Banvit (11-4).
Pinar Karsiyaka are fifth and just a game behind Besiktas at 10-5 following an 89-62 mauling of Bandirma Kirmizi.
Mire Chatman had 18 points and seven assists for Karsiyaka.
Fuenlabrada Shock Valencia
|Kirk Penney was the man of the match for Fuenlabrada as they downed Valencia Basket|
Fuenlabrada continued to overcome adversity with an impressive 76-69 victory at Valencia Basket.
The club recently lost big man Gustavo Ayon to the NBA's New Orleans Hornets while Mouhamed Sene saw his season come to an end last week with a serious knee injury suffered in a victory over Unicaja Malaga.
Leo Mainoldi has also been sidelined with a knee problem.
Against Valencia, Kirk Penney had 27 points, Saul Blanco 16 and Joaquin Colom nine points, seven assists and four rebounds for Fuenlabrada, who stayed in the hunt for a spot in the Copa del Rey.
Fuenlabrada are the only Spanish club in the EuroChallenge Last 16.
ZZ Leiden scraped a 64-62 win in Holland at Groningen, who had been in first place.
Seamus Boxley had 23 points and 13 rebounds for Leiden, who fell at home to Roanne in their EuroChallenge Last 16 opener.
Triumph Down BC NN
In a Russian PBL fight between two EuroChallenge teams, Triumph Lyubertsy thrashed BC Nizhny Novgorod, 95-63.
After that game, the captain of Triumph, Artem Kuzyakin, showered praise on his teammates.
"We had a terrific attitude, super motivation," he said, saying the team felt a sense of urgency after falling at home to Karsiyaka in Europe.
"We all played selflessly, all struggling, all fighting for the ball."
The defeat was a painful one for BC NN coach Zoran Lukic.
"I hate what happened today with my team on the court," he said.
"My players were emotionally empty.
"This is an infamous game and we can't play the way we played today.
"Triumph wanted this win more today and deservedly won."
In the Baltic League, BK Ventspils prevailed 83-77 over Baltai Kaunas.
Ventspils are Latvia's sole representatives in the EuroChallenge Last 16.