BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Jared Jordan is averaging 10 assists per game for Telekom Baskets, best in the EuroChallenge |
Telekom Baskets Bonn point guard Jared Jordan has been picking up one assist after another in the EuroChallenge this season.
Ranked number one in the competition at 10 per game, Jordan came up with one at the weekend that helped Bonn snap a five-game losing streak in the BEKO BBL.
In the closing seconds, Chris Ensminger set a pick for Jordan and then rolled to the basket and received the ball from his teammate before scoring.
"In the last sequence," Bonn coach Michael Koch said, "we played freely and sought the best option.
"Ludwigsburg was aggressive on our shooters, so that led to the pick-and-roll option and the pass to Chris Ensminger."
Bonn had to hold their nerve to avoid a sixth straight defeat.
After Bonn's Simonas Serapinas had split a pair of free-throws to cut Ludwigsburg's lead to 83-82, the hosts ran the clock down on their next possession before Mark Dorris launched a shot from long range.
He missed, and Ensminger grabbed the rebound.
Jordan then passed to Ensminger for the go-ahead basket with four seconds to go.
Dorris attempted a three-pointer at the death but missed.
While Jordan is usually the pass master, his scoring was crucial against Ludwigsburg.
He finished with a game-high 24 points.
Bonn climbed to ninth in the standings.
Dragons Down EWE Baskets
Artland Dragons and EWE Baskets Oldenburg, like Bonn, are in the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge and they squared off against each other in Germany.
The former have been good away from home and so it proved to be once again as they broke open a close game in the second half and recorded a 99-81 victory at Oldenburg.
Darren Fenn had 21 points, Anthony King 17 and Brandon Thomas 16 for the Dragons.
Artland only led 50-48 at half-time and 54-51 early in the third quarter when Thomas caught fire.
He hit three shots from long range to help the visitors open up a comfortable lead and they pulled away for a decisive victory.
Stefan Koch, the Dragons coach, said: "I am very pleased that we are one of the strongest teams in the league away from home and were able to hijack the points.
"I am pleased that the team goes with this good feeling into the short (Christmas) break."
Predrag Krunic, the coach of EWE Baskets, lamented his side's effort.
"Today, for the whole game, we weren't good on defense and allowed too many easy points.
"We had no rhythm on defense."
The rebounds also hurt EWE Baskets because King was able to grab seven for the Dragons on the offensive glass.
"We wanted to give no second chances, so the seven offensive rebounds by Anthony King, of course, hurt."
Chorale Roanne Basket and Elan Chalon, the French teams still alive in the EuroChallenge, clinched wins in the LNB.
|Uchenna Nsonwu and Roanne Basket are on a good track to repeat their Final Four appearance from 2010|
Roanne trailed 56-52 with 10 minutes to play but got hot in the fourth quarter and prevailed 78-71 over Cholet.
The visitors had no answer for Uche Nsonwu, who poured in 26 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Nsonwu, a 33-year-old power forward/center, averages 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in the EuorChallenge.
Chalon, who like Roanne went 5-1 in the EuroChallenge Regular Season to finish top of their group, won 81-55 at Poitiers after getting a double-double from Abdul Aminu.
The 2.07 center, whose steal and three-pointer at the death gave Chalon a thrilling victory over Antwerp Giants last week, had 19 points and 11 rebounds at Poitiers.
Conquest In Spain
Fuenlabrada, the only Spanish side in the EuroChallenge, suffered a blowout at Lagun Aro GBC in San Sebastian.
A crowd of 5,830 watched as Jimmy Baron got hot and hit eight of 12 shots from long range for Sito Alonso's side.
Triumph Lyubertsy, being led by coach Vasily Karasev while head coach Valdemaras Chomicius recovers from a heart condition, won their clash with Enisey in the Russian PBL, 96-73.
Jerry Jefferson had 26 points and Sergey Karasev, the son of Vasily, contributed 19 for the winners, who are in Last 16 of the EuroChallenge.
"We were very tuned in to this game with Enisey, whom we are direct competitors with in the standings," Sergey Karasev said.
"It's a pity that at the end of the game, we relaxed and weren't able to please the fans by reaching 100 points."
BC NN, meanwhile, fell 85-73 in their VTB United League game at BC Khimki despite getting 19 points from Ernest Bremer.
"To win today, we needed a bit of luck but we did not have enough," BC NN's Russia international Semen Antonov said.
"It's clear that from game to game, we are growing, playing with more confidence on defense and improving our mutual understanding within the team."
Besiktas Win Big
Besiktas underlined their potential yet again with a 73-65 victory over Galatasaray in Turkey.
David Hawkins poured in 21 points and handed out six assists, Can Akin scored 14 and Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 13 rebounds to go with his 12 points.
Making the win all the more impressive is that Galatasaray are in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.
Besiktas earlier this season beat another Euroleague outfit, Fenerbahce Ulker.
Pinar Karsiyaka are like Besiktas in the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge and they claimed an 80-71 victory over Erdemir.
Goran Ikonic had 20 points to lead Karsiyaka.
ZZ Leiden's players, already on a high after beating Armia last week to clinch second place in Group A of the EuroChallenge and advance to the Last 16, went into their Christmas break with a big win.
Seamus Boxley had 20 points, Mohammad Kherrazi 16 and Arvin Slagter 13 in a 76-51 victory over Rotterdam.
Leiden are third in the Dutch standings behind Groningen and Den Bosch.
Antwerp Win, Okapi Fall
In Belgium, Michael Roll scored 16 points and Roel Moors 13 as Antwerp clinched a 59-46 triumph at Gent.
While the Last 16-bound Giants won, the same cannot be said for the Last 16-bound Okapi Aalstar.
Bradley Dean's team fell 81-71 to Oostende.
Pardubice Rock Usti
BK Pardubice celebrated their progression to the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge with an 86-67 victory over Sluneta Usti.
Petr Bohacik had 18 points for the winners and after the game said: "I'm glad we were able to win today to continue our winning streak.
"We didn't want to go into Christmas after a loss, so we can be satisfied."
In Hungary, Atomeromu didn't progress to the Last 16.
Over the weekend, they took out their anger on a team that did, whipping Szolnoki Olaj, 96-68.
Peter Por, the coach of Szolnoki, said: "We were caught on a very bad day."