Roundup: Mures, Dijon In Full Strength

02 December 2013

5. Goran Martinic (BC Mures)
BC Mures welcomed back sharp-shooter Goran Martinic over the weekend

Sharp-shooter Goran Martinic returned to action after a month-long lay-off due to injury and helped BC Mures extend their winning streak in the Romanian LNB to four games.

Martinic poured in 23 points and dished out six assists on Saturday to lead Mures to a dramatic 91-90 victory over CS Energia Rovinari on the road.

The Montenegrin guard had dropped 31 points in the victorious opening game of Mures with Tsmoki Minsk in the EuroChallenge and leads his team in scoring in the LNB, averaging 18.5 points per game.

Fellow Montenegrin Ivan Jelenic was also in stellar form for Mures on Saturday, as he stayed on the court almost for the entire clash and contributed 17 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists.

Mures, who stand at 1-2 in EuroChallenge Group H, had finished October with a 2-3 record in the LNB but have since climbed up to eighth spot in the standings, with a game in hand over the top-seven teams.

One of the teams above Mures on the LNB table are fellow EuroChallenge competitors CS Municipal Oradea, who improved to 8-2 at the weekend.

Oradea cruised to an 83-62 win at home over CSA Steaua CSM Eximbank as Sean Denison collected a game-high 16 points and eight rebounds, Radovan Markovic added 13 points and Zarko Comagic chipped in with 11 points.

The third representative of Romania in the EuroChallenge Gaz Metan Medias, were not involved in domestic league action at the weekend.


10. Mykal Riley (JDA Dijon)
Mykal Riley had 23 points as Dijon edged reigning French champions Nanterre


Zacherie Moss, the captain of JDA Dijon, stepped again on the floor on Saturday for the first time since mid-October and played a part in his team's morale-boosting victory over reigning French Pro A champions Nanterre at home.

The 32-year-old American played for 12 minutes and finished with four points, five rebounds and a game-high three blocks as Dijon outscored their guests 28-17 in the second frame to overcome a slow start, extended their lead to double-digits in the third and then managed to withstand the comeback attempt of the champions in the clutch to celebrate an 82-80 victory.

Dijon owe big part of their success to small forward Mykal Riley, who had to shake off a minor injury to play in the game and ended up contributing a game-high 23 points, also adding five rebounds and three assists.

Point guard Terrance Campbell also delivered a decisive display for the winners and finished with 18 points and two assists.

Dijon have now improved to 6-3 and jumped to fourth place in the Pro A standings, but the other French club that takes part in the EuroChallenge, Cholet Basket, dropped to 5-4.

Cholet let slip an eight-point lead in the final quarter and suffered an 83-75 defeat at home to Paris-Levallois at the weekend.

John Cox put in an all-round performance for Cholet in defeat and finished with 15 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds, while Rudy Jomby had 13 points and seven rebounds in another losing effort.



ABA Adriatic League:
Krka Novo Mesto's late comeback attempt fell short and the Slovenian side lost 78-69 to Red Star Belgrade at home, despite a game-high 26 points from Jaka Klobucar, who also added six rebounds, four assists and five steals to round-up his stellar performance.

Szolnoki Olaj fell 98-87 at Cedevita Zagreb although Justin Holiday did his best to prevent the defeat, finishing with 25 points on 9-for-14 from the floor.

Belgian Ethias League:
Okapi Aalstar overcame the loss of top scorer Derek Raivio in spectacular fashion, as they delivered one of their best displays this season to defeat league leaders Belgacom Spirou 86-61 at home.

Ioana Tofi and Ian Hanavan were colossal for Okapi, the former scoring a game-high 22 points and the latter picking up a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Port of Antwerp Giants on the other hand suffered a surprise 70-64 loss to Liege at home, as Jean-Marc Mwema and Frank Turner were their only players to score in double digits and picked up 11 points each.

Bulgarian League:
Rilski Sportist rallied to clinch a 93-88 win on the road over Tundja Yambol, behind 25 points from veteran Yordan Bozov and 16 points from Vernon Taylor.

Dutch Eredivisie:
All three Dutch teams that take part in the EuroChallenge were victorious at the weekend.

GasTerra Flames Groningen out-defended Rotterdam 65-59 on the road, as four of their players - Arvin Slagter, Jeff Robinson, Ross Bekkering and Cashmere Wright scored 12 points apiece.

ZZ Leiden stormed back from a 10-point deficit at half-time to clinch a 66-59 win over Weert at home, behind an outstanding double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds by Joshua Duinker.

SPM Shoeters Den Bosch meanwhile secured a comfortable 86-69 win Wijchen Magixx at home on Sunday night.

Estonian Alexela KML:
Tartu University Rock emerged victorious from the big EuroChallenge derby, as they dominated Rakvere Tarvas from start to finish and won 90-67 on the road.

The latest addition to the Tartu roster, Lithuanian big man Vilmantas Dilys, made his mark by collecting a game-high 17 points and adding six rebounds, while Augustas Peciukevicius finished with 16 points for the winners.

For Tarvas, Gregory Jenkins notched a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.

9. Teemu Rannikko (Kataja Basket)
Teemu Rannikko delivered an all-round performance in Kataja's win over Kouvot

Finnish Korisliiga:
Kataja Basket cruised to a 93-64 win over Kouvot at home behind a stellar display by veteran Teemu Rannikko who had 20 points, 5 rebounds and a game-high 8 assists.

Team TEHO Sport Kotka were also playing at home, but slumped to a 76-70 loss to league leaders Nilan Bisons, despite a game-high 19-point effort from Ryan Ayers and a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds by Chris Owens.

Italian Serie A:
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia defeated Virtus Bologna 86-76 at home as James White led all scorers with 27 points, Troy Bell collected a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds and Andrea Cinciarini finished with 15 points and a game-high 9 assists.

Latvian Aldaris LBL:
Ventspils maintained their unbeaten record in the domestic championship by clinching an 84-72 victory away at Latvijas Universitate on Saturday night.

Ronalds Zakis led all scorers with 27 points and Sandis Valters with Janis Timma chippped in with 14 points apiece.

Swedish Basketligan:
Södertälje Kings beat Jämtland Basket 92-71 at home on the back of 21 points from Tobias Borg, 16 points from Martin Pahlmblad and a 13-point, 5-assist contribution by John Roberson.

Turkish BEKO Ligi:
Royal Hali Gaziantep lost 79-69 to Galatasaray Liv Hospital on the road, despite a 17-point effort by Mutlu Akpinar and a double-double display of 12 points and 11 rebounds by Oliver Stevic.

Tofas Bursa led their hosts Usak Sportif for most of the game but abolished their lead in the fourth and suffered a 75-71 defeat. Marcus Denmon picked up a game-high 23 points in defeat.

Ukrainian Superleague:
BC Kyiv defeated Dnipro Azot 81-72 on Sunday behind 26 points from guard Lee Humphrey and a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds by power forward Michael Davis.

VTB United League:
Krasnye Krylia trailed CSKA Moscow almost from tip-off and suffered a 67-50 loss at home.

Anton Ponkrashov was the only player to score in double digits for the Samara side, collecting 15 points and 5 rebounds.

Tsmoki Minsk also fell at home to a Russian powerhouse, despite an excellent first-half performance.

The Belarusians lost 73-62 to Khimki as Keith Benson had 16 points and 5 rebounds and Parrish Petty finished with 13 points and 8 assists in losing efforts.



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