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Week 2 Preview - Groups A Through D

11.11.2013

EUROCHALLENGE

6. Tai Wesley (SPM Shoeters Den Bosch)
Tai Wesley was productive on the weekend scoring 11 points for SPM Shoeters Den Bosch

After an enormously entertaining start that featured enormous surprises and nail-biting thrillers, the EuroChallenge Regular Season continues with the second week of action.

The week's schedule includes 15 games, 13 of which will take place on Tuesday and two on Wednesday, while the Group D clash between BC Kyiv and Triumph Lyubertsy will take place on 10 December.

 

GROUP A

SPM SHOETERS DEN BOSCH VS. PORT OF ANTWERP GIANTS

Only one team will remain unbeaten in Group A on Tuesday night, as the two Group A sides that emerged victorious in the opening week go head to head in the Netherlands.

What looked like a clash between two teams in a great run of form up until a few days ago, has now turned into a test of character as both the Dutch and the Belgians saw their winning streak snap over the weekend in domestic action.

Den Bosch struggled offensively throughout the first half of their encounter with Wijchen, scored just 25 points in the first 20 minutes and inevitably succumbed to a 76-64 loss on the road in the Dutch Basketball League.

Anthony Johnson had 12 points, Tai Wesley finished with 11 points and Stefan Wessels picked up a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds but were the only Den Bosch players to score in double digits.

Similarly, Antwerp shot the ball uncharacteristically poorly and lost 79-62 to Belgacom Spirou on the road, ending a five-game winning streak in the Belgian Ethias League.

Frank Turner and Roel Moors, with 14 and 13 points respectively, were the only players in double digits for Antwerp, who shot 4-of-19 from three-point range.

Maxime De Zeeuw who was joint Week 1 MVP in the EuroChallenge, struggled with his shooting and finished with nine points and seven rebounds.

 

RAKVERE TARVAS VS. DIJON BASKET

Tarvas needed a morale-boosting win after their heart-breaking loss at Den Bosch in their EuroChallenge opener and, to that end, they made the most of their weekend encounter in the Estonian Alexela KML.

Playing away at bottom-of-the-table KK Hito, Tarvas poured in 68 points during the first half and could consequently afford to shift down a couple of gears, get outscored 47-21 in the final frame, and still enjoy a spectacular 118-102 win.

Shooting guard Mihkel Kurg, who had not played in the EuroChallenge opener, went target-shooting at Hito as he sunk 8 of his 10 three-point attempts and collected an astronomical 38 points.

Dijon were nowhere near to Tarvas in terms of offensive output at the weekend, but they also claimed an uplifting result on the road, as they prevailed 73-66 over Chalon/Saône in the derby of Burgundy.

Point guard Terrance Campbell went four-for-six from downtown and led Dijon with a game-high 20 points, also adding six assists, while Andre Harris chipped in with 12 points.

Week 1 Results: Dijon Basket v Port of Antwerp Giants: 68-74; SPM Shoeters Den Bosch v Rakvere Tarvas: 78-71.

 

GROUP B

ROYAL HALI GAZIANTEP VS. ATOMERÖMÜ SE

32. Aaron Miles (Krasnye Krylia)
Aaron Miles' passing game alluded him on the weekend and Krasnye Krylia will be hoping he rediscovers it before Tuesday night

Gaziantep produced the most sensational result in the opening week of the EuroChallenge as they took down reigning champions Krasnye Krylia in double overtime, but had a very abrupt landing back in the Turkish TBL at the weekend, as they lost 88-83 to Olin Edirne at home.

Part of Gaziantep's problem was that point guard Can Ogut, the hero of Samara, was missing in action at the weekend and finished with three points.

Not all however was bad news for Gaziantep, as the frontcout duo of Dejan Borovnjak and Oliver Stevic were rock-solid inside and both collected double-doubles.

Borovnjak finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Stevic had 16 points and 15 boards.

Atomerömü had no problems on following up their EuroChallenge victory with success on the domestic front on Saturday, as they enjoyed a 81-62 rout of PVSK Pannon at home in the Hungarian 1st Division, despite playing without Jarrod Jones.

The American, who led Atomerömü in scoring and rebounds during their EuroChallege victory over Oradea sat out the domestic clash but Rodney Mc Gruder came up with a double-double effort of 15 points and 10 rebounds to ensure things would go smoothly.

 

CSM ORADEA VS. KRASNYE KRYLIA SAMARA

Krasnye Krylia are still reeling from the shock of the opening day defeat and in Oradea, they are facing a team that has yet to lose at home this season and leads the Romanian LNB with seven wins in eight games.

The Russian side claimed a 79-72 win over Neptunas in VTB action this weekend as Russian international Anton Ponkrashov, who joined the team in the summer, made a great contribution in the clash.

The only discouraging sign for Krasnye Krylia was that captain Aaron Miles had a rare off-day as he dished out a season-low four assists and committed a season-high six turnovers.

Oradea on the other hand, can count on the likes of the in-form Daniel Dillon and Titus Nicoara in their effort to inflict a second defeat upon the reigning champions, as the duo combined for 45 points in Saturday's 87-79 win at BC Timisoara, with Nicoara also bringign down a game-high 13 rebounds.

Week 1 Results: Krasnye Krylia v Royal Hali Gaziantep: 89-96; Atomerömü SE - CSM Oradea: 78-77.

 

GROUP C

9. Toni Bizaca (Södertälje BK)
Toni Bizaca current hot hand will play a major role in Södertälje BK's chances away to Ventspils on Tuesday

BK VENTSPILS VS. SÖDERTÄLJE BK KINGS

The Kings have enjoyed an excellent run at home over the past days. After taking care of business in their EuroChallenge opener with Vienna, they cruised 83-66 past Uppsala Basket in the Swedish Basketligan at the weekend.

Power forward Toni Bizaca is in excellent form and had 23 points against Uppsala, after dropping 21 points on Vienna.

The Kings however face on Tuesday, away from the familiar surroundings of Södertälje, a team that finally returns home after clinching back-to-back wins on the road and have two men of their own in great form.

Janis Timma and Ronalds Zakis, the duo that guided Ventspils to a fantastic comeback victory midweek, paved the way for a 76-62 success away at Liepaja/Triobet in Baltic Basketball League action at the weekend.

Zakis posted a double-double of 12 points and 11 boards while Timma led all scorers with 18 points and added nine rebounds.

 

BC ZEPTER VIENNA VS. TARTU ROCK

Tartu Rock cannot catch a break of late, or perhaps cannot handle the pressure of a tight game at home.

They suffered a second consecutive loss at home at the weekend, and in similar fashion to the one at the hands of Ventspils, as once again they let slip a similarly comfy lead in the fourth frame.

Tartu led Kalev/Cramo 41-28 at half-time but ended up losing 78-75 as their guests converted 52.5% of their shots from the floor.

A positive that Tartu can take from the game is that Janar Talts seems to have recovered his sharp shooting and went five-for-eight from three-point range, as he collected a team-high 17 points in defeat.

A break away from home could in theory be a good idea for Tartu, however in Vienna they are facing an opponent who feels more than comfortable at home and had an entire week to prepare for the clash as they were not involved in Austrian Bundesliga action at the weekend.

Week 1 Results: Tartu Rock v BK Ventspils: 65-66; Södertälje BK Kings v BC Zepter Vienna: 82-73.

 

GROUP D

INKOGNITO FASHION KÖRMEND VS. GAZ METAN MEDIAS

It might not look like it on the face of it, but both teams are in desperate need of a win on Tuesday night.
Körmend lost a fourth consecutive game at the weekend, this time 69-66 at KTE-Duna on the road and it is apparent that a potential loss to Medias at home could have even more devastating consequences than simply denting their chances of advancing to the EuroChallenge Last 16.
Medias on the other hand need success in the EuroChallenge to alleviate the impact of a quite poor start to the domestic season.
At the weekend they lost for the fifth time in their first seven games in the Romanian LNB, 90-81 at U-BT-Mobitelco Cluj, a far cry from the very promising start to the regular season they had registered last year.

BC KYIV VS. TRIUMPH LYUBERTSY
* This fixture is scheduled for Tuesday 10 December

Week 1 Results: BC Kyiv v Gaz Metan Medias: 74-83; Triumph Lyubertsy v Inkognito Fashion Körmend: 90-74


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