Bakken Bears leave it late, Ventspils keep soaring with third win
MUNICH (Germany) - There was more drama in FIBA Europe Cup action with Bakken Bears leaving it late to be among the victors on Wednesday, while Ventspils continued to impress.
Ryan Evans proved to be the hero for the Bears after netting the game-winner with 2.1 seconds remaining to lift his side to an 84-83 triumph at Legia Warszawa.
The Bears also had four players in double figures with Darko Jukic leading the scoring with 18 points and Chris Ortiz having an impact off the bench with a further 16 points.
Jeff Withey continues to dominate theRegular Season after another fine performance helped Ironi Ness Ziona past Landstede Hammers Zwolle in a 92-90 thriller. The American did not miss in six attempts and added a pair of free throws for his 14 points, also chipping in with 11 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 assists without a single turnover.
Jordan Johnson scored 20 points in the loss as the Dutch side led in the fourth before a frantic finish ensued and it was the hosts who held their nerve down the stretch to stay unbeaten.
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Bahcesehir College also produced in the clutch moments in edging out BC CSU Sibiu 83-81 with double-doubles for Trae Golden and Mangok Mathiang. There was Romanian success in Group D with CSM CSU Oradea moving to 3-0 with a convincing 79-60 victory at Fribourg Olympic.
Ventspils are still riding high in Group C as they brushed aside Sigal Prishtina in a 104-84 home victory to move to 3-0. Ryan Luther posted 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists, while TJ Shorts put up 18 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals with three other players hitting at least 15 points.
The damage was done in the third period when the Latvian side outscored their opponents 21-7 to surge clear. Fahro Alihodzic led the resistance with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds with Dardan Berisha and Divine Myles also both scoring 21 points in defeat.
Enisey Krasnoyarsk made it back-to-back wins at home as they handed U-BT Cluj Napoca their first loss as Tomislav Zubcic netted 23 points in the 97-87 success. The hosts poured in 54 points in the first half as the offense fired early and were able to survive a 26-point performance from Kerron Johnson to top Group G.
Josh Hagins starred for Keravnos with 22 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds to help his side to a 2-1 record as they overcame Kapfenberg Bulls 76-70. Bogic Vujosevic had a game-high 27 points in vain as the reigning Austrian champions still await their first victory.
Pinar Karsiyaka found a way past Phoenix Brussels in a 79-66 success on the road with Spirou Basket also improving to 2-1 as they eased to an 87-56 win at home to Donar Groningen as Anthony Beane fired in a season-high 33 points.
medi Bayreuth enjoyed an emphatic 112-68 win over Apoel Nicosia behind a mammoth 31 points and 9 rebounds from Reid Travis, while Levski-Lukoil opened their account after beating BC Dnipro 85-79 in their Group G battle.
SL Benfica completed the Gameday 3 action as they preserved their unbeaten record after overcoming a slow start to see off Inter Bratislava for a 77-65 victory with Toure' Murry handing out 10 assists to go with 17 points.