Mons-Hainaut stun Prometey in the fourth, Reggio Emilia survive and advance
MUNICH (Germany) - Six teams from six different nations were the first to book their places in the Quarter-Finals on Tuesday as the FIBA Europe Cup Knock-Out Phase began.
Belfius Mons-Hainaut produced a stunning finish as they poured in 37 fourth-quarter points on their way to an 88-81 triumph over previously unbeaten BC Prometey. Jabril Durham posted 27 points along with 8 assists in the win including 16 points in the pivotal final 10 minutes to inspire a dramatic turnaround.
A 15-2 start to the fourth saw a nine-point deficit wiped out with Prometey left chasing the game having led by 13 points earlier in the contest, but their hopes fizzled out as they were unable to stem the flow of points conceded in the crucial stages.
Job not finished. Team W right here! https://t.co/hBOuwtjOfR— Jabril Durham (@JabrilDurham4) March 23, 2021
UNAHOTELS Reggio Emilia came through a dramatic clash with BC CSU Sibiu to seal a 65-61 success. Brynton Lemar top-scored on his debut in the competition; icing the win from the foul line to finish with a team-high of 16 points.
Finnish international Petteri Koponen's first points of the game had given his side control ahead of the final minute. Sibiu had led 9-2 in the early stages of a competitive encounter with Kevin Hardy putting up 15 points and 10 rebounds as they would come up short.
CSM CSU Oradea were victorious on their home floor to set up a last eight meeting with the Italian side after overcoming BC Dnipro, 78-72. Stephen Holt and Nikola Markovic combined for 43 points in the win for Oradea, while DJ Cooper had dished out 13 assists in a losing effort for Dnipro.
Meanwhile, BC Balkan moved into the Quarter-Finals with a convincing 90-74 success against Fribourg Olympic. Siyani Chambers led the way with 19 points and 9 assists, while Bozhidar Avramov and Darko Balaban both top scored with 21 points apiece.
The Bulgarian side raced out of the blocks in a 33-18 start in Botevgrad, but needed a strong finish to pull away after their lead was cut down to just two points, late in the third.
BC Parma should provide sterner opposition in Thursday's Quarter-Final as they stated their intentions with a dominant 90-61 win over Rilski Sportist as Adas Juskevicius fired in 18 points to stay unbeaten in this season's competition.
Arged BMSLAM Stal also maintained their perfect record by overcoming Heroes Den Bosch in a 92-83 victory on their opponents' home floor. James Florence led four players in double figures with 19 points off the bench to help his side advance.
The Round of 16 action concludes on Wednesday with the final two games as Iraklis BC take on Anwil and Ironi Ness Ziona face BC Kyiv Basket.