FIBA Basketball Champions League: Round 12 tips off

FIBA Basketball Champions League, and Group E. While the tops of the standings remain untouched, some clubs managed to make an impact in the chasing pact. Let’s see how the teams stand after Tuesday in the FIBA Basketball Champions League.

Group A

Ironi Nahariya grabbed an important 60-69 win on the road at Helios. The guests scored 14 points in Q1 and Q2 to lead 22-28 at halftime and never looked back. Yancy Gates paced a win that sent Ironi Nahariya to 4-8 in the standings and still in contention. It is an uphill battle for Helios now, with the club sitting on a 2-10 record.

Group B

Umana Venecia used home comforts to take out Kataja Bastket 78-68. The Italians moved to 8-4 in victory and could share first place if Le Mans loses tomorrow. Kataja is still doing well at 6-6 and is firmly in the Group B mix. The hosts trailed 28-33 at halftime but plundered 50 points in the second half to turn the momentum.

Khimik collected a rare FIBA Basketball Champions League win in style, demolishing Oradea 78-49 at home. The victory does not lift the Ukrainian team off the bottom, but improved their record to 3-9. Oradea is slipping down the table at 5-7. The hosts drained 19 points in the first three quarters and controlled the contest throughout, paced by Daniel Bejaraon with 19 points.

Group C

A full roster of contests in Group C saw PAOK improve its position with an 82-73 win over Neptunas Klaipeda, allowing the winners to move to 6-6, while Neptunas fell to 8-6. ASVEL lost just its third game of the season as Ventsplis put together a solid home performance to win 77-73. ASVEL is now on 9-3, while Ventsplis moved to 7-5.

Varese saw off Rosa Radom on the road with a cruising 61-74 victory. The win allows Varese to leapfrog Rosa Radom, although both clubs share the same 3-9 record at the foot of the Group C standings. EWE Baskets Oldenburg closed the gap on ASVEL and broke 100 points with a massive 106-77 home win over Usak. As a result, the Germans move to 8-4 in second place, while Usak falls to 4-8.

Group E

A close game between Spirou Charleroi and Partizan Belgrade saw the visitors from Serbia win 63-65. This low scoring contest went to the fourth quarter. Spirou was leading 42-51 at halftime, but Partizan sunk 21 points to 12 in the fourth act to secure the win. The Belgrade outfit now moves to second with an 8-4 record. While Spirou drops to 4-8 near the bottom.

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