Three overtime games in the Eurocup

Round 5 was full of drama in the 7DAYS EuroCup. The visiting teams won six games, three games went to overtime, and another saw a team roar back from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to win in regulation! Joventut Badalona and Virtus Segafredo Bologna are sitting pretty with 5-0 records, and Mornar Bar made history by winning the first clash between Montenegrin clubs in competition history.

Group A

Vladimir Brodziansky hit a hook shot with 2.8 seconds left in overtime to give shorthanded Joventut Badalona a thrilling 91-93 road victory over UNICS Kazan to remain undefeated. Joventut was missing stars Ante Tomic and Pau Ribas, but Brodziansky came up with a career-high 20 points in helping the visitors improve to 5-0. UNICS saw its two-game winning streak end in falling to 2-2 despite Jordan Morgan collecting 23 points and 8 rebounds.

JL Bourg en Bresse led from start to finish en route to a resounding 76-89 road win over Partizan NIS Belgrade in the Serbian capital on Wednesday night. Bourg, which played its first games in more than two weeks, improved to 2-1, while Partizan dropped to 2-3. Pierre Pelos shined with 28 points for the winners. Nemanja Gordic paced Partizan with 15 points.

Europacup overtime games

Umana Reyer Venice bounced back from recent losses by downing Bahcesehir Koleji Istanbul 88-82 in overtime. Reyer took its record to 2-2, while Bahcesehir dropped to 0-5. Michael Bramos led the winners with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Erick Green paced Bahcesehir with 22 points.

Group B

Unicaja Malaga held on to beat ratiopharm Ulm 76-81 for its third consecutive victory. Unicaja raised its record to 4-1 and took over first place in the group. Ulm fell to 1-4 with its fourth straight defeat. Francis Alonso paced Unicaja with 21 points while hitting 3 of the team’s 13 three-pointers. Dylan Ostetkowski led Ulm with 17 points.

Isaiah Whitehead knocked down a long triple in the dying seconds of overtime to lift Mornar Bar to an 85-82 victory over archrival Buducnost VOLI Podgorica at Topolica Sports Hall in the first game ever between two Montenegrin clubs in the EuroCup. Mornar remained undefeated at home in improving to 3-2 while dropping Buducnost to the same record. Jacob Pullen, who assisted on the game-winner, led the winners with 23 points and 5 assists, Melvin Ejim paced Buducnost with 15 points.

Boulogne Metropolitans 92 raced back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to knock off Germani Brescia 70-75 for its third straight win. Metropolitans used a 0-15 run to go-ahead 68-74 in the closing minute to improve to 3-2. Rob Gray scored 10 of his 16 points in the final 3 minutes for the winners. Brescia could not hold an 11-point margin over the final 7 minutes – and a 10-point advantage with 5 minutes left – and lost its third straight in falling to 1-4. Dusan Ristic scored 14 points in the loss.

Group C

In Group C’s only Wednesday game, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar grabbed its third consecutive by downing AS Monaco 72-88 on the road. Lokomotiv improved to 4-1 and second at the halfway mark of this stage, while Monaco is third at 3-2. Kevin Hervey led the winners with 17 points. Marcos Knight paced Monaco with 17.

Group D

Group D has seen all three of its games in this round postponed due to COVID-19 cases and restrictions. Nanterre 92 vs. Frutti Extra Bursaspor, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was suspended at the hosts’ request. Two games that had originally been scheduled for Wednesday – Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana vs. Promitheas Patras and Herbalife Gran Canaria vs. Dolomiti Energia Trento – were suspended at the request of the visiting teams. All three will be rescheduled for later dates.

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