BCL Qualifiers Day 2: Wright-Foreman saves Bamberg

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Cesare Milanti

24/Sep/22 00:03

Eurohoops.net

The stage is set for the Finals of the BCL Qualification Rounds: four teams will advance to the Regular Season.

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

After the eight games that were played on Wednesday (21/9) in the Basketball Champions League Qualification Rounds Day 1, the Semifinals didn’t disappoint as well, including a crazy ending and a huge triumph among others

Group A (Skopje, North Macedonia)

Rob Gray is back after a tough EuroLeague season with Monaco: the 2020/2021 EuroCup Finals MVP put up 24 points in Tofas Bursa’s 68-57 win against CSO Voluntari. Suleiman Braimoh helped with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

On Sunday, two well-built teams will face each other in Skopje to earn a spot in the 2022/2023 BCL season. Tofas Bursa’s opponents, in fact, will be Niners Chemnitz, which didn’t have problems against Fribourg Olympic.

The Swiss champions lost 70-93 after another great performance by Marko Filipovity: 17 points, 6 assists, and 5/7 from the perimeter.

Tofas Bursa – CSO Voluntari 68-57

Fribourg Olympic – Niners Chemnitz 70-93

Final

Tofas Bursa vs Niners Chemnitz (25/9, 20:00 CET)

Group B (Malaga, Spain)

After beating Egis Kormend in the Quarter Finals, Patrioti Levice keeps on believing in a Basketball Champions League Regular Season spot.

The 2021/2022 Slovak League champions didn’t have problems against Karhu Kauhajoki, as they beat the Finnish team 57-81. Deshawn Freeman was by far the MVP of the game: 18 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists for the American forward.

However, they’ll need a miracle in the final against Unicaja Malaga, which destroyed Heroes Den Bosch 114-58 with a great performance by Kendrick Perry: after a great run in EuroBasket 2022, Montenegro’s point guard closed with 22 points and 7 assists his BCL debut. The hosts are the heavy favorites.

Semifinals results:

Karhu Kauhajoki – Patrioti Levice 57-81

Unicaja Malaga – Heroes Den Bosch 114-58

Final

Unicaja Malaga vs Patrioti Levice (25/9, 12:30 CET)

Group C (Lisbon, Portugal)

Crazy game with a thrilling ending between Brose Bamberg and Budivelnyk. The Ukrainians managed to keep a solid lead until the fourth quarter when the German team came back and forced overtime.

Justin Wright-Foreman stole the show with 33 points and the decisive buzzer-beater, giving his team the 97-94 win.

Oren Amiel’s team will face the hosts of Group C to earn a spot in next year’s BCL regular season. SL Benfica struggled but managed to beat 65-73 a very tough opponent like Keravnos Nicosia: a great contribution came from Ivan Almeida, who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Semifinals results:

Brose Bamberg – Budivelnyk 97-94

Keravnos – SL Benfica 65-73

Final

Brose Bamberg vs SL Benfica (25/9, 18:00 CET)

Group D (Belgrade, Serbia)

Complete domination from the first quarter (22-7) by Bakken Bears against Swans Gmunden: with four players in double digits, the reigning Danish champions won 83-65 plus a great performance by Deng Adel in his European debut with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.

They will now face the hosts of Group D, who managed to overcome Opava without many problems. FMP Meridian won 76-92 thanks to a great display by Trent Frazier, who had a double-double of 16 points and 12 assists despite shooting 6/14 from the field.

Semifinals results:

Bakken Bears – Swans Gmunden 83-65

Opava – FMP Meridian 76-92

Final

Bakken Bears vs FMP Meridian (25/9, 19:00 CET)

The four teams advancing will complete Group A, E, G, and H of the Regular Season. Regular season action follows in the first week of October.

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