Peristeri survives the overtime thriller for one more chance to advance

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Giannis Askounis

10/Jan/23 20:48
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Plenty of drama accompanies Vassilis Spanoulis into his first coaching gig, guiding Peristeri bwin in the Basketball Champions League

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Storming back from a 13-point deficit was not enough, Peristeri bwin required five extra minutes to knock down JDA Dijon, 92-88, Tuesday.

The team coached by Vassilis Spanoulis tied the best-of-three series at 1-1, therefore forcing a deciding Game 3 in France next week. The winner will complete Round of 16’s Group I taking on SIG Strasbourg, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem, and Hapoel Atsmon Holon.

French guard Sylvain Francisco registered 19 points, eight assists, three steals, and one rebound in Game 2 of the Basketball Champions League Play-Ins. Miro Bilan, Marcus Denmon, and Dimitris Agravanis followed with 16 points each as the Croatian center passed TaShawn Thomas and tied J’Covan Brown in third place on the BCL all-time scoring list.

History was made on the losing side as well. In a rough shooting night limiting him to eight points, David Holston logged ten assists to become the first player with at least 700 points and 350 assists in BCL history. But the former Chicago State standout missing a three-pointer late in overtime allowed Peristeri to seal the deal from the free-throw line.

Another missed opportunity for the team coached by Nenad Markovic, Gregor Hrovat failing to connect at the end of regulation. Still, the Slovenian forward combining 18 points with eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals fielded a game-high efficiency rating of 27.

Youngster Robin Ducote set his personal best for the 2022-23 season at 21 points before fouling out. Markis McDuffie had 20 points. Chase Simon (groin) and Jonathan Rousselle (Achilles tendon) were sidelined.

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Photo Credit: Basketball Champions League