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Successful start for Strasbourg and Limoges

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 28, 2020
Struggling in the league, with three wins in seven games, Strasbourg has started its European season on a high note. At the buzzer, SIG snatched victory on the floor of VEF Riga for its first outing in the Champions League. However, the start of the match was very difficult for DeAndre Lansdowne’s teammates (26 points), who immediately conceded a 12-2 with a gap that often remained above the ten-point mark. Coming back to six lengths before the break, the Alsatians put a big boost to pass a few seconds in front in the middle of the second quarter. But it is the teammates of Kristers Zoriks (17 points) who have found their locker room with a four-point advantage. As soon as they returned to their courts, the VEF Riga players regained a nine-point lead but, with patience, the SIG recovered to equalize thanks to a three-point shot from DeAndre Lansdowne. The last ten minutes were tense with the two teams who put the race ahead for a while but, thanks to a three-point buzzer beater from Bonzie Colson (15 points, 7 rebounds), Strasbourg snatched the victory (75- 77).

BASKET / CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Group E – 1st day
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Rytas Vilnius – Peristeri : 88-106

Wednesday October 28, 2020
VEF Riga – Strasbourg : 75-77

Group E classification
1- Peristeri 2 points
2- Strasbourg 2
3- VEF Riga 1
4- Rytas Vilnius 1

Limoges finished better against Igokea

Remaining on a defeat in the Jeep Elite at Boulogne-Levallois, Limoges did not approach its first Champions League match with maximum confidence. Mehdy Mary’s players got off to a good start, notably with a 6-0 in the opening minutes. A first quarter during which the teammates of Jerry Boutsiele (25 points, 8 rebounds) were in the lead most of the time but, thanks to Stefan Fundic (4 points), it was the Bosnians who finished the first quarter-time with one point ahead. First off to a good start in the second quarter, the Limougeauds fell behind to be five lengths behind but, after a regain of form, it was Anthony Clemmons’ teammates (17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists) who reached halftime in the lead on the scoreboard. An advantage that the Bosnia and Herzegovina club retained throughout the third quarter but a three-point shot from Marcus Ginyard (8 points) at the last second put the two teams tied. First in the lead in the last ten minutes, the Igokea players finally cracked, leaving Limoges to win by five lengths (80-75) and start their European campaign in style.

BASKET / CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Group G – 1st day
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
TT Ankara – Hapoel Jerusalem: 98-94

Wednesday October 28, 2020
Limoges – Igokea: 80-75

Group G ranking
1- Limoges 2 points
2- TT Ankara 2
3- Hapoel Jerusalem 1
4- Igokea 1