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Holders Tenerife respond with win over Ludwigsburg

Iberostar Tenerife overcame MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg after losing their first game of the tournament last week.

Iberostar Tenerife's Tim Abromaitis

Defending champions Iberostar Tenerife got up and running in the Basketball Champions League with an 82-72 defeat of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.

The Spanish side started the defence of their title with a 73-72 loss to Ventspils in Latvia last week, but responded with a victory on Tuesday.

Tenerife were four points behind early on, but led throughout after a slow start as Mateusz Ponitka top scored with 16 points and Tim Abromaitis helped himself to 15 without a miss to consign Ludwigsburg to a first Group B loss.

AEK Athens also claimed their first win in Group C, seeing off Umana Reyer Venezia 103-101 away from home after overtime

The Greek outfit were behind for much of the contest, but came from seven points down in the final quarter to level at 85-85 and force overtime before going on to deny Venezia, Dimitris Mavroeidis leading the way with 18 points.

AS Monaco made it two wins out of two with an 85-56 Group A defeat of Hapoel Holon, while Pinar Karsiyaka have also won both matches following a 90-78 victory over Juventus Utena.

Stelmet Zielona Gora, CEZ Nymburk, Elan Chalon and Besiktas Sompo Japan were also matchday two winners.

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