Nanterre snatch dramatic double-overtime victory, Kennedy inspires Pinar
Nanterre 92 escaped with a memorable 106-102 double-overtime win over Sidigas Avellino in a thrilling FIBA Champions League contest on Wednesday.
Avellino held a 13-point advantage at one stage of Wednesday's Group D match, only to be pegged back and were then just as wasteful in the added periods.
The home side twice held four-point leads in overtime, but Nanterre – inspired by Jamal Shuler (23 points, nine assists) and Heiko Schaffartzik (19 points) – fought back on each occasion to clinch a scarcely believable win, and they sit just a point back from group leaders Besiktas.
PAOK also needed overtime to get past Group B's bottom club Gaziantep, the Greek side scoring 15 points in the added minutes to complete a 77-65 win.
EWE Baskets Oldenburg and Pinar Karsiyaka both recorded victories to stay in touch with Monaco at the top of Group A.
Pinar welcomed D.J. Kennedy back after missing the last two games and he delivered in style, the shooting guard racking up 27 points in their 82-76 win over Juventus Utena.
Oldenburg were inspired by Rickey Paulding as they beat Dinamo Sassari 90-72, while the final game in the pool saw UCAM Murcia hand a seventh defeat of the competition to Enisey Krasnoyarsk.
After reaching the semi-finals last year Umana Reyer Venezia have struggled in Group C and they slipped to a fourth loss against AEK.
The Greek side sit third in the standings after the 84-77 win, with Medi Bayreuth just above them after staying level with Banvit with a dramatic triumph over SIG Strasbourg.
Despite overturning a 20-point deficit, Strasbourg could not complete the fight back as James Robinson secured a 82-77 success for Bayreuth, while Sylven Landesberg inspired Movistar Estudiantes to a 84-77 win over Rosa Radom.