The Eurocup saw its list of undefeated teams drop to just two after Strasbourg were beaten by a fellow French rival. Gran Canaria remains unblemished and Lokomotiv Kuban are playing later.
Apart from a minor blip in the third quarter, Paris Levallois recorded a thoroughly impressive 76-61 win over Strasbourg in Group A. The hosts improved to 2-3, while Strasbourg fell to their first defeat of the season.
Paris led 20-14 after the first ten minutes and that improved to 43-26 at the half as they made smart shot selections, along with fluid team play. Strasbourg looked a mere shadow of what they have been for the first four games. Strasbourg hit back in the third, but were unable to build on their comeback.
“It was a great game tonight,” said Paris Levallois coach Gregor Beugnot. “It was an important one and we did the job. But I wait for the following games, and I hope we are going to win play the same soon in the [French League] and the Eurocup.”
Mike Green led Paris with 19 points, as he hit three triples on that haul. Ali Traore was outstanding for Strasbourg with a 21-point, 15-rebound double-double but it came to nothing.
Gran Canaria improved to 5-0 in Group B after comfortably seeing off ASVEL 95-72 in Lyon.
The Liga Endesa side broke away in the third quarter after only holding a 49-43 lead going into the interval. A 7-2 opening from the visitors was a key to their success, along with the 13 three-pointers that they drained.
Kyle Kuric scored 20 points for the winners. Taurean Green scored 20 for ASVEL
“We came out strong on both ends of the court,” Kuric said. “We played really strong from the beginning and we maintained that level. We did not look at ASVEL Lyon’s situation. We just looked at what we could do in defence and offence.
“The next thing we are looking at is the game in [the Spanish League] against Manresa and then we will look at the next game in the Eurocup.”
Group D saw two games and two road wins as Besiktas won a nailbiter 73-70 at Szolnoki Olaj.
Leading 20-7 after the first period, Besiktas became complacent as the game wore on and only managed to hold on to a 53-52 lead after three quarters and in the end, had to settle the contest from the foul line.
Chris Lofton paced the winners with 19 points and 7 assists with Jajuan Johnson adding 18 points, as the Turkish side move to 4-1. Lazeric Jones paced Olaj with 14 points, as they fall to joint bottom at 1-4.
Union Olimpija share Besiktas’ 4-1 record as they beat VEF Riga 83-74. While the Slovenians came of the Latvian capital with a nine-point victory, the gulf in class was clear from the start as they raced to a 26-5 after one.
From there, Union Olimpija eased to the finish line and frequently changed line-ups, allowing for coach Ales Pipan to experiment. Blaz Mahkovic hit 20 points for the winners as they condemn VEF Riga to a 1-4 record.