Lawal saves the day, Eurocup Last 32 round up

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A timely dunk by Shane Lawal with 6 seconds left handed Dinamo Sassari a 75-74 win on the road to Banvit in the Eurocup, Last 32 Group H.

Both teams now share 1-1 records in the group.

Rakim Sanders led the winners with 22 points. David Logan scored 9 of his 16 points early in the third quarter, while Lawal amassed 15 points and 12 rebounds.

“It was great win for us,” Sassari coach Romeo Sacchetti said. “We had some people missing because of injuries. Sanders did a great job after coming back from his injury. Dyson could not play in the second half because of a back problem.

“We lived through many ups and downs during the game, but this is the basketball. If E.J Rowland would have made the last shot, now we would be talking of a different game. But I’m satisfied about the result in the end.”

In a thriller of a contest in Group G, Zenit St Petersburg needed overtime to see off Strasbourg 87-82 at the Sibur Arena.

Zenit’s Walter Hodge inspired a 6-0 final burst in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime, while Kyle Landry scored 6 of the final 8 points for his side in the last minute of the extra period to seal the win. Hodge finished with 19 points and 9 assists to pace the winners.

“We were able to beat the French team thanks to our aggressive defence,” said Zenit coach Pavel Spiridonov. “We gave up a lot of points in the first half. In the third quarter, Strasbourg only scored 10 points and it was easy to play on the attack, and that’s why we won the game.”

Zenit take top spot in the group with a 2-0 record, while the French side drop to 1-1.

Paris Levallois were 93-83 victors at home to Besiktas in the French capital, as they claimed their first win of Group M, while Besiktas remains winless.

Blake Schilb collected 24 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for a performance index rating of 33 for the winners. Sharrod Ford drilled 18 points with 11 rebounds, Mike Green had 10 with 9 assists and Giovan Oniangue added 10 in victory.

Engin Atsur led Besiktas with 29 points and 9 assists.