Darussafaka Istanbul rally and Lokomotiv tie their own record, EuroCup semi-final, game one round up

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Darussafaka Istanbul came back from 23 points down to stun Bayern Munich 76-74 in game one of their EuroCup semi-finals.

Stanton Kidd’s three-pointer in the final second won it as Darussafaka rallied from a 23-point deficit late in the first half.

Bayern had scorched through Darussafaka until then to lead 47-24 before two pre-halftime three-pointers by Kidd and Scottie Wilbekin started the Turkish side’s comeback trail.

A 28-16 third quarter got Darussafaka within five points but they had to wait until the last minute to get their first lead at 73-72. Jared Cunningham’s layup for Bayern gave the German side the lead again – until Kidd had the final word.

Wilbekin led the winners with 24 points.

Lokomotiv Kuban had little trouble in breezing past Reggio Emilia 82-65 in game one their semi-final to tie their own EuroCup record of 19 consecutive wins in the competition.

Behind a 16-2 second-quarter run, Lokomotiv grabbed a 43-28 half-time lead and the margin peaked at 18 points in the third quarter.

Reggio Emilia, who were without the EuroCup’s top scorer Amedeo Della Valle, kept a manageable deficit but was never was able to make a charge and turn things around.

Brian Qvale was the top scorer for the winners with 16 points.