Norris Cole made an incredible performance and led Avellino past Nizhny Novgorod in double overtime in the BCL opener (93-100).
The American guard scored 34 points, on 12/26 shooting. He also had five rebounds, seven assists and 28 in PIR. Caleb Green added 19 points and nine rebounds for the winners.
On the other hand, five players scored in double figures for the Russians, with Kendrick Perry having 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The match was close from the beginning (41-40, 52-57, 75-75), yet the visitors stood tall and claimed the road victory in double overtime.
The opening day of the 2018/19 Basketball Champions League also saw Giants Antwerp, Strasbourg, Besiktas, Venezia, Tenerife and Dijon be victorious in their opening games.
Here are the results:
Nizhny Novgorod – Avellino 93-100
Lietkabelis – Giants Antwerp 87-91
Petrol Olimpija – Strasbourg 71-81
Bayreuth – Besiktas 70-78
Venezia – PAOK 69-59
Tenerife – Bonn 87-68
Dijon – Nymburk 74-63