Ryan Broekhoff has fired Lokomotiv Kuban to victory in Round 4 of the EuroCup with some hot shooting from beyond the arc, while Brock Motum's big outing was unable to prevent Anadolu Efes Istanbul to slumping to a fifth straight loss in the EuroLeague.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul are still searching for their first win of the season despite another big performance from Brock Motum. Facing Spanish side Unicaja Malaga on their home floor, it was the visitors who jumped out early. Yet the home side lifted across the second and third terms, outscoring Malaga 40-28 to earn a 6 point advantage at the last break. When Motum connected from downtown early in the final period he had stretched their lead to a game-high 9 points. Never giving up, Malaga would power home strongly, stunning Efes and their home crowd with a 5-17 run down the stretch to steal a 74-79 win [video highlights].
Motum contributed 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting including 2-of-2 on three-pointers alongside 7 rebounds, his best performance in the EuroLeague so far this season. However his output was not enough to avoid a fifth straight loss, with the might of Barcelona their next opponent.
Following a dominant performance in their last start win in the Israeli Winner League, Jonah Bolden was used sparingly off the bench in Maccabi Tel Aviv's 79-68 victory over Milan in Round 5 of the EuroLeague. The former Bruin played just 12 minutes and was largely ineffective, adding just 2 rebounds. Despite limited opportunities for Bolden, Tel Aviv cruised to an 11 point win to improve to 3-2 behind six players scoring in double figures and winning the rebound count 49-30. Next week they take on Real Madrid who have only tasted defeat once to date.
Ryan Broekhoff was on fire in Lokomotiv Kuban’s impressive 16 point win against Bilbao Basket to maintain their unbeaten start to the EuroCup season. The Australian Boomer connected on 4-of-7 three-pointers on the way to contributing 16 points with 6 rebounds and 1 blocked shot. His eight first quarter points managed to keep his side ahead by 2 at the first change.
It was in the second term that Lokomotiv earned the win, going on a 29-16 blitz that helped bury Bilbao, a run started off by Broekhoff. He would also drain a triple to open the second half that put Lokomotiv up by 20 points and the game beyond Bilbao’s reach. Former NBL import Mickell Gladness added 5 points and 4 rebounds in 10 minutes for Bilbao who lost 86-102 [video highlights].
Lietuvos Rytas fell 93-86 to ALBA Berlin, and will likely be without Ben Madgen for the rest of the EuroCup regular season (another 6-7 weeks) due to a broken hand.