Brescia rebounds for road win
Germani Brescia Leonessa retooled following a historic loss one week earlier to register a 65-73 win over host Nanterre 92 in Paris on Tuesday. Brescia rose to 3-2 in Group C while Nanterre fell to 2-3. It was a battle throughout, with the tension was palpable as neither side wanted to slip to a losing record. Nanterre led early but Brescia edged in front and was helped with 13 fastbreak points to Nanterre's 2. The visitors played a savvy and efficient game with some ferocious defense to close it out on the road. For Brescia, Deandre Landsdowne had 16 points while Kenneth Horton finished with 14. Nanterre's highest scorer was Taylor Smith with 17 while Isaia Cordinier finished with 16 and Dallas Moore with 10.
A three-pointer from Damien Bouquet sent Nanterre to a 5-0 start but Brescia woke up and stayed relatively close throughout that first quarter. Nanterre opened the lead up to 12-6 with a nice Devin Oliver score but the visitors came back again to 14-12. A couple of threes from Tomasso Laquintana reduced that deficit to the minimum, 19-18, after 10 minutes. Awudu Abass slammed to give Brescia its first lead to open the second quarter. Nanterre had to wait almost 3 minutes for Oliver to add a free throw to its tally. Horton opened up Brescia's biggest lead of the night with a three at 24-29. Youssoupha Ndoye gave Nanterre the lead back late in the half with an offensive rebound and finish before the half ended with the two sides locked at 35-35. Nanterre had its first lead since early in the second with Smith's 4 points in row to make it 43-39 soon after the break. By the middle of the third quarter, Horton's free throws tied it again, 43-43. It stayed that close until Brian Sacchetti's free throw for Brescia made it 49-50 with 10 minutes to play to play. Spencer Butterfield hit a triple to put Nanterre ahead again, 54-53, but the lead continued to swing back and forth. Cordinier and Moore landed threes for the hosts to make it 60-62 with under 2 minutes left, but Horton answered and Landsdown added 4 points in the final minute as Brescia took a huge road win back to Italy.
Horton worked hard on the boards and finished with 14 points as he came up big time and again when Brescia needed him most. In a game that was won by Brescia's management of time and excellent hustle on defense, Horton finished with 5 defensive rebounds, 4 steals and a block, too.
Stat of the night
Luca Vitali scored just 4 points but he had 11 assists as he showcased his incredible creativity throughout the game. It was his career-high assist tally in the EuroCup, too.
Did you notice?
Victor Wembanyama only walked onto the court for the last 31 seconds of the game. But in doing that, he became the first player born in 2004 or after to play in the EuroCup. At 15 years, 9 months and 25 days old, he became the youngest player to debut in the EuroCup in 12 years and the second-youngest ever, after Stefan Petkovic in 2007.
In Round 6, Brescia will travel to play UNICS Kazan next Wednesday, the same night on which Nanterre will try to get back to .500 on the road against Joventut Badalona.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019