Brescia rallies to edge Ulm in OT
Germani Brescia rallied from a double-digit first-half deficit and 7 points down late in the fourth quarter to down visiting ratiopharm Ulm 87-84 after overtime on Wednesday night. Both teams now hold 1-1 records in Group B. Ulm opened a 13-point in the first quarter, but Brescia erased it and held a slim halftime lead. However, the visitors went ahead in the third quarter again and led 66-73 in the fourth. Kenny Cherry and Christian Burns fueled a 10-0 run to rally Brescia and in overtime, Burns scored key points once again for the hosts to erase another slim deficit and prevail. Burns finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds, and Chery scored 17. T.J. Cline had 14 points and 7 rebounds, Dusan Ristic scored 12 and Drew Crawford collected 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Andreas Obst netted 22 points for Ulm, Dylan Osetkowski and Troy Caupain each scored 18 and John Petrucelli and Aric Holman had 10 apiece in the loss.
Osetkowski scored Ulm's first 9 points, including a triple, before Aric Holman also hit from downtown and Caupain opened his tally to make it 4-14. Brescia answered from close range through Cline and with a jumper from Chery, but the hosts had no answer for Caupain who scored 12 points, including back-to-back triples, to open a 15-28 lead. Ristic and Crawford had close-range baskets to end the first quarter, but Obst hit a second-chance triple early in the second to restore a double-digit margin, 21-33. However, Brescia's Crawford scored after offensive rebounds and Chery got to the free-throw line to cut into the margin, 28-33. Obst had a three-point play, but more baskets from Crawford, Chery and Cline allowed Brescia to finish the half strong and Crawford's last-second jumper put the hosts up 40-39 at halftime.
Burns opened the third quarter with a triple. Consecutive floaters from Chery put Brescia up 47-41. But Holman and Petrucelli hit back-to-back threes before Obst caught fire, scoring 11 points, including 3 three-pointers for Ulm, which used a 0-10 run to regain the lead, 58-63. The visitors took a 62-67 edge into the fourth quarter before Petrucelli and Osetkowski extended it to 66-73. But Ristic scored inside and Chery hit a second-chance three to close within 71-73 with 3:55 to go. Burns followed that up with a floater and a three-pointer to give Brescia a 76-73. edge Free throws from Holman and Caupain tied the score with 46 seconds to go and neither team scored again as the game went into overtime.
Both teams struggled to score before Cline put the hosts up 80-77. However, Caupain's triple tied it and Petrucelli's free throws put Ulm in front 80-82 with 1:18 in the extra session. Burns fought for a tip-in and then on the following possession sliced through the lane for a layup to give Brescia an 84-82 lead with 31 seconds to go, which it never relinquished.
Roller coaster 28s
Ulm scored 28 points apiece in first and third quarters, but combined to score just 28 points in the other two quarters and overtime.
Veteran big man Christian Burns had 5 points on his tally with 4 minutes to go in the regulation, but he scored all 5 of Brescia's remaining points in regulation time and added 6 more in the final 60 seconds of overtime to finish with 16 for the night.
In the first half, Ulm did not have a single turnover and only had 1 turnover through the first three quarters, but the visitors finished the game with 7. That is half of what Brescia had (14), but the hosts also won the rebounding battle 47-55 and had 19 assists to Ulm's 11 to come out victorious at the end.
Ulm duo slowed down
Dylan Osetkowski scored 11 points in the first 7 minutes of the game, and Troy Caupain had 12 points in the first quarter for Ulm. However, the duo combined to score just 13 more points for the rest of the game.
This game marked Ulm's 100th appearance in the competition. Ulm made its EuroCup debut in the 2012-13 season and became the 16th team in competition history to hit the century mark in appearances. The hosts celebrated this achievement by honoring Ulm before the tip-off.
Next week in Round 3, Ulm will host Boulogne Metropolitans 92, while Brescia travels to play Mornar Bar.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020