Dutch champion EiffelTowers Den Bosch won their second straight home game by beating Zadar 93-83 on Tuesday night. The win sees EiffelTowers join a three-way tie for first place in Group I at 2-1, along with PGE Turow Zgorzelec and Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. It is also EiffelTowers' best star in the history of the competition. Last season the club won just two games all season. Next week EiffelTowers travel to Strasbourg. Zadar, which dropped to 1-2, next visits Jerusalem. The hosts built a small lead at the end of the first period and never let up, with the lead hitting 53-44 by halftime and peaking at 18 early in the fourth quarter. Corey Brewer and Juby Johnson tried to bring Zadar back and cut the lead to 8, but it proved to be too little, too late for the visitors. Jayson Wells led EiffelTowers with 21points, Brandon Kurtz added 19, Kees Akerboom 13, Travis Young 10 and Dean Oliver scored 9 and dished 7 assists. Brewer finished with a game-high 22 points and 6 assists, Todor Gecevski posted 15 points and 9 rebounds, Johnson added 13, Jure Lalic 12 and Shamell Stallworth 10.
Johnson scored the first points of the game for Zadar and Kurtz matched him at the other end for the hosts. The game picked up a nice pace in the early minutes with both sides trading baskets, but EiffelTowers were the first ones to jump ahead as Kurtz, Jos Frederiks and Oliver all hit threes in an 11-3 surge, which led to a 31-25 lead at the end of the first period. With Brewer serving as Zadar's only real offensive threat for a few minutes, the hosts used team basketball to take a 10-point lead. Gecevski and Lalic helped cut it to 6, but Darrell Tucker and later Akerboom made it 53-44 by halftime. The teams continued to trade points at a rapid pace in the third period, with Wells and Marcel Aarts getting more chances and putting EiffelTowers up 65-59. The lead reached 17 late in the period and 18 early in the fourth, but Zadar never gave in. Brewer and Johnson led the visitors back and made it a 10-point game with three minutes remaining. Then Andrej Stimac made it 85-77. However Wells and Akerboom were there with key points in the end to help the hosts to a big win.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007