Kramer makes Champions League history in EWE Baskets win

By Alex Fisher 11 January 2017 153
Kramer makes Champions League history in EWE Baskets win

Chris Kramer made Basketball Champions League history as EWE Baskets kept their battle for a top-two place in Group C alive with a 106-77 win over Muratbey Usak Sportif.

The point guard reached double figures for points, assists and rebounds in the victory on Tuesday, the first player to achieve such a feat.

Kramer's 16 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds made him EWE Baskets' key player in a big win that keeps them level with Neptunas Klaipeda and one point behind group leaders ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne.

The group's top two sides both lost their latest matches, with Lyon going down 77-72 to Ventspils, ending their eight-game winning streak, while Neptunas were beaten 82-73 by a Thaddeus McFadden-inspired PAOK.

Varese ended their four-game losing streak to the side just above them in Group C, Rosa Radom, Eric Maynor with 21 points in their 74-61 triumph.

Two of Group E's big guns went head to head in Athens and it was the home side who came out on top, AEK beating rivals MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 82-72 to give them what could be a crucial head-to-head advantage come the end of the group stages.

William Hatcher left it late to snatch a 65-63 win for Partizan over Proximus Spirou, the point guard netting back-to-back lay-ups to seal the win for the visitors with 0.3 seconds remaining - moving them level with Ludwigsburg on an 8-4 record.

In Group B, Khimik recorded back-to-back victories as they dealt a blow to CSM CSU Oradea's play-off hopes with a 78-49 success, while Umana Reyer Venezia moved top of the group with a 78-68 win over Kataja Basket.

Meanwhile in Group A, Yancy Gates scored 15 points as Ironi Nahariya beat Helios Suns 69-60 to stay in with a chance of progression.

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