Replay comes to Usak's rescue, Besiktas beaten by Partizan

By Christopher Devine 14 December 2016 85
Replay comes to Usak's rescue, Besiktas beaten by Partizan

Muratbey Usak Sportif prevailed by the narrowest of margins in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday, as opponents PAOK saw a last-gasp winning shot ruled out upon a video review.

PAOK looked to have completed a thrilling comeback from 13 points down, courtesy of Zanis Peiners' three-pointer.

However, replays showed Peiners had not released the ball before the buzzer, meaning Usak - for whom Zach Auguste missed two free throws with four seconds remaining - held on to record a crucial 78-77 win in their bid to progress from Group C.

Usak now hold a 3-6 record, while PAOK are 4-5 and outside the play-off spots on points difference.

Neptunas Klaipeda continue to dominate Group C, an 86-67 victory over Openjobmetis Varese taking them to 8-1, while Ventspils climbed to fourth as a strong second-half showing saw off Rosa Radom.

The heavyweight clash in Group E saw Partizan inflict only a second defeat of the season on leaders Besiktas, who were limited to just seven points in the fourth quarter and lost 86-71. AEK trounced Proximus Spirou Charleroi 89-69.

Tenerife are one point clear at the top of Group D after a 89-72 triumph over Mornar in Montenegro. The meeting of fellow high-fliers SIG Strasbourg and Sidigas Avellino saw the former battle to a 63-57 win.

In Group B, there were successes for leaders Le Mans Sarthe, Kataja and CSM CSU Oradea.

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