Zeno dazzles in Oradea victory, Neptunas back to winning ways
Martin Zeno scored a record-equalling 42 points as CSM CSU Oradea turned on the style in over-time to beat Kataja Basket and keep their hopes of Basketball Champions League progression alive.
The Oradea guard was in sizzling form as the Romanian side stayed in the hunt for a play-off place in Group B with 101-91 triumph - their fifth win of the campaign.
Wednesday's success leaves them in seventh place in the group, but they are tied on 19 points with the three teams above them with one game remaining, although their latest win gives them the head-to-head advantage over Kataja.
Le Mans Sarthe continue to lead the way, but saw their advantage cut after a surprise 73-65 defeat to Maccabi Rand Media, who were grateful to Javon McCrea and Charles Thomas for keeping them in the top five.
Alp Karahan inspired Pinar Karsiyaka to a 77-70 win over Khimik as they climbed into second place, taking advantage of Umana Reyer Venezia's 102-67 defeat to Avtodor Saratov.
In Group C, Neptunas Klaipeda ended their three-game losing streak to stay one win behind leaders ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, the Lithuanian team beating Ventspils 84-68.
EWE Baskets are hot on their heels after clinging on to an 82-79 win over PAOK, the Greeks coming up just short despite scoring 34 points in the final quarter.
Varese made it back-to-back victories with an 85-77 success over Muratbey Usak Sportif, their fourth win of the season.
Proximus Spirou left it very late before securing an over-time 86-83 win over Stelmet Zielona Gora, point guard Alexandre Libert hitting a match-winning three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining.
That win leaves them sixth in Group E and in with a chance of keeping themselves in European competition this season, while AEK snatched a 69-65 win over Partizan to move into second.
Meanwhile, SIG Strasbourg claimed a 71-56 victory Cibona in the only game in Group D, A.J. Slaughter leading the way with 13 points.