Murcia stay perfect in BCL, Ludwigsburg's misery goes on

Murcia edged past Sidigas Avellino 72-69 on Tuesday to pull clear at the top of Group A in the Basketball Champions League.

Both teams came into the clash with perfect winning records this term and they were still neck and neck going into the last few minutes at Palacio de los Deportes.

However, two-time NBA champion Norris Cole – a star this season for Avellino – was wasteful throughout (2/12 field goals) and Askia Booker delivered late with a three-pointer nudging Murcia in front.

Riesen Ludwigsburg – semi-finalists last year, like Murcia – continued their miserable run of form, however.

Malcolm Hill's 31 points had helped build a narrow advantage for the German side heading into the fourth quarter, but they were defeated 93-85 by visitors Wloclawek.

Group D also saw more joy for the pool's top team and disappointment for its basement side, with Virtus Bologna (4-0) downing Bayreuth (0-4) 74-67 at PalaDozza.

Meanwhile, Oostende fell to a 79-73 home loss to previously winless Olimpija after a fourth-quarter collapse.

Champions League holders AEK Athens, in Group C, improved their middling campaign by producing a second-half fightback – led by Vince Hunter, with 25 points and 11 rebounds – to overpower Dijon 90-80.

And Vangelis Margaritis' last-gasp free-throw saw PAOK edge past Nanterre 83-82 to belatedly get up and running in Group B.

Hapoel Holon beat Opava 88-72 to put pressure on the teams at the top of the pool, while Bonn won 83-79 at Fribourg Olympic.

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