Uxue Bilbao Basket defeat Ratiopharm 101-78 to advance to semifinals
The Basques fought a 4-point deficit in the first leg and defeated Ratiopharm Ulm 101-78 to advance to the Eurocup semifinals.
Uxue Bilbao Basket will play the Eurocup semifinals. Photo: EFEUxue Bilbao Basket will play the Eurocup semifinals. Photo: EFE
Four players scored in double figures for Uxue Bilbao Basket to lead the Basques to a 101-78 home win over Ratiopharm Ulm, fight a first-leg deficit of four points and advance to the Eurocup semifinals.
Nikos Zizis was on top of all scorers with 23 points. Hamilton had 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, Grimau added 13 points and Pilepic netted in 12. For Ratiopharm Ulm, Bryant had 21 points, Guenther added 19 and Esterkamp had 13.
Uxue Bilbao Basket did not make a good start to the game and trailed by two points, 28-30 at the end of the first quarter. However, the Basques stepped up a gear in the second half and opened a 10-point gap at halftime, 47-37.
The Basques stormed into the beginning of the fourth quarter with a 8-0 run to break the game and led 86-63 with eight minutes left.