Against VEF Riga, Strasbourg needed two extra time to win and make sure to participate in the Champions League play-offs.
In a match where mastery was not there, Strasbourg was able to accelerate at the right time to snatch victory after a second extra time. Against VEF Riga, SIG first suffered the game and conceded a 12-0 which gave the Latvian club a ten-point lead at the very end of the first quarter. But the reaction of the Alsatians came in the middle of the second quarter. Thanks to a 13-2, Lassi Tuovi’s players were able to get past a few seconds before concluding the first half of the match with only two points behind. But, ironed in front just after returning to the floor, Bonzie Colson’s teammates (31 points, 7 rebounds) suffered a new outburst and were up to seven points behind.
But, combative, the SIG players were late to start the last ten minutes with two lengths in advance. A gap that went up in smoke at the start of the last quarter, during which VEF Riga dominated from start to finish and it took a three-point shot from Bonzie Colson eight seconds from the buzzer to snatch the extension, which could have been avoided if Jaromir Bohacik (16 points, 7 assists) had not missed his last chance at long distance. Strasbourg were in the lead throughout extra time but this time it was the Riga players who snatched a second extension thanks to Kyle Allman (21 points), with neither team managing to score for more than two minutes . A second extension which made the happiness of the SIG which won by seven lengths (101-94 a2p) and secures its place in the final phase of the Champions League.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Peristeri – Rytas Vilnius: 81-74
Wednesday January 13, 2021
Strasbourg – VEF Riga: 101-94 (a2p)
Group E classification
1- Strasbourg 9 points
2- VEF Riga 8
3- Peristeri 7
4- Rytas Vilnius 6