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Bakken Bears strike again, come from behind at Bristol




The Bakken Bears continue their victorious march after a 87-83 win over Bristol Flyers on Tuesday, January 9, at the packed SGS College arena in southern England.


Players of the game

Ryan Evans did it all for the Danish giants.


Wisconsin small forward had eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals.


His slam dunk renewed a seven points lead for the Bears with less than 20 seconds left.


Darko Jukič led the visitors in scoring and assists.


He had 17 points and six assists.


DeAndre Pinckney scored 14 points on 6/11 shooting from the field.


Noah Sorensen and Gustav Knudsen posted 12 points each.


Brad Greene posted another double-double for the Bristol Flyers.


University of California at Irvine star had 16 points and 10 rebounds.


Greene added three blocks.


Raphell Thomas-Edwards and Trejon Jacob scored 14 points each.



Key stats

Bristol Flyers led by as much as 12 points in the first half, 33-21.


The Bakken Bears turned the things around just before the break, 44-45.


Bristol shot 56% from the field during the first 20 minutes, 18/32.


Aarhus answered with 48% or 17/35, including 6/14 from the three points line.


The mighty Danes never lost composure and used a balanced scoring to stay infront the rest of the way.


A three point field goal attempt by Tevin Olison could cut the gap to four points with 30 seconds left.


The ball rimmed out but Trejon Jacob secured the rebound and scored second chance points, 80-85.


Evans slam after a timeout renewed seven points lead for the Bears, 80-87.


Trejon Jacob made a difficult three pointer with 10 seconds to go, 83-87.


You won`t break my soul, blasted from the speakers.



Game notes

Bakken Bears improved to 4-0, while Bristol Flyers dropped to 3-3.


Andreas Kapoulas men are 1-2 on the home floor.


They face a crucial game on January 24 at the Svendborg Rabbits.


Two wins at Tartu and Bristol allow Aarhus to fight for the top spot in the Group A.


Anders Sommer`s men will face Polski Cukier Start Lublin on January 16.



ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream




Format

Four best teams from each group will qualify for the playoffs (A1-B4, A2-B3, A3-B2, A4-B1).


The 2024 playoffs – home and away, best-of-two series – will take place from February 15 until March 20.


The 2024 Final Four will take place on April 9-10.



Standings, as of January 9, 2024

Group A

Bakken Bears Aarhus 4-0 (+68)

Uniclub Casino Juventus 4-0 (+59)

Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits 4-1 (+57)

Bristol Flyers 3-3 (+39)

Landstede Hammers Zwolle 1-2 (-16)

Polski Cukier Start Lublin 1-3 (-18)

Spartak Pleven 1-4 (-50)

Svendborg Rabbits 0-5 (-139)



Group B

CSO Voluntari 4-1 (+53)

Royal Liège Basket 4-1 (+68)

Zastal Zielona Gora 3-1 (+21)

Šiauliai 3-1 (+11)

Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles 2-2 (+12)

Keila Coolbet 2-2 (-7)

Basket Brno 1-5 (-58)

Valmiera Glass ViA 0-6 (-100)


Tie-breaker 1: Zielona Gora vs Šiauliai 1-0, +26.

Tie-breaker 2: Šiauliai vs Newcastle 1-0, +2.

Tie-breaker 3: Šiauliai vs Voluntari 1-0, +8.

Tie-breaker 4: Liège vs Zielona Gora 1-0, +23.

Tie-breaker 5: Voluntari vs Liège 1-0, +21.


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