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Melvin scores 20 in second half, Start Lublin earn a big win at Ironi Ness Ziona


Polski Cukier Start Lublin outscored Ironi Ness Ziona from the three point line to post a 90-77 road win on Wednesday, March 8, at the Lev Hamoshava hall in Ness Ziona, Israel. The second game will be played on March 20 in Poland.


Players of the game

Great players thrive in big games.


Cleveland Melvin is a prime example of that as he scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half.


Lublin`s forward made 7-of-8 field goals after the break, including a 4-of-5 salvo from the three point line.


Cleveland added two free throws, four rebounds and two blocked shots.


Dayshon Hassan Smith had amazing stat line.


American guard scored 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe.


Scoochie grabbed seven rebounds, dished out six assists, registered three steals, one block and seven forced fouls.


Troy Barnies had a hot hand as well.


Forward posted 11 points in the first half on 3-of-4 shooting from the deep.


Klāvs Čavars stepped up in the second half.


Latvian center had 12 points and eight rebounds.


Last but not least – Gave DeVoe posted 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists.


Ironi Ness Ziona leaders also shined but this time it wasn`t enough.


Tyler Bey led all scorers with 28 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 13-of-15 from the free throw line.


Power forward forced 10 fouls and grabbed 11 rebounds.


Bey dropped 21 points in the first half.


D.J. Cooper registered a game high 11 assists.


Point guard added five points and four steals.


Shaq Buchanan and Jerome Meyinsse scored 15 and 14 points respectively.


Key stats

Troy Barnies made three three-pointers in the first half.


Ironi Ness Ziona shot 3-of-10 and went 2-of-10 the rest of the way.


Polski Cukier Start Lublin players connected 13-of-32 shots from the deep.


The Polish club outrebounded hosts, 47-29, including a 12-8 result on the offensive glass.


Lublin`s starters scored 48 points in the second half.


Start has a 13 points advantage before the second game.


SCHEDULE (local time only)

(A1) Polski Cukier Start Lublin – Ironi Ness Ziona (B4)

Game one: Ironi Ness Ziona 77-90 Polski Cukier Start Lublin


Game two: Monday, March 20, Lublin 18:00


(A2) Budivelnyk Kyiv – BC Wolves (B3)

Game one: Saturday, March 11, Alytus 17:20

Game two: Saturday, March 18, Pala Coccia di Veroli 19:30

(A3) Zastal Zielona Gora – BM Stal Ostrow (B2)

Game one: Sunday, March 12, Zielona Gora 16:00

Game two: Tuesday, March 21, Ostrow 19:00


(A4) KB Sigal Prishtina – King Szczecin (B1)

Game one: Wednesday, March 8, Prishtina 19:00

Game two: Monday, March 20, Szczecin 18:00

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