After an opening week in which teams got the first taste of the new Eurocup campaign, it’s already time for Round 2 and another 16 exciting clashes. The storyline is similar for all six groups, except that all 16 teams that were away from home last week now play in front of their home fans, while teams that played last week at home are hitting the road this week. Action starts with two games on Tuesday, before the other 14 are played across the continent on Wednesday.
In a Tuesday’s tip-off, Paris Levallois rolled past Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 88-76
. Landing Sane scored 19 points and shot 3 for 3 from downtown to lead the winners, who collectively made 14 of 24 three-pointers (58.3%). On Wednesday, Strasbourg (1-0) hosts CAI Zaragoza (1-0) for the first time ever. Both teams won their openers by hitting 10 or more three-point shots, including Strasbourg's Louis Campbell and Jeremy Leloup who combined to shoot 9-for-9 from long distance last week. In an all-German showdown, Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-1) clashes with Telekom Baskets Bonn (0-1) as both teams search for their first victory in this campaign.
Action in Group A starts on Tuesday when Paris Levallois (0-1) welcomes Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (1-0) in a game between two teams that never played against each other. Also clashing for the first time ever, it is Strasbourg (1-0) hosting CAI Zaragoza (1-0). Both teams won their openers by hitting 10 or more three-point shots, including Strasbourg's Louis Campbell and Jeremy Leloup who combined to shoot 9-for-9 from long distance last week. In an all-German showdown, Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-1) clashes with Telekom Baskets Bonn (0-1) as both teams search for their first victory in this campaign.
The first game of the week saw CEZ Basketball Nymburk defeat EWE Baskets Oldenburg 77-71
on Tuesday. trailed 10-27 in the second quarter before Tre Simmons sparked a 14-2 run that brought Nymburk within 32-35 at halftime. Darius Washington gave Nymburk the lead in the third quarter and Coach Kestutis Kemzura’s men held strong down the stretch. Petr Benda led the winners with 15 points. On Wednesday, Virtus Rome (1-0) led by Round 1 MVP Brandon Triche hosts SLUC Nancy (1-0), while Baloncesto Seville (1-0) plays at home against Proximus Spirou Charleroi (0-1).
Action in Group D starts when Zenit St. Petersburg (1-0) welcomes Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul (0-1), with the host formerly known as Triumph Lyubertsy playing its first game in new home in the city of St. Petersburg and its brand new Sibur Arena. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (1-0) will welcome Khimki Moscow Region (1-0) in a high-profile clash in which the hosts will look to limit Khimki’s high-scoring offense, which racked up 16 three-pointers in opening week. Group D action will wrap up with VEF Riga (0-1) hosting Szolnoki Olaj (1-0) in the Latvian capital as the teams meet for the first time in an official game.
None of the Group E Round 2 matchups have been seen before in European competitions. Partizan NIS Belgrade (0-1) hosts Banvit Bandirma (1-0) in the first ever Eurocup home game for Partizan, which could have its latest addition Milan Macvan suiting up for this game. The perennial Romanian champion CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (1-0) will host Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (1-0), as both teams eye a second win in as many games. Meanwhile, in a meeting of two sides looking for their first Eurocup win of the season, Hapoel Jerusalem (0-1) welcomes the newcomer Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd (0-1).
In a clash between two teams that won their openers, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (1-0) hosts the Latvian champion Ventspils (1-0). Lokomotiv still features four players who helped the team win 2013 Eurocup title. PAOK Thessaloniki (1-0) welcomes Stelmet Zielona Gora (0-1), as the hosts look to build on their double-overtime success from a week ago, while the Polish side wants to bounce back from the last week's big home loss. When Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (0-1) hosts Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir (0-1) it will mark the first time these clubs meet since their home-and-away Korac Cup series in the 1986-87 season. Buducnost won both games 28 years ago, but Karsiyaka will count on Juan Palacios, who led all Round 1 scorers with 29 points, to battle for a road win.
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