Turkish Airlines Euroleague
June 20, 2013
Last 16, Week 4: Valencia becomes first quarterfinalist!
A series of exciting and hotly-contested games in Last 16, Week 4 denied all but one team from punching their respective tickets to the Quarterfinals. Only Valencia Basket was able to buck the trend and advance. However all seven remaining spots in the quarterfinals could potentially be decided when play resumes in two weeks.
Valencia topped CEZ Nymburk 73-72
in a game it lead by 20, but needed to hold on for dear life in the end. Nymburjk rallied to tie the game on a Pavel Pumprla triple with 6 seconds remaining, but Rodrigo San Miguel scored the go-ahead free throw with 4 seconds left and Lamayne Wilson missed for Nymburk at the buzzer. Rafa Martinez scored 15 and Nando De Colo dished 9 assists for Valencia, which is 4-0 in the Last 16 and could clinch first place in Group I if it wins next week.
VEF Riga trumped BCM Gravelines 62-69
on the road to boost its own quarterfinals hopes. Kaspars Berzins scored 19 to pace Riga, which is 2-2 and visits Nymburk in a must-win contest next week.
BC Donetsk slammed BC Khimki 85-67
to move into first place in Group J, while handing the visitors’ first loss of the Eurocup season. Donetsk and Khimki are now tied with 3-1 records, but the 18-point margin of victory for Donetsk trumped the 13 that Khimki won by in their previous meeting and thus gives Donetsk the tiebreak advantage over Khimki. Vule Avdalovic and Ramel Curry scored 18 points apiece to pace Donetsk. Later
Asvel Basket routed Aris 79-52
for its first Last 16 win. Hilton Armstrong scored 8 points to cap a 21-0 run that bridged the first and second quarters to put the hosts ahead 31-9 and the outcome was never again in doubt.
Spartak St. Petersburg downed Krka Novo Mesto 71-57
in Group K to remain unbeaten. Spartak started on fire the game with a 9-0 run and never looked back. Vladimir Dragicevic led the winners with 19 points. Spartak’s celebrations for reaching the Quarterfinals were postponed for at least another week after
KK Buducnost blew away Banvit 83-73
.The Montenegrin champs went on a 19-6 run to end the third quarter and take control of the game and the tie-break advantage between the teams with two games left in the Last 16. Bojan Dubljevic paced the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Lietuvos Rytas defeated Alba Berlin 62-79
in the German capital to stay tied atop Group L. Ronnie Seibutis led the winners with 24 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting. The result also eliminated Berlin from quarterfinals contention.
Benetton Basket bested Lokomotiv-Kuban 87-76
in Treviso, Italy, to sweep the two games between the teams and give Benetton an important tiebreak advantage. Jeff Viggiano paced the winners with 17 points. A brilliant Last 16, Week 4 simply set the stage for what could be an even better and more dramatic Week 5!
Game 4, Tuesday, February 7, 2012
BCM Gravelines vs. VEF Riga
Valencia Basket vs. CEZ Nymburk
BC Donetsk vs. BC Khimki
Asvel Basket vs. Aris BSA 2003
Spartak St. Petersburg vs. Krka Novo Mesto
Buducnost Voli vs. Banvit BK
Alba Berlin vs. Lietuvos Rytas
Benetton Basket vs. Lokomotiv Kuban
STANDINGS, LAST 16
Aris BSA 2003
Spartak St. Petersburg
Krka Novo Mesto
* Quarterfinals qualifier