Turkish Airlines Euroleague
May 19, 2013
Last 16, Week 5: Donetsk, Khimki and Spartak roll in quarterfinals!
Spartak St. Petersburg
Half of the tickets to the Eurocup Quarterfinals have been awarded, but the other half will be up for grabs in the final week of the Last 16. There was potential for all the quarterfinals spots to be decided this week, but some amazing results infused great excitement and drama into the Last 16 finales. The only group in which both quarterfinals positions have been wrapped up is J, where BC Khimki and BC Donetsk will play on, though their results next week will still settle first place in the group.
Khimki beat Aris BSA 88-72
as Kresimir Loncar paced five Khimki scorers in double figures with 14 points and Sergey Monya amassed 13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks!
Donetsk rallied to top Asvel Basket 93-87
behind 20 points from Darnell Jackson. The visitors led by 5 entering the fourth quarter, but Donetsk went for 35 points in the last 10 minutes – after totaling just 32 in the first two quarters – to snatch the win. Donetsk and Khimki both have 4-1 records. In Group I,
VEF Riga edged CEZ Nymburk 80-84
after overtime to stay alive. Nymburk seemed to have the game under control and an eye on the quarters when an unsportsmanlike foul in the last minute of regulation allowed Dairis Bertans to tie the game and after Nymburk missed with a chance to win on the final possession, Riga took charge in overtime. Bertans finished with a Eurocup career-high 21 for the winners, who control their own destiny and will advance with a win at Valencia next week. The only team to have advanced after Week 4,
Valencia Basket routed BCM Gravelines 79-61
to secure first place in Group I. Serhiy Lishchuk scored 14 points off the bench to lead Valencia, which is 5-0 in the Last 16.
Spartak St. Petersburg defeated Buducnost Voli 70-64
to clinch a quarterfinals berth and first place in Group K. Spartak remained undefeated for the season with the win, but the result was in doubt when Duducnost took a 49-54 lead into the final quarter. But great team defense and a pair of big threes by Aleksey Zozulin lifted Spartak. Patrick Beverley scored 19 to pace the winners.
Krka Novo Mesto scored a 78-73 home win over Banvit BK
for its first victory in the Last 16. The result also kept its chances to reach the quarterfinals alive. The game was close for 40 minutes and tied at 70-70 with 1:27 to play. But Krka made clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Jure Balazic shined for Krka with 23 points. The situation is wide-open in Group L, where no quarterfinals spot has been claimed. Facing elimination,
Lokomotiv Kuban outlasted Lietuvos Rytas 78-82
behind 18 points from Ali Traore and a Jeremiah Massey double-double. Later Dashaun Wood dominated as
Alba Berlin trumped Benetton Treviso 83-74
. After scoring just 6 third-quarter points in falling behind 47-56, the Berliners went for 36 over the final 10 minutes – of which Wood scored 15 and dished 5 assists – to take the win. Wood finished the game with 22 points and 9 assists. Lokomotiv, Benetton and Rytas all have 3-2 records with one game to play. Check back in next week for what is sure to be a thrilling finish to the Last 16 as all eight games could have a say in the playoff lineup!
Game 5, Tuesday, February 21, 2012
CEZ Nymburk vs. VEF Riga
Valencia Basket vs. BCM Gravelines
BC Khimki vs. Aris BSA 2003
BC Donestk vs. Asvel Basket
Spartak St. Petersburg vs. Buducnost Voli
Krka Novo Mesto vs. Banvit BK
Lietuvos Rytas vs. Lokomotiv Kuban
Alba Berlin vs. Benetton Basket
STANDINGS, LAST 16
Aris BSA 2003
*Spartak St. Petersburg
Krka Novo Mesto
* Quarterfinals qualifier