Game Center: Virtus, Promitheas, Reyer, Monaco join the quarterfinals
Segafredo Virtus Bologna was the eighth and final team to secure its spot in the 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinals after it defeated Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul on Thursday. The other three teams advanced after Tuesday's three games. Promitheas Patras dominated on the road at EWE Baskets Oldenburg to finish atop Group F and set up a quarterfinals duel with Tofas Bursa. Umana Reyer Venice bested Germani Brescia Leonessa to clinch second place in Group F and will take on Unicaja Malaga in the quarters. AS Monaco was the third team to advance, even though it did not play. Monaco was sent through thanks to Rytas Vilnius's rout of Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul, which eliminated the latter. Monaco then bested UNICS Kazan on Wednesday night to finish atop Group G and will face Virtus in the quarters. Partizan NIS survived a challenge from Dolomiti Energia Trento to improve to 5-1 for the best record in the Top 16, which guarantees it homecourt advantage in every series it will play in the elimination rounds. Partizan meets UNICS Kazan in the quartefinals.
Segafredo Virtus Bologna made 15 three-pointers and set a new club scoring record en route to a 96-106 win in a do-or-die game against Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul on Thursday night at Stark Arena in Belgrade, Serbia. The victory improved Virtus's record to 4-2, clinching second place in the group E and a place in the quarterfinals where it will face AS Monaco. Darussafaka finished 3-3 and in third place in the group. Milos Teodosic had 21 points and 6 assists and Giampaolo Ricci finished with 17 points for Virtus. For Darussafaka, Gary Browne led the way with 14 points and 11 assists. In that same venue a day earlier, Partizan NIS Belgrade finished with the best record in all of the Top 16 thanks to a 91-75 win over visiting Dolomiti Energia Trento on Wednesday. Partizan, which previously secured first place in Group E, finished with 5-1 record and clinched the top seed and homecourt advantage in each elimination round it will play. In the quarterfinals, Partizan will face UNICS Kazan, while previously-eliminated Trento ended its EuroCup campaign with a 0-6 Top 16 record. Ognjen Jaramaz led Partizan with 19 points. Aaron Craft collected 14 points and 10 assists in a losing effort.
Promitheas Patras celebrated reaching the quarterfinals in his debut season in the competition after beating EWE Baskets Oldenburg 72-97 at Grosse EWE Arena on Tuesday night. The visitors led from the very beginning, amassing a double-digit advantage at the end of the first quarter and extending it to 38-56 at halftime. Promitheas secured first place in Group F and will face Tofas Bursa in the next stage with the homecourt advantage on its side. EWE Baskets Oldenburg was eliminated with its loss. Langston Hall posted a career-high 20 points and added 8 assists and Loukas Mavrokefalidis posted 19 points plus 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Rasid Mahalbasic led Oldenburg with 16 points. Umana Reyer Venice joined Promitheas in the quarterfinals for the first time in club history after beating fellow Italian side Germani Brescia Leonessa 88-93 on the road. The win improved Reyer to 4-2 and it will face Unicaja Malaga in the quarterfinals. Brescia finished with a 2-4 record in the group and fourth place. Brescia was up early and led 41-35 late in the second quarter. But Reyer scored the last 10 points of the second quarter and stepped it up on defense to hold the hosts without a field goal for almost 10 minutes in the second half. Reyer used it to pull away to 56-72 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter and never allowed the hosts to threaten the rest of the way. Reyer's Stefano Tonut led all scorers with 20 points. Travis Trice had 18 points in defeat.
AS Monaco dominated UNICS Kazan 85-60 on Wednesday night to finish atop the group with a 4-2 record. UNICS placed second at 3-3 and would have been first if it won. Monaco will take on the winner of Thursday night's game between Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul and Segafredo Virtus Bologna in one quarterfinals series; UNICS faces Partizan NIS Belgrade in another series. UNICS scored the first basket of the night, but never led again with Monaco taking the margin to 20 in the second quarter and raising it to 34 at the end of the third before letting up late. Yakuba Outtara paced the winners with a season-high 22 points and Dee Bost matched his career-high with 20. Errick McCollum led the UNICS attack with 18 points. On Tuesday, Rytas Vilnius finished its EuroCup season in style by downing Galatasaray Doga Sigorta 83-75 in the Lithuanian capital. Rytas, which was eliminated before this game, finished third in the group with a 3-3 record while Galatasaray ranked fourth at 2-4. Dovis Bickauskis, Terrell Holloway and Evaldas Kairys led the winners with 13 points apiece. Zach Auguste paced Galatasaray with 22 points.
Tofas Bursa did just enough to finish off the Top 16 with a victory in beating MoraBanc Andorra 97-94 at home. Devin Williams tallied 22 points to pace Tofas, which finished with a 4-2 record and second place. Sammy Mejia and Rion Brown both scored 13 points in the win. Andorra fell to 1-5. Joventut Badalona finished its EuroCup season in style by topping Unicaja Malaga 101-86 at home on Wednesday. Joventut, which was eliminated earlier in the Top 16, finished third with a 3-3 record. Unicaja topped the group with a 4-2 record and will face Umana Reyer Venice in the best-of-three quarterfinals. Xabi Lopez-Arostegui led six Unicaja scorers in double figures with 20 points. Dario Brizuela paced Unicaja with 23 points. Unicaja led 67-70 through three quarters before Luke Harangody starred in a 12-0 run that gave Joventut the lead for good.
The Quarterfinals will be played from March 17 to 25, 2020.
Eight teams will play best-of-three series. Series winners advance to the Semifinals.
Quarterfinal A: Partizan NIS Belgrade (1E) vs. UNICS Kazan (2G)
Quarterfinal B: Promitheas Patras (1F) vs. Tofas Bursa (2H)
Quarterfinal C: AS Monaco (1G) vs. Segafredo Virtus Bologna (2E)
Quarterfinal D: Unicaja Malaga (1H) vs. Umana Reyer Venice (2F)