The Eurocup final is within touching distance with just one more round of ties to be played before we know who will compete for this glamorous trophy. The first leg ties threw up a number of talking points and while there will be two teams that are confident of making it to the final, nothing has been decided just yet.
Both of the second legs are set to play out on Wednesday 6th of April, telling us who will be heading to the big final.
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul 89 – Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas 75
Winning the first game in a two-legged tie is important but Galatasaray will be delighted with the 14 point winning margin in this match. Over 10,000 fans turned up at the Abdi Ipekci Arena and while no one will think that the job is done, the Turkish side at least have something to defend when they head to Spain next week.
It was a very tight and even first half although the hosts managed to squeeze ahead by seven points in time for the break. The important part of the game came with a 12-2 scoring run in the third quarter which opened up a gap between the sides.
The to and fro nature of the game can be seen in the fact that the hosts were 19 points ahead on a number of occasions while the away side brought the deficit back to 10 points in the final quarter. However, the home team managed to sink the last two baskets of the game, and these late points could end up making all the difference when it comes to the second-leg.
Chuck Davis grabbed 18 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double while Errick McCollum also picked up 18 points in the win. Vladimir Micov managed to grab 15 points, Stephen Lasme provided 14 points and Goksenin Kosal provided 13 points. For the away team, Alen Omic offered up 15 points and Eulis Baez provided 12 points in the loss while Pablo Aguilar offered up 11 points for the Spanish side.
Strasbourg 68 – Dolomiti Energia Trento 74
The Italians are enjoying a fantastic opening season in the Eurocup and this away win may give them the edge when it comes to the second leg next week. The Italian side can afford to lose by 5 points and still progress to the final, although they will be going out for a more positive result. If Dolomiti make it through to the final, they will be the first team to make it to the Eurocup Finals in their season in European competition.
The away team took control early on and at one points were 20 points ahead in the second quarter. The French side hauled themselves back into contention with a 17-0 scoring run and at the break, Trento were three points ahead with a 37-40 score line. It was a cagey second half and with a minute on the clock, the hosts were within two points but Trento grabbed the last two baskets of the game, giving them an advantage to take into the home tie.
Julian Wright provided 16 points in the win, Trent Lockett grabbed 14 points, Davide Pascolo offered up 13 points and Andres Forray offered up 11 points for the Italians. Bangaly Fofana provided 15 points and 10 rebounds to grab a double-double for the hosts while Kyle Weems provided 15 points and Louis Campbell grabbed 11 points in the loss.