Friday night saw Round 10 of the Euroleague concluded, and we now know all of the teams that are taking part in the Top 16, and which teams are taking part in the Eurocup Last 32.
Nizhny Novgorod v Unics Kazan 78-74
This was a game that mattered for both teams, and it went down to the last minute. In the end, Nizhny Novgorod managed to grab a place in the Top 16, which will be their first time. Both of the teams finished with a 5-5 record but as Nizhny managed to defeat Unics in both of the matches between the teams, they held the upper hand in the tie-break situation.
Tarence Kinsey grabbed 23 points for the winners, while Trey Thompkins offered up 17 points. Novgorod were also boosted by 20 points each from Art Parakhouski and Dmitry Khostov. Keith Langford was the main man for Unics, grabbing 24 points and offering up 10 rebounds.
Zalgiris Kaunas v Dinamo Banco Di Sardegna Sassari 80-79
This game was only decided with less than 3 seconds on the clock as Kaunas came from behind to ensure that they are heading to the Top 16 win. This win placed the Lithuanian champions on to a 5-5 record, which saw them finish in third place in the Group. The three point winning shot came from James Anderson, who grabbed a total of 26 points for the winning side. Sassari completed the campaign with a 1-9 record and they will continue in the Eurocup Last 32.
The home side were in cruise control up to the third quarter, at one point holding a 60-46 lead but then Sassari found a higher gear and they went on a 4-27 scoring run. With three minutes left on the clock, Sassari led by 68-77 but this was when Anderson stepped up and dragged his team to victory. Darius Songaila provided 13 points for the winners while Lukas Lekavicius provided 10 points for the home team. Massimo Chessa provided 14 points, David Logan offered 11 points and Edgar Sosa provided 10 points for the losing side.
Alba Berlin v Cedevita Zagreb 67-70
The away side may have been out of the running for a Top 16 place, but they still managed to shock Berlin in the German capital. The away team held a 3-7 record at the end of their campaign and will look towards the Eurocup Last 32 while the home side finished with a 4-6 record, and eventually finished in 4th place in the group. This is still enough to see Berlin through to the Top 16, but there were points in the evening when they were looking good for third place in the group.
Alba were on top for most of the evening, leading by 13 points at various points in the third quarter. Even when Alba regained the lead late on, Zagreb found a second win and pushed on. Tomislav Zubic ended up with 8 points and 7 rebounds for the winners while Jamel McLean grabbed 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the home team.
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul v FC Bayern Munich 87-81
The home team rounded off their Euroleague Group stage in style, moving on to a 8-2 record, and securing second place. Bayern finished with a 2-8 record in fifth place, and they will be heading to the Eurocup Last 32. Bogdan Bogdanovic was the leading player with 16 points, Oguz Savas offered up 15 points and Nemanja Bjelica provided 14 points. Nihad Djedovic was the top man for the German team, providing 19 points while Bo McCalebb offered up 16 points.
Panathinaikos v FC Barcelona 67-80
FC Barcelona showcased their credentials with a convincing win on the road and the Catalan giants finished up with a 9-1 record, indicating that they are worthy group leaders. The Greek side finished with a 5-5 record in third place, but this position was already assured before the game.
There was an hour long delay during the half-time of this game with the arena being evacuated to allow a security sweep to take place. This came after an alleged bomb threat was received. Barcelona were leading comfortably at half-time, but it was the Greek side that dealt with the delay in a more convincing manner, before Barcelona eventually composed themselves and stretched out again.
Marcelino Huertas offered 17 points and 9 assists for the winners while Deshaun Thomas provided 15 points. There was a double-double for Maciej Lampa, who grabbed 10 points and 10 assists. For the Greeks, who were without Dimitris Diamantidis, were supported by Antonis Fotsis grabbing 14 points and Loukas Mavrokefalidis offering 10 points.
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade v Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 90-82
The team from Belgrade grabbed second spot in their Group, moving on to a 6-4 record with this win. Marcus Williams delivered 23 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds. There was a double-double for Boban Marjanovic, who provided 12 points and 12 rebounds. Vitoria ended with a 5-5 record in third place with Davis Bertrans offering 16 points while Kim Tillie provided 14 points and 7 rebounds.
This means that the qualifiers from Groups A through D are as follows:
Euroleague Top 16 Qualifiers
- Real Madrid
- Anadolu Efes Istanbul
- Zalgiris Kauna
- Nizhny Novgorod
- CSKA Moscow
- Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
- Unicaja Malaga
- ALBA Berlin
- FC Barcelona
- Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
- Panathinaikos Athens
- EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
- Olympiacos Piraeus
- Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
- Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
- Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
Eurocup Last 32 Qualifiers
- Unics Kazan
- Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
- Cedevita Zagreb
- Limoges CSP
- FC Bayern Munich
- PGE Turow Zgorzelec
- Neptunas Klaipeda
- Valencia Basket