Aleksandar Nadjfeji scored 22 points in just 22 minutes as RheinEnergie Köln booked their place in the last eight of the EuroCup with a 95-70 defeat of Pallacanestro Cantu.
The Germans led from start to finish as Janar Talts scored 13 points, Nikola Vucurovic 11 and Marcin Gortat 10.
|Germany international Ademola Okulaja made his debut for RheinEnergie |
RheinEnergie’s record in Group J now reads 4-1 and they share top spot with Maroussi Honda, who beat Dynamo Moscow Region 62-57 to join RheinEnergie in the Quarter-Final Play-Offs.
Kebu Stewart's 24 points and 10 rebounds for Cantu ultimately proved futile while Phill Jones added 11 points and Davide Lamma 10.
The Italians trailed 13-7 midway through the first quarter. But the Germans caught fire and went on a 13-4 run to close the period with a 26-11 advantage.
Obradovic's team kept up the pressure and pushed the lead to 20 points - 45-25 - after Guido Gruenheid buried his second consecutive three-pointer.
Cantu scored eight straight but RheinEnergie led 50-35 at the break.
Jones hit a three-pointer with 7:43 left in the third to cut the deficit to 12 points - 55-43. But that's as close as the Italians would come the rest of the night.
RheinEnergie were ahead 74-50 after three periods. And Cantu could cut it no closer than 19 in the fourth.
RheinEnergie’s Michael Jordan said afterwards: “It was a total win. Tonight we came out hot and we were tough to beat.”