|Bryan Hopkins erupted for 24 points in the Last 16-clinching win for Antwerp|
Antwerp Giants guaranteed themselves EuroChallenge Basketball in 2011 after beating Steaua-Turabo on Tuesday night.
Bryan Hopkins, who missed Antwerp's game against Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the weekend due to suspension, played and had 24 points as Antwerp won the Group F clash 78-65 over the team from Bucharest.
Antwerp improved to 3-2 with the win and because they have a better goal differential in the games with Steaua-Turabo (2-3), who won the first encounter by five in Romania, the Belgian club has assured itself second place with a game to spare.
Lokomotiv Kuban (4-1) wrapped up top spot in the group with a victory over Enterprise BC Dynamo earlier in the night.
Lokomotiv have a better goal differential in their meetings with Antwerp.
The decisive quarter of Tuesday's game in Belgium was the second, when Antwerp outscored Steaua-Turabo 24-12 for a 44-32 lead at the break.
Steaua-Turabo did continue to battle and closed to within eight points in the fourth quarter but didn't have enough to come back all the way.
Virgil Stanescu finished with 27 points and six rebounds for the visitors.
Darnell Wilson was a pivotal player for Antwerp, pouring in 18 points and coming up with six steals.
Antwerp head Coach Eddy Casteels:
"I'm proud of my team. Without Tim Black and Randy Oveneke we realiserd a great win. Yes the qualification is a nice step. It was not easy and it was a difficult game against Steaua Bucharest.'
Steaua Head Coach Niksa Bavcevic:
"Congratulations to Antwerp Giants. It was a physical game and Antwerp was stronger at the end of the first time and the fourth quarter."
Antwerp Player Bryan Hopkins:
"This is a important win. The Last 16 was our ambition. I'm glad that I could help my team with some threepointers. But, this is a team victory."