|02 February 2012|
|Nathan Peavy of Artland Dragons had 21 points on Tuesday to ensure the German side will avoid any surprises against Antwerp Giants and seal their pass to the Quarter-Finals |
ARTLAND, FUENLABRADA AND BESIKTAS SAFELY THROUGH
Artland Dragons and Fuenlabrada remain the only sides yet to lose in the EuroChallenge Last 16 after this week's action.
They won for the fourth time in this phase of the competition to punch their ticket to the Quarter-Finals where they will be joined by Besiktas Milangaz, who also won this week.
Artland downed Antewrp Giants 81-71 in Group L and Fuenlabrada prevailed at BC Nizhny Novgorod, 78-70, in Group K.
Nathan Peavy had 21 points and Anthony King 16 for Artland.
The Germans drilled nine of their 15 shots from long range, including three in the second quarter when they outscored Antwerp 24-15 to take control of the contest for good.
Fuenlabrada won despite playing without Kirk Penney.
Saul Blanco underlined his importance to the side again with a team-high 16 points.
Robert Joseph, who is from Haiti and accustomed to the warm climate, is with Fuenlabrada and he spoke about the team's journey.
"The weather in Russia is terribly cold," he said, "but we survived."
Besiktas improved to 3-1 and also sealed their pass to the play-offs, winning on Wednesday at BK Pardubice (1-3), 76-69.
Without injured point guard Carlos Arroyo, the Turkish club claimed a win that keeps them hot on the heels of Fuenlabrada in Group K.
Adam Morrison is known for his ability to put the ball in the basket.
Having recently signed for Besiktas, he had 26 points on Tuesday in his second EuroChallenge game with the team.
BEST OF THE REST
Two sides are 3-1 and looking very good bets to reach the Quarter-Finals.
They are Chorale Roanne Basket in Group I and Telekom Baskets Bonn in Group J.
Roanne handed ZZ Leiden their second heavy beating in a week, winning 91-56 in France.
Leiden have been digging themselves huge holes in the first quarters of games and Tuesday was no exception.
They trailed 26-12 by the frame and never came close to climbing out of it.
Dylan Page had 18 points for Roanne.
|Roanne Basket are now top of Group I with a 3-1 record and are favourites to clinch a place in the Play-Offs |
Telekom Baskets Bonn won over Okapi Aalstar, 71-63.
Assists machine Jared Jordan had 10 more helpers for Telekom Baskets, who bounced back from their narrow home defeat at the weekend against Alba Berlin.
Telekom Baskets are in first place in the group while Okapi are now 1-3.
Okapi had won the first meeting between the sides.
WELCOME BACK, KYLE
While BC NN are 0-4, fellow Russians Triumph Lyubertsy are not after their surprise 79-77 victory at Pinar Karsiyaka (2-2) in Group L.
While captain Artem Kuzyakin had 26 points, the big development for Triumph was the play of Kyle Landry, who had missed a lot of games through injury.
In his second game back since being hurt, Landry had 24 points and 10 rebounds and was named EuroChallenge Player of the Week.
Triumph improved to 1-3 with that upset.
TROTTER, GAY LEAD SZOLNOKI
Brandon Gay was ‘Mr Clutch' for Szolnoki Olaj, scoring 18 points in their 90-81 victory in Hungary over Elan Chalon.
Gay hit four three-pointers in the victory.
Obie Trotter was again influential with 18 points, six assists and five rebounds for Szolnoki.
Chalon's Ilian Evtimov, meanwhile, continued his hot streak from behind the arc, making three of his six attempts.
He is 35 of 68 (51.5%) on the season.
Akos Horvath is another player who puts up a lot of shots from behind the arc for Szolnoki.
Horvath made two of his four attempts on Tuesday and is now 26 of 46 (56.5%) on the campaign.
The fortunes of BK Ventspils have changed dramatically in the Last 16.
The Latvian team started with two defeats in Group I but has now won two straight after a 74-61 home triumph over EWE Baskets (0-2).
Jahmar Young has been a game-winner on more than one occasion this season for Ventspils and he was again on Tuesday in scoring 18 points and corralling five rebounds.
The fortunes of EWE Baskets have also changed a lot but for the worse.
The Germans went unbeaten in the Regular Season but are now 2-2 in the Last 16 and with a lot of work to do if they are going to reach the Quarter-Finals.