Gameday Three Preview Groups A-D

20 November 2012

EUROCHALLENGE

42. Joshua Heytvelt (Tofas SC)
Joshua Heytvelt was prominent for Tofas at the weekend, but could not help his team avoid defeat in the BEKO Ligi

Gameday 3 action in the EuroChallenge Regular Season tips off on Tuesday evening with 12 games and concludes on Wednesday night with the remaining four encounters. 

 

GROUP A

Group leaders Pinar Karsiyaka (2-0) hope to extend their winning streak when they visit Cyprus to take on Michelin ETHA Engomi (0-2).

The Turkish side are coming off an 87-74 road win over Royal Hali Gaziantep BŞB in the Turkish BEKO Ligi on Saturday.

Robert Dixon led all scorers with 22 points and Abdul Aminu had 11 points and nine rebounds for Karsiyaka, who remain in second place in the BEKO Ligi standings.

ETHA also won away from home on Saturday, 75-73 at Petrolina AEK and improved to 2-2 in the Cypriot league standings.

Half an hour later on Tuesday night, Tofas Bursa (1-1) are playing host to KRKA Novo Mesto. Tofas lost 74-66 at Fenerbahce Ulker on the weekend in the BEKO Ligi.

Joshua Heytvelt finished with 15 points and nine rebounds in defeat.

KRKA also slumped to defeat on the road, losing 79-61 to Red Star in Belgrade in the Adriatic league, their fifth loss in nine games in the competition.

In their most recent EuroChallenge encounter, the Slovenes also tasted defeat, losing away to Karsiyaka 79-56

 

GROUP B

Krasnye Krylia (2-0) delivered one of their best performances on the weekend, inflicting on Spartak their first loss in the VTB League and, more impressively, did it in St. Petersburg.

The Samara outfit won 63-61 in overtime, behind 22 points from Chester Simmons.

After the St Petersburg stop, the Russians continue westwards and face Joensuun Kataja (1-1) on Tuesday.

The Finns routed Namika Lahti 98-43 in their domestic league on Sunday.

In the other game in the group, Keravnos (1-1) are playing host to CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (0-2).

The Cypriots are at the top of the domestic league standings with a 4-0 record, after a comfortable 83-58 win over ENAD at the weekend.

The Romanian side registered a similar result on Friday, beating Dinamo Bucharest 86-47 at home

 

GROUP C

Group leaders BK Ventspils (2-0) travel to Sweden to take on Södertälje Kings on Tuesday, following a hard-earned weekend victory on the road.

The Latvians defeated Siauliai 71-65 in Lithuania and remain at the top of their group in the Baltic League.

Arturs Berzins and Donald Sims had 13 points apiece for the winners.

The other game of the group also takes in Sweden, but on Wednesday.

Norrköping Dolphins (1-1) are hosting Tampereen Pyrintö, who experienced their second defeat in 11 games in the Finnish league on Thursday.

Despite losing 85-78 at Forssan Koripojat, the Tampere outfit remain at the top of the Finnish league standings but have yet to get off the mark in the EuroChallenge and face a premature do-or-die duel in Sweden

 

GROUP D

7. Sava Lesic (Khimik)
 Sava Lesic had a productive weekend for Khimik, scoring 21 points on six-for-seven shooting from the field

Gaz Metan Medias (2-0) suffered a second consecutive defeat in the Romanian LNB at the weekend, falling 78-74 to fellow EuroChallenge side BCMU Pitesti at home.

The Romanians are now facing their toughest test in the EuroChallenge so far, when they play host to Khimik Yuzhne on Tuesday.

The Ukrainians are the only other unbeaten side in the group and registered an important win on the road on Friday and remain joint-top in the Superleague standings.

Khimik defeated Dnipro 90-68 behind 21 points from Sava Lesic, who was six-from-seven from the field and made seven-of-his-eight free throws.

Later on Tuesday, Tartu Rock welcome JDA Dijon to Estonia in a battle that will leave one of the two sides bottom of the group with no wins to their name.

Tartu Rock were impressive at the weekend in the Baltic League, defeating Liepaja 87-55 while the French side lost 61-67 at home to Pro A leaders Le Mans.

Link to Groups E-through-H here


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