Virtus BolognaFiere booked a spot in the EuroChallenge Final Four with a 106-91 triumph in Italy against Telekom Baskets on Thursday.
Sharrod Ford led the winners in scoring for the second straight game, pouring in 28 points.
Virtus BolognaFiere are one win away from a place in the EuroChallenge Final Four after winning the opening game of their Quarter-Final showdown with Telekom Baskets Bonn on Tuesday night in Germany.
The Italian giants nearly blew a huge lead against a determined Bonn but ultimately prevailed 86-76 and will now return home for Game 2 on Thursday.
Telekom Baskets Bonn won 67-59 at Belgacom Liege to lock up second place in EuroChallenge Group I and advance to the Quarter-Finals.
The German team improved to 3-3 with the victory and finished behind Cholet (5-1), while Belgacom slipped to 2-4.
Telekom Baskets Bonn won 84-77 over EiffelTowers Den Bosch on Wednesday to leave three teams in EuroChallenge Group I with 2-3 records heading into the final week of Top 16 action.
Cholet (4-1) are the only side to have clinched a spot in the Quarter-Finals from the pool.
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Secretary General: Hans-Günter Roesberg
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