|03 December 2012|
|Kenan Sipahi and his Tofas SC teammates can take a significant step towards qualifying should they defeat ETHA this week|
Five tickets to the EuroChallenge Last 16 are still up for grabs in Regular Season groups A-through-D and up to three of them could meet their holder by the end of game day 5 action.
How They Stand: Pinar Karsiyaka (4-0) have sealed their passage to the Last 16; Both Tofas Bursa (2-2) and KRKA Novo Mesto (2-2) will only know their fate after the final day of action; Michelin ETHA Engomi (0-4) are out of contention.
The decisive game for Tofas and KRKA is their direct clash next week, however both have something to play for this Tuesday.
KRKA receive group leaders Karsiyaka and in the event they manage to defeat them by 23 points or more they will win the group, provided they also beat Tofas on the last game day.
Tofas play host to ETHA and a win would afford them the luxury of losing by up to 3 points when they visit KRKA next week and still go through, if KRKA have fallen to Karsiyaka in the meantime.
Should KRKA and Tofas register identical results this Tuesday, whichever of the two wins next week's clash, by any margin, will accompany Karsiyaka to the Last 16.
How They Stand: Krasnye Krylia (4-0) have qualified; Either Keravnos (2-2) or Joensuun Kataja (2-2) could qualify on Tuesday; CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (0-4) have no chance of progressing.
Joensuun Kataja play host to Keravnos in Finland on Tuesday in a game that will most likely decide the recipient of the second ticket to the Last 16 from the group.
The hosts will qualify if they beat the Cyrpiot side by six points or more. Keravnos will go through if they win by any margin. In case the Finns win by less than five points, the situation will be clear only on the final game day with Keravnos needing to match Kataja's result to go through.
Kataja are coming off an 84-69 away defeat to Kauhajoki in the Finnish League on Saturday.
On the same day Keravnos registered their sixth victory in as many games, 65-52 over Omonoia, and remain at the top of the standings in their domestic championship.
On Wednesday, Krasnye Krylia receive CSU Asesoft Ploiesti and will clinch first place in the group if they win, regardless of what takes place in the Tuesday game.
How They Stand: BK Ventspils (4-0) have already secured top spot in the group; Norrköping Dolphins (2-2) have a chance to qualify on Tuesday; Södertälje Kings (1-3) need to win to stay alive; Tampereen Pyrintö (1-3) have a slim chance of going though even if they lose.
Norrköping Dolphins will take the second ticket to the Last 16 from the group if they manage to beat fellow Swedish side Södertälje Kings on the road on Tuesday and, at the same time, Pyrintö fall to Ventspils.
If the Dolphins win but Pyrintö upset the group leaders in Latvia, the Swedes will need to protect their 11-point advantage from the first encounter between the two teams when they travel to Finland on the final day for the reverse fixture.
The Kings on the other hand need a win by three points or more to have a realistic chance of advancing.
If they achieve that and Pyrintö lose in Latvia this week, then they could go through as long as they beat Ventspils on the final day or they lose but the Finns defeat the Kings on the same day.
Ventspils will still finish first in the group even if they lose both their remaining games, but it is safe to assume they would want to extend their impressive winning streak, currently at 10 games.
Pyrintö can still hope to go through even if they fall in Latvia, as long as the Dolphins lose to the Kings.
|Paul Graham and Gaz Metan Medias can qualify for the next stage of EuroChallenge if they win this week|
How They Stand: Gaz Metan Medias (3-1) will qualify if they win on Tuesday; Both Tartu University Rock (2-2) and BC Khimik Yuzhne (2-2) depend only on themselves but neither can seal it this week; JDA Dijon (1-3) are out of contention if they lose on Tuesday.
Group leaders Medias have a second match ball on Tuesday, when they receive Tartu Rock, as a win would see them through to the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge.
Medias in effect need to win one of their two remaining games to secure their passage.
The Estonians and Khimik meanwhile are in a similar situation and still depend on themselves.
The two teams will qualify, at the expense of Medias, if they both win their respective remaining games.
Tartu have the head-to-head over Khimik in case of an eventual two-way tie in the standings, but the Ukrainians are better positioned to take advantage, should the Estonians slip up on Tuesday.
If Tartu were to lose to Medias and Khimik beat Dijon, then Khimik only need to match Tartu's result on the final day.
Interestingly, and despite their fragile position, Dijon still have options not only to qualify but even to take first place in the group.
The French side will top the pool if they beat Khimik by four points on Tuesday and then prevail over Tartu by at least 13 on the final day.
Dijon will however exit the race already this week if they lose to Khimik, by any margin.
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