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  Eurocup 2016-17 TOP 16



February 9, 2017 - 7DAYS EuroCup, Top 16 Round 6 MVP: Royce O'Neale, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas

royce o'nealeAs expected, the last round of the 7DAYS EuroCup brought loads of drama with it, and when the dust settled eight teams - Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, Zenit St. Petersburg, FC Bayern Munich, Unicaja Malaga, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas, Valencia Basket and Khimki Moscow Region - were happy to have their quarterfinal tickets. One of those teams, Gran Canaria, only advanced in this very last round led by the individual performance of Royce O'Neale, who was the weekly MVP thanks to his performance index rating of 34, the highest this week. O'Neale led the way for Granca with 19 points in almost perfect shooting - 5 of 7 twos, 2 of 2 threes and 3 of 3 free throws -, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. He had personal records in PIR, assists and steals in his second EuroCup season. David Logan of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius was second in line this week with his PIR of 30 to lead his team to a dramatic win that was not enough to advance to the next phase. Read more here.





February 8, 2017 - Round 6

It all comes down to the final game for four teams fighting for the last two remaining tickets to the quarterfinals. Likewise, four teams remain in contention for first place in two different groups. In fact, not a single quarterfinal matchup is set going into Round 6 of the Top 16 and only in Group H are both first and second place settled. While the games are important for the teams battling for those spots, the final Top 16 standings will also determine home-court advantage going forward in the semifinals and finals, so even those teams that are secure for the next stage, such as Valencia Basket in Group H and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in Group E, will seek wins that could pay dividends down the road. Get ready for a big night! Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Round 6:

GROUP E

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas vs. Montakit Fuenlabrada 100-76
UCAM Murcia vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 77-85

GROUP F

ratiopharm Ulm vs. Lietkabelis Panevezys 81-86
Khimki Moscow Region vs. FC Bayern Munich 74-96

GROUP G

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius vs. Zenit St Petersburg 86-84
Nizhny Novgorod vs. Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem 73-81

GROUP H

Cedevita Zagreb vs. Unicaja Malaga 74-71
ALBA Berlin vs. Valencia Basket 73-99






February 2, 2017 - 7DAYS EuroCup, Top 16 Round 5 MVP: Tarence Kinsey, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem

tarence kinseyAfter Round 5 in the Top 16, six of the eight teams that will fill the playoffs are already known. One of the teams that qualified this week was Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem, whose Tarence Kinsey earned weekly MVP honors thanks to a performance index rating of 33, the highest this week. Kinsey led his team to a home win over Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius with a EuroCup-best 23 points (4 of 6 twos, 3 of 6 threes and 6 of 6 free throws), 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in a great all-around performance. Kinsey was followed this week by UCAM Murcia's Nemanja Radovic, who had a PIR of 31 that was not enough to avoid elimination for his team. Radovic netted 26 points and pulled 6 rebounds in his best game of the season. Completing the top individual performances of the week were last week's MVP, Khimki Moscow Region's Alexey Shved (PIR 30), Cedevita Zagreb's Miro Bilan (29) and Evgeny Valiev of Zenit St Peterbusrg (27). Read more here.





January 31, 2017 - Round 5

Round 5 of the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 could see as many as four more teams – Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas, Khimki Moscow Region, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem and Unicaja Malaga – join the three teams that advanced to the quarterfinals last week. Likewise, Jerusalem, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and FC Bayern Munich will be looking to clinch first place in their respective groups, which Valencia Basket did last week. Regardless, not all of the quarterfinals tickets could be decided in Round 5, so many teams are just looking to set themselves for Round 6 success. The action begins with three Tuesday contests.

Here is the schedule for Round 5:

GROUP E

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas 66-68
Montakit Fuenlabrada vs. UCAM Murcia 85-69

GROUP F

Lietkabelis Panevezys vs. Khimki Moscow Region 77-89
FC Bayern Munich vs. ratiopharm Ulm 101-98

GROUP G

Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem vs. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 84-77
Zenit St Petersburg vs. Nizhny Novgorod 90-66

GROUP H

Unicaja Malaga vs. ALBA Berlin 83-77
Valencia Basket vs. Cedevita Zagreb 71-58






January 26, 2017 - 7DAYS EuroCup, Top 16 Round 4 MVP: Alexey Shved, Khimki Moscow Region

alexey shvedRound 4 of the 7DAYS EuroCup produced the first three qualifiers for the quarterfinals - Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, FC Bayern Munich and Valencia Basket - and got a few others closer to their goal. One of these teams was Khimki Moscow Region, whose Alexey Shved earned weekly MVP honors thanks to a performance index rating of 37, the highest this week. Shved pushed Khimki to a 85-84 home win over ratiopharm Ulm with his best EuroCup game ever. He set some new personal records at points (32), assists (8), three-pointers made (8) and PIR. To those impressive numbers Shved also added 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 6 fouls drawn. Next in line this week was Hapoel Yahav Jerusalem's Amaré Stoudemire with a PIR of 33. Stoudemire netted 26 points (including 10 of 12 free throws), pulled 9 boards and drew 10 fouls for his best game yet this season. Read more here.





January 24, 2017 - Round 4

The first teams into the EuroCup quarterfinals could come as soon as this week. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, FC Bayern Munich and Valencia Basket simply need to win to go through. There is so much to play for, including potential tiebreakers, as all eight games are essentially return legs from Top 16 Round 3, just on last week's visitors' home floors. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (3-0) visits Montakit Fuenlabrada (1-2) in a game that is crucial for both. A Lokomotiv win not only sends it into the next stage with a good chance to get home-court advantage there too, but also depresses Fuenlabrada’s chances. However a win for the hosts would put Fuenlabrada in a great spot to challenge for a quarterfinal berth too.

Here is the schedule for Round 4:

GROUP E

UCAM Murcia vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas 67-83
Montakit Fuenlabrada vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 87-91

GROUP F

Lietkabelis Panevezys vs. FC Bayern Munich 72-78
Khimki Moscow Region vs. ratiopharm Ulm 85-84

GROUP G

Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem vs. Zenit St Petersburg 97-81
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius vs. Nizhny Novgorod 99-73

GROUP H

Cedevita Zagreb vs. ALBA Berlin 99-83
Valencia Basket vs. Unicaja Malaga 86-62






January 19, 2017 - 7DAYS EuroCup, Top 16 Round 3 MVP: David Logan, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius

david loganThe 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 is through its first half with teams that stayed alive thanks to first wins in the phase. One of them was Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, led by David Logan, whose 38 performance index rating earned him weekly MVP honors. Logan stepped up big time on the road during the 33 minutes he was on court against Nizhny Nobgorod, getting 30 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals to amass the best individual performance in Round 3, while also raising his new personal mark in PIR to 38. The win put Rytas with a 1-2 record in Group G to retain options in the race for the next phase. The second best individual performance of the week came from ALBA Berlin's Peyton Siva and his PIR of 35. Siva was just three rebounds shy from the triple-double with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals in ALBA's home win for his best performance ever in the competition. He had personal records in PIR, rebounds, assists and steals. Two more players had PIR's of 30 or higher this week. Read more here.





January 17, 2017 - Round 3

Round 3 of the EuroCup Top 16 starts with a pair of Tuesday encounters to begin the first of the middle-two rounds of the six-game stage. All the visiting teams in Round 3 will host their same opponents next week in Round 4, so this is where the serious battles for playoff implications take place. There is a possibility for first place to change hands in every group, especially in Group H, where the two undefeated teams tied for first place, Unicaja Malaga and Valencia Basket, meet head to head.

Here is the schedule for Round 3:

GROUP E

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar vs. Montakit Fuenlabrada 86-61
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas vs. UCAM Murcia 94-85

GROUP F

ratiopharm Ulm vs. Khimki Moscow Region 90-95
FC Bayern Munich vs. Lietkabelis Panevezys 85-69

GROUP G

Zenit St Petersburg vs. Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem 101-81
Nizhny Novgorod vs. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 63-97

GROUP H

ALBA Berlin vs. Cedevita Zagreb 93-76
Unicaja Malaga vs. Valencia Basket 70-78






January 12, 2017 - 7DAYS EuroCup, Top 16 Round 2 MVP: Janis Timma, Zenit St Petersburg

janis timmaThe 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 is already in full swing and five teams still remain undefeated after two rounds. Others got their first win this week, like Zenit St Petersburg whose Janis Timma stepped up for another big individual performance that earned him weekly MVP honors for the second time this season. Timma led his team with 27 points - including 5 of 9 threes -, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks (a EuroCup career record for him) for a performance index rating of 31, the highest this week among winning players. Shawn Jones of Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem followed with a PIR of 29 in his team's win. Jones netted 21 points (8 of 9 two-pointers), pulled 9 boards and drew 5 fouls. Read more here.





January 10, 2017 - Round 2

The quest for early momentum in the short, six-game Top 16 continues into Round 2 with first-place battles in three groups where winless teams also play each other, thus guaranteeing some new teams in the win column, too. The action starts with a rare Tuesday game before the other seven battles take place on Wednesday, as usual. To open the round on Tuesday, two Spanish teams that lost their Top 16 openers look for a first Group E victory as Montakit Fuenlabrada (0-1) hosts Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas (0-1) in their first meeting every outside of domestic competition.

Here is the schedule for Round 2:

GROUP E

Montakit Fuenlabrada vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas 85-75
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar vs. UCAM Murcia 70-60

GROUP F

FC Bayern Munich vs. Khimki Moscow 90-74
Lietkabelis Panevezys vs. ratiopharm Ulm 86-84

GROUP G

Zenit St Petersburg vs. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 88-79
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem vs. Nizhny Novgorod 98-76

GROUP H

Valencia Basket vs. ALBA Berlin 85-80
Unicaja Malaga vs. Cedevita Zagreb 73-59






January 5, 2017 - 7DAYS EuroCup, Top 16 Round 1 MVP: DeAndre Kane, Nizhny Novgorod

deandre kaneThe new year started on a high note with the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 opening round. Eight exciting duels across the continent berought the first wins of this decisive phase and when the dust settled, DeAndre Kane of Nizhny Novgorod emerged as weekly MVP thanks to his performance index rating of 39, the highest among winning players. Kane had his best performance so far in the season to lead his team to a home win over Zenit St Petersburg. He netted 31 points - including 10 of 12 2-point shots -, pulled 9 rebounds, dished 2 assists and drew 2 fouls. His PIR and scoring registers are both career records for him. After Kane was Devin Booker of FC Bayern Munich, who led his team to a road win with a PIR of 33, thanks to 19 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 6 drawn fouls. It was his best game yet in the EuroCup. Read more here.





January 4, 2017 - Round 1

Four new groups get the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 started on Wednesday with the first of what is sure to be a competitive six-game phase in which anything could happen. A pair of former EuroCup champions face off in Group G, while national derbies are featured in that and two other groups. All teams start anew with 0-0 records so every team has the same chance to shine as the Top 16 tips off! One of the top teams from the regular season, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas, hosts resurgent former champ Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar on Wednesday.

Here is the schedule for Round 1:

GROUP E

UCAM Murcia vs. Montakit Fuenlabrada 87-75
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 71-86

GROUP F

Khimki Moscow Region vs. Lietkabelis Panevezys 88-80
ratiopharm Ulm vs. FC Bayern Munich 57-68

GROUP G

Nizhny Novgorod vs. Zenit St Petersburg 113-105
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius vs. Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem 76-80

GROUP H

ALBA Berlin vs. Unicaja Malaga 69-77
Cedevita Zagreb vs. Valencia Basket 86-89






January 2, 2017 - Top 16 Group analysis

Group E

Top 16 Group E is headed by Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas of Spain, which was last season's runner-up and the co-owner of this regular season's best record at 7-1. Gran Canaria is joined by fellow Spanish sides Montakit Fuenlabrada and UCAM Murcia and 2013 EuroCup champion Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar of Russia. Few teams have a tradition in the 7DAYS EuroCup like Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas, which is playing its 11th season in the competition. The club reached the 2014 finals and 2015 semifinals, and no team has won as many games over the past three seasons as Gran Canaria. Actually, no one has even come even close. Gran Canaria has 44-10 record since 2014, while the second-most wins in that span is Zenit St. Petersburg’s 27. To put it in perspective, Gran Canaria has the most wins in the competition since 2013, despite not even participating in the 2013-14 campaign. Read more here.

Group F

The four teams competing in Group F run the EuroCup gamut from two-time champion Khimki Moscow Region of Russia to EuroCup debutant Lietkabelis Panevezys of Lithuania. In between are two German clubs, FC Bayern Munich and ratiopharm Ulm, which are both taking part in their fourth EuroCup campaigns. Bayern achieved its best finish by reaching the quarterfinals last season. Ulm’s best finish was the quarterfinals in 2013. The four teams that compromise Group F all went through some streaks en route to clinching spots in the Top 16. Both Khimki and Bayern roll into the Top 16 on three-game winning streaks, while Ulm won three in a row earlier in the regular season. Lietkabelis started the season with back-to-back wins, but enters the Top 16 on a three-game losing streak. Read more here.

Group G

Group G features two former EuroCup champions, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem of Israel and Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius of Lithuania, in addition to Group C winner Zenit St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod, both from Russia. If we look at 15 clubs with the most games played in the competition since 2013, nine of those teams are featured in the Top 16 this season. Among them are all four from Group G. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius is a two-time champion, with titles in 2005 and 2009, and Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem is the 2004 champion. Both teams have another semifinals appearance to boot, as does Nizhny Novgorod which reached that stage in 2014. Zenit might never have gotten past the eighthfinals, but its 27-17 EuroCup record over the past four seasons, including this one, says plenty about the company it keeps. Read more here.

Group H

Group H will have Valencia Basket, one of the two teams that posted the 7DAYS EuroCup regular season's best, 7-1 record. Valencia is joined in the new group by Cedevita Zagreb of Croatia, ALBA Berlin of Germany and fellow Spanish side Unicaja Malaga. Group H boasts plenty of EuroCup tradition, not only by its teams but also because of the players who will fight to make it to the playoffs. Valencia won the EuroCup title three times, in 2003, 2010 and 2014, and some of its players have made history in the competition. Bojan Dubljevic, Romain Sato and Sam Van Rossom won the EuroCup with Valencia in 2014 along with Oliver Lafayette, who now plays for Unicaja Malaga. Rafa Martinez is a two-time EuroCup champion, winning it with Valencia in 2010 and 2014. He could become the first player to lift the EuroCup trophy three times - only a coach, Rimas Kurtinaitis, has done so, with Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in 2009 and with Khimki in 2012 and 2015. Read more here.




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