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  Eurocup  season 2011 / 2012 last 16

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February 29, 2012 - Last 16, Week 6 MVP: Jeremiah Massey, Lokomotiv-Kuban

jeremiah masseyOne of the biggest stars in the 2011-12 Eurocup earned weekly MVP honors for the second time this season. Jeremiah Massey of Lokomotiv-Kuban led his team to a go-ahead 73-70 home win against Alba Berlin with a 37 performance index ranking. Massey, who previously earned regular season Week 5 MVP honors, led Loko with 23 points on 4-of-7 shots from downtown. He added 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks and 7 fouls drawn for a 37 index. Lamayne Wilson of CEZ Nymburk also shined this week, leading his team to a critical road win against BCM Gravelines. Wilson had 22 points on 6-of-6 two-pointers, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal for a 31 index. Read more here.

February 28, 2012 - Game 6

Aris BSA 2003 66 - 77 BC Donetsk

vule avdalovicBC Donetsk became the Last 16 Group J champion by topping Aris BSA 2003 66-77 in Thessaloniki, Greece on Tuesday. Donetsk won Group J with a 5-1 record due to its tie-break advantage against BC Khimki and is set to face two-time Eurocup champions Lietuvos Rytas in the Quarterfinals. Aris finished the Last 16 with a 1-5 record and was fourth overall. Ramel Curry paced the winners with 15 points. Vule Avdalovic and Dmytro Gliebov each added 11 for Donetsk. Ronald Davis led Aris with 19 points. Sam Muldrow added 13 for the hosts, that trailed 27-31 late in the first half. Read more here.

Asvel Basket 79 - 83 BC Khimki

Khimki Moscow Region finished second in Group J of the Eurocup Last 16 despite closing the round by beating Asvel Basket 79-83 on the road in France. Khimki finished with a 5-1 record, tied for first place with BC Donetsk of Ukraine, but lost the tie-breaker between them due to a lower winning margin in the two victories they split. As such, Khimki will need to win its two-game Quarterfinals against fellow Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban playing the second game on the road if it plans to fulfill its dream of hosting the Eurocup Finals in April as one of the four participants. Khimki, already qualified before the game, played with fire a bit by watching its 25-point lead midway through the third quarter dwindle to 79-82 with seconds to play before Kresimir Loncar ended the suspense at the foul line. Thomas Kelati led the winners with 17 points while hitting 3 of 7 three-point tries. Read more here.

Lokomotiv Kuban 73 - 70 Alba Berlin

Lokomotiv Kuban wrapped up a spot in the Eurocup Quarterfinals and then learned it clinched first place in Group L after Lietuvos Rytas defeated Benetton Basket. Lokomotiv survived Alba Berlin’s late comeback for a 73-70 win, which gave it a 4-2 record in Group L. As a result, Lokomotiv will face fellow Russian side BC Khimki in the Quarterfinals. Lokomotiv dominated early and was up 39-20 midway through the second quarter. Berlin battled back and even took the lead early in the fourth quarter. Ali Traore came alive with 7 quick points to give Lokomotiv a late cushion, which it needed as Berlin never let up until the final buzzer. Jeremiah Massey starred for Lokomotiv with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks. Read more here.

Benetton Basket 74 - 80 Lietuvos Rytas

ronnie seibutisLietuvos Rytas roared for a 74-80 victory at Benetton Basket on Tuesday to clinch a spot in the Eurocup Quarterfinals. Rytas finished the Last 16 with a 4-2 record, which placed it second in Group L. The Lithuanian powerhouse will square off against BC Donetsk of Ukraine in next month’s quarterfinals. Benetton dominated early with a 15-5 start, but Rytas rallied back to within 1 after 10 minutes and kept it close the rest of the way. Ronnie Seibutis and Jonas Valanciunas were the heroes in the fourth quarter as Rytas outlasted the hosts in the close game and held on for the big win. Seibutis finished with 20 points and Valanciunas added 17 before fouling out. Mindaugas Katelynas also scored 15 and Tyrese Rice 12 for the winners. Read more here.

VEF Riga 71 - 82 Valencia Basket

Valencia Basket surged past VEF Riga in the fourth quarter to earn a 71-82 victory on the road that spoiled the hosts’ chances to advance to the quarterfinals. Valencia ended the Last 16 with a 6-0 record. Riga led 20-13 at the end of the first quarter, but the game tightened from there until AJ Ogilvy produced 11 straight points in the final 10 minutes to give the visitors a 62-76 lead that stood up the rest of the way. Ogilvy led all scorers with 20 points, Vitor Faverani bagged 13, Rodrigo San Miguel added 9 and three other players scored 8 apiece -- Victor Claver, Nando De Colo and Rihards Kuksiks. Donatas Zavackas paced the losers with 17 points, Sandis Valters had 16 and Dairis Bertrans finished with 15. Read more here.

BCM Gravelines 61 - 91 CEZ Nymburk

petr bendaEverything worked out perfectly for CEZ Nymburk as it cruised to victory against BCM Gravelines, 61-91, and Valencia defeated VEF Riga, giving the Czech champs a trip to the Eurocup Quarterfinals from Group I. The visitors led 36-46, then responded to a 9-0 Gravelines run to open the third quarter with a 45-16 shellacking. Lamayne Wilson led the way for the winners with 22 points along with 9 rebounds, while Pavel Pumprla tallied 19 points and Petr Benda and AJ Abrams added 14 apiece. Yannick Bokolo netted 14 points and Ludovic Vaty had 11 in losing effort. Gravelines finished the Last 16 with a 0-6 record. Read more here.

KK Buducnost Voli 63 - 58 KRKA Novo Mesto

nikola ivanovicBuducnost Voli made it to the Eurocup Quarterfinals by downing Krka Novo Mesto 63-58 in front of 3,500 fans in Podgorica, Montenegro in Group K on Tuesday. Buducnost finished Group K with a 3-3 record, reached the Quarterfinals due to its tie-break advantage (1-1, +3) against Banvit BK and is set to face Group I champion Valencia Basket in the upcoming two-way series. Krka was fourth in Group K with a 1-5 record and registered its fourth loss against Buducnost in both the Eurocup and the Adriatic League this season. Bojan Krstovic and Nikola Ivanovic paced the winners with 14 points apiece. Cedomir Vitkovac added 11 for Buducnost. Read more here.

Banvit BK 68 - 61 Spartak SPB

Banvit BK had a bittersweet end to its 2011-12 Eurocup season by downing previously undefeated Spartak St. Petersburg 68-61 in Bandirma, Turkey in Group K on Tuesday. Banvit finished Group K with a 3-3 record but ranked third - and therefore out of the Quarterfinals - due to its tie-break disadvantage against Buducnost Voli. Meanwhile, Spartak dropped to 5-1 and saw its 11-game winning streak come to an end. Spartak was first in Group K and is set to face CEZ Nymburk in the upcoming round. Kalin Lucas led the winners with 18 points. He had 5 in the final 72 seconds to win it for the hosts. Kenan Bajramovic and Chuck Davis each added 12 for Banvit. Read more here.

February 28, 2012 - Last 16, Week 6: Last quarterfinals berths to be decided in Week 6!

dairis bertansThe 2011-12 Eurocup Last 16 comes to an end with eight exciting games all across the continent. Two teams - Valencia Basket in Group I and Spartak St. Petersburg in Group K - are have already reached the Quarterfinals as group champions and two others - BC Donetsk and BC Khimki in Group J - have also clinched a spot in the next round. VEF Riga and CEZ Nymburk will battle for the Quarterfinals berth still available in Group I. VEF (3-2) will make it to the next round if it beats Valencia (5-0) or if Nymburk (2-3) loses BCM Gravelines (0-5), that is already eliminated. If Nymburk and Valencia win, however, the Czech powerhouse will reach the next round. Read more here.

Game 6, February 28, 2012

BCM Gravelines vs. CEZ Nymburk 61:91
VEF Riga vs. Valencia Basket 71:82

Aris BSA 2003 vs. BC Donetsk 66:77
Asvel Basket vs. BC Khimki 79:83

Buducnost Voli vs. Krka Novo Mesto 63:58
Banvit BK vs. Spartak SPB 68:61

Lokomotiv Kuban vs. Alba Berlin 73:70
Benetton Basket vs. Lietuvos Rytas 74:80

February 22, 2012 - Last 16, Game 5 MVP: DaShaun Wood, Alba Berlin

dashaun woodOne of the most dynamic guards in the competition gave a parting gift to his home fans as DaShaun Wood led Alba Berlin to a come-from-behind win over Benetton Basket Treviso as o2 World on Tuesday. Wood was at his best for Berlin, which despite having already being mathematically eliminated from Eurocup quarterfinals contention produced a herculean effort for an 83-74 victory. Wood was at the center of it all with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists as he tallied a performance index rating of 37 to earn Last 16 Game 5 MVP honors. Berlin trailed 47-56 entering the fourth quarter; however Wood dominated the rest of the way with 15 points and 5 assists in the final stanza to spark Alba to its first win of the Last 16. Read more here.

February 21, 2012 - Game 5

Valencia Basket 79 - 61 BCM Gravelines

serhiy lishchukValencia Basket became the Last 16 Group I champion by downing BCM Gravelines 79-61 at home on Tuesday. Valencia improved to 5-0 in Group I and mathematically clinched first place, earning the right to play Game 2 of the Quarterfinals in front of its fans. Gravelines dropped to 0-5 and had already run out of chances to reach the next round last week. Valencia Basket celebrated 200 games in European club competitions in a pre-game ceremony in which the 1998-99 team, the club's first squad in Europe - was honored. Serhiy Lishchuk paced the winners with 14 points. Rafa Martinez added 12, Victor Claver had 11 while Florent Pietrus got 10 for Valencia. Read more here.

Alba Berlin 83 - 74 Benetton Basket

Alba Berlin staged an impressive comeback with a 36-point fourth quarter to defeat Benetton Basket 83-74. Already eliminated from the next round of the competition, Alba earned the satisfaction of getting its first win. Benetton, now part of a 3-2 logjam in Group L, will advance with a win next week. Alba led until the third quarter, when it scored only 6 points and fell behind, but reasserted control in the final 10 minutes. Deshaun Wood paced the winners with 22 points and 9 assists, Kyle Weaver tallied 13 while Torin Francis and Bryce Taylor each added 12. Sani Becirovic scored 17 points and Marcus Goree and Jeff Viggiano each contributed 13 in a losing effort. Read more here.

CEZ Nymburk 80 - 84 VEF Riga

tre simmonsIn a seesaw battle that ended in overtime, VEF Riga outdueled CEZ Nymburk on the road 80-84, keeping its hopes alive for a Group I spot in the Eurocup quarterfinals. While Riga lifted its record to 3-2, it fell short in the head-to-head point differential with Nymburk, making next week’s game decisive. If Riga beats Valencia, it will advance; if it loses and Nymburk wins, the Czech champs squeeze through. Nymburk could not hold on to a 66-61 lead with two minutes left in the fourth quarter, as Dairis Bertrans hit 4 foul shots with 39 seconds left to force the overtime, then the visitors outscored Nymburk 12-16 to grab the win. Bertrans led the winners with 21 points, while Sandis Valters netted 16, Gatis Jahovics had 13 and Curtis Millage scored 12 with 7 assists. Read more here.

KRKA Novo Mesto 78 - 73 Banvit BK

Krka Novo Mesto won its first game in the Last 16 and kept its chances to reach the quarterfinals alive with a 78-73 home win over Banvit BK. Krka improved to 1-4 and will have to win big next while hoping for Banvit to lose to Spartak to have a chance at advancing. The game was close for 40 minutes and tied at 70-70 with 1:27 to play. But after Banvit failed to capitalize on an unsportsmanlike foul, Krka went ahead and made free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Jure Balazic shined for Krka with 23 points, while Afik Nissim added 12 points and 4 assists and Jure Lalic and Zoran Dragic scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Cliff Hammonds and Lance Williams scored 14 apiece and Chuck Davis added 12 for Banvit, which dropped to 2-3. Read more here.

Lietuvos Rytas 78 - 82 Lokomotiv Kuban

The race for the quarterfinals in Group L of the Last 16 will come down to a final week between an upstart and two time-honored names in European basketball after Lokomotiv Kuban of Russia stormed from behind to beat host Lietuvos Rytas 78-82 in Vilnius, Lithuania on Tuesday. Both teams are now tied with 3-2 records with one game left in the round, with Lokomotiv having now defeated Rytas twice. The fate of both teams will wait until Week 6 however, since Benetton Treviso (3-1 before playing Tuesday), is the opponent of Rytas next week and has beaten Lokomotiv twice. Several scenarios could solve the race, including all three teams could end up tied with 4-2 records, 2-2 against each other, in which case point-based tiebreakers could decide the outcome. Read more here.

BC Donetsk 93 - 87 Asvel Basket

BC Donetsk made it to the Eurocup Quarterfinals by rallying to edge Asvel Basket 93-87 in Ukraine in Group J on Tuesday. Donetsk improved to 4-1, booked a spot among the best 8 teams in the competition and will win Group J if it beats Aris BSA 2003 or if Asvel downs Khimki next week. Asvel dropped to 1-4 and is mathematically out of the Last 16 race. Darnell Jackson led the winners with 20 points on 9-of-11 two-pointers. Ramel Curry added 16, Vule Avdalovic had 15 while Michael Lee had 12 for Donetsk. Edwin Jackson led Asvel with 19 points. Dijon Thompson added 17, Hilton Armstrong and Kim Tillie each had 12 while Phil Goss got 11 for the guests, that led 32-40 at halftime and kept a 58-63 margin after 30 minutes. Read more here.

BC Khimki 88 - 72 Aris BSA 2003

christos tapoutosBC Khimki advanced to the Eurocup quarterfinals by downing Aris BSA 2003 Thessaloniki 88-72 on Tuesday in Group J. Aris, which fell to 1-4, was eliminated. Kresmir Loncar led the way for Khimki with 14 points, Sergey Monya added 13 with 9 rebounds and 5 assists, Zoran Planinc bagged 13 with 5 assists, Alexey Zukhanenko nailed 11 and Thomas Kelati 10. Dimitris Verginis chipped in 19 for Aris, Christos Tapoutos drilled 15 and Ronald Davis 14. Loncar opened the scoring, but soon Verginis tied the score with a reverse layup. Davis stole the ball and completed a three-point-pay into the break, which was followed by Vitaly Fridzon for the 7-5 for the hosts. Read more here.

Spartak SPB 70 - 64 KK Buducnost Voli

miha zupan spartak st petersburgSpartak St. Petersburg routed KK Buducnost Voli 70-64 to clinch a ticket to the Eurocup Quarterfinals and first place in Group K. With the victory, Spartak remains the only undefeated team in the competition. Despite the loss, which dropped Buducnost to 2-3, the Montenegrin powerhouse remains alive to reach the quarterfinals and will face Krka Novo Mesto at home next week. Patrick Beverly paced Spartak with 19 points, Miha Zupan added 15 and 8 rebounds and Loukas Mavrokefalides netted 14. Bojan Krstovic drilled 11 and Hasan Rizvic 10 for Buducnost. A 0-12 run late in the third quarter gave a 43-50 margin to Buducnost, which it maintained till the midway point of the last quarter when a 9-2 spurt for Spartak put the hosts in front 64-60 and it held that slim margin till the final buzzer. Read more here.

February 21, 2012 - Decision time!

lokomotiv kubanThe battle to reach the Eurocup Quarterfinals resumes in Last 16 Game 5, in which everything can happen. Only one team - Valencia Basket - has booked its ticket to the next round and as many as eight others - obviously, not all of them, since there are seven open spots - have chances to get to the Quarterfinals. Action starts early, as Spartak St. Petersburg (4-0) hosts Buducnost Voli (2-2) in Group K at 16:00 CET. Spartak qualifies and clinches first place if it wins or if it loses by seven points or less and Krka (2-2) beats Banvit (0-4). At the same time, Buducnost qualifies to the next round if it wins and Krka beats Banvit. Read more here.

Game 5, February 21, 2012

CEZ Nymburk vs. VEF Riga 80:84
Valencia Basket vs. BCM Gravelines 79:61

BC Khimki vs. Aris BSA 2003 88:72
BC Donetsk vs. Asvel Basket 93:87

Spartak SPB vs. Buducnost Voli 70:64
Krka Novo Mesto vs. Banvit BK 78:73

Lietuvos Rytas vs. Lokomotiv Kuban 78:82
Alba Berlin vs. Benetton Basket 83:74

February 8, 2012 - Last 16, Game 4 MVP - Hilton Armstrong, Asvel Basket

hilton armstrongWith his team facing a must-win game to remain in the fight for the Eurocup Quarterfinals, Hilton Armstrong rose to the occasion with one of his biggest games yet to lead Asvel Basket to a huge win over Aris BSA 2003. And when the dust settled, Armstrong’s 18-point, 8-rebound effort was also enough to give him the title of Eurocup Last 16, Game 4 MVP. Armstrong made 8 of 10 shots, went 2 for 2 from the line and blocked a shot in producing a performance index rating of 26, which was the best in the Eurocup this week. Beyond the numbers, the 8 straight points Armstrong scored to open the second quarter gave Asvel a practically insurmountable 31-9 lead en route to a 79-52 victory. Read more here.

February 7, 2012 - Game 4

Valencia Basket 73 - 72 CEZ Nymburk

Valencia Basket squeaked past Nymburk 73-72 to go 4-0 in Group I and clinch a spot in the quarterfinals. After dominating the game and leading 64-51 early in the fourth quarter, the hosts nearly wilted before Nymburk's fierce comeback. The visitors tied the game on a Pavel Pumprla triple with 6 seconds left, but after Valencia regained the lead on a Rodrigo San Miguel free throw, Lamayne Wilson failed to connect at the buzzer. Rafa Martinez paced the winners with 15 points, while Nik Caner-Medley had 11 and a trio of players added 9 apiece – Victor Claver, Vitor Faverani and Nando De Colo, who added 10 assists. Petr Benda and Pavel Pumprla each scored 18 points and Eugene Lawrence had 13 in a losing effort. Read more here.

BCM Gravelines 62 - 69 VEF Riga

VEF Riga held on to beat BCM Gravelines on the road 62-69 in Group I as it led most of the way and fended off the visitors’ repeated attempts to overtake them. With the win Riga is now tied at 2-2 and locked in a duel with Nymburk, which has the same record. Gravelines slipped to 0-4. The game featured a combined 19 three-pointers, 10 of them by the winners, who also outshot the opponent from two-point range. Kaspars Berzins led Riga with 19 points, Sandis Valters had 15 and Gatis Jahovics added 11. Juby Johnson paced the losers with 12 points, and J.K. Edwards contributed 11 with 6 assists. Read more here.

Benetton Basket 87 - 76 Lokomotiv Kuban

Benetton Basket took a key step forwards to reach the Eurocup Quarterfinals by downing Lokomotiv-Kuban 87-76 in Treviso, Italy in Last 16 Group L on Tuesday. Benetton ties with two-time Eurocup champion Lietuvos Rytas for first place at 3-1 and will get to the next round if it beats Alba in Game 5 or if L. Rytas downs Loko. As such, Lokomotiv is in a tough position but will greatly improve its chances if it beats L. Rytas on the road. Jeff Viggiano paced the winners with 17 points. Sani Becirovic and Jobey Thomas each added 13 for Benetton. Ali Traore led Loko with 26 points on 11-of-16 two-pointers and 9 rebounds. Read more here.

Alba Berlin 62 - 79 Lietuvos Rytas

renaldas seibutisLietuvos Rytas got much closer to clinch a Quarterfinals spot in difficult Group L by downing Alba Berlin 62-79 in front of almost 8,000 fans in the German capital on Tuesday. L. Rytas improved to 3-1 and ties for first place in this group. Alba dropped to 0-4 and is mathematically out of chances to make it to the next round. Ronnie Seibutis led the winners with 24 points on 4-of-5 triples. Tyrese Rice and Mindaugas Katelynas each added 10 for L. Rytas. DaShaun Wood and Bryce Taylor led Alba with 13 points apiece. Kyle Weaver added 11 while Marko Simonovic got 10 for the hosts. A 2-13 run that Seibutis capped with a three-pointer gave L. Rytas a 18-30 lead early in the second quarter. Read more here.

Asvel Basket 79 - 52 Aris BSA 2003

Asvel Basket picked up its first win in Group J by routing visiting Aris 79-52. Hilton Armstrong scored 8 points to cap a 21-0 run that bridged the first and second quarters to put the hosts ahead 31-9. The scoreboard showed 39-18 at halftime. Aris made a valiant effort to close the gap to 12 early in the fourth quarter before Kim Tillie and Edwin Jackson put the game away. The result leaves both Asvel and Aris with 1-3 records, but another loss for either team will end its chances of reaching the Quarterfinals. Armstrong paced Asvel with 18 points and 8 rebounds, Tillie scored 12 and Jackson 11. Sergio Kerusch paced Aris with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Read more here.

KK Buducnost Voli 83 - 73 Banvit BK

jermaine andersonWhat could have been one Group K team's crowning moment turned into another's revival on Tuesday as KK Buducnost blew away Banvit BK of Turkey after halftime en route to a 83-73 victory at home in Podgorica, Montenegro. With the win, Buducnost took over second place despite being tied at 2-2 with Banvit, which had won their first game a week ago by just 7 points. Another Banvit victory on Tuesday would have sent it the quarterfinals and taken along first-place Spartak St. Petersburg, too, but Buducnost had other ideas. Tied 47-47 shortly after halftime, Buducnost went on a 19-6 run to end the third quarter and take control of the game and the tie-break advantage between the teams with two games left in the Last 16. Read more here.

BC Donetsk 85 - 67 BC Khimki

ramel curryBC Donetsk moved into first place in Group J with a resounding 85-67 victory over BC Khimki, which was also the visitors’ first loss of the Eurocup season. Donetsk and Khimki are now tied with 3-1 records, but the 18-point margin of victory for Donetsk trumped the 13 that Khimki won by in their previous meeting and thus gives Donetsk the tiebreak advantage over Khimki. Vule Avdalovic and Ramel Curry scored 18 points apiece to pace Donetsk, which never trailed after the first quarter. The hosts also enjoyed a 34-20 rebounding advantage thanks in part to big man Darnell Jackson, who contributed 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks for the winning team. Read more here.

Spartak SPB 71 - 57 KRKA Novo Mesto

vladimir dragicevicSpartak St. Peteresburg remained unbeaten in the Eurocup by downing Krka Novo Mesto 71-57 on Tuesday in Group K. Spartak is atop the table with a 4-0 record and has to wait for the result of the game between Buducnost and Banvit later to know if it advances to the quarterfinals. The loss reduced Novo Mesto’s quarterfinals hopes to close to zero. Spartak started on fire the game with a 9-0 run and never looked back. It took an early double-digit margin and protected it for all 40 minutes. Vladimir Dragicevic led the winners with 19 points, Anatoly Kashirov bagged 15, Yotam Halperin tallied 11 with 4 assists and Patrick Beverley dished 7 assists. Read more here.

February 6, 2012 - Last 16, Week 4: the time is now!

The 2011-12 Eurocup Last 16 gets to pivotal Week 4, in which as many as four teams - Valencia Basket, BC Khimki, Spartak St. Petersburg and Banvit BK - can book respective tickets to the Quarterfinals. Those teams that played on the road last week hosts their opponents in what promises to be an interesting rematch. Action starts early, as Spartak (3-0) hosts Krka Novo Mesto (0-3) in Group K at 16:00 CET. Spartak is undefeated until now and could seal a Quarterfinals spot if Banvit (2-1) beats Buducnost (1-2) in Podgorica, Montenegro at 18:30 CET. If so, both Spartak and Banvit will qualify to the next round and will keep fighting for first place in this Last 16 group. Read more here.

Game 4, Tuesday, February 7, 2012

BCM Gravelines vs. VEF Riga 62:69
Valencia Basket vs. CEZ Nymburk 73:72
BC Donetsk vs. BC Khimki 85:67
Asvel Basket vs. Aris BSA 2003 79:52
Spartak St. Petersburg vs. Krka Novo Mesto 71:57
Buducnost Voli vs. Banvit BK 83:73
Alba Berlin vs. Lietuvos Rytas 62:79    
Benetton Basket vs. Lokomotiv Kuban 87:76

February 1, 2012 - Last 16 Game 3 MVP: Nando De Colo, Valencia Basket

nando de coloFormer Eurocup champion and First Team All-Eurocup selection Nando De Colo added another achievement in the competition as he set career highs in scoring, steals and performance index rating en route to an important Valencia Basket victory and Last 16, Game 3 MVP honors. De Colo was the catalyst for Valencia in its 71-80 road win at CEZ Nyburk to capture sole possession of first place in Group I. De Colo made 7 of 8 two-point shots, 4 of 6 three-pointers and 6 of 7 from the foul line in racking up 32 points. He also had 5 assists and 5 steals as well as 10 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 40. Furthermore, De Colo tied former Asvel Basket guard Tony Parker for the best index rating in a Eurocup game this season. Read more here.

January 31, 2012 - Game 3

Aris BSA 2003 77 - 60 Asvel Basket

Aris BSA 2003 held off Asvel Basket to score its first win of Last 16 Group J, 77-60, in Thessaloniki, Greece. Ronald Davis scored most of his game-high 19 points early as Aris went ahead by 8 in the first quarter and made it double figures in the second. Asvel came back to take the lead before the half ended with the hosts on top 35-34. Aris pulled away again in the third, Asvel cut it to 4 in the fourth, but the hosts had the final run and pulled away down the stretch to secure the win and keep Asvel winless. Dan Mavraides added 18 points and Demitris Verginis 11 for the winning team. Kim Tillie paced Asvel with 17 points and Phil Goss and Dijon Thompson netted 10 each. Read more here.

Lietuvos Rytas 86 - 75 Alba Berlin

Lietuvos Rytas outdueled Alba Berlin at home 86-75, joining two other teams with 2-1 records in tightly contested Group L. With the loss, Alba dropped to 0-3 with dim prospects to qualify for the Eurocup Quarterfinals. The visitors entered the fourth quarter up 59-63, but Rytas took over with two minutes to go. While helped by clutch three-point shooting, the hosts did most of their damage in the paint by outrebounding Alba 38-19. Aleksandar Rasic led the winners with 16 points, while Mindaugas Katelynas knocked down 13 and Jonas Valanciunas added 12. Derrick Allen scored 16 points and Dashaun Wood netted 14 in defeat. Read more here.

CEZ Nymburk 71 - 80 Valencia Basket

Valencia Basket took sole possession of first place in Group I with a clutch 71-80 road win against CEZ Nymburk, handing new head coach Velimir Perasovic an impressive start. The Czech champs slipped to 2-1 and second place. The game was anyone’s to win until the fourth quarter, when the Nando De Colo added to his game-leading 32 points with timely baskets that helped give the visitors the margin for victory. Along with his torrid shooting, De Colo registered 5 assists and 5 steals. Victor Claver and Nik Caner-Medley added 14 apiece for the winners. Tre Simmons paced the losers with 20 points and Pavel Pumprla had 17. Read more here.

VEF Riga 78 - 61 BCM Gravelines

antanas kavaliauskasVEF Riga picked up a vital 78-61 victory over BCM Gravelines on Tuesday to renew its chances in Last 16 Group I. Antanas Kavaliauskas scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Riga to its first win in the Last 16. The result also dropped Gravelines to 0-3. Riga used a 15-2 first-quarter surge to take control early and never let Gravelines closer than 5 the rest of the way. Gravelines didn’t quit and managed to close the gap to 8 a number of times in the fourth quarter, but Riga found the answers at both ends when needed to hold on and preserve the valuable win. Dairius Bertans added 13 points, while Sandis Valters tallied 9 points and 6 assists for the winners. Cyril Akpomedah and Ludo Vaty each scored 14 for Gravelines in defeat. Read more here.

Banvit BK 68 - 61 KK Buducnost Voli

Banvit BK improved to 2-1 in Last 16 Group K and increased its chances to make it to the Eurocup Quarterfinals by edging Buducnost Voli 68-61 in Bandirma, Turkey on Tuesday. Banvit improved to 2-1 in Group K and will qualify to the Quarterfinals if it beats Buducnost in Podgorica, Montenegro next week and Spartak downs Krka. Buducnost dropped to 1-2 and may run out of chances to qualify with a loss next week. Lance Williams paced the winners with 21 points on 9-of-10 two-pointers in less than 23 minutes. Chuck Davis added 12, Serkan Erdogan had 10 while Baris Ermis got 9, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for Banvit. Bojan Dubljevic and Cedomir Vitkovac each had 14 points for Buducnost while Jermaine Anderson added 10. Read more here.

KRKA Novo Mesto 68 - 81 Spartak SPB

spartak st petersburgSpartak St. Petersburg took a step forwards to qualify to the Eurocup Quarterfinals and win Last 16 Group K by downing Krka Novo Mesto 68-81 in Slovenia on Tuesday. Spartak improved to 3-0, stayed undefeated in the 2011-12 season and could qualify to the Quarterfinals as soon as next week. Krka dropped to 0-3 and may be out of the Quarterfinals race if it loses against Spartak in Russia next week. Loukas Mavrokefalidis led the winners with 20 points. Patrick Beverley added 13 while Vladimir Dragicevic had 12 for Spartak. Smiljan Pavic led Krka with 15 points. Afik Nissim, Zoran Dragic and Jure Balazic each had 11 for Krka, that trailed 18-20 early in the second quarter. Read more here.

Lokomotiv Kuban 70 - 71 Benetton Basket

jobey thomasJobey Thomas’s game-winning three-pointer with 4 seconds left gave Benetton Basket a thrilling 70-71 road win over Lokomotiv Kuban on Tuesday in Krasnodar, Russia. The result leaves Benetton and Lokomotiv tied atop Group L with 2-1 records. Thomas led the winners with 22 points on 4-of- 8 shooting from downtown and Sani Becirovic added 17. Vlad Moldoveanu and Ben Ortner scored 12 apiece. Lokomotiv, which suffered its first home loss, got 22 points and 8 rebounds from Ali Traore and 15 with 10 defensive boards from KC Rivers and 13 from Jeremiah Massey. The hosts maintained control of the game in the first half and earned a 47-38 lead early in the third quarter before a 14-1 run for the visitors put them in front 53-55 at the end of the third quarter. Read more here.

BC Khimki 68 - 55 BC Donetsk

vitaly fridzonBC Khimki took control of Group J by downing BC Donetsk 68-55 on Tuesday. Head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis’s side remains undefeated so far for the entire Eurocup campaign. The loss dropped Donetsk to 2-1 record stays and second place in the group. Kresmir Loncar led the way for Khimki with 17 points and 7 rebounds, Vitaly Fridzon nailed 17 with 7 assists, and Zoran Planinic added 16 with 6 boards. Vlacheslav Kravtsov had 17 points and 8 rebounds for Donetsk, Ramel Curry chipped in 11 and Ivan Radenovic had 10 points and 10 boards. Michael Lee opened the scoring for Donetsk, before Planinic answered down low. Curry went all the way, but Sergey Monya scored an easy layup in the open court Curry was on fire with a three-pointer for a 6-9 edge. Read more here.

January 30, 2012 - Last 16, Week 3: Time to rise or fall!

eurocup last 16 standings after game 2The Eurocup Last 16 rushes to its halfway mark on Tuesday with an early slate of eight critical games around the continent. Six teams are currently undefeated, giving them a jump-start toward a possible place in the Quarterfinals, while six others lost their first two games and need to bounce back right away or risk falling out of contention. Two groups feature showdowns between undefeated teams and two others between teams fighting for first wins. The action starts early Tuesday, as BC Khimki (2-0) welcomes BC Donetsk (2-0) at 16:00 CET to settle first place in Group J. Khimki is 8-0 in Eurocup action this season, while Donetsk is on a six-game winning streak. Next, at 16:30, Lokomotiv-Kuban (2-0) takes on Benetton Basket (1-1) in Group L. Two former Benetton players - KC Rivers and Lionel Chalmers - have the chance to lead Loko to a critical win. Read more here.

All games will be played at Tusday, January 31. Eurocup Last 16, Game 2 schedule:


CEZ Nymburk vs. Valencia Basket 71:80        
VEF Riga vs. BCM Gravelines 78:61
BC Khimki vs. BC Donetsk 68:55         
Aris BSA 2003 vs. Asvel Basket 77:60
Banvit BK vs. Buducnost Voli 68:61          
Krka Novo Mesto vs. Spartak St. Petersburg 68:81
Lokomotiv Kuban vs. Benetton Basket 70:71           
Lietuvos Rytas vs. Alba Berlin 86:75

January 25, 2012 -  Last 16, Game 2 MVP: Loukas Mavrokefalides, Spartak SPB

loukas mavrokefalidesFor the second straight week, the hero of Spartak St. Petersburg’s Group K game also goes home with the honor of being the Eurocup player of the week. First it was Patrick Beverley and after a brilliant performance in Tuesday’s 80-71 victory over Banvit BK, Loukas Mavrokefalides is the Eurocup Last 16, Game 2 MVP. The center dominated the paint – and the perimeter too when he went there – to the tune of a career high 29 points plus 8 rebounds. Mavrokefalides made 10 of 18 two-point shots, both of his attempts from downtown and 3 of 5 free throws. Additionally he recorded 1 assists and 1 block for a performance index rating of 29, which was the most among Eurocup players this week. Read more here.

January 24, 2012 - Game 2

Valencia Basket 80 - 49 VEF Riga

Valencia Basket stayed undefeated in Last 16 Group I by simply overwhelming VEF Riga 80-49 at home on Tuesday. Valencia improved to 2-0 to tie with CEZ Basketball Nymburk atop the standings. Both teams will meet in the Czech Republic for a direct fight for first place. VEF dropped to 0-2 and needs to start winning right away to rejoin the Quarterfinals race. Nando De Colo led the winners with 18 points. Nik Caner-Medley added 13, Serhiy Lishchuk had 12 while Rafa Martinez got 10 for Valencia. Kaspars Berzins and Tyler Cain led VEF with 10 points apiece. A layup by Gatis Jahovics gave VEF its only lead, 2-4. Lishchuk and Caner-Medley fueled a 21-2 run that gave Valencia the lead for good, 21-6. Valencia kept a 25-10 lead after 10 minutes and boosted its margin to 29-17 behind an outstanding De Colo. Read more here.

KRKA Novo Mesto 64 - 69 KK Buducnost Voli

Buducost Voli withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat Krka Novo Mesto on the road 64-69 for its first win in Last 16 Group K. Buducnost will face Banvit BK next week in a battle to stay close to – or join – undefeated group leader Spartak St. Petersburg. Jermaine Anderson and Nikola Ivanovic led the visitors with 11 points apiece, while Milan Milosevic added 10 with 7 rebounds. Bojan Dubljevic netted 9 points with 3 steals. Zoran Dragic knocked down 14 points and Afik Nissm added 12 to lead Krka. Buducnost ran out in front early and held a comfortable lead throughout, at one point going up 39-57 in the third quarter. However Krka rallied to within 5 with two minutes to go then then finally running out of steam. Read more here.

CEZ Nymburk 79 - 62 BCM Gravelines

tre simmonsCEZ Nymburk took a commanding 79-62 win at home against BCM Gravelines, lifting its Group I record to 2-0 and improving its chances to reach the Quarterfinals. The winners will face Valencia next week in the battle for first place, while Gravelines confronts VEF Riga in a must-win situation. Tre Simmons led all scorers with 25 points, including 5 of 10 from downtown. He also dished out 7 assists. Mike Lenzly tallied 11 and Petr Benda added 10. J.K. Edwards paced the losers with 16 points. Juby Johnson added 11 points and Rudy Jomby 10 in defeat. Gravelines started strong and led 17-10 after the first quarter, but Nymburk got on track in the second, then Simmons got hot after the break to help seal the win with a 31-17 third quarter. Read more here.

BC Donetsk 81 - 74 Aris BSA 2003

BC Donetsk improved to 2-0 in Last 16 Group J and improved its chances to reach the Quarterfinals by edging Aris BSA 2003 81-74 at home on Tuesday. Donetsk will fight for first place against BC Khimki next week while Aris must try to beat Asvel Basket to rejoin the Quarterfinals race. Ramel Curry led the winners with 18 points. Maksym Pustozvonov added 13 while Vyacheslav Kravtsov and Michael Lee each had 12 for Donetsk. Ronald Davis led all scorers with 22 points. Sergio Kerusch added 17 while Dimitrios Verginis had 16 for Aris. Pustozvonov led a 12-2 opening run that helped Donetsk to get a 24-8 margin after 10 minutes. Read more here.

Lietuvos Rytas 78 - 69 Benetton Basket

aleksandar rasicLietuvos Rytas bounced back from its first loss in this Eurocup season by downing Benetton Basket 78-69 in Last 16 Group L in Vilnius, Lithuania on Tuesday. Both teams tie in Group K with a 1-1 record. Jonas Valanciunas paced the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Mindaugas Katelynas added 14 points, Ronnie Seibutis had 13 - all in the second half - while Aleksandar Rasic got 12 for L. Rytas. Jeff Viggiano led Benetton with 15 points. Marcus Goree added 12, Vlad Moldoveanu had 11 while Sani Becirovic got 10 on 10-of-10 free throws and 9 assists for Benetton. Despite missing all of his 8 field goal attempts, Becirovic finished the game with a performance index ranking of 21. Read more here.

Spartak St. Petersburg 80 - 71 Banvit BK

Spartak St. Petersburg remained unbeaten in the Eurocup after downing BK Banvit 80-71 in Last 16 Group K in a clash of Game 1 winners. Spartak is now the exclusive leader of the group with a 2-0 record. Big man Loukas Mavrokefalides led the winners with an outstanding performance of 29 points and 8 rebounds. Patrick Beverley added 13 points plus 5 assists and Valery Likhodey scored 11. Chuck Davis scored 16 to lead Banvit, Baris Emris netted 13 and Keith Simmons posted 12 with 7 boards. With the game tied at 69-69 and 78 seconds left, Mavrokefalides completed a three-point-play and Beverley stole and slammed the ball to put the game in Spartak’s pocket. Read more here.

BC Khimki 86 - 80 Asvel Basket

hilton armstrongBC Khimki continued its perfect Eurocup campaign by downing Asvel Basket 86-80 on Tuesday in Group J. The Russian side leads the group with a 2-0 record, while Asvel remains winless in the Last 16. Thomas Kelati led five Khimki scorers in double figures with 18 points, Vitaly Fridzon added 17, Kresmir Loncar bagged 15, Sergey Monya 14 and Zoran Planinic tallied 12 points and 7 assists. Edwin Jackson nailed 18 for Asvel, Phil Goss 14 and Hilton Armstrong and DIjon Thompson chipped in 11 apiece. Armstrong scored the game’s first points in the paint before Loncar tied it with a jump hook. Jackson’s short jumper put Asvel in front again. Read more here.

Eurocup Last 16, Game 2 schedule:


CEZ Nymburk vs. BCM Gravelines  79:62
Valencia Basket vs. VEF Riga  80:49

BC Khimki vs. Asvel Basket  86:80
BC Donetsk vs. Aris BSA 2003  81:74

Spartak SPB vs. Banvit BK  80:71
Krka Novo Mesto vs. Buducnost Voli  64:69

Lietuvos Rytas vs. Benetton Basket  78:69
Alba Berlin vs. Lokomotiv Kuban  79:84

January 19, 2012 - Last 16, Game 1 MVP: Patrick Beverley, Spartak SPB

patrick beverleyThe best Eurocup game yet for blossoming guard Patrick Beverley has garnered the Spartak St. Petersburg star attention throughout the continent as he has earned Last 16, Game 1 MVP honors. Beverley set season highs with 25 points and a performance index ranting of 27 to lead Spartak to a 57-65 road win at Buducnost Voli. Only 23 years old and already with a Euroleague Final Four appearance under his belt, Beverley showed his talent in Tuesday’s win in Podgorica by having a hand in more than half his team’s points between those he scored and the 4 assists he dished. Beverley added 3 rebounds, a steal and 5 fouls drawn to reach his index rating of 27. Read more here.

January 18, 2012 - Game 1

VEF Riga 81 - 91 CEZ Nymburk

petr bendaCEZ Basketball Nymburk became the fifth team to register a road win in Last 16 Game 1 by downing VEF Riga 81-91 in the Latvian capital in Group I on Wednesday. Nymburk ties with Valencia Basket atop the standings, with VEF and BCM Gravelines right behind at 0-1. Petr Benda paced the winners with 24 points on 11-of-14 two-pointers. Lamayne Wilson added 23 while Pavel Pumprla had 10 for Nymburk. Sandis Valters and Antanas Kavaliauskas led VEF with 19 points apiece. Curtis Millage added 15 for the hosts, that trailed 20-21 after 10 minutes. It didn't last long, however, as Benda, Tre Simmons and Wilson fueled a 2-19 run that broke the game open, 24-44, late in the first half. Read more here.

January 17, 2012

Benetton Basket 72 - 64 Alba Berlin

Benetton Basket held on after a strong Alba Berlin comeback to register a 72-64 win in the teams’ Last 16 Group L opener in Treviso, Italy. Jobey Thomas shot 3 for 4 from downtown to lead the hosts with 14 points. A 16-0 first-quarter lead gave Benetton the lead for good. It stood at 44-31 at halftime, but Alba rallied in the third quarter and Derrick Allen opened the fourth quarter with a score that narrowed the gap to 58-56. However Benetton regrouped in time and pulled away to take the victory. Ben Ortner added 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 2 blocks, Jeff Viggiano tallied 12 points and 4 assists and Sani Becirovic scored 11. DaShaun Wood paced Berlin with 18 points, Kyle Weaver scored 13 and Bryce Taylor had 10 in defeat. Read more here.

Asvel Basket 75 - 86 BC Donetsk

BC Donetsk sent a message that echoed all around the Eurocup Last 16 by downing Asvel Basket 75-86 on the road in Group J on Tuesday. Donetsk registered its fifth consecutive win in the competition and ties with BC Khimki atop the Group J standings. Ramel Curry led the winners with 18 points and 6 assists. Ivan Radenovic added 16 points, Michael Lee had 13 while Vyacheslav Kravtsov had 12 for Donetsk. Hilton Armstrong led Asvel with 21 points on 8-of-9 two-pointers. Dijon Thompson added 16 while Phil Goss got 10 for Asvel, that used a 13-0 run to get a 20-15 margin midway late in the first quarter. Read more here.

BCM Gravelines 63 - 69 Valencia Basket

nando de coloValencia Basket had a strong start in the 2011-12 Eurocup Last 16 by downing BCM Gravelines 63-69 on the road in Group I on Tuesday. Valencia handed Gravelines its first home loss in all competitions this season. Nando De Colo paced the winners with 19 points. Brad Newley added 11 in his first game with the team while Nik Caner-Medley pulled down 14 rebounds for Valencia. Juby Johnson led Gravelines with 14 points. Yannick Bokolo added 12 while Ludovic Vaty had 10 for the hosts, that bounced back from a slow start to get within 14-15 after 10 minutes. Rafa Martinez and De Colo fueled a 0-14 run that gave Valencia the lead for good, 14-29. An outstanding De Colo soon gave Valencia its biggest lead, 32-52, midway through the third quarter. Read more here.

KK Buducnost Voli 57 - 65 Spartak SPB

Spartak Saint Petersburg outduelled KK Buducnost Voli on the road 57-65 to win its opening game in Group K. The hosts tied the game early at 10-10, then pulled to 49-51 in the fourth quarter but the visitors always had the answer in the form of Patrick Beverley, who led all scorers with 25 points, and Vladimir Dragicevic, who added 18 with 9 rebounds. Yotam Halperin dished out 6 assists for the winners. Jermaine Anderson led the way for Buducnost with 11 points, while Cedomir Vitkovac contributed 10 along with 3 steals. Read more here.

Aris BSA 2003 48 - 73 BC Khimki

vitaly fridzonBC Khimki used an overpowering second half to handily beat Aris BSA 2003 on the road 48-73 in the teams’ Last 16 Group J opener. The visitors benefited from a balanced attack as five players scored in double figures on a combined 9-of-15 shooting from three-point range. Vitaly Fridzon netted 14 points to pace Khimki, Zoran Planinic had 13 and Kresimir Loncar and Chris Quinn added 12 apiece. Aris was paced by Dominic James and Dimitrios Verginis, who scored 11 points each. The hosts made a game of it in the first half after recovering from a 4-16 first quarter to close the half at 30-31. But in the second half Khimki used a long-distance barrage to outscore the hosts 18-42 as Aris could only manage 1 of 16 from beyond the arc. Read more here.

Banvit BK 77 - 65 KRKA Novo Mesto

keith simmonsBanvit BK opened the Last 16 just the way it wanted with a 77-65 victory over visiting KRKA Novo Mesto in Group K. Serkan Erdogan came off the bench for 14 points to lead the hosts. He scored 6 in a 9-0 run to finish the first quarter that gave Banvit the lead for good. Krka never quit and even fought back from a 16-point deficit to get within 8 in the closing minutes, but Erdogan came up with 4 late points to help seal the win. Chuck Davis and Kenan Bajramovic added 12 points apiece for the winners, Keith Simmons posted 11 points and 7 rebounds and Baris Ermis ran the show with 8 assists. Zoran Dragic paced the Krka attack with 13 points, newcomer Afik Nissim scored 11 and Uros Lucic added 10. Read more here.

Lokomotiv Kuban 81 - 67 Lietuvos Rytas

roderick blakneyAfter giving up a promising lead in the closing minutes of regulation, Lokomotiv Kuban came back to force overtime and then dominated the extra session to open the Last 16 with an 81-67 win over previously undefeated Lietuvos Rytas in the teams’ Last 16 Group L opener. The duo of Sergey Bykov and Ali Traore scored 12 of Lokomotiv’s first 14 points in overtime to stake out a 9-point lead that was too much for Rytas to answer. Jeremiah Massey paced the winners with 17 points, Traore totaled 15 points and 9 rebounds, Rod Blakney and KC Rivers added 13 points apiece and Bykov and Brezec had 10 each. Steponas Babrauskas paced Rytas with 17 points, Renaldas Seibutis scored 15 and Jonas Valanciunas grabbed 13 rebounds before fouling out. Read more here.

Here comes the Last 16!

The 2011-12 Eurocup season resumes with the Last 16, a six-game, round-robin phase that paves the way to the Quarterfinals. All 16 surviving teams have been divided into four groups and only the best two squads in each group will keep fighting for Eurocup glory and the chance to reach the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague. As such, expect more drama and even better games from now on, as anything can happen, anywhere, with true powerhouses facing each other on a weekly basis. The Last 16 opens with a big showdown in Group L, as Lokomotiv Kuban welcomes Lietuvos Rytas at 16:30 CET on Tuesday. Read more here.

Eurocup Last 16, Game 1 schedule:

BCM Gravelines vs. Valencia Basket    63:69            
VEF Riga vs. CEZ Nymburk    81:91
Aris BSA 2003 vs. BC Khimki    48:73          
Asvel Basket vs. BC Donetsk    75:86
Banvit BK vs. Krka Novo Mesto    77:65          
Buducnost Voli vs. Spartak SPB    57:65
Lokomotiv Kuban vs. Lietuvos Rytas    81:67            
Benetton Basket vs. Alba Berlin    72:64

January 16, 2012 - Eurocup last 16 2012

Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17 Eurocup last 16 phase will start. 16 teams will fight for Final 4 positions and only one team will qualify to Turkish Airlines Euroleague for next season. Those 16 teams are divided in four groups and will play against each other twice. At this moment it is hard to talk about who are the main favorites in this last 16 phase, but I would like to say my opinion that I expect to see following teams in Final 4: Spartak SPB, BC Khimki, Lietuvos Rytas and Alba Berlin. Read more here.

January 6, 2012 - Eurocup Last 16 groups breakdown, Group L

group lGroup L features some of the great teams in Eurocup's recent history, plus an ambitious newcomer. Still-undefeated Lietuvos Rytas won the competition twice in 2005 and 2009. L. Rytas also reached the final in 2007 and has all the experience and talent needed to fight for the title. Alba Berlin made it to the Eurocup title game in 2010. With a renewed, competitive roster and a strong fan base, Alba is ready to battle for a Quarterfinals spot. Benetton made it to the Eurocup Finals last season and hopes to use that experience to survive the Last 16. Only two players have remained in the team. Loko relies on a deep roster, led by four-time Euroleague winning coach Bozidar Maljkovic, and its great athleticism and talent to keep advancing in the competition. Read more here.

January 4, 2012 - Eurocup Last 16 groups breakdown, Group K

eurocup group kAnything can happen in Group K, as all four teams have the talent and experience to beat anyone. Spartak St. Petersburg is still undefeated, has allowed just 66.8 points and hopes to set the basis to reach an European final for the first time since the mid-1970s. Banvit comes off back-to-back unquestionable home wins to win Group E. A nice core of players that has been together for 3 years, a couple of key additions and an outstanding basketball atmosphere in all home games are the main reasons that allowed Banvit to get to the Last 16. Krka Novo Mesto did not find much trouble to reach the Last 16, overcoming roster changes. Krka reached the first ULEB Cup finals back in the 2002-03 season and is back after nine years. Read more here.

January 2, 2012 - Eurocup Last 16 groups breakdown, Group J

eurocup group jThree traditional teams in continental competitions and one of the fastest-growing teams in recent years meet in Group J, in what promises to be a tough battle to make it to the playoffs. No team will be more motivated than still-undefeated BC Khimki, as the Eurocup Finals take place in its own arena. It leads the competition in assists (20 apg.) and has a nice mix of youth and experience - coach Kurtinaitis, Nielsen and Kelati won the Eurocup in the past. Asvel Basket gets to the Last 16 with a core of young, talented players ready to keep showcasing their skills all around the continent.  Aris BSA 2003 is playing a very attractive, athletic basketball that is making its fans go crazy. It needed overtime to qualify, but Aris won't be an easy opponent. Read more here.

December 30, 2011 - Eurocup Last 16 groups breakdown, Group I

eurocup group iIt is not a surprise to say that each and every team in Group I has a legitimate reason to expect to reach the Eurocup quarterfinals. Two of them, however, have much more Eurocup experience than the others. Valencia Basket is the original Eurocup champion in 2003 and won a second title in 2010. Its 86 games in the competition says it all about Valencia's Eurocup tradition. CEZ Nymburk reached the Last 16 for the third consecutive season. It even made it to the Quarterfinals in 2009-10, losing against Bilbao Basket on points differential. With arguably its most powerful roster ever, not to mention its previous experience, the sky could be the limit for the perennial Czech League champion. Read more here.

December 28, 2011 - Eurocup Last 16, Groups Rundown

eurocup last 16In just three weeks, the 16 remaining teams in the hunt for Eurocup glory will begin the second stage of their season in the Last 16. Here is a rundown of the four groups of four teams with a look at what has helped get them this far. Group I features two experienced Eurocup teams and as many Last 16 newcomers, including two-time former champion Valencia Basket. Eurocup classics and exciting newcomers meeting in competitive Group J, including BC Khimki Moscow Region, whose home court will host the 2012 Eurocup Finals. Anything can happen in Group K, which boats undefeated Spartak St. Petersburg. And Group L has two-time champion Lietuvos Rytas and two others that have been to Eurocup Finals in the last two seasons: Alba Berlin and Benetton Basket. Read more here.

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