It’s finally here! The 7Days EuroCup knockout rounds have begun and the quarterfinals are abuzz with four great games. It’s time to take no prisoners as the winners of these best-of-three series will move on and the rest will go home.
ALBA Berlin 90-91 Unicaja Malaga
This was arguably the most exciting game on tap as Malaga was able to steal the home court advantage via this upset. It was a barn burner for the books as the visitors had to rally and overcome a 21-point lead in order to squeeze out the win in the end. Mathias Lessort and Adam Waczynski led the charge as they finished the game with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
ALBA does not have time to lick their wounds, despite this heartbreaking loss as they have to come up with something special in their upcoming must-win game.
Unics Kazan 86-66 Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
This all-Russian tilt was a lot more straightforward compared to the Berlin-Malaga game. Unics was in full control of the game from start to finish. Pierria Henry came through with a solid all-around game, pacing Unics with 18 points, six rebounds and nine dimes. Most of the offense was borne by Errick McCollum, who exploded for a game-high 32 points. Loko tried to slow im down with fouls but it backfired as he punished them by going 15-for-15 from the line.
ASVEL Villeurbanne 79-75 Morabanc Andorra
This was a matter of ASVEL benefitting from the comforts of home. They clawed their way back from a double-digit deficit in the first half to finish strong to claim control of the game and eventually, the victory itself. Amine Noua and Charles Kahudi came through for ASVEL when they put together a 13-0 run. Kahudi was phenomenal as he led them with 21 points.
Valencia Basket 75-64 Rytas Vilnius
Valencia Basket drew first blood in their quarterfinal matchup against Rytas. They shook off a sluggish first half and found their form late and kicked off the turning of the tables with an 8-1 run. Matt Thomas was Valencia’s top scorer with 15 points, thanks to 3-of-6 shooting from downtown.
With three of the four games being won by the home teams, the losers are now under tremendous pressure to rise up and deliver a win in their turf.