The 7Days EuroCup Top 16 field is officially complete. After 10 grueling and challenging rounds in the first phase of the 2019-20 regular season, we finally have the 16 teams advancing to the next stage of the competition.
The last four spots were claimed by Tofas Bursa, Germani Brescia, Dolomiti Energia Trento and UNICS Kazan over the last couple of days of action.
Tofas, Trento and Brescia got their key wins on December 17th, while UNICS punched their ticket on December 18th via an impressive win over Darussafaka Istanbul, 71-68.
UNICS sealed up the top seed coming out of Group C with the win. They sealed the deal on the efforts of Evgeniy Kolesnikov and Erick McCollum, who led the charge for the Russian club with 14 and 13 points, respectively. McCollum added six assists while Kolesnikov chipped in three 3-pointers to the box score.
However, credit goes to UNICS’ defensive efforts as they cranked it up several notches in the fourth quarter to help ensure the victory.
Tofas Bursa dished out a heartbreaking loss to Loko as it meant that they would be prevented from advancing into the next round of the competition. Sammy Mejia went thermonuclear as he hit 6-of-10 shots to end Tuesday night with a game-high 21 points. A massive run in the fourth quarter secured Tofas their first-ever berth into the knockout rounds.
Trento defeated Unicaja Malaga 88-76. They used a 12-0 run in the second quarter to provide them with the definitive edge in the game. James Blackmon Jr. came through with a solid performance and delivered 19 points. Alessandro Gentile shot well from the field but poorly from the line – overall balancing things out for a 17-point performance.
Brescia went in guns blazing in their game, engaging in a 3-point shootout for the 85-78 victory. DeAndre Lansdowne went 4-of-6 from downtown en route to his team-high 19 points. And with that, Brescia manages to clear the first 10 rounds of the 2019-20 season in the 7Days EuroCup to move onto the next stage.