The do-or-die eighth-finals of the 7DAYS EuroCup will be completed tonight with five more teams that will advance to the quarterfinals.
Boulogne Metropolitans 92 87-66 Umana Reyer Venice
Metropolitans made quick work of short-handed Reyer in storming to an 87-66 victory at Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan. The hosts took control for good with a 10-0 first-quarter run and brought it into the 20s with a 15-0 charge to close the third quarter. Vince Hunter and Keith Hornsby scored 14 points apiece to lead a balanced Metropolitans attack. Mitchell Watt paced Reyer with 11. Metropolitans will travel to Valencia Basket for the quarterfinals.
Valencia Basket 98-80 Hamburg Towers
Four-time champion Valencia fended off debutant Hamburg with a 98-80 victory at home to move into the quarterfinals. Valencia, which will face Boulogne Metropolitans 92 in the next phase, pulled away in the third quarter thanks to its offensive execution and 16 offensive rebounds. Jasiel Rivero scored 21 points to lead the way for Valencia, and Bojan Dubljevic added 15 points and nine rebounds. Maik Kotsar paced Hamburg with a career-high 23 points.
Partizan NIS Belgrade 95-103 Frutti Extra Bursaspor
In their eighth-finals clash, Bursaspor shocked a packed Stark Arena in the Serbian capital by downing host Partizan 95-103. Bursaspor made club history by earning a place in the quarterfinals, where it will play Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana. Bursaspor led for most of the game but was down 5 with 14 seconds to go in regulation. John Holland made a triple with 7.1 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, and a 0-10 run in the extra session sealed it. Andrew Andrews led Bursaspor with 24 points, ten assists, and eight rebounds, and Onuralp Bitim had 20 points, ten rebounds, and four assists. Aleksa Avrmoavic scored 23 points in the losing effort for Partizan, which suffered its first home loss of the season.
Virtus Segafredo Bologna 75-67. Lietkabelis Panevezys
On Wednesday night, Virtus defeated visiting Lietkabelis 75-67 and will face ratiopharm Ulm in the quarterfinals. Despite enjoying a 14-point advantage early in the third quarter, the hosts had to use a solid defensive display in the fourth – in which the visitors were held to just 10 points in the opening 9 minutes – to confirm the win. Mam Jaiteh led the way for the winners with 20 points in just 21 minutes on 9-of-10 shooting, and Kyle Weems added 13 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Gediminas Orelik and Nikola Radicevic were Lietkabelis’s top scorers with 12 apiece.
Gran Canaria 87-60 Slask Wroclaw
Gran Canaria cruised past Slask 87-60 to advance to the next stage. The home side raced into an 11-0 lead, and that set the tone for the rest of the encounter, with Slask rarely looking like competing for a shock road win. Nico Brussino led the way with 15 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting plus eight rebounds, while Slask’s Kerem Kanter topped all scorers with 16 points. Gran Canaria will now face MoraBanc Andorra at home next week in the quarterfinals.