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Barcelona and Real Madrid are now just one away from a spot in this year’s Euroleague Final Four they defeated Galatasaray and champions Olympiacos in their respective quarter-final games.
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv fought back from 13-points down to outlast EA7 Milano 101-99 in overtime at the Mediolanum Forum and take a 1-0 series lead in the Euroleague quarter-finals.
Real Madrid took control of their first game of the Euroleague quarter-finals against Olympiacos on Tuesday night, and Sergio Rodriguez admits beating last year’s champions will feel special as they aim for their third trip to the Final Four in four years.
The two Spanish clubs drew first blood in their respective Euroleague quarter-final match-ups as Barcelona eased past Galatasaray 88-61 in Catalunya, while Real Madrid beat reigning champions Olympiacos 88-71 in the country’s capital.
Continuing on from our look at tonight’s Euroleague match ups, Wednesday night features two more games that are just as intriguing with all four teams experiencing past Euroleague glory.
There are seven former Euroleague champions, including the last five and a newcomer involved. Three of the four games will also be rematches of previous finals, and that includes last year’s, as Olympiacos look to conquer the Euroleague for the third straight year as they face their 2013 opponents Real Madrid. The Liga Endesa side have grown since then. The team chemistry is at a high, and Sergio Rodriguez and Nicola Mirotic are playing the best basketball of their career right now.
Galatasaray are the last team through to the Euroleague quarter-finals after they defeated Partizan 64-55 at the Adbi Ipecki Arena.
Vassilis Spanoulis hit a three-pointer with half a second left to lift Olympiacos to a 68-65 win over fierce rivals Panathinaikos on the final game night of the Euroleague Top 16.
EA7 Milano look set to miss guard Alessandro Gentile for up to six weeks due to a leg injury, Italian media have reported.
Sonny Weems scored all 12 of his points in overtime as CSKA Moscow finally outlasted Galatasaray 86-85 in the Russian capital in Group F of the Euroleague Top 16.