Fenerbahce through to quarter-finals, Euroleague Top 16 round up

Fenerbahce booked their place in the Euroleague last eight in Group F, after a fourth quarter masterclass saw them topple EA7 Milano 98-77 at the Ulker Arena.

A 23-8 tear that began mid-way through the fourth quarter was enough for the hosts after both teams were deadlocked for the majority.

“We played very good in the second half and had a very important win tonight,” Fenerbahce coach Zeljko Obradovic said.

“The things were not bad in defence in the first quarter. We took double-digit leads twice. But in the second quarter, EA7 Emporio Armani used a set offence to comeback and took the lead. We have to be conscious of that, giving the chance to your opponent to take an advantage in the game is unacceptable.

“When we went into the dressing room, our leader in scoring, Andrew Goudelock had scored just 2 points. This was a good thing and a good example of the team performance. In the second half, we let our opponent score 16 points in each quarter. We played a great second half.”

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 25 points to lead the winners.

Olympiacos were edged out 74-73 by Laboral Kutxa in Vitoria despite having two opportunities in the final 41 seconds to snatch victory.

Georgios Printezis and Oliver Lafayette bother missed crucial shots in the final minute as Laboral goes to 5-6 in Group F. Mike James led the way with 17 points.

Panathinaikos pulled away in the third quarter, en route to a comfortable 85-69 win over Real Madrid in the lone Group E game in Athens.

The Greek side improves to 6-5 in the group, while Real Madrid, although outclassed, secured progression to the last eight in the previous round. They go to 9-2.

Nikos Pappas paced the winners with 22 points, while Jaycee Carroll paced Madrid with 16.