Brose Baskets records stunning win over CSKA Moscow, Euroleague Top 16 hangover

Nikos Zisis Brose Bamberg
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Brose Baskets rejuvenated their hopes of making the Euroleague quarter-final, Playoffs after stunning CSKA Moscow 91-83 in Group F of the Top 16.

The win for Bamberg, which improves them to 6-6, adds more interest to the group as well as denying the chance for CSKA to secure home court advantage in the quarter-finals for another week.

“It was a very tough game for us,” said Nicolo Melli, who top scored for Bamberg with 17 points.

“We knew it. CSKA is probably the best team in Europe. They beat us three times. It wasn’t easy, but we made it another night, a special night in Bamberg. We are very proud of this. One step at a time, we will see what happens.”

Nando De Colo led CSKA with a game-high 21 points as they fall to 8-4.

Panathinaikos have taken one more step towards qualification to the quarter-finals after Elliot Williams helped them to an 86-84 win Darussafaka Dogus in Istanbul.

Williams, who led the way with 19 points scored five points in the final 30 seconds, including game-winning free throws with two ticks left as the Greens improved to 8-4 in Group E, which is good enough for qualification if Anadolu Efes loses their next game to Unicaja Malaga on Friday night.

One team from Group E that advanced on Thursday night is Lokomotiv Kuban, as they got the better of Crvena Zvezda 86-62 in Krasnodar.

Lokomotiv’s record improves 8-4, and it also avenged a 14-point loss to Red Star in Belgrade in January and gave it the potential head-to-head tiebreak advantage in the race for second place in Group E and home-court advantage in the playoffs.

Zvezda fell to 7-5, but could still reach the quarter-finals this week if Unicaja Malaga defeats Anadolu Efes on Friday.

Anthony Randolph and Chris Singleton scored 17 points for the winners.

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