Panathinaikos denied Fenerbahce a Top 16 for now after they won 69-55 in-front of 15,000 fans at the OAKA.

Mike Batiste and Romain Sato were honoured by Panathinaikos and during a speech at half-time, Batiste thanked the fans for his nine years, saying that the Panathinaikos family will always have a place in his heart before being reduced to tears.

For Fenerbahce though, this loss means they will have to beat Mapooro Cantu next week to qualify from Group A as they are stuck at 4-5. Panathinaikos meanwhile top the group and can win it next week if they beat Khimki in Russia.


In a low-scoring ball game, the hosts looked in control for the majority and were good value for their win. Andy Panko led the Greens with 15 points. Sato led all scorers with 20.

Khimki meanwhile were beaten in snowy Ljubljana by Union Olimpija 74-72 thanks to a buzzer-beating triple by youngster Klemen Prepelic.

The Slovenian side were already eliminated but were determined to go out on a high in their final home game of the Euroleague season. The fans went wild and the players mobbed Prepelic once the three dropped. He led the Union Olimpija scoring with 16 and was one of five Ljubljana players in double-figures.


“I didn’t think at all. I just made sure my feet were set and I shot the ball. I was amazed it was all net,” Prepelic said to TalkBasket afterwards.

Khimki, who are already through were led by 20 points from Paul Davis.

Zalgiris are tied for first place with Olympiacos in Group C after they narrowly defeated EA7 Milano 77-75 in the fashion capital of Italy.

Keith Langford, who led Milano with 20 points had a shot of winning it for the Italians but misssed the target as the Lithuanians celebrated the victory. The Italians are now at 3-6 and are tied with Caja Laboral, the Spanish side has two wins over Milano, who host Olympiacos next week.

Paulius Jankunas led Zalgiris with 16 points.

Elan Chalon, like Union Olimpija gave its fans one last hurrah, after downing Montepaschi Siena 108-103 after a session of overtime in France.

Montepaschi Siena saw their five-game unbeaten run end but are still through from Group B with a 5-4 record. Blake Schlib led eliminated Elan Chalon with a wonderful 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Bobby Brown fronted Siena with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds.

19 points from Renaldas Seibutis helped Lietuvos Rytas to a 67-62 win over Brose Baskets in Vilius, but a bucket at the buzzer from John Goldsberry gave the German champions a crucial tiebreak advantage.

Both Rytas, Brose Baskets and Partizan have 2-7 records and all three have a shot at qualification to the Top 16. Bamberg needs to beat Partizan in Germany next week to qualify. The Lithuanians meanwhile need to beat already qualified Besiktas andd hope that Brose Baskets lose to the Serbian champions. For Partizan to qualify, they need to beat Bamberg away from home.

Caja Labroal stayed alive in Group C after they defeated Anadolu Efes 91-76 in Istanbul.

The Liga Endesa side are now 3-6 while Efes drop to 5-4 but are still through to the Top 16. Thomas Heurtel led the victors with 22 points while Sasha Vujacic led the Turkish side with 21.