Kazan lose long standing streak, Eurocup round up

With three games played Tuesday, there were 13 more to be decided as the Last 32 of the Eurocup reaches the half-way stage.

Group I

FoxTown Cantu eased to an 84-55 home win over Karsiyaka Izmir in Group I’s only contest.

Cantu were relentless in the second quarter, a 15-0 run broke the game open as the hosts hit 31 points, en route to a 52-27 lead at half-time. From there, the game was never in doubt as the Italians are now 1-2.

Stefano Gentile led Cantu with 15 points.

Group J

Aykon Ankara improved to 2-1 in Group J following a convincing 81-68 win over Brose Baskets, who suffer their first loss in the Eurocup after their move from the Euroleague.

Vanja Plisnic had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Turkish side.

Gravelines used a 14-0 run in the fourth to upset Dinamo Sassari 85-79 on the road.

Both teams hold 1-2 records on their way to round four. Steven Gray hit four three-pointers on his way to a game-high 28 points for the winners.

Group K

Khimki needed a session of overtime but they beat CEZ Nymburk 86-80 in the Czech Republic.

Marko Popovic led the Russians with 24 points as Khimki outscored Nymburk 14-8 in overtime to get the win.

Maccabi Haifa inflicted more problems on winless Montepaschi Siena as the Israeli champions defeated the Italians 86-66.

Siena led 38-34 at the half but a 27-9 turnaround was pivotal in Maccabi’s success. Donta Smith didn’t miss a single shot all night, going 10/10 from the field plus adding 6 rebounds and 6 assists to his statline.

Group L

Red Star Belgrade had no trouble in beating Panionios 84-64 in the Serbian capital.

Marko Simonovic had 18 points in a routine win for Red Star, as they go 2-1 in the group.

Bilbao were dominant as they coasted to an 80-54 win over Nizhny Novgorod, who drop their first game of the Last 32.

The Liga Endesa side also hold a 2-1 record with the win.

Group M

Josh Duncan’s 20 points ensured Hapoel Jerusalem remained unbeaten in the Last 32 as they defeated Budivelnik Kiev 88-84 at home.

There were however seven Kiev players in double figures with Blake Ahearn hitting 16.

Union Olimpija kept up their good record in the Slovenian capital by beating Banvit 84-80.

Drazen Bubnic led the winners with 18.

Group N

Alba Berlin kept up their unbeaten start in the Last 32 with a comfortable 87-71 win over Khimik Yuzhne.

Reggie Redding and Leon Radosevic both had 15 points for the Germans as they make their claim as one of the front runners for the Eurocup crown.

Strasbourg claimed their first victory of the Eurocup season with an 80-76 win over Radnicki in France.

Louis Campbell had 19 points for Strasbourg, while Radnicki still wait for their first win.

Group O

Unics Kazan’s 13-game unbeaten streak is over after they lost 78-75 away from home to Telenet Ostend.

Dusan Djordjevic had 15 points and came up big in the final 15 seconds with a successful three-point play and two free throws to seal the win. Both teams are now 2-1.

Group P

Muratcan Guler hit the game-winning three to give Besiktas a 71-69 win over Cedevita Zagreb in Croatia.

The win keeps the Turkish side undefeated in Group P.