Anwil Wloclawek seal last eight spot, Budivelnyk Kyiv hand Karhu first loss
MUNICH (Germany) - Anwil Wloclawek booked their place in the Quarter-Finals with a decisive win to round out the action on Gameday 5 of the Second Round.
The Polish club got a strong performance off the bench from Josip Sobin with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the 74-66 home win over CSM CSU Oradea. Erick Neal had 16 points and dished out 8 assists as their hopes of advancing took a dent.
Meanwhile, the thriller of the night was a back-and-forth battle between HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim and BC Kalev/Cramo with the visitors from Estonia winning 79-76.
The hosts had a chance to force overtime at the buzzer, but came up short. Wesley Van Beck starred in the win with six three-pointers in a 26-point outing as Kalev/Cramo can clinch their place through with another win next week.
Budivelnyk Kyiv handed Karhu Basket their first loss with a 65-62 road victory. The hosts mounted a 20-14 fourth quarter comeback, but fell short without ever leading in the second half having had their Quarter-Finals spot clinched on Tuesday.
Johnny Berhanemeskel top scored with 18 points with Jaye Crockett adding 12 points and 8 rebounds for Karhu, as both teams struggled to score down the stretch. The win puts the Ukrainian club in second spot in Group J going into the final week.
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Gaziantep cruised against Heroes Den Bosch, 93-72 as the Turkish club maintained their unbeaten record at 5-0. As for the visitors, they dropped to 2-3 with a crucial matchup to follow in their final game.
Brose Bamberg enjoyed a massive 89-58 home win against Keravnos BC to boost their hopes of advancing. Jaromir Bohacik was the game's leading scorer with 15 points as the German side improved to 3-2 to claim outright control of second spot in Group L.
Elsewhere, Cholet Basket defeated SCMU Craiova 71-64 to improve to a 4-1 record in Group I as they will battle it out with FC Porto for top spot on Gameday 6 of the Second Round.
The rest of the Quarter-Finals lineup will be decided next week with Anwil joining Porto, Cholet, Karhu and Gaziantep as the confirmed last eight participants so far.