Germany, Feb 27, 2013: Final Pairings, Basketball fans could keep their calculators in their pockets on Tuesday night with a number of one-sided encounters making the EuroChallenge Last 16 final standings relatively straightforward.
On the final night of Last 16 action, there were still a number of possibilities that could eventuate with eight teams vying for three remaining Quarter-Final play-off spots.
However, losses for a number of potential Quarter-Finalists made the mathematics somewhat easier.
BK Venstpils’ loss in Group I, followed by Joensuun Kataja’s win later in the night meant the Finns advanced alongside Pinar Karsiyaka at the expense of the Latvians and Gaz Metan Medias.
In Group J, Paris Levallois won their direct head-to-head battle with Szolnoki Olaj to take out second in the group, and move to the next round with fellow French club BCM Gravelines.
Krasnye Krylia crushed Tofas BC to remain unbeaten at the top of Group K, meaning Khimik simply needed to win at home over Norrkoping Dolphins to also keep their EuroChallenge season alive. The Ukrainian side duly obliged by coasting to a simple victory.
It was already known that the German duo of EWE Baskets and Telekom Baskets Bonn would advance from Group L. Wins for both teams on Tuesday meant that EWE Baskets remained ahead of their German rivals in the group standings.
The format of the Quarter-Final Play-Offs is a best-of-three series with the higher ranked team hosting the first game, and a third game if required. The games will take place on 12 and 14 March, with the third game scheduled for 19 March if it is needed.
A decision about the venue of the Final Four, which is scheduled to take place from 26-28 April, will be announced following the commencement of the quarter-final play-offs.
Quarter-Final Play-Off Pairings
Pinar Karsiyaka vs. Paris Levallois
BCM Gravelines vs. Joensuun Kataja
Krasnye Krylia vs. Telekom Baskets
EWE Baskets vs. Khimik. —- FIBA Europe