EuroCup Last 16: Game 6
Last 16, Game 6, February 28, 2012
BCM Gravelines vs. CEZ Nymburk
VEF Riga vs. Valencia Basket
Aris BSA 2003 vs. BC Donetsk
Asvel Basket vs. BC Khimki
Buducnost Voli vs. Krka Novo Mesto
Banvit BK vs. Spartak SPB
Lokomotiv Kuban vs. Alba Berlin
Benetton Basket vs. Lietuvos Rytas
Match of the week Benetton Basket - Lietuvos Rytas. Better team goes to 1/4, no space for interpretations.
right, so Final 8 in Eurocup has arrived it seems...
Valencia - Buducnost
Rytas - Donetsk
Spartak - Nymburk
Kuban - Khimki
The only team which seems to be out of place here is Buducnost I guess, but you can never underestimate fighting qualities of Balkan warriors anyway...as for pair favorites, I think Valencia, Rytas, Spartak and Khimki should prevail, if we go by season results and team strenght indicators. Concerning Rytas, as much as it pains me to say it, I think ukrainian team can really upset us, due to the fact that they have much better coach and Dzikic more than likely will be outsmarted again. I really wish we won this trophy again just to stick it into Jordi's greedy mug, but realistically few teams are better than us.
Rytas saved the season because of Lithuanians - Seibutis, Valančiūnas, Katelynas and Babrauskas. While Rice and Rasič proved again Rytas is naked at pg section. Both players are literally horrible as PG. The worst PG lineup in Rytas history. Babrauskas btw proved again he has balls and playing well when the ball hot. Jonas proved he's special - being 19yo made difference in the last quarter. If this Rytas would have a point guard, they could fight for the title. Now I doubt very much. Till Seibutis and Babrauskas took the ball in their hands, it was stupid and primitive offense lead by two "playmakers".
The flick from the future...
Well, Buducnost has continuity, solid defence and a great mixture of experience and young talent. They are probably going to be on final four of adriatic league for the second year in a row. And I am sure they are better team than Nymburk for example (Nymburk played last year in adriatic and finished 8th).
Originally Posted by madmax
Krka was very dissapointing this year. After last season, which was perfect for them (Winner of Eurochallenge, Slovenian championship and F4 of adriatic league) I was expecting them to be even better since I expected youngsters (Muric, Dragic), that had important role last year, to improve and play even better this year. Unfortunately that did not happen, probably because of too many foreigneirs that did not stay for the whole season and the lack of quality of the new foreigneres.