By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Basketball Champions League Round of 16 has tipped off with five games and with a small group format making every win extremely important, the opening can tell much about the future of the four groups.
The action started with an all-Turkish duel between Tofas and Darussafaka as the former repeated a winning outcome, similar to the one a couple of days earlier in the domestic league. The other matchup from Group J, between BAXI Manresa and Nutribullet Treviso, was postponed.
The same fate awaited the GalatasarayNef vs Hapoel U-NET Holon game in Group I. Meanwhile, MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg delivered a dominant display against JDA Dijon, led by Justin Simon who logged a big double-double.
Group L was the only lineup with a complete schedule as Lenovo Tenerife got a road win against Falco Szombathely, riding the momentum of the Play-in series. Strasbourg also got a road win, over Rytas, in a close finish with John Roberson banking in the crucial basket.
Last but certainly not least, Group K featured a clash of newcomers. U-BT Cluj Napoca made an upset on the road by beating Unicaja and that way made a strong statement about their ceiling, which is now certainly the potential to fight for the trophy.
Filou Oostende had a week off as the fourth member of the group is yet to be decided. Prometey survived the overtime thriller versus Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem and tied the Play-In series at 1-1.
Results and standings
MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg – JDA Dijon 95-73
|1||MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg||1||1||0||100||95||73||22||95||73||2|
|3||Hapoel U-NET Holon||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Tofas – Darussafaka 91-81
|1||U-BT Cluj Napoca||1||1||0||100||79||73||6||79||73||2|
|3||Winner Play-ins 2: JERU v PROM||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|