With the final games in the FIBA EuroChallenge 2009-10 regular season played last night (for the record, it was Elan Chalon over Proteas EKA AEL, 81-74; Scavolini Pesaro over Krasnye Krylia, 92-86; and Strasbourg beat Khimik, 97-93, despite losing the statistical battle on many fronts), the competition’s final 16 and groupings have been set.
In Group I, it will be BG Göttingen, Eiffel Towers Den Bosch, Krasne Krylia, and Proteas EKA AEL.
Group J sports Belgacom Liège, BC FMP Belgrade, Artland Dragons, and KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje.
Group K features KK Budocnost M:Tel, Apoel Nicosia, Scavolini Pesaro, and Elan Chalon.
Finally, Group L has Enisey Krasnoyarsk, Banvit BC, Antwerp Giants, and Chorale Roanne Basket.
Okay, you want your semi-obligatory “Group of Death” named? Fine. That’s gotta be J, with three teams having gone 5-1 in the EuroChallenge regular season – including pre-tournament favorite Artland Dragons – plus the not-too-shabby Osiguranje.
EuroChallenge play begins on Tuesday, January 26. Official FIBA press release follows the break.
(FIBAEurope.com) – The EuroChallenge 2009/2010 regular season is in the books and we now know the teams who have earned a spot in the Top 16. The regular season was particularly balanced with no team able to stay unbeaten in the first six games of the competition.
Three teams that earned the top spot in their respective groups did so with a 4-2 record, namely Göttingen, Nicosia and Chalon, with the rest of the group winners [Krasnye Krylia, Liège, Banvit, Artland, and Chorale Roanne] finishing 5-1.
No country has three teams in the final 16, with Russia, Germany, Cyprus, Belgium and France sending two representatives each.