By Johnny Askounis/ email@example.com
The third week of the Basketball Champions League Play-In Round features six contests, including one winner-take-all Game 3. The games are stretched Tuesday through Friday.
|PLAY-INS||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3|
|SIG Strasbourg – PAOK mateco||105-78||80-79|
|Lenovo Tenerife – Pinar Karsiyaka||76-69||18/1||*|
|Hereda San Pablo Burgos – Darussafaka||83-78||18/1||*|
|NutriBullet Treviso – Lavrio Megabolt||87-72||18/1||*|
|Igokea m:tel – Filou Oostende||87-72||18/1||*|
|Hapoel U-NET Holon – Besiktas Icrypex||72-73||72-70||19/1|
|JDA Dijon – VEF Riga||84-77||21/1||*|
|Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem – Prometey||95-70||25/1||*|
Among the four visiting teams with the chance to advance to the Round of 16 on Tuesday, back-to-back champion Hereda San Pablo Burgos. The team guided by recently-appointed head coach Paco Olmos will take on Darussafaka. A potential win in Istanbul would wrap up the best-of-three series.
Fellow ACB outlet, Lenovo Tenerife is in a similar position going to Turkey in search of a 2-0 sweep. Pinar Karsiyaka will be looking to instead force Game 3. NutriBullet Treviso and Igokea m:tel, both up 1-0, will visit Lavrio Megabolt and Filou Oostende, respectively.
The first-ever Play-In Game 3 will contest Hapoel U-NET Holon and Besiktas Icrypex in Israel. Both Game 1 and Game 2 were tight, so even more excitement in Game 3 can be considered likely.
VEF Riga hosting JDA Dijon Friday targets to return the series to France next week. On the other hand, La Jeanne hopes to get the job done in Game 2.
This week’s schedule:
Pinar Karsiyaka – Lenovo Tenerife (Tenerife leads 1-0)
Darussafaka – Hereda San Pablo Burgos (Burgos leads 1-0)
Lavrio Megabolt – NutriBullet Treviso (Treviso leads 1-0)
Filou Oostende – Igokea m:tel (Igokea leads 1-0)
Hapoel U-NET Holon – Besiktas Icrypex (series tied 1-1)
VEF Riga – JDA Dijon (Dijon leads 1-0)
Photo Credit: Basketball Champions League