Basketball Champions League Play-Ins Week 3 Preview

By Johnny Askounis/ [email protected]

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 *

*if necessary

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:

Tuesday

18:00 CET
Pinar Karsiyaka – Lenovo Tenerife (Tenerife leads 1-0)

18:00 CET
Darussafaka – Hereda San Pablo Burgos (Burgos leads 1-0)

18:30 CET
Lavrio Megabolt – NutriBullet Treviso (Treviso leads 1-0)

20:00 CET
Filou Oostende – Igokea m:tel (Igokea leads 1-0)

Wednesday

20:00 CET
Hapoel U-NET Holon – Besiktas Icrypex (series tied 1-1)

Friday

18:00 CET
VEF Riga – JDA Dijon (Dijon leads 1-0)

Photo Credit: Basketball Champions League

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