Besides Barcelona, who qualified before, CSKA, Anadolu Efes, Armani and Fenerbahce took their spots in the EuroLeague’s Playoffs.
After the first night of Round 32, four more places in the Playoffs were taken, and only three available spots left. All four clubs book the tickets with convincing road wins.
CSKA was the first team that qualified tonight playing an away game against Zenit. The squad from Moscow also had the best chances to qualify even if they lost but didn’t want to risk it. With a score of 74-86 against their Russian rival, CSKA clinched its spot in the next stage with a win.
Johannes Voigtmann led the winners with 21 points, Tornike Shengelia added 14, while Daniel Hackett and Will Clyburn each scored 13 for CSKA. Billy Baron was the best in Zenit with 24 points, Will Thomas scored 13, and Kevin Pangos 12 for the hosts.
Anadolu Efes book its place by beating Real Madrid with 25 points (83-108) in Spain. The second half was enough for the Turkish squad to have a double celebration (victory and a spot in the next stage).
Sertac Sanli scored 17 points for the visitors. He was followed by Shane Larkin who scored 16, while Krunoslav Simon finished the match with 15. Vasilije Micić added 13, Rodrigue Beaubois 12, Chris Singleton 11 and Bryant Dunston 10. For Real, Trey Thompkins scored 19, Rudy Fernandez 13, Usman Garuba 12, Carlos Alocen 11, and Walter Tavares 10.
The victory of Anadolu Efes against Real Madrid also helped Armani to qualified for the Playoffs. In order to qualify Milan had to win against Crvena Zvezda and Real Madrid had to lose. Both conditions were satisfied. The Italian club celebrated in Belgrade with a score of 72-93.
Kevin Punter shined with 23 points, while Zach LeDay and Shavon Shields added 14 points each for the visitors. Kyle Hines scored 11. For Zvezda, Jordan Loyd scored 22 and Ognjen Dobrić 14 points.
For tonight’s last qualifier Fenerbahce two conditions were also needed to be satisfied. The first one was the victory against Bayern (68-77) and the second one was Zenit‘s loss. Thanks to CSKA second condition was checked.
Nando De Colo led the winners with 21 points, Marko Gudurić added 18 while Jan Vesely had 15 for Fenerbahce. Wade Baldwin IV led Bayern with 20 points, Paul Zipser added 12, and Vladimir Lučić 11.