Iberostar and Monaco reach round of 16 in style

By Peter Thompson 26 January 2017 221
Iberostar and Monaco reach round of 16 in style

Iberostar Tenerife and AS Monaco moved into the Basketball Champions League round of 16 as group winners on Wednesday, while Sidigas Avellino and Banvit also avoided the play-offs.

It was judgement day as the final group matches were played on Wednesday and it was Iberostar who took top spot in Group D after a 98-73 rout of Mega Leks.

Marius Grigonis and Davin White scored 15 points apiece as the Spanish side improved their record to 11-3, with Avellino downing Juventus 74-64 to finish as one of the three best second-placed teams.

Monaco also got the job done, seeing off Aris 80-66 at Stade Louis II to end up on top of the pile in Group A after Sergii Gladyr led the way with 15 points and Bangaly Fofana grabbed seven rebounds.

Banvit had to settle for second place behind the team from the Principality, but also move into the last 16 following a 92-68 rout of sorry Bakken Bears - who won just one of their 14 games.

Besiktas Sompo Japan already had Group E wrapped up and the influential D.J. Strawberry starred again with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and as many steals in a thrilling 88-85 win over MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg, who get another bite of the cherry in the play-offs.

AEK Athens have to be contend with a play-off spot as runners-up in Group E. Partizan MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg and Dinamo Sassari will also feature in the play-offs.

SIG Strasbourg, Juventus Utena, CEZ Nymburk, Aris and Fraport Skyliners are the other sides through to the play-offs.

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