Savanovic the saviour for Dinamo, AEK march on

By Peter Thompson 21 February 2017
Savanovic the saviour for Dinamo, AEK march on

Dusko Savanovic came to Dinamo Sassari's rescue by snatching a dramatic 157-156 aggregate victory over CEZ Nymburk in Tuesday's Basketball Champions League play-off qualifier.

Dinamo were 94-72 winners in the first leg, but looked certain to be heading out when they trailed by 31 points at one stage in the second leg but clawed their way back to edge into the last 16 despite losing 84-63 on the night.

It was Savanovic who proved to be the hero, landing both free-throws with just 5.5 seconds remaining to settle the tie. Trevor Lacey top scored with 17 points for the Italian side, who will now face Le Mans Sarthe.

There was still time for Howard Sant-Roos to keep CEZ alive, but he was off target and the home side crashed out despite winning all eight games in their own backyard.

AEK Athens march on after cruising past Juventus Utena 153-131 over two legs to set up a meeting with AS Monaco.

The Greek side edged the first leg 78-77 in Lithuania and stretched their winning run to five matches, with Chinemelu Elonu claiming 14 points and six rebounds.

Pinar Karsiyaka will be up against Besiktas Sompo Japan after getting past Fraport Skyliners 72-52 to seal a 152-142 overall success.

EWE Baskets also advanced at the expense of Avtodor Saratov, who went down 98-89 in the second leg and 182-176 on aggregate to miss out on a tie against Banvit.

Pinar Karsiyaka will be up against Besiktas Sompo Japan after overcoming a 10-point deficit from the first leg with a 72-52 triumph against Fraport Skyliners which gave them a 152-142 aggregate win.

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