Thursday, March 03, 2011

Two Terps Moving On to Euroleague Quarterfinals

The Euroleague Top 16 round ended today, and two of the four former Terps in the tournament will be going on to the quarterfinals.

Drew Nicholas (1999-2003) and his Greek team, Panathinaikos, finished 2nd in Group E with a 4-2 record. Nicholas averaged 12.3 points and 2 assists and shot 42% from 3-point range in the Top 16 stage. He led all scorers with 18 points in their final road game against Unicaja.

Terence Morris (1997-2001) and his Spanish team, Regal FC Barcelona, went undefeated in Group F. Morris averaged 7.5 points and 3 rebounds. Despite playing forward, Morris took only 10 2-point shots (70%) and 23 3-pointers (39%). Morris led his team with 19 points in a game 5 win over Maccabi Electra.

While it's great to see Nicholas and Morris make it on to the quarterfinals, only one of them can make the Final Four because their teams will now play each other in a best of 5 series between March 22 and April 6.

Elsewhere, DJ Strawberry (2003-07) and Lietuvos Rytas from Lithuania went 3-3 and finished 3rd in Group E. Strawberry averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 assists in 5 games.

Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) and Fenerbahce Ulker from Turkey went 3-3 and finished 3rd in Group H. Jasikevicius averaged 4.8 points and 1.5 assists in 6 games.

James Gist (2004-08) and Partizan mt:s from Serbia went 1-5 and finished in 4th place in Group G. Gist averaged 9.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 6 games. Those 6.5 rebounds per game was good enough for the 5th best rebounding average out of all players in the Top 16 round.

1 comment:

Emili Paz said...

The battle between Panathinaikos and Barcelona won't be just about these two notable players in the lineup. It will be a much anticipated series since these two are amongst the favorites to reach the final four - so it will be a do or die for one of these teams. To say it will be exciting is an understatement.